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Because of You by Jessica Scott
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Jul 08, 12

Read in July, 2012

I’m not quite sure where to begin in describing this book. From the very first page I appreciated that the hero, Shane Garrison, was a regular soldier. It’s not that I don’t like SEAL’s but they are becoming the dukes and viscounts and earls of contemporary romance and a little are starting to go a long way. So I found it refreshing that Shane was a Sergeant First Class.

Another thing that really struck me from the beginning was Because of You has such an authentic feel to it. Apparently Ms. Scott is a career soldier herself and you can tell with every word and every nuance that this is real. The characters may be fictional, but they don’t come across that way at all. They truly come to life, from the hero Shane and the heroine Jen St. James, a nurse who works as a nurse in the army hospital, to the men under Shane’s command and the friends of Jen, each one is so fully alive, you could swear you are reading about real people.

And while this is a romance, it’s a romance plus so much more. It’s about loss, the loss of a way of life for Shane when he is severely injured and shipped home to recuperate. His whole identity is wrapped up in leading his men and he’s lost when he can’t be there to protect them. It’s about physical loss with Jen. She has lost a part of her body and hasn’t come to terms with it yet. She is unprepared really for the desire that flares between her and Shane. It’s about the loss of a partner that Jen’s best friend feels every time her husband and good friend of Shane’s is shipped into combat and it’s about the loss of friends that plagues one of the men under Shane who has also been seriously injured while fighting for his country.

And it’s about healing. It’s how Shane and Jen heal each other. Shane is a loner who hasn’t had much of a personal life; he didn’t know who his father was, his mother was a drunk and his ex-wife cheated on him and took him to the cleaners. So he is awed by Jen and who she is. And with Shane, Jen is forced to confront her own issues that have remained unresolved.

While this is an intense and emotional book, there are wonderful moments of humour, especially in the hilarious character of Carponti, one of Shane’s men and the bane of his existence.
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