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It's Always Been You

(Coming Home #8)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  479 ratings  ·  125 reviews
"The sparks of attraction lead Ben and Olivia into distinctly unprofessional situations, while Olivia has to navigate the scars of her own pasta pleasant and gratifying read." ~Publishers Weekly

She plays by the rules . . .

Army Major Olivia Hale believes in following the process for one simple reason the rules are simple and clear. And shell fight to the death to
ebook, 304 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Forever
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

5 'keeping this short because words can't do it justice' stars!!

I wish I could reach through my computer, take you by the shoulders and look you in the eye in hopes you'd be able to see my passion for this series, because I just don't have the words that can explain how brilliant a writer Jessica Scott is.

I love everything about the way she tells a story:

They're exciting, thought provoking, poignant, and inspiring! The plot, the humanity, the heartbreaking reality of how war can destroy a person
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben Teague had just landed a job he never wanted being in command of men he once fought side by side with. Now hes charged with the task of weeding out problem soldiers so they dont take up the valuable training time left before deployment. Ben is torn between the armys needs and doing what he thinks is right by his men. Ben and Olivia are seemingly at odds at first, or at least thats how Ben feels, because as legal counsel for the army, Olivia is pushing to remove the problem soldiers. These ...more
Rating 3.5 stars
Kudos to Jessica Scott because she is one of those rare authors like Pamela Clare who can make the world and characters they are writing for alive, all because of their own know how of that world. I absolutely adore how she doesn't shy away from depicting the ugly politic filled side of the army, the toll of war in this book.

Captain Ben used to be a believer once, protect his country, do good but now he can't muster up that belief anymore so his being asked to take on the mantle
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't often read romance novels but this was a pleasant change from my norm. Captain Ben Teague, a tough Army soldier experiences mounting tension with a new position, an old colleague who was brought up on domestic violence charges and working with the irresistible Major Olivia Hale. Meanwhile, Olivia's emotional past mixes with her present day professional decisions and her blooming relationship with Ben.

In the beginning, I found the story a bit slow moving but intriguing. As I read further
Michelle [Helen Geek]
02/26/2014 --

Overall Rating = 5 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 4 / 0 / 1 = 2.5 Stars
Writers Voice = 5 Stars
Character Development = 5 Stars
Story Appreciation = 5 Stars
Worth the Chili = 5 Stars -- [$2.99 on Amazon]
Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Mild
289 pages

This book will be released March 4th, 2014

I'm not sure what more I can say about Jessica Scott's writing skill that I've not said before. She really is amazing. She gives us very well written stories. We love her characters because they are
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

I think that what makes Jessica Scotts Coming Home series so marvelous is that it doesnt artificially glorify the practice of war. Her soldiers are doing what they all feel is the absolutely necessary job of defending their country, but she doesnt turn the firefights into gun-porn.

Her stories are about the emotional costs to the men and women who fight. Its about the demons they face both on and off the battlefield. She also takes care to tell the story of
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Ms. Scott yet again brings up critical issues in the Army. What happens when they come back from the war with physical and emotional scars? Whose responsibility is it to decide what happens to them? Upper management aka higher ranks. Just as with any establishments, this means politics, and lots of it. In this story, it certainly makes its mark. I was taken aback to what Ms. Scott reveals as the politics side of the story pans out. It brought on good points and certainly two sides of the sty.
I know that when I pick up one of Jessica Scott's novels, I will be entertained, I will feel the characters' pain, and I will crack a few smiles. It's simply a given! And while It's Always Been You did live up to those expectations, I will admit that it's probably my least favorite book in the series so far. However, that is NOT to say that I disliked the book, or that it's terrible. It's not; it's still really, really good!

For some reason, I just did not connect as much with Ben and Olivia as I
Ben Teague has never wanted to command soldiers, but he finds himself given the task. At times he hasnt even been sure he wanted to be a soldier any more. This isnt going to be an easy command either; Ben is one of the commanders tasked with cleaning up the mess their predecessors left behind, a battalion that is battling corruption. To do this he must work with Olivia Hale, the by the book lawyer. Sure some of these soldiers have no hope, but some have Ben.

I have never seen two characters that
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jessica-scott
Book Hangover. Huge book hangover. I think it has to do with the fact that I don't have a Jessica Scott novel to look forward to, to read in the next couple of months. After I finished this one, I spent the evening going through the other books, reminiscing, if you will. I adore this series. I'm like a freaking broken record, I know, but I'm going to keep saying it as long as it applies. Ms. Scott combines the reality of military life and tempers it with incredible passion. She takes serious and ...more
Full Review posted at Book Lovin' Mamas

I will continue to say itJessica Scott is one author who knows how to make my emotions go haywire whenever I read her books.  She creates characters that I feel for and loves automatically because of their struggles and strengths.  She manages to put characters together that help each other in some way.  

I give this book 4.5 moons and recommend it to readers out there that enjoy reading contemporary romance.  If you enjoy military reads, this is the book
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been searching my brain trying to think of an adjective I haven't already used in reviewing the Coming Home series. Ms. Scott's books make you feel anger, tears, and laughter. Most of all, she shows us how love can be found in the most difficult places, between two people who are often at odds with each other. And it all works!

Full review can be viewed on The Book Queen's Blog on March 4th.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, romance, own, kindle
I loved the relationship that developed between Ben Teague and Olivia Hale. Their story will pull at your heart strings, because you will be angry with them, then sad, and then happy again.

They both have painful pasts that they try to keep to themselves, but as their feelings develop between them, you see how perfect they are for each other. They help each other face their demons and that makes their love for each other that much stronger.

I loved their story!
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Pacing is even slower than in previous books. No mention of the guys from the beginning of the series save for Reza. And while the situation with Escoberra wasn't 100% what it looked like, it was still pretty standard stuff. (I liked how Army Wives handled this situation more.)

And I really didn't like Olivia telling Ben he couldn't let his past with Escoberra cloud his judgement when she did the exact same thing.
Nancy Luebke
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this fast paced romance. I received this for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* rating. This is not for the under 18 readers. There is a bit of sex and violence in this. This author takes us to the backside of what happens sometimes to our military men and women and the price they pay on protecting us. Sometime their bodies can't handle what they are exposed to. Although we can't always see it, it's there none-the-less. This hits close to home, in that I ...more
A shiny 'by the book' military lawyer and a captain who has no desire to command square off in this latest installment of the Coming Home Series. I met the two lead characters for this story in the previous series installment. Both caught my attention and I found the idea of a romance getting up between them a mighty entertaining prospect. It was definitely that- and then some- which I have come to expect from this author and her books. I never close one of her books feeling disappointment; only ...more
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I absolutely love when I pick up a book and become instantly sucked into the story and then absolutely just WOWd by it. Recently I had picked up the Christmas novella in this series, All I want for Christmas Is You and found it to be a great read for it being a novella and enjoyed the authors writing style. When I took a look at this one, I decided to give a full length novel a shot to get a true feel for the authors writing. I must say that I went into this book with
As always with a Jessica Scott book, "It's Always Been You" was a powerful story. This time around, Scott looks at the challenges of command and how and when to help the soldiers with problems. In the previous book, "All For You", she looked at addiction and suicide, this time we get soldiers who are acting out - public fights, drinking while intoxicated, and domestic abuse for example. I get the feeling, reading these books, that Scott really doesn't like those in command in the army and ...more
Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)
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I cannot praise Jessica Scotts Coming Home series enough. I have raved about each book in this series. Jessica Scott combines military careers, civilian life, people with very real problems, and trying to build happy lives in situations that are very hard for those they love. This series has brought me to tears, opened my eyes to the problems the modern army faces, made me see a soldier as an individual person, and has delivered very real relationships. Each and every story is emotional. Each
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historia muy realista y madura, que trata con temas muy peliagudos de una manera extremadamente sincera. A pesar de que el romance no me ha impactado, no sé porqué, la verdad, tengo que reconocer que éste ha sido uno de los pocos libros en los que no hay ni estupideces, ni drama gratuito, ni repeticiones cansinas de porqué sí o por qué no pueden estar juntos ni separaciones difíciles de digerir Ha sido muy realista, ha sido algo que realmente puede pasar en la vida real y ha sido un placer ver ...more
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
A painfully accurate portrayal of life in the Army in a leadership position.

I won't claim to know exactly how things are done in the Army or how it feels to be in a position of power through it all, but having served as an Army Spouse to an NCO (SFC retired) for 14 years and now living as his caregiver, I'd like to think I have some idea. The events described in this book were scarily similar to stories I heard day after day from my husband. So much so that I'm buying this book and forcing him
Charlotte Lynn
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Captain Ben Teague has gotten a promotion that he does not even want. This promotion has him being in charge of his friends, not being able to protect them. His job also entails getting rid of the riffraff and trouble makers in his group. While cleaning house he has to work closely with Major Olivia Hale, a by the book lawyer hired to help him.

Olivia has to deal with the demons of her past. Helping Ben with a mentor and colleague who has been brought up on charges, charges Ben cannot believe,
Read this and a whole slew of books in this series for the Diverse Reading Challenge. The author is a combat officer and so I thought she would know what she was talking about. Not sure where I heard about these books, but I had formed the opinion based on the description I read that the author was writing about the nitty gritty of being a soldier. Since the point of the Diverse Reading Challenge is to stretch one's comfort zone, I figured reading about the struggles of officers and NCOs after ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jessica Scott has never been afraid to take on the tough topics. Her latest Its Always Been You deals with the reality of child abuse, traumatic brain injury, bad leadership, and how good soldiers get protected even when they are bad men (or women). In the midst she brings together Ben and Olivia. Ben is a reluctant commander, newly appointed to the position. Olivia is a lawyer more focused on the legalities of justice than the reality of being human. A classic case of opposites attract. Their ...more
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Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley for providing the ARC for this great story. Thanks to Jessica Scott for continuing to write stories that bring issues within the Military to light. I respect the way she brings the reality to life in a way that you don't want to ignore the problem. What she writes about is what I want to do with my career.

I was glad that we got to know more about Major Olivia Hale since we have seen her in previous books and I wanted to know more about her. Olivia has a passion for her job
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story in the "Coming Home" series. In this book we meet Captain Ben Teague and Major Olivia Hale. Ben must clean up his unit, the one he's recently been put in charge of, while trying not to betray the trust of his men. Olivia is the legal counsel Ben must work with. As Ben begins to look over the packets put before him, he realizes that some of these men just need a helping hand to move forward in life. Not all of them are cut out to be in the Army, nor are they criminals. Ben ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, romance, military, 2014
This is another messy one, because as in real life, things aren't black and white. Within the gray is where Ben finds himself. The sad thing is that those gray things that Ben is doing are the "right" things to do, but not according to the rules. I liked that Ben was able to show Olivia that just because the rules say it is right it isn't. I think the worst part of the book was with Ben's friend. They both were right and they both were wrong, and while they were figuring things out the family ...more
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's Always Been You is the next book in this wonderful series of military romance by Jessica Scott. Each book has rung so true because Jessica knows what she is writing about. Each book has shown us a different side to what goes on in the military, and if the books did nothing else, I would thank Ms. Scott for that. But she is able to write a beautiful story of wounded, whether physically or emotionally, soldiers and make them very real. In this book we see Ben, who has been in previous books, ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jessica Scott likes to rip my heart out with her stories, and I totally love her for it. I know when I pick up one of her books, I'm going to feel all the emotions and it is worth every single minute.

I really enjoyed reading Ben and Olivia's story. They both want what is best for the men and women they work with, yet don't always agree with how it should be done. Add in the sexual attraction between them, and readers are given another wonderful fun and sexy story.

Ben struggles with being a
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.

It's Always Been You is military romance featuring Captain Ben Teague and Major Olivia Hale. Ben has just been promoted and adjusting to being in charge of some of the men he'd served with as his commander wants to get the platoon "cleaned up" and discharge all the troublemakers. Olivia is the lawyer in charge of all the cases for the soldiers. The two end up drawn to each other while dealing with all the cases and their own feelings toward events.

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Jessica Scott is an Iraq war veteran, an active duty army officer and the USA Today bestselling author of novels set in the heart of Americas Army. She is the mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, and wife to a retired NCO. She and her family are currently wherever the Army has sent her.

She's also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA.

Other books in the series

Coming Home (8 books)
  • Because of You (Coming Home, #1)
  • Back to You (Coming Home #3)
  • Carry Me Home (Coming Home #6)
  • A Place Called Home (Coming Home #7)
  • Homefront (Coming Home #9)
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