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(Homefront #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  919 ratings  ·  182 reviews
"Beautifully Written" JoAnn Ross - New York Times Bestselling author of the Shelter Bay series

He's always loved her...

First Sergeant Gale Sorren waited a war and half a lifetime for a chance to get stationed near the ex-wife who left him years ago. When he finally musters the courage to see her, the life he imagined she was living was nothing close to the reality.

She's neverreality.


Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Jessica Scott (first published April 3rd 2015)
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Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2015
Rating : 4.5 ‘Second Chance’ Stars


My Views : For me the best stories is where you have a light smile throughout your reading that you can’t seem to erase from your face. That’s exactly what I felt reading ‘Homefront’. This is a story of getting back Lost Love, giving second chances, and dealing with hardship, overcoming obstacles and finally haviclass="gr-hostedUserImg">
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
4.5 Second Chances Stars!

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by Jessica Scott caught my interest the minute I'd seen a fellow friend read it. Married to an American veteran myself, I
Sheryl C. Nash
OH GOD... THE FEELS... I am a SUCKER for second chance romances, and this to me was that at its most emotional... Jessica Scott, BRAVO for writing such a beautiful, heartbreaking, emotional yet hopeful story and I CAN'T WAIT to read the other books in this series!!!

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Jessica Scott*
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 second chance stars

Gale Sorren is a soldier returning from years of deployments overseas to serve at Fort Hood, Texas. His assignment places him near his ex-wife and 16 year old daughter for the first time since they divorced 15 years ago, and he is hoping to be there for his family in a way that he has never been able to be before – existing only with short visits.

Gale’s ex-wife Melanie has raised their daughter, Jamie on her own, and is struggling with the headstrong teenager. When Ga
Claire Robinson
3 - "You never struck me as a coward." Stars.

Every book I have read so far by Jessica Scott has grabbed me from the beginning and kept me in its hold until the end. Homefront was no different in that it’s beginning grabbed me, but sadly its grip loosened as the book progressed, I was pulled back in towards the 70-75% mark, but there was a little too much going on in the middle for me, and it diluted the parts of the story that I wanted more depth and attention spent on. I would say now though that my review is solely for t
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Michelle by: Anyone who is a Jessica Scott fan or a fan of good romances with military families!
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Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2nd-chance, arc, military
This was such a good second-chance romance. Gale and his wife Melanie have been divorced for 15 years. Gale has been in the military and away for most of those years but has never gotten over his ex-wife. They share a 16 year old daughter together who is going through some challenges. When Gale gets stationed close to his family, it's the perfect opportunity for him to get back what he lost all those years ago. I really enjoyed this story. There was so much going on and some really difficult sit ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was easy to look at him sitting across from her at her kitchen table and embrace the fantasy man in uniform that so many pined for. But the reality of loving a man in uniform was so much harder. It was long nights without phone calls; it was missed births and birthdays.
It was acceptance of being alone and sharing this man with the army. And the army was a demanding mistress.

Rarely do I get to read such a real story as this, Homefront is the first in its series and readers are going to need to
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
A good book - so why 3 stars? For 46% of the book we hear about how the H was never there for h and daughter, the Army was his demanding mistress, etc. h takes him back immediately - he didn't have to say 10 words. It pissed me off. After he knew she was "receptive" he put forth some effort - but by then I was pissed off at him for the rest of the book.
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's books like this that make me so happy that I sign up for blog tours and review such fantastic books. When I finished this I went to Amazon and was super happy to see this author has other books out. I'll certainly be reading some more of hers.

This was a brilliant read. I thoroughly enjoyed every word of it. I do love a good second chance story and this was a really good one. The author did a great job of portraying the characters as real and the storyline was believable.

I'm not gonna repe
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
No one writes military romance like Jessica Scott. It's not panty-dropping hot, but it's raw and it's real and the woman CLEARLY knows what she writes.

That being said, this book missed the mark for me. The reunion took place too quickly for my taste, Gale's "dark moment" didn't move me and the sub-plot frequently overshadowed the romance. Not a bad read, but certainly not as good as I'd expected.
I love Jessica Scott's Coming Home series so I was really excited to find out she was writing a spin off and couldn't wait to read Homefront. Although you'll spot some familiar faces if you've read the previous stories each full length novel focuses on a different couple and works really well as a stand alone. I've loved all of the books I've read by this author though and would happily recommend any of them!

Homefront is a story about second chances, it's about reconnecting with old loves, letting go of past mi/>
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Review Copy Provided by Publicist via NetGalley

Homefront – oh where to start…(and no that’s not a bad thing)! This is the first book in Jessica Scott’s new series (also aptly named Homefront) and is a spin-off of her popular Coming Home series. I wanted to point this out up front, because a) if you haven’t read her coming home series, you need to high tail yourself to your nearest book dealer and purchase them and b) because you may encounter spoilers for couples in those books (so you have been
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Homefront brings the war home in this new series from Jessica Scott. Some tough issues are tackled throughout this book of the men and women who return home with anger issues, drug addiction, anxiety attacks and even child abuse.

As with most of the books this author writes she doesn’t pull any punches in showing us the darker side of military life. Each man or woman comes back with their demons and its up to them on how hard they are going to work on them or not. Its taken First Sergeant Gale S
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
Review also posted at My Book Snack

4.5 Stars

Jessica Scott always gets me with her military hero romances, and reading Homefront did not disappoint!

Gale Sorren has waited years to come home. His wife divorced him when their daughter was a baby, but he’s always wanted to get the chance to fix his broken family…to get a second chance. He was never expecting the amount of tension he would walk into when he finally connects with his family again.

Parts of this story absolutely broke/>4.5
This was a nice read and it's totally my fault that I didn't like it as much as I could and would in other circumstances. You see, I wanted a romance story and while this book included romance, the main point was a man trying to get his family back. A great premise to be sure, but something I would read in a time where I didn't mind my books not having romance as a main theme. Still, it was well written and a little bit sad so I recommend you read it...
Originally posted at Smexybooks

Favorite Quote: She doesn’t have a lot of tolerance for stupidity and well, I’m an infantryman. I’ve got a lot of stupidity I’m still working out of my system.

First Sergeant Gale Sorren lost more than he gained when he joined the military. His wife divorced him and left, taking his daughter with her. But after fifteen years, he has a chance to mak
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
The truth was he was a better soldier than a husband or father, and he always had been.  Hell, there was a reason why he worked so hard.  He was good at the army.  It wasn't a job to him.  It was who he was.  It was what he was good at. He knew how to lead soldiers, how to get their confidence up to be the first man in the stack.


As far as I'm concerned, Ms. Scott always manages to bring something different and interesting to the table.  Of the many books she has written where soldiers come back home, she h 
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
#military #secondchanceromance
This is a powerful second chance romance starring First Sergeant Gale Sorren and his ex-wife, Melanie. Yes, I said ex-wife!

This book is so much more than a second chance romance; it the rebuilding of a family. Yu see Gale (yes an unusual name for a man) and Mel have a daughter, a 15 year old daughter named Jamie.

Ms. Scott does a wonderful job at painting a portrait for the reader of a past gone wrong, of young love with all its naive noti
Liz F
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

I feel like such a failure when I DNF a book. But there are just some books that you can see aren't going to work for you, no matter what happens. That's how I feel about this one.

Individually, the hero and the heroine were just fine. I liked them well enough, I suppose. But they were married, had a child and then divorced and I don't really enjoy stories about divorced couples getting back together. I don't know why. I guess all the
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
ARC provided by author in exchange for a n honest review.

What I love about Jessica Scott's writing is that she has a way of presenting a very realistic portrayal of the hardships faced for both returning veterans and their families but yet still give hope that there can be a HEA. Her stories have a realism that very few authors can accurately portray and still have a book that will have mass appeal.

Gale has spent the past 16 years trying to garner the courage to be the man that his
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great start to a new series from jessica Scott beautifully written and created lover her writing and her creativity. Loved First sergeant Gale Sorren and his story reunited with his ex-wife Melanie and there daughter he had made some huge mistakes letting them go but the Army was always in the way putting his career before his family! His family need him now and he was going to fight for them both! Melanie wonders wether she can trust a man who has let her and there daughter down but her ...more
Bette Hansen
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love this author so much and this fantastic book is her latest. Trust me, if you've read her books before or not you won't be disappointed. In this book we get a good look at what difficulties a military family has to endure. Though the both still loved each other neither was strong enough to keep their young family together. Now, fourteen years later Gale Sorren has finally gotten stationed near his ex wife and daughter and he plans to do everything in his power to piece that family back togeth ...more
3.5 stars.

Although this is only a 3.5 star from me, it was really good!
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Love second-chance romance. Loved the characters connection. Their chemistry. Their Passion.
The main characters - to me - felt realistic. I could connect to them and feel. Which is freakin awes
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves conteporary romance and/or excellent writing
4.5 stars Review to come but for once I didn't cry! Usually Sott rips my heart out but not this time. And it was still damn good.
A man gives his all for his career in the Army, but if he sacrificed so much along the way and his regrets lead him to hope that with this new assignment to Ft. Hood, he may see his hope fulfilled. A woman couldn't handle the rigors of Army life with a young child and a husband gone for long periods of time. Regrets for not sticking it out? Sure. But now he there and he's a whole new man wanting time with his daughter and maybe a chance with his ex-wife. Dare she take the opportunity or should s ...more
Lustful Literature
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

Homefront is another fabulous read by Jessica Scott that I am so glad I picked up. I am a huge sucker for second chance love romances and I really enjoy military romances so when Jessica Scott decided to put the two together, she’s got me hooked and wanting to read it. And after reading the blurb on this one I knew I had to add it to my TBR. Although I must say my full excitement about this book didn’t really come until I started to read the prologue. Just recently I p
Three Chicks
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review by Jen Hagen

Gale and Melanie were young parents when he received orders for his first deployment. After subsequent deployments and never being there for his wife or daughter, it was decided it would be best if they divorced. That was 14 years ago and at the present time it has been almost 3 years since they have seen each other. Melanie is shocked to see him back home, and he has been home for a couple of months! What?! You have a daughter that you haven’t seen for close to 3 years…you h
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rftc
original review at:http://ramblingsfromthischick.blogspo...
I’m convinced Jessica Scott can do no wrong. This book was A-MAZING. I’ve read a few of Scott’s books so I should know by now what to expect but she always has a new trick up her sleeve. She always breaks my heart even though by now I should see it coming. I can’t help but feel for these characters. I constantly have to put her stories down and just breathe! Just like the previous books, once I started re
Christi Snow
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review:
I know going into a Jessica Scott novel at this point that it's going to be an emotional and sometimes very raw read for me. She knows what she's talking about in her books and that presents in an honest, pure way in her writing. And as a military spouse for 20 years, sometimes that can be a bit rough.

The first parts of this book left me in tears, because I could so relate to Melanie's pain about being alone to handle it all. It isn't easy for the spouse...and for Melanie, the h
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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 America’s 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 Wa

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“Your father is going to be quite interested in this little tale. Does he know where you are right now?”
“None of your business, gramps,” the kid sneered.
Gale briefly wondered how long the prison sentence would be for throwing a sixteen-year-old walking hard-on down the stairs of his ex-wife’s house.”
“He heard his father coming out of his mouth before he could stop it. “So that brings us to the main topic for today’s conversation.”
Jamie cocked her head at him. “I’m not sure I can handle you talking to me about condoms and sex, Dad.”
Gale grinned at her smart-ass response. “You’re supposed to listen eagerly and promise that you will remain a virgin until your old man is cold in the ground. That’s how this father-daughter talk is supposed to go.”
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