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Last One Home

(Coming Home #11)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  35 reviews
"Beautifully Written" JoAnn Ross - New York Times Bestselling author of the Shelter Bay series

“Jessica Scott brings two unlikely people together to find love. It makes their world a bit brighter and easier to cope with. It gives these people a home life that makes all of their sacrifices worth it.” ~ Michelle | Saucy Southern Readers

“Holly is, by far, my favorite Jessica
Paperback, 350 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Jessica Scott
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Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it

The third book in the Homefront series, Forged in Fire is another classic Jessica Scott. There aren’t any more good things I can say; I have exhausted my vocabulary on how much I love Jessica Scott books. Jessica Scott writes what she knows; I love the insight of life on base and all the bull crap political stuff the characters (and inevitably real life soldiers) have to put up with.
Like in her other books, Sal and Holly fight to make things work. They have suffered so much that
3.5 stars.

How could I resist when this book became available for review? It's no secret that I love Scott's books; they're passionate, emotional, and provocative.

"Forged in Fire" is another solid entry in Scott's Homefront series. Unlike the other books in this series, it's not a second chance romance; Holly and Sal have not been involved before. Like her other books, Sal and Holly start out at odds. Also like her other books, there are personnel problems within the unit, the officer in charge,
Luisa Rivas
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, it was awesome! This was a great couple. I know I said that I loved Gale Sorren and Melanie, and then I loved Sean Nichols and Sarah, and now I love Sal Bello and Holly. How to choose a favorite? Impossible! Each couple had their charms and great moments, and each book had an important message about the ravages war wreaks upon the soldiers that come back. In this book, we have men who are excellent warriors but their value is debatable in the face of domestic violence. We also ...more
I loved this, I still get really confused - is everyone in this series a sergeant, what are the different ranks, who reports to whom, etc but it didn't matter so much (although, as an aside, I would really appreciate it if Jessica Scott included an Idiot's Guide to the ranks and reporting lines).

Holly is new to Fort Hood, an experienced sergeant with a sassy mouth and a tendency to make a joke about everything she has been brought in by (Seargeant?) Cox to bring some much needed discipline and
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Sometime u read books because u want to escape the real world, falling into somewhere not full of sad, hard truth n ugly world, especially when u read romance books.

Too real, I did know sexual discrimination in the working environment, not only in army, but the author just pictured them in words. I don't want to know it in deep because we r doing living everyday. Too real it's hurt.

I do know soldiers had their problems because they have been seen the hell during their service, no need to
Denise Agnew
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Scott is always on my auto buy list. I can count on her gritty stories to tell it like it is, and I love that about her stories. As the wife of a retired army officer I've heard a lot and experienced a lot of military life. Jessica gets to the bone, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. Although her Homefront series is indeed a series, I never feel like I'm reading the same story with only character names changed. Each hero and heroine have unique battles to face in career, life ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Jessica Scott's style of writing...I'm afraid I'm a little addicted.
Good story, plenty of drama to untangle, some people got what they deserved, and I got a HEA ending. Pretty happy with that.
Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)
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Forged In Fire by Jessica Scott is the final book in the Homefront series. Once again she has written another heart felt story about today's modern army and the officers employed by the Army. These men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to their country. Their jobs go beyond being a soldier and warrior. They probably have the most difficult kind of job in the management field. Their jobs are beyond battle plans and war strategies. They are managing people. People that come from
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holly
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4.5 stars

Crossing the line into a taboo relationship while partnering up in an internal investigation isn’t the smartest thing she’s done, but First Sergeant Holly Washington’s taking a chance with sexy Captain Sal Bello in a scorching new Homefront novel from Jessica Scott! This series is always unforgettable, and for me provides a lot of insight into soldier’s inner lives. Forged in Fire is no exception, with Sal and Holly proving two sides of the
Philippa Lodge
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Wonderful Ending to the Homefront Series

I've loved each and every one of Jessica Scott's books in the Homefront series. I wish there were more, but understand that all good things must come to an end. Sal Bello and Holly Washington met in the most unlikely circumstances when both of their soldiers are arrested because of a former violence incident. They both try to smooth things over, but Holly was once a victim herself while stationed in Korea by her late husband. But his unit covered up the
Julie Kirby
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Have really enjoyed this series, its been an interesting story with both leads being two very independent people, with great strengths plus weaknesses both were trying to hide.

It was great to read where couples have an instant attraction, but do not dive straight into the lovey dovey stuff.

Sal & Holly, both felt the attraction to each other, and whilst it was a forbidden union, due to their ranks within the army, when love knocks on your door, you can try and ignore it but it doesn't go
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
ARC provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.

I have loved every one of Jessica Scott’s fiction books and this one is no exception. I was sorry to learn that this will be the last one in the Homefront series, set at Fort Hood. Each one of the stories in this series is moving and has my emotions all over the place. I love a good story that can make me feel what the characters are feeling and going through.

Holly is a strong leader and she uses humor and sarcasm to hide the scars she
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, Forged in Fire is my absolute favorite book by Jessica Scott. I loved Holly and Sal and their entire story. It wasn't pretty, but it's the Army so you can't expect that. They were both so layered and well thought out that I could easily picture them in my head and really root for them.

Forged in Fire deals with First Sergeant Holly Washington and Captain Sal Bello. They both work at Fort Hood and Holly is under Sal's command. His outfit is in rough shape. The whole command staff
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot-romance
Sarcasm is sexy and scary all in one. Holly is built from sarcasm and jokes, making light of every situation so the scary stuff doesn't get to her. All her time in the military she has seen and been a victim of terrible things. She's tough and smart and talks to other officers anyway she wants. I do not come from a military background and was quite shocked at the manner that she spoke, it was funny but she was hiding behind it. Sal is the typical military guy, big and scary. He's got a one track ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Once again Jessica Scott has brought us back to Ft. Hood showing us no matter who you are the Army will toughen you up no matter female or male. I loved Holly Washington and her fierce attitude in this book. She is not your usual Jessica Scott heroines for this woman kicks ass not letting any man tell her what to do. She may seem weak when it comes to his kisses and touches but beneath this woman is a warrior ready to pounce. Now Bello is just trying to do
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What can I say? Jessica Scott can really make you stand up and take notice when she is writing about the tough things that our Military and their families have to deal with.
I have enjoyed her military romances from the beginning, but few stand out more than some of the others and this is one of them.
Captain Sal Bello is just trying to get his men ready for their next tour, but he has his hands tied with chain of command, paperwork and his men don't do well back home and have found trouble
Tina Hobbs Payne
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Holly is, by far, my favorite Jessica Scott heroine! I'm sure it's her sarcastic nature and her tough exterior that draws me the most. Sal Bello is the perfect counter part for Holly Washington. He seems set in his ways, but finds that he can learn a lot from Holly's ability to see things that Sal hasn't let himself see, within his troops and within himself.

I always love Jessica Scott's telling of things I really know nothing about. The war and the things military people have to deal with on a
Melody Lark
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While this book felt a bit rushed and could have used a real editor, it does not take away from the impact of the story. This was a trip down memory lane for me with the endless meetings, endless paperwork and constant problems with the enlisted personnel. A woman in "This Man's Army" has a lot to deal with and Jessica lays it out in detail. Capt. Bello is wonderfully written and if you should ever find a man capable of actually seeing you, hang on for life. Holly is wonderfully strong and guilt ...more
Kathy Crouch
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forged in Fire

A fantastic read. Sal and Holly are both fighting their own demons. Suddenly three soldiers pull them together. They're breaking army rules regarding enlisted and officer fraternization. But the attraction is too strong. Can they learn how to love while dealing with their pasts and the conflict of three soldiers who are tied up with each other? Grab a copy of Forged in Fire and discover the story. After that if you haven't read Jessica's other books, grab them and discover an
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a Jessica Scott novel I haven't liked. This one's heroine excels at her job. She's snarky. Uses humor to keep a protective bubble around her. She's fearless. The hero is a good guy who hates paperwork and all the regulatory stuff that is necessary but keeps you from the important stuff. He's trying to be the best man he can. He has a short temper. I enjoyed them both and their story.
Danielle Woods
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Scott never disappoints when she writes a book. The reality of war and what it does to people is agonizing. She creates a story and characters who have struggled but learn to overcome what has happened to them at war and their past. I laughed, I cried and at times wanted to strangle a few characters. Be sure to check her out.
Joan Onderko
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ms Scott has strong men and strong woman in her books. But they must be strong to lead men and woman in the military especially in times of deployments to war zones. Ms Scott's book never let me down. I love them and look forward to many more.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. I could easily see the story when I read it. I found the characters to be "real" and I enjoyed reading how certain characters progressed. I found the story to read well.
Sherry Bohrmueller
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this from the author for an honest review.
Forged by Fire was an excellent read!! I loved Holly and Sals story. Their life wasn't easy at all, but they took what they could. It was heartwarming and very moving. Love this series. Highly recommend reading these books.
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Forged in Fire is the next in the Homefront Series. It deals with trying to get men and women ready to deploy and trying to fix the soldiers who came home and don't know how to deal with it. Another compelling g story by Jessica Scott. Full review to follow.
3 1/2 stars.
Chris Brandstatter
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The last book in this series. The ending was a little abrupt - I need to know how they fared!!! This is a "Can not put down the book!
Edie Semchee
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was very easy to read and quite entertaining. The sarcasm in this book had me laughing out loud.
Nikki Hurlbut
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another awesome novel by Jessica Scott. She hits so close to home with every book! Every soldier needs to read these!!
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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 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)
  • Take Me Home (Coming Home, #8)
  • Homefront (Coming Home #9)
  • After the War (Coming Home, #10)