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Before I Fall (Falling #1) by Jessica Scott *Review and Excerpt*

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Falling
Jessica Scott
New Adult Romance
March 10th 2015
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Stay focused. Get a job. Save her father's life.
Beth Lamont knows far too much about the harsh realities of life her gilded classmates have only read about in class. She'll do whatever it takes to take care of her father, even if that means tutoring a guy like Noah - a guy who represents everything she hates about the war, soldiers and what the Army has done to her family.

Noah Warren doesn't know how to be a student. All he knows is war. But he's going to college now to fulfill a promise and he doesn't break his promises. Except he doesn't count on his tutor being drop dead gorgeous and distracting as hell. One look at Beth threatens to unravel the careful lies Noah has constructed around him.

A simple arrangement turns into something neither of them can deny. And a war that neither of them can forget could destroy them both.

 

 

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Review

I’ve come to enjoy Jessica Scott’s books in the last year so I jumped at the chance of reading this title.

Beth is trying to make things work. Her studies, his father’s health–she tries to keep her life running smoothly. Study hard to get a good job. Get herself and her father out of debt. And that is how she finds herself taking a new tutoring job and how she comes to meet Noah.

Beth is weary of soldiers. Her father was one and based on his story and his current situation she can’t help but question anything to do with the military. But what she was not counting on was on how drawn she felt to the guy.

Noah just wants to get through college so when he struggles with his Statistics class he goes looking for a tutor. Soon he finds himself wanting to get to know more about her. He’s drawn to her mind just as much as he is to her beauty.

Both Noah and Beth have secrets and issues that hold them back from starting a relationship, but soon they find out that fighting what’s developing between them is futile.

As I stated before, I love Jessica Scott’s writing. I especially enjoyed how she always manages to make her characters come to life. They are complex, broken in one way or another and most of all they feel real. This is the case with Beth and Noah too.

From the very beginning I connected with Beth. I understood her situation although I’ve never been in her position. And that’s the beauty of Jessica’s writing. She takes a concept and brings it to the page in a way that the reader can understand without having to experience it and without being overwhelmed by it.

Beth was a strong, smart woman who only wanted to make something of herself. She worked hard for what she had and always stood her ground. But underneath with that strength of character was a vulnerable young woman who never had the chance to live her life for herself. I admired the hell out of her and cheered her on as if I knew her personally.

And Noah? Well, what’s not to love. Not only was he a handsome, sexy guy he was also a wounded soul with a caring heart. I felt for him and his struggles easily because the author made sure I could understand his pain. Seeing him grow and come into himself as the story progressed was a treat to read and I loved it all!

Needless to say that Beth and Noah had great chemistry but I will mention it anyway–yeah it was hot! The attraction was immediate and the tension soon followed. Looks, touches.study sessions…I devoured it all!

All in all, an emotionally powerful story with great characters and great writing. Thank you Jessica Scott for another awesome story!

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Excerpt

Beth

It doesn’t take me long to figure out who Noah Warren is. He’s a little bit older than the rest of the fresh-faced underclassmen I’ve gotten used to. I’m not even twenty-one, but I feel ancient these days. I was up late last night, worrying about my dad.

I can feel him watching me as I hand out the syllabus and the first lecture notes. My hackles are up – he’s staring and being rude. I don’t tolerate this from the jocks but right then, I’m stuck because Professor Blake has asked me to tutor him. I can’t exactly cuss him out in front of the class.

Which is really frustrating because the rest of the class is focused on Professor Blake, but not our soldier. Oh no, he’s such a stereotype it’s not even funny. Staring. Not even trying to be slick about it like the football player in the front of the classroom who’s trying to catch a glimpse of my tits when I lean down to pass out the papers.

Instead, our soldier just leans back, nonchalant like he owns the place. Like the whole world should bend over and kiss his ass because he’s defending our freedom. Well, I know all about that, and the price is too goddamned high.

And wow, how is that for bitterness and angst on a Monday morning? I need to get my shit together. I haven’t even spoken to him and I’m already tarring and feathering him. Not going to be very productive for our tutoring relationship if I hate him before we even get started.

I take a deep breath and hand him the syllabus and the first lecture worksheet.

I imagine he’s figured out that I’m his tutor.

I turn back and head to my desk in the front as Professor Blake drops her bombshell on the class.

“There will be no computer use in this class. You may use laptops during lab when Beth is instructing because there will be practical applications. But during lecture, you will not use computers. If your phones go off, you can expect to be docked participation points, and those are a significant portion of your grade.”

There is the requisite crying and wailing and gnashing of the teeth. I remember the first time I heard of Professor Blake’s no computer rule. I thought it was draconian and complete bullshit. But then I realized she was right – I learned better by writing things down. Especially the stats stuff.

I look up at Noah. He’s watching the class now. He’s scowling. He looks like he might frown a lot. He looks…harder than the rest of the class. There are angles to his cheeks and shadows beneath his eyes. His dark hair is shorter than most and he damn sure doesn’t have that crazy-ass swoop thing that so many of the guys are doing these days.

Everything about him radiates soldier. I wonder if he knows how intimidating he looks. And why the hell do I care what he thinks?

I’m going to be his tutor, not his shrink.

He shifts and his gaze collides with mine. Something tightens in the vicinity of my belly. It’s not fear. Soldiers don’t scare me, not even ones who look like they were forged in fire like Noah.

No, it’s something else. Something tight and tense and distinctly distracting. I’m not in the mood for my hormones to overwhelm my common sense.

I stomp on the feeling viciously.

I’m staring at him now. I’m deliberately trying to look confident and confrontational. Men like Noah don’t respect weakness. Show a moment’s hesitation and the next thing you know they’ve got your ass pinned in a corner while they’re trying to grab your tits.

He lifts one brow in response. I have no idea how to read that reaction.

 

 

Now in Print! It’s Always Been You (Coming Home #5) by Jessica Scott *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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It’s Always Been You (Coming Home #5)
by Jessica Scott

A Contemporary Romance
From Grand Central Publishing
Released in Print March 31st 2015

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She plays by the rules… Captain Ben Teague is many things: a tough soldier, a loyal friend, and a bona fide smart-ass. He doesn’t have much tolerance for BS, which is why he’s mad as hell when a trusted colleague and mentor is brought up on charges that can’t possibly be true. He’s even more frustrated with by-the-book lawyer Major Olivia Hale. But there’s something simmering beneath her icy reserve–and Ben just can’t resist turning up the heat…

…and he’s determined to break them
The only thing riskier than mixing business with pleasure is enjoying it… and Olivia can’t resist locking horns–and lips–with Ben. He’s got more compassion in his little finger than any commander she’s ever met, a fact that makes him a better leader than he realizes. But when the case that brought them together awakens demons from Olivia’s past, she will have to choose between following orders–or her heart…

 

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Review

4 stars

Ben just want to do his job without drawing attention to himself. But then a promotion lands on his lap that will make him or break him–especially since one of his first duties is to arrange the paperwork to have his mentor thrown out of the military. That is how he comes face to face with Olivia, the lawyer in charge of the case and the very woman who makes him questions everything he once believed.

Olivia knows her way around the military, especially around men like Ben. She’s fighting her own demons and the case she’s handling doesn’t help her any. And the man she’s working with doesn’t make it any easier to get over it. She wishes that Ben was able to see himself the way she sees him–loyal, strong and compassionate.

Soon they both have to decide what’s best for them—to do their job and have their hearts broken or work together and hope for the best.

As I’ve said before, Jessica Scott has a way of drawing me into the story in a way that allows me feel for each character, understand their every conflicted emotion and hope for them to work it out somehow.

The writing was superb with facts and details that moved the story along, emotions that brought the humanity of what these military men and women suffer with every day and the subtle hints of romance to lighten the heart a bit.

My only regret was that I didn’t get a chance to see Ben and Olivia together more as a couple. Their interactions helped to establish and maintain their connection so I would have loved to see more of them romantically. However, the story was an overall success regardless.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion

 

Excerpt

“You don’t like being in command, do you, Ben?” she whispered. The air was thick between them, heavy with unsaid things.

He shook his head. “It’s too much responsibility for other people’s problems. I’m not qualified to judge someone else’s screw ups,” he said.

He shifted so he could face her, his body angled toward hers. A shadow partially concealed his face, casting it in hard lines and a dozen shades of grey.

“You’re not supposed to be perfect to be a leader,” she whispered. Her voice cracked, hung on the tension in her neck from sitting a little too close.

Silence filled the space between them. Heavy and warm and crackling with latent energy.

He licked his bottom lip, his gaze locked with hers. “I don’t want to be either,” he said. His voice was a husky whisper filled with need.

Her breath caught in her throat. A hesitant movement. A breath closer. This was monumentally stupid. Infinitely so.

And yet she parted her lips, her entire body trembling in anticipation of the faintest touch of his. He was there, just there. A breath separated them. Nothing more.

It was a hesitant kiss. A light, teasing brush of his top lip against hers. Her breath mingled with his, threading between them and urging her closer. She met his eyes, waiting. Wanting. Needing more of this deeply sensual man who made her feel so many writhing, hungry things.

It was forever before either of them moved. Her breath was locked in her throat. Then she felt it. His palm slid over her cheek, his fingers rough on her skin. Warmth penetrated her, wound its way over the surface to slide beneath her skin and stroke something long dormant to life.

Need. It was need that made her lean toward him. Need that made her part her lips and trace his mouth with her tongue. Need that made her nip his bottom lip and thread her fingers in the short hair on the back of his neck.

Need that made her gasp in pleasure as his tongue slid against hers, twining in that sensuous dance that brought her blood to life. Heat pounded between her thighs, an aching, pulsing want that scorched her like nothing she’d ever felt.

She gave herself over to the sensation, to the pleasure of his touch. Knowing it was a mistake and far past caring as her breath finally released, mixing with the heated strokes of his tongue.

She eased back after a moment, before she did something monumentally stupid, like crawling into his lap in broad daylight.

“We really should talk about those legal packets,” she said against his mouth.

His smile was unexpected. “Wow, you are hell on a man’s ego,” he said.

The laugh caught her off guard and she rested her forehead against his as she struggled to regain her composure. Something opened against her heart, something unexpected and warm.

Something complicated.

For a brief moment, it was tempting to throw caution to the curb, to nuzzle his mouth with hers, to absorb his taste andwarmth.

And then reality kicked in.

“We really should head back. We’ve got that meeting in two hours,” she said.

He smiled. “Always responsible and focused.”

He brushed his thumb over her lip as he said it. This was something nice.

Unexpected.

It was going to be an interesting legal briefing, that was for damn sure.

 

About the Author

Jessica Scott

Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

She’s written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas.

She’s pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012.

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Christmas Novella Blog Tour: Featuring Jill Shalvis, Jessica Scott, and Nadia Lee *Reviews and Giveaway*

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Love a great Christmas romance, but pressed for time? Pick up a holiday novella to satisfy your craving for a great happy-ever-after. This season contemporary authors Jill Shalvis, Jessica Scott, and Nadia Lee are all releasing Christmas reads. Today these authors stop by to spread the holiday cheer and give tips for buying your significant other a Christmas present. Take it away ladies!

Jill Shalvis author of Merry Christmas, Baby

First of all, this gift should have absolutely no practical value around the house — unless it’s a chef, cleaning service, or nanny so that you can whisk her away for the holidays! Second of all, it shouldn’t be a gift card unless it’s for a plane to ticket to somewhere warm with a beach. And third, this present should say that you know and love this person, and gave the gift a lot of thought. Bonus points for making them laugh and/or cry when they open the wrappings. 🙂

Jessica Scott author of All I Want For Christmas Is You

Does it involve fishing? Because fishing is my spousal unit’s passion. He loves spending time on the water and I have to admit, I do to. He’d pretty easy to shop for: fishing lures, tackle. Anything involving bass fishing and he’s a happy man.

Nadia Lee author of The Billionaire’s Holiday Obsession

See what he (or she!) keeps browsing for on Amazon or other stores. Check out his wishlist. If neither results in a decent list of possible gifts, then go for the nuclear option: a gift card. (I personally prefer to receive cash, but my husband won’t go that route.)

 

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Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill Shalvis – 4 stars

Wild child Chloe Thompson can’t believe how much things have changed. She still can’t get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party.

Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time. While mother nature conspires to keep Sawyer and Chloe apart, an unexpected arrival will require them to kiss and make up . . . and ring in the happiest holiday Lucky Harbor has ever seen.

Another heart-warming story from Jill Shalvis from her Lucky Harbor series that has us visiting Chloe and Sheriff Sawyer, two of my all-time favorite characters from the series. It was great seeing these two again and even better seeing them add a new family member to their group.

I remember how much fun it was to read Chloe and Sawyer’s story in Head Over Hells and I was glad I got to have the chance to revisit them in this novella. Their story was fun and frustrating at the same time and I was glad to see that these two continue to be as stubborn as always but still deeply in love with each other.

If you’re a fan of the Lucky Harbor series you don’t want to miss this novella–it was fun and emotional and everything you’d expect from Jill Shalvis.

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Jessica Scott – 5 stars

All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left – and she doesn’t know if she can love him anymore.

But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what’s coming for them. It’s going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.

What I’ve come to admire about Jessica Scott’s writing is the ‘realness’ of her stories. Each man and woman who star in one of her stories carries much more on their shoulders than any civilian would, but the author brings this to the page in a way that readers–especially those who have not experienced the same situations as those of the main characters–become emotionally invested in these characters’ stories.

This is the case in All I Want for Christmas is You too. At a 100+ pages of content Jessica Scott brings to the page a second chance story where a woman comes back from the war affected, confused and unable to cope.

I loved Patrick. He was loyal, loving and supportive. Due to his own experience after his deployments, he was able to relate to some of the issues Sam struggled with. His commitment to his family shined through as did his humor and caring personality. Sam was a great characters also. I couldn’t help but to want to comfort her. She felt so deeply and was so torn as to how to proceed in her healing that she did the only thing she thought was right. Thankfully, her daughter took the initiative and called Patrick for help and what ensued was a sweet, lovely story packed-full of emotions.

For me, as a reader of some of the other books in the series, it was a treat to see the same quality of writing, character development and range in emotions as with the other books I had read. And the fact that it was Sam’s issues that drove the story made it even more especial. I’m a sucker for holiday stories, so that was another plus for me as a reader. 😉

Keep in mind that although this novella is part of the Coming Home series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone. However, I do recommend that you read some of the other books in the series. I’ve read some and loved each one of them.

All in all, a fantastic holiday read!

The Billionaire’s Holiday Obsession by Nadia Lee

Deep in debt and stalked by a deadly conman, Jane Connolly needs a job and a safe place to stay. With no one to turn to in an unfamiliar city, she can’t refuse the kindness of a magnetic stranger.

A former mixed martial arts fighter, billionaire Iain Pryce couldn’t walk away from a small town girl in a big city, especially when it’s obvious she’s in trouble. But her sweet spirit threatens the single principle he’s been living under for the past thirteen years: don’t lose control…

 

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Spotlight: All I Want for Christmas is You (Coming Home #5.5) by Jessica Scott *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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All I Want for Christmas is You (Coming Home #5.5)
by Jessica Scott

A Contemporary Romance Series
Released October 22nd 2014

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All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left – and she doesn’t know if she can love him anymore.

But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what’s coming for them. It’s going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.

 

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Review

5-stars

What I’ve come to admire about Jessica Scott’s writing is the ‘realness’ of her stories. Each man and woman who star in one of her stories carries much more on their shoulders than any civilian would, but the author brings this to the page in a way that readers–especially those who have not experienced the same situations as those of the main characters–become emotionally invested in these characters’ stories.

This is the case in All I Want for Christmas is You too. At a 100+ pages of content Jessica Scott brings to the page a second chance story where a woman comes back from the war affected, confused and unable to cope.

I loved Patrick. He was loyal, loving and supportive. Due to his own experience after his deployments, he was able to relate to some of the issues Sam struggled with. His commitment to his family shined through as did his humor and caring personality. Sam was a great characters also. I couldn’t help but to want to comfort her. She felt so deeply and was so torn as to how to proceed in her healing that she did the only thing she thought was right. Thankfully, her daughter took the initiative and called Patrick for help and what ensued was a sweet, lovely story packed-full of emotions.

For me, as a reader of some of the other books in the series, it was a treat to see the same quality of writing, character development and range in emotions as with the other books I had read. And the fact that it was Sam’s issues that drove the story made it even more especial. I’m a sucker for holiday stories, so that was another plus for me as a reader. 😉

Keep in mind that although this novella is part of the Coming Home series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone. However, I do recommend that you read some of the other books in the series. I’ve read some and loved each one of them.

All in all, a fantastic holiday read!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Excerpt

It was not a gentle kiss. It was not tame or timid or questioning.

It burned her down to the root of Sam’s soul. It touched something deep and dark and hidden.

Something she’d thought was long since dead and buried and gone.

Patrick’s tongue slid against hers, stroking to life the very sensations she thought she’d never feel again.

It was electric, the feel of his mouth against hers. The scrape of stubble against her chin, the taste of him. The smell of his skin.

He nipped her. Pinched her bottom lip between his teeth and sucked it. And she sighed at the pleasure, at the raw ache his taste and touch aroused in her, pushing aside the darkness that haunted her.

Sam felt him. Felt everything. The heat of his skin. The warmth that drew her closer. That made her want to crawl into his lap and unzip his pants and push up that damned flannel shirt until they were skin to skin and there was nothing between them but sweat and heat.

One hand slid down her side. Tugged at her fleece and…

“Dear lord how many layers of clothing do you have on under this thing,” he muttered against her lips.

She smiled. “You weren’t wondering why I wasn’t cold?”

“Well you’d be a champ at strip poker right about now,” he murmured.

Then his fingers found her skin and she was no longer thinking.

 

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The novella ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU is also included in November 11th release HOME FOR CHRISTMAS with Joann Ross.

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About the Author

Jessica Scott

Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

She’s written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas.

She’s pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012.

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