Review: All For You by Jessica Scott

Posted February 15, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

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Review: All For You by Jessica ScottAll For You by Jessica Scott
Series: Coming Home #4
Published by Forever on February 4, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 307
Format: eARC
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four-half-stars

Can a battle-scarred warrior . . .

Stay sober. Get deployed. Lead his platoon. Those are the only things that matter to Sergeant First Class Reza Iaconelli. What he wants is for everyone to stay out of his way; what he gets is Captain Emily Lindberg telling him how to deal with his men. Fort Hood's newest shrink is smart as a whip and sexy as hell. She's also full of questions—about the army, its soldiers, and the agony etched on Reza's body and soul.

. . . open his heart to love?

Emily has devoted her life to giving soldiers the care they need—and deserve. Little does she know that means facing down the fierce wall of muscle that is Sergeant Iaconelli like it's just another day at the office. When Reza agrees to help her understand what makes a soldier tick, she's thrilled. Too bad it doesn't help her unravel the sexy warrior in front of her who stokes her desire and touches a part of her she thought long dead. He's the man who thinks combat is the only escape from the demons that haunt him. The man who needs her most of all . . .

I’ve looked forward to Reza’s story since the second book where his life seemed to completely fall apart and it was well worth the wait.

The setup
Reza Iaconelli is an incredible leader, preparing the men in his division for deployment and keeping them safe once at war. But when he’s not deployed, his excessive drinking is a problem. He’s taken it upon himself to self manage his sobriety but Reza’s private pain is sorely testing his resolve. When he crosses paths with Army psychiatrist Emily Lindbergh, his life changes overnight.

The issues
Reza’s used up all of his command’s goodwill and no one is going to come to his rescue anymore. He’s a loner and realistically can’t heal himself anymore. He’s near drowning but sees hope in the idealism of Emily, who still sees possibility in him and the ability to provide needed mental health treatment to the troops who are suffering from the effects of too many deployments. They have a passionate relationship based on respect and affection of each other. He’s not her patient, nor does she relate to him that way.

What works about this story
Emily is the light Reza needed at this moment in his life and he embodied all that she respected in a military leader. She saw in him what he had trouble acknowledging for himself. Their developing romance just sizzled in all the right ways and it was lovely how they supported each other without really trying. They were so natural and honest with each other, just what I had hoped for this troubled and formidable man.

Reza’s selflessness in helping Emily understand the world of the damaged men she was treating made such a difference in the story. It exposed the true man and leader. I loved how she got him but didn’t tolerate his self abuse when it mattered the most. All of this occurred against the backdrop of a seriously flawed military system that didn’t offer easy solutions and presented all sides of the issues.

The bottom line
While this is a tough story, it’s one I expected but was also delighted in the romance. The contrast between Emily’s optimism and Reza’s futility provided a balance in the relationship that anchored both of them. It’s a sensitively portrayed love story that captured me, in spite of the sometimes harsh circumstances. Reza is symbolic of many of the men serving our country and they are well represented here. Again, well done.

 

About 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 is currently a company commander stationed at Fort Hood.

Most recently, she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012.

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