by Jessica Scott (Goodreads Author)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 . . .
Source: eARC for Honest Review from Forever Romance via NetGalley
Genre: Military Romance
I know this is a fictional book but for me who doesn't know too much about the world this story had me compelled and drawn in. The damage the war has done I can't even imagine. In this story the lack of support and understanding is appalling the politics behind the scenes is disturbing. What makes a man so broken there is no return.
Reza had his own demons before entering the war but he came back with so many more with the responsibility of so many others on his back. Drinking was his way of coping he tried to fight it but it became to much.
Emily had idealistic views of how she could help but the reality of what she was dealing with was so much more. As a shrink she wanted to help but she lacked the know how to truly understand.
Reza and Emily started by butting heads with opposing views but quickly realized they needed each other to make it through.
Jessica Scott has a true gift for military romances and all the emotional grit and baggage that comes with the war.