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Review: Back to You (Coming Home #2) by Jessica Scott

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Review: Back to You (Coming Home #2) by Jessica ScottBack to You by Jessica Scott
Series: Coming Home #2
Published by: Grand Central Publishing on 7/29/2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Women, Military
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

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He's in for the fight of his life . . .

Army captain Trent Davila loved his wife, Laura, and their two beautiful children. But when he almost lost his life in combat, something inside him died. He couldn't explain the emptiness he felt or bridge the growing distance between him and his family—so he deployed again. And again. And again . . . until his marriage reached its breaking point. Now, with everything on the line, Trent has one last chance to prove to his wife that he can be the man she needs . . . if she'll have him

. . . to win back his only love.

Laura is blindsided when Trent returns home. Time and again, he chose his men over his family, and she's just beginning to put the pieces of her shattered heart back together. But when Trent faces a court martial on false charges, only Laura can save him. What begins as an act of kindness to protect his career inflames a desire she thought long buried—and a love that won't be denied. But can she trust that this time he's back to stay?








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Back to You is the second novel in the Coming Home series by Jessica Scott.  The series follows soldiers coming home to their families after the war and the effects that the war has on these relationships.


Back to You follows Captain Trent Davila, a man who has spent far more time in Iraq and Afghanistan than he has in his own home with his wife and children. Volunteering for deployment after deployment has his relationship on the rocks as his wife, Laura, serves him with divorce papers.  As if that wasn’t enough of a downer, Trent is also being court-martialed.  Fun times.


Laura Davila has been left to raise her two children, Ethan and Emma, by herself since the army keeps dragging her husband back into the fold.  Now that her husband is being court-martialed, however, she is being asked to put on a happy face in order to strengthen Trent’s defense.  Can Laura fake a happy marriage for the sake of the man who abandoned her for the army?


I really, really, really enjoyed Back to You.  It is the second in the series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone novel.  Trent is a good guy.  He wants to fix his marriage; he’s just having some problems.  I’ve never been in the military, and I’ve never had relatives in the military, so I can’t even imagine what Trent and Laura are going through in this novel.  On Trent’s side, being in a war changes people.  He doesn’t know how to do normal anymore, so he gets scared and continuously volunteers for deployments.  Now that he’s being screwed over with the court-martial, he’s starting to wonder if he ruined his marriage for nothing.  On Laura’s side, she continuously has her heart broken whenever her husband leaves her.  Plus, he won’t open up to her about what he’s been through, so she has absolutely no way of understanding his reasoning.


I loved their relationship.  Watching Trent work at being a better husband, and a better dad to his kids, and watching the walls slowly come down on both his and Laura’s side legitimately gave me warm fuzzies inside.  You root for Trent and Laura to work things out.  You want to see them both happy.  And their kids are adorable.  Ethan and Emma made me want to pick them up and hug them, and their escape artist hamsters.


The rest of the characters were all fantastic.  The different soldiers that served with Trent, their wives, all of whom have their own personal troubles to get through were wonderful to read about.  They all seemed like a giant happy family and I just really loved getting little snippets into their lives, while still keeping the main focus on Trent and Laura.


The only complaint I have is one I can’t get into too much detail on because it would ruin the whole book otherwise.  The only thing I’ll say is that I found the ending really anti-climactic.  And that is the only thing that keeps Back to You from being a five star novel to me.


I do, however, give Back to You 4 out of 5 controllers.  It was a great story into some very real issues that I imagine families go through, if they have family members in the military.  I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good romance novel, and I will definitely be picking up the first book and reading it.




My Rating

rate 4

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About Jessica Scott

USA Today bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer; mother of two daughters, She’s written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View: Regarding War Blog, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom/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.