by Jessica Scott
Thanks so much for having me here today on Ex Libris! Like Stella, I’m an avid reader but for the last couple of years and especially since “becoming a writer” I read more critically now. Because of that, I end up reading less and end up stopping a whole lot more books than I end up finishing.
The Hunger Games was like that for me. I could not get the line where Katniss says something to the effect of “that was as close as our relationship was going to get: entrails, no hissing” when talking about her sister’s cat. Man did that cat do me in on Mockingjay. I bawled for DAYS. I was wrung out, completely empty and could not fathom another book or series that was going to tear me up like that.
Anyone who’s been following me knows just how much I loved Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Blade. There was just something about Honor’s broken courage and Dmitri’s cold, wounded shell that just spoke to me. I love a good romance as much as the next gal but I’ll tell you I really love a romance that brings two wounded souls together and let’s them heal. I think that’s why I’m still hung up on Dmitri and Honor.
UNTIL THERE WAS YOU, I don’t necessarily pick up the series where BECAUSE OF YOU left off but I do try to keep to one of my deeply embedded themes of bringing wounded souls back together. Captain Claire Montoya is badly damaged and trusts very few people. Captain Evan Loehr is very much a rule follower for his own reasons. And when they’re faced with a situation that requires both of them to give a little bit, the battle is on.
Below is an excerpt:
He shifted uncomfortably, then cleared his throat. The sound pulled her attention from the agenda and made her look up. She shifted the paper, and he gripped the edge to angle it so he could see it better. His fingers slid against hers, and he froze. She looked up, their fingers still touching, her green eyes darkening.
Then she swallowed and pulled her fingers free from his touch.
This was not the woman he knew—the wildfire, out-of-control officer he was used to seeing in the tactical operations center. That woman made snap judgments and spoke before engaging her brain. This woman was restrained. Tense. This was new, a side of Claire that Evan had never seen before.
Her gaze met his, hesitant.
“What are you doing?” Her voice was thick, edgy and filled with a wariness that made his heart flip in his chest.
“Listening to your brief.” His voice sounded off to his own ears, harsh and rough.
“You haven’t heard a word I’ve said.” She leaned back in the booth and stared at him, a sharp, hunted expression in her eyes. “Don’t look at me like that.”
Silence hung over them, awkward and cold. She said nothing, and he could see her searching for the right words, fighting the edge of panic. “Like you’re looking to start rumors. Captain America doesn’t sleep with members of his team, remember? Violates some superhero code or something.”
“I wasn’t planning on sleeping with anyone, let alone with you,” he said dryly.
She laughed out loud and just like that, the tension snapped and fizzled into an almost comfortable silence. “Well played, Captain America. Well played.” She paused then. “Do you have any issues with this training plan?”
He studied the chart that outlined the key measures of success for the convoy operations. After a long moment, he glanced up at her. Shadows fell across her face, casting it in a soft, subtle glow. “No. The timeline sucks, but the convoy stuff is a good plan.”
“All right, that does it,” she snapped.
“You’ve never said ‘good job’ to me on anything. What’s wrong with you?”
Until There Was You by Jessica Scott
Book #2 in the Coming Home series
He plays by the rules, she’s not afraid to break them. Now these two strong-willed army captains will prove that opposites attract . . .
A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.
Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye.
He’s more than the rank on his chest; he’s a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.
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Order of the series:
Book #1 - Because of You - read my review
Book #2 - Until There Was You - read my review
Book #3 - Back to You - to be released in 2013
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