I was provided with an advance reader copy by My own copy in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Coming Home #5.5
Published by Jessica Scott on October 24, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Source: My own copy
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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.
I first discovered the Coming Home series late in 2012, and from then on, I have been enthralled by these incredible books. Jessica Scott has crafted beautiful, real depictions of the effects of the Iraq war on the lives of American service personnel and those around them.
If you are looking to know how to read the series in order, check out Jessica’s website – you all know I’m a freak for reading in order.
In All I Want for Christmas is You, we see the rebuilding of a relationship between two people whose lives have been irrevocably changed by their deployments to Iraq, Major Patrick MacLean and Captain Samantha Egan. I’ve got a quick review of this just below.
This could be read as a standalone quite happily, but get thee to your favourite book retailer, and drop some of your hard-earned on the rest of the Coming Home series. You can also find All I Want for Christmas is You included in the November 11 release Home For Christmas with Joann Ross.
As part of the spotlight, I’ve also got an excerpt from All I Want for Christmas is You, courtesy of the lovely Jessica Scott, and another fantastic giveaway. Check the bottom of this post for how you could win an iPad Mini!
My thoughts on All I Want for Christmas is You:
While both Patrick and Sam have been deeply affected by their time in Iraq, it is Sam’s time in country that is the focus. Leaving my daughter for a couple of nights to go to a conference is tough, so I can’t even imagine what it would be like as a parent to have to leave your child for a year or more. My heart broke in equal measure for Sam and Patrick – for Sam, losing her friend, her feeling of safety, and for Patrick, facing the loss of the woman he loves. I loved how their story develops, and how clear it is that there is love and something good for them to work towards. I believed them, and I believed in their story, that it could happen.
There are moments of humour as well – Patrick’s moaning about the Maine weather is just what my hubby would do – and some fascinating glimpses into the world of Sabre Falls, Maine…I cannot wait to read about the Riersons.
All in all, this is another fantastic novella from the pen of Jessica Scott. Keep doing what you do, Jessica, because it’s working a treat!
Here’s a little peek into the story:
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.
So let me tell you about Jessica Scott:
USA Today bestselling author 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 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.