After the War
The second book in the emotional new Homefront series from USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott
A terrible lossâ€¦
Captain Sarah Anders lost her husband to the Iraq war and has nearly lost the career she loves. Sent to Fort Hood, she only wants to do her job and take care of the daughter sheâ€™s raising on her own. She never counted on running straight into a memory sheâ€™d tried to forget.
A love he never forgot…
Captain Sean Nichols never got over Sarah. He simply tried to forget her amidst the war and the chaos of combat. But when sheâ€™s assigned to investigate his unit, he comes face to face with the woman no war or any amount of time could make him forget.
A dark secretâ€¦
As Sarah gets closer to the truth, Sean must accept that actions he took during the war may end the tentative love building between them. And even if Sarah can forgive him, Sean may never be able to forgive himself.
â€śIâ€™m sorry you have to go through this alone.â€ť
â€śThank you for saying that.â€ť She blinked quickly, and she heard a rustle of blankets. Her mind detoured into a very unprofessional space. â€śDid you just get into bed?â€ť
He laughed quietly. â€śYeah. Are you?â€ť
â€śYeah.â€ť There was something illicit in that simple agreement. Illicit and enticing all at once.
â€śSo weâ€™re in bed together?â€ť
â€śHa ha ha.â€ť She cleared her throat, though, as a fresh heat traced over her skin, warm and needy. â€śTell me more about Kearney.â€ť
â€śDamn, and here I thought you were going to ask me what I was wearing to bed.â€ť
She hesitated. Only for a moment, not giving herself time to talk herself out of her next words. â€śWhat are you wearing to bed?â€ť
A silence that let her mind wander. â€śSweats.â€ť He paused. When he spoke, his voice was husky and thick. â€śTell me what youâ€™re wearing.â€ť
â€śYoga pants and a T-shirt,â€ť she said softly, her cheeks turning hot. Was she really having this conversation?
â€śThis doesnâ€™t feel wrong to me. I just wanted you to know that.â€ť
Once again I am completely blown away by Jessica Scott’s writing. Her passion for the military and the men and women who fight for our country every day. But there is a side to this military most of us don’t see each day. It’s powerful and real and a tough spot to be in. What happens when the war is too much? What happens when our soldiers return from a war? Their lives change. Sometimes it makes them stronger, sometimes not. Sometimes it’s about who has your back and who is out to destroy you. Jessica Scott has this amazing ability to take everything that a relationship has and entwines it into the military making it a very powerful storyline that cannot be put down.
Sarah lost everything when her husband was killed in the war. But one thing that he left behind was a baby he never knew about. Sarah is just trying to get through it.Â A career in the military and a child. Is she strong enough to keep going or is the bit of her past that appears before her going to change everything? Will she be strong enough to face him and their history or will it break her completely?
Sean walked away from the one woman he loved because she didn’t want to give up her life to be married to a soldier. But he never completely let her go. In his heart, she has always been there. Seeing her again is a game changer, a life changer, a second change to make everything happen the way it should have years before. But he was foolish. But he’s not the same man. Can he find a way to get her to see beyond the past? Can they find their way back to one another or is this encounter going to be the biggest problem of all.
One thing I love about Jessica Scott’s stories is their ability not only to capture my attention, but my heart as well. I fall head over heals in love with the story, the characters and their ability to move me. I feel a little more patriotic with each page, I feel a little more humbled at the end and I have that much more pride in the men and woman that stand up and fight for our country and our freedom. The writing is fabulous and the stories are captivating. Each time I have the opportunity to read a new book by Jessica Scott, I will take it hands down.
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 also 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 has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.
She’s pursuing a graduate degree 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.
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