As I sat down to write my review of this latest book by Jessica Scott, I wasn’t going to do a full blog review. Simply post a few sentences to all the usual places. As I began to write, I realized that the subject that Scott takes on in this novel deserved some recognition, and by extension, a full blog review. Suicide, and not just among military members, is a huge issue in our country. We need more authors willing to take on this delicate issue with grace and talent. We need more awareness. We need more people to stand up and say this is a problem.
In All for You, the fourth book in the Coming Home series, Jessica Scott stands up and takes on a far too prevalent issue in military life: suicide among returning veterans. She also takes on the establishment and those that believe PTSD isn’t real or not a legitimate disease to be treated. Just in case that isn’t enough, there is a layer of dealing with addiction included, too. While there is a poignant love story between Reza and Emily, this book is really about not leaving any man (or woman behind).
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 . . .
I really enjoyed getting to know Reza and Emily better. Emily had previously made an appearance as Trent’s counselor in Back to You. Reza has been a presence in all the books to date. They are an unlikely combination, but yet it somehow works. I do think Scott was a little too easy on Reza; I wanted more of his journey back from addiction. I also wanted more of our previous heroes. Shane and Vic do make an appearance, as do Claire and Evan. However, as always, I wanted a bigger glimpse into the lives of our heroes and more of their interaction with Reza now that we’ve moved past the initial surge. I was delighted to see Claire and Evan back. I always felt their book didn’t quite fit as well into the series, so this gave them a little more grounding that I appreciated.
This is probably the most timely of the Coming Home books. Scott’s voice, as always, is spot on when it comes to military issues and military romance. I can’t wait to see where she takes us next. While we know it will be Ben and Olivia’s story, so far there hasn’t been a synopsis released. If the cover is any indication, it will be amazing.