Tuesday, March 19, 2013

[Review]: "Because Of You"

I know, I know, Kame already did a review for this one last year. But I finally read it myself and LOVED it. So two rave reviews, on the same blog, always equals a good thing. Always. :D

Because of You by Jessica Scott
Publisher: Loveswept (November 14, 2011)
Series: Coming Home, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From the war-torn streets of Baghdad to the bittersweet comforts of the home front, two wounded hearts navigate the battlefield of coming home from war in this explosive eBook original from newcomer Jessica Scott.

Keeping his men alive is all that matters to Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison. But meeting Jen St. James the night before his latest deployment makes Shane wonder if there's more to life than war. He leaves for Iraq remembering a single kiss with a woman he'll never see again- until a near fatal attack lands him back at home and in her care. Jen has survived her own brush with death and endured its scars. And yet there's a fire in Shane that makes Jen forget all about her past. He may be her patient, but when this warrior looks her in the eyes, she feels - for the first time in a long time - like a woman. Shane is too proud to ask for help, but for Jen, caring for him is more than a duty -it's a need. And as Jen guides Shane through the fires of healing, she finds something she never expected - her deepest desire.
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Because of You is the first book in a while where I truly felt a connection to the characters, and not just the hero and heroine, either. I grieved with them, cried with them, laughed with them, and worried with them. In short, I truly loved this book!

This is not just another military romance by any means. Scott tells a story that I am confident is very true to real military life, the trials and troubles, pain and difficulty returning home, physically damaged or not. My heart was aching during much of the book, for one character or another.

I loved watching Shane and Jen together. They fit each other so well. They both had something to learn from the other, they both helped to heal the other in one way or another.

I loved the humor the most, I think. Often it was the small things, the unexpected jokes, that really had me laughing. And more often than naught I was laughing at Vic (Carponti). I may have fallen for Shane, but Vic stole a piece of my heart, too. :)

“Yeah, well, let me tell you how great it is to jerk off with my left hand. Feels like someone else is doing it.” (Carponti)
Shane choked on a laugh and opened his email. “Did not need to know that. Really.”
“You brought it up.”
“Great. Thanks. Now I need brain bleach to get that tortured image out of my head. I swear to God, if I dream about that tonight, I'm killing myself."


Ah Carponti, how I love you! :)

But he wasn't the only one with a sense of humor. Jen had one as well:


“Seeing as how I’ve held your penis in my hand, I think that puts you firmly in the not a stranger category."
(A few pages later...)
She paused at the top of his penis and he waited for her to go just a little lower.
A smile crept over her lips. He scowled. “What’s so funny?”
“It’s not quite the same without a tube sticking out of it.”
(And this...)
“Yes, that means I’m blackmailing you. I need to keep the Great Penis around a little longer.”
He choked. “What?” he managed.
“Never mind. Inside joke.”
“Seeing how I assume this is my penis we’re talking about—”
“Will you shut up and kiss me?”



I loved the catheter scene. Oh my, that sounds way dirty and odd, doesn't it? But just trust me on this. It's funny. And perhaps a bit sexy, because, hey, even though it is suppose to be purely medical, what sane woman, who's lusting after this sexy man, could play cold and detached while holding his penis in her hand? Erect, I might add. Though really, I would think that having one in, and then pulling it out, would kind of discourage such a response....

5 STARS! Emotionally gripping (and at times emotionally draining), Because of You was just what I needed to help get me out of my reading rut. I know I will be reaching for this one again, and I can't wait for Scott's future books--especially Trent and Laura's book. :) And I'm begging for a short story on Carponti. I want more Carponti! :D



I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

*Note*: The quotes used in this review are property of Jessica Scott; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them.


Kame was the one who told me to pick this up last week, and she was right--it did help to get me out my reading funk! Have you read it yet? If not, I highly suggest picking up Scott's books. Funny and yet emotional, ack, they're just soooo good! :)


Until Next Time,


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Kame said...

I am so happy you loved this book and it did what I knew it could do - get you out of your reading rut! You should read "Until There Was You" also! oh and readers - as TBQ said with two raving reviews if you haven't read this book yet - what is stopping you!

Wickedly Delicious said...

Beautifull review! Love when I can laugh and cry with the characters. Thank for sharing the quotes. Funny and sexy. Added ot my wishlist,.

The_Book_Queen said...

Thanks, WD! :) There's really nothing better than feeling with the characters, not just for them! :) You really need to read this one, you won't be disappointed!

The_Book_Queen said...

:D Yep, I've read Until There Was You---last year, I think. Read the series out of order. Read Anything For You, too, review will be up next week. Can't wait for her next book!

Colleen Isolde said...

Great review! The humor throughout the book really helps when dealing with the deeply emotional aspects. I keep "hinting" via twitter to Jessica Scott to write a Carponti novella or novel. :) This one is definitely one of my frequent re-reads. :)

The_Book_Queen said...

Yes it does! I think we need to team up, with Kame, and "convince" Jessica to write Carponti's story. I'll even settle for a novella. :D

Lover Of Romance said...

Awesome review!!! Since you loved it so much I will definitely have to add it to the Top of my wishlist for sure!! I also enjoyed the quotes you shared..especially the last one HEHE!!

The_Book_Queen said...

Yes, you really must read this one! :)