Monday, November 4, 2013

[Kame's ARC Review]: "I'll Be Home for Christmas"

I'll Be Home for Christmas by Jessica Scott
Publisher: Forever Yours (November 5, 2013) 
Series: Coming Home, 2.6 (novella)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

There's nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke . . . except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war . . . and from his own darkest fears.

As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband's tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic's bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.

Where to Buy*:
 Kindle | NOOK 
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Our Reviews of Jessica Scott's other books:

Because of You, #1 (Kame)
Because of You, #1 (TBQ)
Anything For You, #1.5 (TBQ)
Until There Was You, #2 (TBQ)

Kame's Review:

It is a few days before he deploys and Vic Carponti can’t shake the feeling that this deployment will be different. He knows his deployment will be harder on his wife, Nicole as it will be her first Christmas since her father died. All she wants is her husband home for Christmas.

“I’m glad you’re here,” he whispered, holding out his hand for the baggie. He took a deep breath, then dumped the contents onto his lap. His dog tags jingled against his wedding ring. He maneuvered the plain gold band onto his finger then managed to use his thumb and pinky to get it back where it belonged.

Nicole hadn’t noticed but it was a small victory for him. It felt right having this ring on.

One thing I like about books in a series is you get to see events from many points of view. Fans of Jessica Scott’s Because Of You will be happy to see the events of the deployment from Carponti’s view.  We met Carponti in Because of You so what can we learn in a novella with Carponti the main character?  Carponti does have his funny moments but we realize that while on deployment the laughs are more to keep his fellow soldiers’ morale up. There are times he is more serious and extremely protective of his wife. His intense love for Nicole is on every page. Nicole’s character shows us the view of a wife of a deployed soldier, sleeping in his shirt wearing his cologne, and sleeping with the computer next to the bed; I was biting my nails right along with her at times.

“But you’re okay. And that’s what matters.”

He just sat for a moment and looked at her. Savored the feel of her hands on his body, even if it was just his face. She was touching him. She was here and she hadn’t run screaming from the room at the sight of his bandaged hand. “

This book had a ton of sweet moments and some surprises for me too.  It is a perfect complement to Because of You and could be read either before or after. This is more than a Christmas novella, it is a must read if you are a fan of Carponti. It’s hard to imagine but I actually love this character more after reading this novella.  

     5 STARS!

Kame received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

*Note: The quotes used belong to Jessica Scott; Kame and TBQ's Book Palace do not claim them.


Meet Kame:

Kame is part of a family of readers; one day she picked up the Nook she purchased for her husband and discovered her love of e-books. A few months later he purchased one for her so he could have his back! Kame’s Nook is never far, and she is hard pressed to pick a favorite book, genre or author. As long as there are characters that make her want to sit down and have a chat and a plot keeps the pages turning, she’ll read it.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) Great quotes--I couldn't narrow down my favorites. LOL There were just too many great ones to pick from!

Don't forget to head over and read my review of the book, as well as Pat's. And stop by and read our discussion of the book, too! :) It's Jessica Scott and Carponti day here on the blog! :D


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