It’s Always Been You (Coming Home #5) by Jessica Scott
Released: March 4, 2014
Genre: Military romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the Flap
She plays by the rules . . .
Captain Ben Teague is many things: a tough soldier, a loyal friend, and a bona fide smart-ass. He doesn't have much tolerance for BS, which is why he's mad as hell when a trusted colleague and mentor is brought up on charges that can't possibly be true. He's even more frustrated with by-the-book lawyer Major Olivia Hale. But there's something simmering beneath her icy reserve--and Ben just can't resist turning up the heat . . .
. . . and he's determined to break them
The only thing riskier than mixing business with pleasure is enjoying it . . . and Olivia can't resist locking horns--and lips--with Ben. He's got more compassion in his little finger than any commander she's ever met, a fact that makes him a better leader than he realizes. But when the case that brought them together awakens demons from Olivia's past, she will have to choose between following orders--or her heart . . .
Ben Teague comes across as the class clown but beneath the sarcastic exterior is a cynical and damaged man. He’s been through too much and has lost nearly all hope in the military. Now remains a jaded shell of a man that once existed. Suddenly he it thrust into command and battles both with himself and those up the chain to prevent himself from becoming a man like those he’s grown to detest.
Although she give the impression of being a strict attorney who doesn’t bend the rules, beneath the surface Olivia Hale still is a damaged girl with the scars to prove it. While she survived an abusive father, not everyone does. She has vowed to do whatever it takes to prevent further tragic situations.
Their attraction is immediate even though they choose to fight it. They both have jobs to do and while a relationship doesn’t break the rules, it can hamper professionalism especially in unpredictable situations. Fortunately for the reader, Ben and Olivia can keep fighting the inevitable. I love as much as they bicker and argue their personalities are still complimentary to one another.
Not being someone familiar with the interworking of the military, I’m exceedingly happy Scott gives detailed descriptions so you always know what’s happening and who’s in charge of whom; no boot camp needed. As with the previous story I read of Scott’s, All for You, I find much of this story seems to focus more on interpersonal relationships and is almost like a study in anthropology. It covers many significant and important circumstances which, no doubt, are prevalent with the men and women who serve. As I now expect, this is a story filled with impressive writing, emotional substance, and a side of romance.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.