Homefront by Jessica Scott #Review

Homefront by Jessica Scott #ReviewHomefront by Jessica Scott

Series: #1 Homefront
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on April 7, 2015
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Book Tour Provided
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A man gives his all for his career in the Army, but if he sacrificed so much along the way and his regrets lead him to hope that with this new assignment to Ft. Hood, he may see his hope fulfilled. A woman couldn’t handle the rigors of Army life with a young child and a husband gone for long periods of time. Regrets for not sticking it out? Sure. But now he there and he’s a whole new man wanting time with his daughter and maybe a chance with his ex-wife. Dare she take the opportunity or should she protect what’s left of her heart from when the Army calls him away again?

Gale Sorren’s career ended up on rocky ground when he got word that his daughter was hospitalized and he attacked the man who wouldn’t give him leave. He has a new assignment and a fresh start right where he begged to be assigned for years. Now that he’s in the same town as his ex-wife and daughter, he can’t seem to get up the courage to knock on their door. How they must hate him for being AWOL for years? There is the valid excuse that things are a mess in the battalion and they are all tasked to get it back where it needs to be. Captain Ben Teague seems a good sort and Gale doesn’t mind being his First Sergeant though there is a storm of issues always. But, he is here for a reason and that’s not to throw away this second chance with his daughter and maybe gets some closer with Melanie. He never stopped loving her after she left him.

Melanie can’t seem to find her balance after Gale walked back into her life. She’s so tired from the daily battles with their daughter and the fears that Jamie will resort to her dangerous habits again. Gale becomes a quiet, steady influence on Jamie and riles up Mel’s bitterness and anger even while she appreciates what he is doing. Her guilt over leaving him and her continued love have her raw and scared of this man who is no longer the young soldier, but someone strong and steady. Gale makes her want again even if she just knows that he’ll be off again within the year. Meanwhile, Jamie has some secrets that have repercussions for them all, but especially Gale as it forces him to confront a longtime friend who came back broken inside.

This is a poignant and passionate story of a broken family finding there way again and finding what its like to be together at last. A romance, sure, but it’s the romance of a man toward his family. I was engaged from the beginning and I read it straight through with one break. I feel the connection from the soul of the story right to my heart.

He’d given her up for the army. He’d let her go so that he could maybe grow into the kind of man who deserved her. Instead, all he’d done was grow into a warrior. A leader of men. Not a lover. Not a husband. Not a father. A ringing sense of failure hung around his shoulders, a lead weight dragging his soul down.

“What’s wrong?” she asked again.

He turned, looked down into her dark, sad eyes.

“You make me want tings I can’t have, Mel. Things I don’t deserve…because I thought…I hoped.” The words he needed wouldn’t come…

She paused. “And Gale?”

“Hmm?”

“Don’t tell me you don’t deserve happiness ever again.”

She kissed him then.

Loc 1652-1662 Gale and Mel from Homefront

This story kicks off a new series, but it is a spin-off of the Coming Home series. While a reader can easily begin with this story, my personal recommendation is to start with the Coming Home series as old familiar faces dot the perimeter of the scenes in this story. I’m just geeked that the author chose Gale Sorren from It Had to Be You for the hero in this one. I said in my review of that book that I wanted Sorren’s story and voila, the book fairies heard me and I got it.

While this book could technically be termed a military romance, the theme and setting of this series of books is that of the homefront away from the war action and it tells the stories of the homelife for these Army folk. It’s not prettified nor does it get political. Character-driven plots and the natural tension as a result of situation are what propel these along. The stories are all-encompassing with the romance as part of a whole and not an isolated piece. There is humor, passion, anger and everything in between. The humor is just the right touch whether its simple daily life humor like poor Gale having to have The Talk with his daughter or whether it is the snark that comes with people stressed to the max at work and needing an outlet.

“Apparently, her mother wants me to reinforce the fact that all boys are horny perverts and that she should wait until she meets a guy she really cares about.”

Teague stared down at the cookies in his lap. “Well, boys are typically horny perverts, so I can see how that would be some sage advice,” he said cautiously. He glanced up at Gale. “You look like you’re going to have a heart attack.”

“I might need to get my blood pressure checked,” Gale said, trying and failing to be flippant. “I’m not ready for my little girl to start exploring penises.”

Teague choked on his cookie and spewed crumbs across Gale’s desk. “Sorry, that caught me off guard,” Teague said, wiping his mouth. “I’ll clean that up.”

“Really sir?” Sorren swiped the crumbs onto the floor. “Just aim for the damn floor next time.”

“Next time warn a guy before you say something so funny,” Teague said, still laughing.

“My daughter and penises is not funny. Some boy is going to want to do to her what I did with her mother…I’m not ready for this,” he said again.

Loc 2473 Gale and Ben of Homefront

I loved the romance and it was great that the couple are middle age folk and parents of a teenager. The mature handling of their feelings, their desires, and actions was a nice extra and I liked that the author gave the parenting good page time since she included Jamie’s character. All that being said, these two have some combustible moments. Gale is sexy, smoldering and hot for Mel who can’t help admire the hard body under that uniform. They’ve been apart for so long, but the attraction and need are right there and neither stopped loving the other over the years apart. Loved the slow, but sure steps this romance took to its happy ever after.

So, the new book is a fantastic start to a new series. I appreciated the warm, real and flawed characters, the pacing of the story, the heartwarming tone and the depth of the engaging plot. Contemporary Romance fans who like slower developing yet sensual character-driven romance should give this a look.

My thanks to Rockstar PR and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • This sounds like a seriously powerful and heartbreaking story. Very nice review Sophia:) Glad I can give this series a try without reading the others.

    • These are very powerful, Lanie. I’ve already read the author’s notes on the next book and she promises that people will love it or hate it, but not be indifferent. Can’t wait.

      • Oooh, that sounds interesting. I wonder what she’ll do next to back up her notes. Hmmm…

  • I know she’s a great go to for military romances. Oddly enough, this sub genre is the only type of angst I really
    Love

    • You know, I’m not big on angst either, but I never mind it in this series. I guess the author just has to convince me that its necessary.

  • I have been seeing this one around quite a bit, and I do love military themed romances. And the setting is a bit different, which I like, andI definitely need to try this author out soon…this one sounds so good.

    • Yes, her books reach out and grab the emotions and her characters are real as are their situations. This is a new series, but its a spin-off of her Coming Home series. Those are wonderful too and I think you’d like them, Renee.

  • Ahhh I still need to finish her first series. *flails* It sounds like quite the read Sophia and one that would get me all choked up.

    • These can, but they tap into all your other emotions too. The humor, passion and sweetness come through too.

  • RO

    Like you, I’m a fan of the military story, and really enjoy that this is a couple that’s lived life with a teen to raise, making it more believable. The fact that this is a tale that focuses more on the dynamics of family and eventual growth, makes me want to check it out, for sure. Hugs…

    • Hope you like it, Ro! I love these, but I’m okay if someone else doesn’t. Not one of those readers. haha!

  • Sounds great Sophia 🙂 I love that the couple is middle age , maybe it’s about time I read something around my age..LOL

    • Haha! I think that too sometimes especially when I read about younger people and don’t quite relate to their issues anymore.

  • This sounds like an interesting second chance romance, although I am not sure if I would enjoy the military aspect. I like spinn-offsfor that exact reason, it’s so fun to see the characters from the previous series again while still getting a new series as well. That scene with Gale having The Talk with his daughter must have been fun, I like awkward scenes like that in books. And you don’t see that many books where the couple is middle age, I like that the author made the characters that age as it seems that all the romance characters nowadays need to be in their twenties. Great review Sophia!

    • Yes, it was fun watching Gale romance his ex-wife and reconnect with his daughter. The actual The Talk was even more hilarious.

  • Middle age folks and family at the center…this sounds delightful. Wonderful review Sophia!

  • Lindy Gomez

    I love that you say this is a romance of a man to his family. How Beautiful! A character driven, story that touches your heart is the very best kind of story. Lovely Review 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • I loved that aspect too. I kept thinking about it after I read the story and wanted that point to come across in the review. Thanks, Lindy!