All For You by Jessica Scott (Coming Home #4)

All For You by Jessica ScottAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Michelle

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 . . .

All for You was a difficult book to get through. Jessica Scott has incredible talent and a way of writing that draws the reader right in so you’re feeling all of the emotions along with the characters. This is the fourth book in her Coming Home series but the first one I’ve read, and I don’t feel I missed out on anything by reading it as a stand alone.

Sergeant First Class Reza Iaconelli is a tough nut to crack. He is so damaged it’s almost unbelievable that someone would even attempt to break through his walls. He’s a soldier, first and foremost. He’s also an alcoholic, having started drinking at a very young age to escape from his horrid home life. He eats, sleeps and breathes his career in the army. He’s a battle-hardened warrior, scarred inside and out, and all he wants to do is focus on his job and try to stay sober. What he doesn’t count on is one Emily Lindberg interfering with that focus.

Captain Emily Lindberg does not belong in the army. At least that’s what Sergeant Iaconelli tells her during their first meeting, which was more of an argument than a meeting. Emily joined the army to try to help, to make a difference, to offer her psychiatric skills to help keep soldiers on the right track. Since her placement at Fort Hood, she has been overwhelmed with work, stress and attitude from men like Sergeant “Ike”. Reza takes his job of getting soldiers trained and ready for battle very seriously, and he doesn’t appreciate the new shrink on post standing in his way. For her part, Emily takes her job of caring for the mental health of the soldiers just as seriously, and she doesn’t appreciate the overbearing men who will stop at nothing to browbeat her into staying out of their way.

When certain facts are brought to light, Emily starts to question the chain of command at Fort Hood and the army’s treatment of the soldiers who end up in her care. Reluctant at first, Reza soon realizes something is very wrong with the way some of his men are being treated, and he also begins to question the actions of the men above him.

This book is dark and depressing and gut-wrenching. Reza is the ultimate battle-scarred hero. He’s forceful and rude and sexy as hell. Emily takes one look at him and falls in lust. She can’t dismiss his treatment of her and the soldiers he has sworn to protect, but she can’t ignore the intense attraction she feels for him. When Reza agrees to work with her on figuring out exactly what’s going on at Fort Hood, she is more than willing to accept his help. Not only does she want to do her job better, but she wants to figure out what makes this compelling soldier tick. He is closed off tighter than Fort Knox and she knows the scars and tattoos on his body hide the demons he fights inside.

Reza doesn’t want Emily poking around in his head trying to figure out his feelings, but he does want the sexy little captain more than he should. He knows he needs to concentrate on staying sober and just do his job, but staying away from Emily proves impossible. Their chemistry is off the charts, and both of them need the other more than they even know.

I loved how Emily stood her ground with Reza, both professionally and personally. She knows Reza has spent his life fighting, and she vows to be the one to stand by his side lending him strength for once. Reza has a hard time letting her in, but Emily refuses to be dissuaded. She works her way into his heart and before he knows it, Emily becomes as important to him as the career he’s devoted his life to. Emily was sweet and naïve, but also strong enough to stand up to Reza and break through to the real man underneath.

I found the overall storyline of this book a bit depressing. Aside from the romance between Reza and Emily, the focus of the book was on crooked commanders, broken soldiers, addiction and suicide. It took me a while to get through the book for that reason alone. I did really like Reza and Emily and wanted them to fight for their happy ending.

I give All for You by Jessica Scott 3.5 stars!

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