Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It's Always Been You Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway)

IT'S ALWAYS BEEN YOU by Jessica Scott 
(March 4, 2014; Forever E-Book; $2.99)

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 . . 

My Thoughts:

I always enjoy reading Jessica's writing. I love how she puts real issues that affects military members and families into her stories. In It's Always Been You we find a few issues that really do affect military members and families. For instance in the story you find Ben Teague who never wanted to be in charge, but at the same token he's given responsibility he's been avoiding. So, he's trying to find the perfect balance between doing the right thing for the army and for the troops. Sometimes it's not always cut and dry. At the same time, he's dealing with a by-the-book lawyer, Olivia Hale. Sometimes is a good thing and in this particular story a bit of a challenge. Plus, Ben is dealing with a few issues that are plague his platoon (I think that's right. AF it's squadron, but I don't think that would be good idea to use.), which happen to be domestic issues and drug problems.

Olivia has a lot challenges. One is being a woman. Military-wise it can be a bit of a challenge, especially when you have some higher ups looking down at you cause you are a woman. So, she has to prove to them that she can do the job. Her other issue is she kind of lets her past color her view. Sometimes that's a good thing and others it leaves a skew version of all the facts. Fa

If you want to read a story that will give a pretty good depiction of what goes on, you can't go wrong with Jessica Scott's books. They give you the feel of life on a military installation is like with a dash of romance. I enjoyed Ben and Olivia's story, because you have two people that want to do the right thing. Plus, they need to work together to figure out to achieve the same goal. So, looking for a military romance, you may want to checkout It's Always Been You.

Favorite Quote:
'"Yes, you outrank your platoon sergeant. But nowhere on the good Lord's green earth are we going to let you run off and take all that vast knowledge you acquired in officer basic course or ROTC and actually start running things. This is not to say that you're incapable of doing it but there's a lot to be said for experience. The only one in the half of your relationship who has that experience is your platoon sergeant."'

Copy provided by ForeverRomance via NetGalley


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About Jessica Scott:
USA Today bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer; mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs; wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well-adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

She's written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View: Regarding War Blog, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas.

She's pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she's been featured as one ofEsquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.

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  1. Lovely review! :) I couldn't agree more. Can't wait for the next book in the series!


  2. I only read one of the books so far, so I don't have a favorite. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

  3. I have most of these books, but haven't read them yet. But from all the excerpts I've read I really like Vic Carponti. I like how he's a joker but has a much deeper side.

    Marcy Shuler