Wednesday, May 6, 2015

After the War by Jessica Scott @JessicaScott09 - Release Day @RockStarPRLC

After the War
by Jessica Scott
Series: Homefront, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 5, 2015

The second book in the emotional new Homefront series from USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott

A terrible loss…

Captain Sarah Anders lost her husband to the Iraq war and has nearly lost the career she loves. Sent to Fort Hood, she only wants to do her job and take care of the daughter she’s raising on her own. She never counted on running straight into a memory she’d tried to forget.

A love he never forgot...

Captain Sean Nichols never got over Sarah. He simply tried to forget her amidst the war and the chaos of combat. But when she’s assigned to investigate his unit, he comes face to face with the woman no war or any amount of time could make him forget.

A dark secret…

As Sarah gets closer to the truth, Sean must accept that actions he took during the war may end the tentative love building between them. And even if Sarah can forgive him, Sean may never be able to forgive himself.

He smelled good. Warm and sleepy, mixed with the edge of adrenaline from his dream. It might not have been real, but his body had reacted like it might as well have been. He leaned into her suddenly, twisting his upper body to reach across and cup her cheek. He bussed her nose with his, brushing his lips over hers in the barest hint of a kiss. “Will you at least save me a dance?”

She smiled against his lips, enjoying the sensation as his scent wrapped around her, heating her blood. “Yes, Sean, I’ll dance with you.”

He didn't kiss her but he didn't release her. “Things are only complicated until you finalize your investigation,” he said softly.

His lips were parted, his breath warm and mingling with hers. She knew she was destined to disappoint him. “Things only get more complicated after that.”

“They don’t have to be.”

She smiled against his mouth. “Will you stop talking and kiss me?”

His tongue traced her top lip, tempting her with a promise of more. “Not until you answer me. Why are things complicated?”

She sighed at the faint contact. “Because of my daughter.”

He pulled her bottom lip between his teeth, sucking gently. Fire sparked in her blood and set her skin alive. “I can live with that,” he murmured.

She leaned back. “You can?”

“Yes.” He traced his tongue over her bottom lip where his teeth had scraped. He kissed her then. The kind of kiss that bolted through her as his tongue slid into her mouth. She wanted him. She couldn't deny that. She wanted Sean. Not just someone to satisfy the need she’d denied since she’d last said good-bye to Jack. This wasn't about the physical. It was so much more with Sean.

This was Sean. And his touch meant so much more because of who he was. Of the past they shared. The love, once upon a time. The loss that had touched them both so deeply.

Sean broke away, his breath ragged. “I want…God, I want to touch you.”

“Sean.” A jagged whisper. Torture in a single breathless word.

Start the Homefront Series:

Book 1: Homefront

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 also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.

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

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