Welcome back to Jessica and congrats on her newest Loveswept release, Until There Was You -
I’m super excited to be back at Romance at Random! It’s hard to believe almost a year has gone by since my first book BECAUSE OF YOU helped launch the return of Loveswept and wow, have I learned some amazing lessons this year.
I love a man in uniform but UNTIL THERE WAS YOU features something slightly different: a woman in uniform. Both Evan & Claire are army captains from completely opposite backgrounds: Evan is a West Point officer who has never stood in the enlisted ranks and Claire is a former enlisted soldier who earned her commission through officer candidate school – yes, just like I did.
For me, just like for Claire, earning my commission was not the culminating event but rather, just the start of an incredible learning experience. As I’ve grown as an officer, I’ve slowly left some of my enlisted ways of doing things behind but Claire still has some painful growing experiences to get through. She’s lucky to have Evan there to guide her, however unwilling, through the crucible.
UNTIL THERE WAS YOU on the surface appears to be very much an opposites attract storyline, but when you look at the heart of the problem that Evan & Claire must solve, it’s very much a deeply personal issue: how do they protect a soldier they both care about?
For Claire, she has to put aside the hurt and disappointment in those around her and finally learn to trust someone completely. For Evan, he has to trust that someone can look past the sins of his past and love him for who he is.
For both Evan & Claire, overcoming their past and their misconceived notions of the other person is huge, not only for their own relationship to develop but also in how they approach solving the problem of their mutual friend’s alcoholism. Just like leadership in the army, their challenges are never black and white – and that’s part of their problem: Claire sees the grey in everything while Evan is much more a black and white kind of person.
Below is an excerpt from UNTIL THERE WAS YOU. I hope you enjoy!
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From the author of Because of You comes an all-new contemporary eBook romance. Though he plays by the rules, she’s not afraid to break them. Now these two strong-willed military leaders will prove that opposites attract . . . even under fire.
A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. Since that brief lapse in judgment, Evan has been at odds with her. But when he is asked to train a combat team alongside Claire, battle-hardened Evan is in for the fight of his life.
Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to achieve her high military rank. In Evan Loehr, Claire sees a spoiled commander who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. Army orders force them together and Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He too has dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.
About the Author:
Jessica Scott is the author of Because of You. A career soldier with sixteen years of experience in the army, she has written for the New York Times At War blog and for the PBS Point of View Regarding War blog.
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Jessica’s trailer featuring actual pictures from her tour in Iraq!