A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain 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. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.
Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He’s more than the rank on his chest; he’s a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.
Captain Claire Montoya is in Colorado to assist a friend and her team in training for their upcoming combat deployment. It is immediately apparent that Claire's friend and her team are ill-prepared for deployment and there's inadequate time to prepare them. Claire, known for going against the rules, must decide whether to go by the book and send these men and women to guaranteed disaster, or slip in some alternative training that may reduce their risk of danger. Also on Claire's plate is a long-term attraction to Captain Even Loehr. The two have been deployed together previously and they couldn't be more opposite. Evan is strictly by the book and Claire is a bit more by the seat of your pants, bending the rules on more than one occasion.
The differences between them aren't enough to dim the attraction that's strung taut between them. These two are tortured and damaged and have emotional and physical scars that bear witness to their suffering.
I had read Ms. Scott's previous book, BECAUSE OF YOU, and enjoyed it very much. I was thrilled at the opportunity to read and review UNTIL THERE WAS YOU for her. The military setting and lingo serve to add touches of realism without making readers feel left out with a lack of understanding. Military-speak and protocol are skillfully explained so readers don't feel like their receiving a lesson.
Ms. Scott's works do not read like those of a (fairly) new author and I encourage romance readers, especially those who enjoy military romance, to check out her evocative stories. I'm anxiously awaiting Ms. Scott's next release, not even knowing what she might be working on!
Thank you all for checking out UNTIL THERE WAS YOU, and a warm thank you to Ms. Scott for allowing me to read and review this wonderful book for you.
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