Expected publication: February 15th 2016 by Jessica Scott
Edition Language English
Series Falling #2
I’m addicted to it. It’s how I feel alive. It’s the only thing that’s real any more.
And now I have to sit around and discuss it like it’s physics or calculus.
I can’t do it. I can’t pretend that it’s some sterile academic topic.
Violence isn’t sterile. It isn’t calm. It’s pulsing. It’s alive.
It’s my drug.
Until I met Abby, I never wanted anything beyond the next fight. Never considered that I might finally find a way back to the land of the living.
Now? Now I find myself dreaming of a woman with golden eyes.
But I can never be with her. Because I am not whole. And I never will be again.
But I cannot stay away. And loving her might finally be what breaks me.
Jessica Scott is one of my favorite military authors. With Break My Fall she kept up her high standards and wrote a military book that I could not put down. I could not wait to have time pick this book up and read more about Josh and Abby.
Josh is a great man. Not only did he serve his country but he has come home and is working hard, going to school, and trying to make a successful life for himself. That is not easy after everything he saw while serving in the military. The things he saw and had to do weigh on him. His perception of himself is based on those things and not the things he is working to do now that his military life is over. Then he meets, or saves, Abby. He can’t get her out of his mind and they keep running into each other. From their first meeting I believed that Abby would be what saved him from himself and his nightmares.
Abby, while not having served herself, also has a military background with her dad serving. She can relate to the toughness of Josh and understands the memories he is fighting against. Yet, she also has a history that she is fighting. She doesn’t realize it but she also needs an anchor and a savior to help her become the person she wants to be. Josh is definitely that person.
I liked that Jessica Scott was able to take tough subjects like war, abuse, and race and write a story that makes these subjects less taboo. They are never easy to talk about or move past yet she shows that it is possible and that with the right support and love it can happen. Everyone deserves a happy ending and it is worth the work of finding it and pushing yourself to get there.
As with all of Jessica’s book, I highly recommend checking it out.
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 Operation Iraqi Freedom (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 she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.
Jessica is also an active member of the Military Writers Guild.