Stay sober. Get deployed. Lead his platoon. Those are the only things that matter to Sergeant First Class Reza Iaconelli. What he wants is for everyone to stay out of his way; what he gets is Captain Emily Lindberg telling him how to deal with his men. Fort Hood's newest shrink is smart as a whip and sexy as hell. She's also full of questions—about the army, its soldiers, and the agony etched on Reza's body and soul.
. . . open his heart to love?
Emily has devoted her life to giving soldiers the care they need—and deserve. Little does she know that means facing down the fierce wall of muscle that is Sergeant Iaconelli like it's just another day at the office. When Reza agrees to help her understand what makes a soldier tick, she's thrilled. Too bad it doesn't help her unravel the sexy warrior in front of her who stokes her desire and touches a part of her she thought long dead. He's the man who thinks combat is the only escape from the demons that haunt him. The man who needs her most of all . . .
Reza is an alcoholic or should I say a functioning alcoholic? He's a man savaged by his own inner demons and escapes by climbing into a bottle. Oh, he can abstain when he's in the thick of bloody battle in the theatre of war but when home in the US, he doesn't know how else to cope with the pain he carries.
Emily has had a sheltered life and has gone against all parental advice to join the army as a serving psychiatrist, but she's still not really achieving all that she hoped. Meeting the demanding Sergeant Reza Iaconelli reminds her she's a woman but she's not going to just roll over for him! Emily fully realises that to most she's just a "shrink" who hasn't seen combat, but she has a crazy idea to change all that and Reza might just be the man to help!
It's a tough world in the army and not always what civilians imagine. Reza wants to protect his men but sometimes even he needs help. Combat may be scary, but real life can be just as deadly and both Emily and Reza are in the firing line!
I didn't really know what to expect from All For You, if honest. I think I thought it would be a nice easy romance but instead I got a book that surprised me. It's a book that explores not just PTSD, but also our attitudes toward what that truly means. This is a story that made me stop and think and will not be easily forgotten.
Yes, it explores a romance and the beginning of a relationship that is passionate and it's very well written and easy to follow. Interesting side characters and even the odd bit of black humour, but for me my highest praise would be that it made me stop and think! Well done Ms Scott and please write more.