Release & Theresa Review: Battle Scars by Jane Harvey-Berrick


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From the dusty plains of Afghanistan to the sleek corridors of the New York Times, journalist MJ Buckman seeks the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. What she doesn’t expect to find is a man who’s her complete opposite … and fits her perfectly.

Marine Sergeant Jackson Connor knows that relationships don’t work for men in the military. He’s living proof of that. But when a steely-eyed temptress in a flak jacket, who carries her moral cause in front of her, crosses his path, he’s furious, curious, and all kinds of in-lust.

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A grown-up love story about two people who aren’t looking for love, but realize how precious it is when they find it. They don’t play games and there are no stupid misunderstandings, just life standing in their way.

Can they compromise? And what does that look like in a modern relationship between two driven people?

Assignment Vs deployment.

They’re always traveling in different directions. What relationship can survive that?

As a HUGE fan of the Education of Sebastian and the Education of Caroline, I was thrilled when I discovered that Jane Harvey-Berrick was writing another military book and I had no doubt that it would meet if not exceed my expectations.  As soon as I saw Battle Scars appear on my kindle, I dove right in needing to reading the story of MJ and Jackson.

I absolutely LOVED that this book was an older woman younger man romance that began in a most unlikely of places and continued despite the tremendous obstacles that were placed in its path.  The determination of MJ or Maggie as Jackson called her, to make her dream of being a foreign correspondent become a reality was inspiring, especially since she was willing to give up love to make it happen.

It was a perfectly pleasant surprise to have some of my favorite characters appear in their story, Caroline, Sebastian, and Marc just to name a few; seeing where they now were in their lives once the pages of their story were long since finished.

The story of Maggie and Jackson is not only of finding love, but it was so much more; giving the reader another glimpse into the affects of war, on a person, a soldier, a nation and a relationship.  I was brought to tears more than once, not because the story was sad but because it was moving to me.

I can't wait for more from this amazing author (and I cannot wait to meet her in a few weeks at the Big Apple Author Signing!!)

4.5 stars

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Jane is a writer of contemporary romance fiction, known for thoughtful stories, often touching on difficult subjects: disability (DANGEROUS TO KNOW & LOVE, SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM); mental illness (THE EDUCATION OF CAROLINE, SEMPER FI); life after prison (LIFERS); dyslexia (THE TRAVELING MAN, THE TRAVELING WOMAN).
She is also a campaigner for former military personnel to receive the support they need on leaving the services. She wrote the well-received play LATER, AFTER with former veteran Mike Speirs. ( )

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