RELEASE BLITZ ~ 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?


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Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

I have read the previous books by this author and always loved her style of writing. One can tell that this book was well researched; there is cohesion in every paragraph up to the final chapter, a seamless tale of romance and conflict.

Maggie Buckman is a 31 year old journalist of the New York Times, independent, strong willed and very much married to her career. Jackson Connor is a 30 year old marine and is stationed in Camp Leatherneck in Helmand. Their first meeting was not in the best of circumstances. Maggie was in the village interviewing one of the locals when everything went haywire and almost ended up in disaster but Jackson and his men saved her. He was not impressed with her stint, she hated his guts and sparks fly metaphorically and literally.

This is a very well written romance that portrays not only Maggie and Jack’s story but also the world that we live in today. The graphic description of war, the emotional and physical toll caused by violence, the cultural clashes happening in the world right now are all in this book, it makes it relevant. It is written in a way that is not too technical nor over simplified to insult the reader’s intellect. The deep love that Maggie and Jack have for each other amidst the backdrop of despair and death shows a vibrant imagery, it’s like watching a movie in my mind. There are some nail-biting scenarios in this fast paced romance. This book is the perfect sum of true love, understanding and grabbing that moment because life is too short. And as an added bonus there is a surprise appearance at the end of the story by some well loved characters from her previous books. I really enjoyed reading Maggie and Jack’s story and highly recommend it!




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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. YouTube
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