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I'll Be Home For Christmas (Coming Home #2.6) by Jessica Scott

There's nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke . . . except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war . . . and from his own darkest fears.

As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband's tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic's bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Five Stars 

Vic Carponti is one character that I still think about every so often since reading Because of You. He's the guy that cracks jokes and makes everyone laugh. I just found his fun personality to be quite infectious and memorable. When I found out Jessica Scott was giving Vic Carponti his own story, I just about peed in my pants with excitement!

For fans of Vic and Nicole, you will not be disappointed in this story! I'll Be Home For Christmas coincides with events taking place from Because of You. If you're familiar with that story, then you already know what happens to Carponti. This story fills in the gaps that we didn't see going on behind the scenes. Don't worry, even if you haven't read book #1, this story can still be enjoyed as a beautiful novella on its own. It just might make you want to pick up Because of You just to find out what happens to Sergeant Garrison.

I am happy to report that Ms. Scott kept Carponti true to his character. Boy, is he funnier than ever! Even the story of how he and Nicole met is classic Carponti! Vic and Nicole are more than just a couple who have a blast when they are together. We get to see their heartbreaking goodbye as Vic is deployed to Iraq. I loved how each of their fears and emotions were laid out, and how they managed to cope and stay connected during this time. He really does live to make his wife smile and laugh.

Overall, this short story has a great blend of humor, raw reality of what military spouses and families face during separation, and heartfelt holiday romance. If anything, this has made me love Carponti even more! A wonderful addition to the Coming Home series.

*A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.*

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