One Year Home

One Year Home

by Marie Force


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He came home a hero and lost the only woman he’s ever loved...


I have no idea how to survive without my beloved Ava. She had no choice but to move on with her life during my six-year deployment and has now married Eric. I hate him for taking her from me. I’d prefer to wallow in my depression and heartbreak, but the whole damned world wants a piece of the SEAL Team leader who helped capture the world’s most-wanted terrorist. I need help handling the relentless requests, and when Ava sends her new sister-in-law to manage the media circus for me, I’m prepared to hate her on principle. Her brother took my Ava. What else do I need to know about her?


It takes five seconds to realize Ava’s ex is going to be the most complicated and difficult client I’ve ever had, but the opportunity to represent the most celebrated man in the world could make my career. I’m determined to do the job, even if I dislike John from the moment I meet him. And I like everyone. So much so that my brothers worry about me being exploited by those who would take advantage of my unwavering love for others. But John… He’s in a class by himself, and his bitterness is a festering wound that I begin to wish I could somehow fix for him. The more time we spend together, the more our mutual disdain morphs into something that feels an awful lot like desire. There’s no way I can want this man, or so I tell myself, and when Eric finds out I’ve developed feelings for the man causing trouble in his new marriage, well…

That’s going to be a hot mess.

The hotly anticipated follow up to Five Years Gone is here!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950654383
Publisher: HTJB, Inc. Powered by Everafter Romance
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 18,371
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series under M.S. Force. "Duchess By Deception" is the first in her new historical romance Gilded Series, that will continue with "Deceived By Desire" in September 2019.

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One Year Home 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Anonymous 8 days ago
Outstanding! I just loved these two books! Thank you Marie for countless hours of reading pleasure.
JWright57 10 days ago
I was so excited for One Year Home and I was not disappointed, John’s story was everything I expected and so much more and this book will certainly be on my list of best reads for 2019. There are only so many books that blow your mind and this story is one of them and I’m also really not sure my mere words can do this book justice so I’m just going to tell you how this book made me feel. I also think you need to read this book with no expectations so I’m not going to write a review that’s full of spoilers I’m just going to say this is MUST READ!! I thought nothing would top Five Years Gone how wrong was I because John’s story touched me on so many levels as he stole a piece of my heart that I’m really not sure I will ever get that piece back. I loved watching John and Julianne get to know each other and I loved watching their bond grow and develop. Marie Force has give us a beautifully written love story, it will make you cry, it will make you sigh but it will also make you smile as this couple find the HEA they so deserve. I highly recommend this book but please read Five Years Gone first. Brilliant read that has all the feels.
Anonymous 7 hours ago
enjoyed this book very much.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Heartstoppingly beautiful!
Anonymous 4 days ago
Another great book
SaraBetty 5 days ago
The Sequel to Five Years Gone... This is the riveting conclusion to the first book which MUST be read first.... Another masterpiece by one of my favorite storytellers... Tears and smiles abound and you will not put it down... I couldn't and I wanted more even when both books were finished... Beautiful in its telling, Ms. Force deserves an award for these two outstanding books... Where did the inspiration come from? It is pretty obvious when you read the stories but in no way does the understanding diminish the impact of the story... Loved both books and recommend them to all... Best two books I have read in a very long time...
Anonymous 5 days ago
You did a excellent job you are a very talented writer I have always loved your books but you really did a great job on this one I never want to put down any of your books once I start to read one!
Anonymous 6 days ago
Nicola1202 7 days ago
If you haven’t read Five Years Gone , I recommend rectifying that before you dive into One Year Home. “I gave more than six years and half a leg to bringing a ruthless terrorist to justice, and what do I get as a thank-you? The rest of my life without the only woman I’ve ever loved.” Simply put, Marie Force brings her reader heartfelt and emotive story of letting go of the past and learning to love again as Captain John West comes to terms with life following his last deployment. “I’m utterly defenseless against the humble, vulnerable, wounded warrior who’s slowly but surely wrapping himself around my heart.” Julianne is the peanut butter to John’s jelly, compassionate but no pushover she takes control of his newfound celebrity, guides him in the right directions and it soon becomes evident that that she understands him better than anyone else, grounding him and bringing normality, laughter and intimacy back into his life. “You’re my light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel.” As was the case with its predecessor, this is one of those books you pick up and don’t put down until you’ve finished as you need to know how the story plays out for the characters we’ve grown to love across the two books, including Ava and Eric. And whilst I have to admit that they weren’t as likeable as in the first book with some of the issues they faced wrapped up a little too agreeably all things considered, it doesn’t take away the fact that this was a satisfying, engaging read and I’m so glad Marie gave John his HEA.
Anonymous 8 days ago
So wonderful, easy to fall in love with the characters. Hard to put the book down. Another great read.
Gin 9 days ago
Outstanding! This author always give you a story you can sink your teeth into and come out the other side just a little different. This story is exceptional. The emotions were flying with the tragedy of the heroic John coming home physically impaired to find the love of his life gone. One is a killer but the two together have this magnificent hero fighting to recover from both and it is inspirational and heartbreaking. John's struggles as a returning war hero rang true and had me twisted with sadness for his plight especially with the media attention. Who can blame him for his bad attitude? But it brings the wonderful Julianne into his life to deal with the media. She's bright, sympathetic and just lovely with a little steel to her personality that's she needs to deal with the prickly John. I loved the twist of her being a part of John's ex's life. Bring on the complications! These characters are spectacular and their journey is so heartfelt and captivating as they get to know each other with the challenging obstacles they face alone and together. Marie Force has given us another truly powerful story with a broken hero so layered with heroism, strength and sexiness, and when he finally sees what's in front of him instead of what's behind him he is heart melting. And there stands the beautiful, patient Julianne. These two had my heart thumping! I have to give a shoutout to Muncie. Love him too. There are not enough stars for this story. Loved it! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Loved the book; it was heartwarming, emotional and romantic.
Anonymous 9 days ago
beautiful story. i couldnt out the book down
Anonymous 10 days ago
Marie has again taken us on a journey with twist and turns leaving us guessing and always wanting more. Just awesome!!
Anonymous 10 days ago
I loved this book. I read the first book and couldn't wait for this book. Did not disappoint. I love all of Marie Force's books, but this small series is now my favorite!
Anonymous 10 days ago
You did it again! Not one you want to miss. Great read.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 10 days ago
4.5 stars--ONE YEAR HOME by Marie Force is the follow-up story line to the author’s FIVE YEARS GONE wherein a soldier returns from war, five years after disappearing without contact. This is Captain John West, and publicist Julianne Tilden’s story line. Although ONE YEAR HOME can be read as a stand alone I recommend reading FIVE YEARS GONE for backstory and cohesion. Told from four first person perspectives (John, Julianne, Ava and Eric) ONE YEAR HOME follows four people interconnected by our story line hero. Six years earlier Captain John West disappeared, in the wake of the attack on a US Cruise ship, leaving a broken hearted Ava Lucas struggling to make sense of what happened and why. Fast forward five years wherein John West returns home, a shell of his former self, only to discover that the woman he loved had fallen in love with someone else. Now one year later Captain John West is tasked by the US Navy to become the face of recruitment playing upon the public’s sympathies for the hero who helped take down a terrorist organization. But all is not well in John West’s life as he struggles to move forward without constantly looking back. With the recommendation of his former lover Ava, John will hire publicist Julianne Tilden, the sister of the man with whom Ava fell in love. What ensues is the acrimonious but building relationship and romance between John and Julianne, as they come to terms with loss, love, heart break and second chances. Meanwhile, Ava and Eric’s relationship is marred by issues of trust and deep insecurities. Struggling with thoughts of what was and what could have been Ava’s guilt and self-doubt threaten her marriage and the man that she loves. John West struggles with the guilt of survivor’s remorse having lost his two best friends in the Middle East, but lies of omission that destroyed his relationship with Ava Lucas continue to haunt our hero’s life. Moving on from the past including the woman he once loved forces John out of his comfort zone and towards a new happily ever after with the woman assigned to keep the paparazzi at bay. Julianne Tilden fights her attraction to Captain John West, an attraction equalled by John’s desire for our story line heroine. Knowing to get involved with John is tantamount to professional suicide, a decision she will make before too long.. the $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The secondary and supporting characters are colorful and energetic: Julianne’s sister Amy, and John’s mentor Lieutenant Commander David Muncie. We are reintroduced to Ava Lucas and Eric Tilden (Five Years Gone), as well as Eric and Julianne’s brother Robert and his wife Camille. ONE YEAR HOME is an emotional and heart breaking character driven story of loss, love, guilt and moving forward. John West’s life was never easy but losing his ‘brothers’ then the woman he loved kept found John focusing on what will never be. The premise is raw and real; the romance is sexy and sassy; the characters are broken and spirited.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Great book as always
LynnB888 10 days ago
4 1/2 STARS I've so been waiting for this book! One Year Home is the highly anticipated follow-up to Marie Force's beloved Five Years Gone novel that stole all of our hearts last year. It's a reawakening of a lost soul with a chunk of forbidden romance added into the mix and quite the emotional roller coaster. John West already had my heart on a string going into the story, and watching him mourn for Ava was heart wrenching. I really enjoyed Ava and Eric's happily ever after in the first book, but watching John be the one left behind is hard. Julianne Tilden is a breath of fresh air. She brings each scene to life when confronting this broken man and forcing him to live again. Their connection sparks early and often. I highly recommend you read Five Years Gone prior to digging into this follow up story because the first book delivers the emotional punch to let you go into this book understanding the turmoil properly. Overall, the story line as a whole has been amazing and sincerely unputdownable! Amazing characters, great depth to the emotions portrayed by everybody involved and a joy to read!
Anonymous 11 days ago
This follow up book did not disappoint. She sucked me in from the first word to the last. You feel for John and all he's lost. You feel like you are a part of his journey. Another fabulous read!!
Anonymous 11 days ago
Loved John's story. Thank you Marie again for hitting it out of the park. I love all your books but there is just something different and special about Five Years Gone and One year Home . It pulls at every emotion and not many books can do that. You have been blessed with a special gift. Thank you for sharing it with us.
SOMDReigel 11 days ago
A fantastic read to me is when I finish and close the book and days later, I’m still involved in the story. With One Year Home (as well as Five Years Gone), I’m still deeply affected by the feelings from the journey Marie Force took me on. I’m not an observer of the story, I’m part of it. I’m right there with the characters, feeling all the deep feels. It’s a moving, emotional, and character driven read. A wonderful romance featuring a broken military hero who everyone wants a piece of yet just wants to be left alone to wallow in his heartache and physical pain. Julianne is sent in to help with the media chaos. She soon sees why Ava had waited five years before moving on. John and Julianne’s mutual dislike soon morphs into a life changer for both of them. After reading Five Years Gone, I wasn’t sure how Marie could get a believable HEA for John. Marie definitely nailed it! Note: If you haven’t read Five Years Gone, I recommend that you do that before reading this one.
Anonymous 12 days ago
This book just tugged at your heart. A rare book where you cared about all the characters. I wanted not to like Eric, but the opposite was true! One of the best books I have read in a long time! A story to cherish and savor!!!!
Gram98 12 days ago
ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!! As are all Marie Force books!!!! You can feel all the emotions throughout the book . To really appreciate this story even more, you should read Five Years Gone (even though both are stand-alone books). Excellent book!!!