Book Reviews

The Teacher and the Soldier (Ellery Mountain 2) by RJ Scott at Love Lane Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 24-January-2018

Book Blurb

Ex-soldier, Daniel Skylar, falls hard and heavy for school teacher Luke Fitzgerald. How can he make him stay in Ellery?

Luke Fitzgerald left Ellery Mountain for college and vowed never to come back. When his father is murdered he has no choice but to return. Luke only goes home to sell off his share of the Ellery Mountain Cabins, but everything changes when he meets the son of the other owner. Daniel Skylar is an ex-soldier who lives every day to the limit and sees a future in Luke.

It doesn’t matter what Daniel says, or how much he needs Luke; Luke isn’t staying once everything is sold off. Surely Daniel can understand that?



First edition published by Pride Publishing in April 2013.


Book Review

Everyone knows that running away from your problems doesn't work, yet we still try. Your problems will follow you like dark shadows, always lurking in the background, reappearing in the form of panic attacks or bad dreams, no matter how far away you go. All of the therapy, pills, and relaxation methods are useless unless you are brave enough to face your problems head on. Only then can you put them to rest. Luke Fitzgerald of 'The Teacher and the Soldier' tried to run away from the town that ignored the fact that his father was beating him. He is filled with anger, hate, fear, and frustration over the situation. If he can't overcome these feelings and put his past behind him, he may miss the best thing that has ever happened to him.

Luke loves teaching, but his past haunts him regardless of what he tries to do. He's had a difficult time making commitments and his quality of life is not good. Luke is so wrapped up, not only in the trauma of his father's abuse, but he's also laboring under misconceptions about events and people in his home town. After his father dies, he's forced to come back and face these problems and, hopefully, find some closure. He isn't expecting to find his soul mate, Daniel, in the town he detests. With Daniel's help, he discovers that his view of the people in town is skewed. This, and his attraction to Daniel, causes him to re-think his desire to leave.

Daniel is home safely from a tour in Iraq, but he's plagued by PTSD. With the help of a local doctor, he deals with the uncomfortable symptoms it causes. He's made a lot of progress, but still wants to do something to give back to the men who, like him, suffer disabilities. Daniel, unlike Luke, loves being back in his home town. The slower pace offers him the stability and peace he can't find anywhere else. Daniel knows that there's nothing he can do to make Luke stay if he doesn't want to, but it almost kills him. They are so compatible and, now that he's found his special someone, he doesn't want to let him go. He and Luke feel the pull of emotions, but they dance around the fact that Luke is still determined to leave. Daniel resigns himself to losing Luke and is quite unhappy. In fact, they both are. Daniel is also very proud and stubborn. He won't beg no matter how much he wants to. It's a complicated situation.

I liked this story although I wanted to knock Daniel and Luke's heads together more than once for their stubbornness. Fortunately they redeemed themselves in the end. The characters are strong, even some of the secondary ones like Luke's ex and best friend. As outrageous as he was, he gave Luke the support and the shove that he needed to get his life going. I also loved Daniel's friends who are introduced in the first book in the series. It's definitely a good follow-up story and I look forward to reading more about them. I recommend this story to fans of the 'Ellery Mountain' series and for new readers as well; although it can be read alone, reading the books in sequential order will give you a fuller, more meaningful experience. Thanks, RJ, for revisiting the mountain and introducing us to more fascinating characters.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 144 pages/32875 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-May-2017
Price $3.60 ebook, $11.99 paperback (Vol 1)
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