Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: The Teacher and the Soldier
SERIES: Ellery Mountain #2
AUTHOR: R.J. Scott
PUBLISHER: Love Lane Books
LENGTH: 32875 words
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2017
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 abusive 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 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 what they have between them is just a two-week fling; there is no way it could be love.
Can Daniel persuade Luke that they are in love, and they can build a future together?
After book one, I was intrigued by Luke Fitzgerald. Who was this man who left town because of his alcoholic father. There was just something in that book that let me know I needed to know Luke and his story. In this one, the author delivered exactly what I wanted. Daniel may have had a role in this one, but for me, this one was all about Luke.
The author did a great job giving Luke’s history and portraying the damage it caused. I was instantly connected to Luke and could feel his hurting and needed him to find answers and comfort.
There were times I questioned the timeline of things because there were unexplained jumps, but overall I felt like this novella was well paced and delivered a well written romance. I felt the connection between these two men and even when both were relative strangers and protesting anything beyond no strings sex, those strings were obviously present. Luke has a lot of healing to do before things could progress and I am glad this wasn’t instant love on Luke’s part.
I have to admit, the author really gave us a bit of emotional sap that just melted my heart. Daniel’s words to Luke were so poetic and full of raw honesty that I could feel the love leap off the page. It was so heartfelt that I never once questioned that it was only 2 weeks from these men meeting. And that is what really stood out in this story, the effortless way the author had the emotions leap off the page and into the reader’s heart.
I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a very romantic hurt/comfort read.