Army medic Ben Rockwell is in Ellery to work with the Veterans Center creating a new specialist unit for post trauma care. Desperate to make amends for battlefield decisions he regrets, he is focused on the unit and nothing else. Until some stranger moves in next door and throws him a curveball. He’s no hero, even though everyone says he is, and the lies burn inside him.
Leaving drama and chaos in his wake, Nicholas Merrick fled London and is hiding out in his friend Jason’s house, until everything back home dies a death. The choices he made in his life were to keep his best friend safe, but as a result everyone sees him as the bad guy.
When these two meet, the attraction is instant. Can they ever be their true selves, and find love as a result?
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This is the eighth book in the Ellery Mountain series, but it can definitely be read as standalone. I had some ‘problems’ with side characters that may not have existed had I read the previous books but it was not very bothersome.
Nicholas Merrick has fled London because of a scandal that has occurred in his native UK. His fiancee has fallen in love with another man, and is pregnant and Nicholas decides that he cannot marry her, not even to hide that he is gay, or to save her from her controlling father.
The first time he meets Ben, an army medic, is because of an accident – his friends have not told Ben that there would be someone living in the house. And as a good neighbour, he decides to get the person, and when they don’t answer the door, call the cops. They go apart barely tolerating each other, but when Nicholas is slightly injured (twisted ankle, I think), Ben still takes care of him, although begrudgingly.
I liked how the relationship between Nick and Ben developed. They started badly, but they just cannot stay away. They seem to be quite different characters, but maybe that’s what attracts them together? There is a difference between an actor and an army medic. Especially an army medic who still lives with PTSD and is convinced that he did not do enough to help people.
And, as I almost always find it funny, they decide that they can have sex, but nothing else. I mean, is there a romance book where there are friends-with-benefits that actually works? Is there any example of this in real life? I’d say there are not many (although if I am mistaken, I apologise 🙂 )
It is a nice book, with little-to-no-angst, and I am looking forward to getting my hands on author’s other books 🙂
RJ’s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
RJ is the author of the over one hundred novels and discovered romance in books at a very young age. She realized that if there wasn’t romance on the page, she could create it in her head, and is a lifelong writer.
She lives and works out of her home in the beautiful English countryside, spends her spare time reading, watching films, and enjoying time with her family.
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit and has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.
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