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The Book

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?

"....This story is really well written and it does tug at your heartstrings for what Luke had to face alone and also the effect it is still having on him. Daniel and Luke are an excellent pairing and are very hot together. They have a strong connection that goes further than a physical attraction and they make a great couple...."

Ellery Mountain Series

Book 1 - The Fireman and the Cop
Book 2 - The Teacher and the Soldier
Book 3 - The Carpenter and the Actor
Book 4 - The Doctor and the Bad Boy
Book 5 - The Paramedic and the Writer
Book 6 - The Barman and the SEAL
Book 7 - The Agent and the Model

Buy Links - eBook

Total E-Bound | Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | All Romance | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Buy Links - Print Book

Volume 1 incorporating Books 1, 2 and 3 - Totally Bound  |  Amazon (US)  |  Amazon (UK)


MM Good Book Reviews - 4/5 - "....This story is really well written and it does tug at your heartstrings for what Luke had to face alone and also the effect it is still having on him. Daniel and Luke are an excellent pairing and are very hot together. They have a strong connection that goes further than a physical attraction and they make a great couple. The storyline is very good and I liked how Luke seemed to overcome his obstacles to accept the love he is offered and I liked how Daniel didn’t pressure Luke to recount his past. We see Max and Finn (from The Fireman and the Cop) again and Kieran and Liam and I can honestly say that I am looking forward to both their stories (The Carpenter and the Actor, and The Doctor and the Bad Boy) ... I will recommend this to those who love facing the past stories, fighting for love, hot sex, great characters, a good storyline and a happy ending...."

Hearts On Fire Reviews - 4/5 - "....The books in this series focus on the quaint little town of Ellery where life is fairly idyllic and the lives of the four gay friends that grew up there. The characters are wonderful and well developed, there is plenty of the much loved angst and a slow build up to love. The stories have HEA endings with just enough twist to hold my interest. The Ellery Mountain series is definitely a worthwhile read...."

Rainbow Book Reviews - "....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...."

The Romance Reviews - 4/5 - "....I'm a sucker for troubled romance heroes and this novella has two. Daniel is further along in his recovery than Luke but they're both wrestling demons and still taking responsibility for their issues. I like their honest conversations with each other, especially with Daniel's willingness to be so emotionally vulnerable to Luke. Their romance is intense both sexually and emotionally, and I really liked watching their courtship...."

Mrs Condit Reads Books - 4/5 - "....a simple love story that left me happy in the end. Luke deserved to find love and Daniel was the perfect one to give it...."

Sensual Reads - 4.5/5 - "....Pick up this delicious story, The Teacher and the Soldier by RJ Scott, and immerse yourself in an excellent tale of love and need. Your emotions and heart cannot help but be touched by both Luke and Daniel...."


Only the darkening sky told Luke Fitzgerald what time it was. His cell was in the car with a dead battery and he never wore a watch. The evening was drawing in, and with it the familiar coolness of a fall night in the mountains, and if he wasn’t careful he would get caught in the regular evening rain he remembered from his childhood. Coming here, to Ellery, to the place he’d called home for the first eighteen years of his life, was something he had never thought he would do. Not all the time his dad had been alive anyway.

Leaning against the fence, he stared down at the town nestled in the V of the valley caused by Ellery Mountain and Mercury Peak. Where he had been able to see things clearly a few short minutes before, now everything was blurring in the deep grey-blue smudge of evening light. Luke tracked the car’s progress by its headlights as it left the town and made its way up into the mountain. There had been a few cars passing by today, but Luke was far enough away from the road that no one had stopped to ask him what the hell he was doing rooted to the same spot for hours.

Shifting his stance, Luke pulled away from the fence and stretched tall. His back ached, his head hurt and he felt like shit. Driving straight through for eight hours was possibly the worst decision he had made since he’d decided to come back to Ellery. His chiropractor was going to have a cow when he assessed the damage Luke was doing to the already heavy tension he carried through his back muscles and up into his neck.

The headlights shot momentarily through spaces in the fir trees on each bend. He identified it on the last bend as a cop car, the white standing out against the dark of the trees. When it pulled onto the shoulder next to his car, Luke wasn’t surprised. Cops were far more attuned to spotting cars parked off the main road. The lights of the car meant he didn’t get a good look at the cop until he was less than four paces away. The cop stood loose-hipped and with his hand resting on the weapon in his holster. Peering through the gloom to the cop’s face, Luke knew that fate was fucking with him. Not only had an Ellery cop found his hiding place, but that Ellery cop was Corporal Finn Ryan.

Finn Ryan in the flesh. The man who was so closely involved in the death of Luke’s dad. Christ. Way to slap what Luke had hoped to avoid right up in his face.

"Is there a problem, sir?" Finn asked firmly.

Luke pushed his clenched fists into his pockets and stilled the rising anxiety in him.

"No problem, officer," he said. "Just visiting town and spending a little time clearing my head after a long drive."

Finn took another step closer and a look of recognition passed over his face. Luke remembered Finn as tall, dark and rangy as hell, although his memories were of a boy of fifteen, not one of…what would it be now? Twenty-four? He’d been five years younger than Luke if he remembered correctly. Luke really didn’t want to remember anything about Ellery.

"Luke?" Finn looked momentarily taken aback before regaining his posture.

"Hi, Finn."

They’d not been friends in school, just people who knew each other by sight. Luke was at college whilst Finn was still a freshman. Of course Finn, being a resident, would have heard all the rumours about him and his dad. Hell, he probably knew everything that had happened. Familiar resentment built inside Luke. He was bigger than that, bigger than his dad’s abuse, or his mom’s abandonment, bigger than this town. He would not let this place drag him down again however hard they tried.

"You missed the funeral," Finn offered. There was no accusation in his voice. He was simply making a statement and one that hung in the air with no possible answer Luke could give. Or at least not one that didn’t involve reiterating the contents of two years of counselling sessions and eight years of living his life.

"Busy," was all Luke eventually offered in response. Finn didn’t call him on the excuse.

"You’ve been up here a while, Luke. Widow Jenn called it in. Said a stranger had been standing here for hours and he was just staring down at town."

Luke shrugged. He couldn’t deny the hours had passed as he’d gazed down at the town and the tiny distant shapes of gravestones in the far churchyard of St Jeremiahs. He had deliberately stayed up here until darkness had begun to creep over the mountain. Call it self-preservation but there was no way he was driving into Ellery in the daylight. He changed the subject.

"Widow Jenn is still alive?" he said. Finn took the change of subject in his stride and nodded.

"Ninety-eight and thriving on ten a day with a glass of whisky," he said.

"She still has those binoculars?" Luke snorted a laugh. Widow Jenn was one of the more colourful characters in the town and when he was younger she’d had her fingers in so many pies—evidently that hadn’t changed.


  1. Just read The Fireman and the Cop and came straight here to see if there was anything about the next book in the series. At least it's not too long to wait for!

    1. You liked it that much? That is so nice to hear... thank you and big hugs xxxxx and nope, not long now...

  2. Can't wait! Can't wait! Can't wait!!!

    1. Thank you Amber, your comments mean an awful lot to me... HUGS XXXXXXX

  3. Just finished Fireman and the Cop and now can't wait for Daniel and then Kieran's stories-bring on The Teacher and the Soldeier RJ-we can't wait! Loved it!

    1. Awww, thank you Kathy, for this and your private email also... HUGS XXXXX

  4. Just finished the Fireman and the Cop and like prior posts mentioned I came hear to see how long I would have to wait until the next installment

    In the meantime I am working my way through Sanctuary (on book 3 now) so I should be able to finish that series easily before the March release of Teacher and the Soldier

    1. Wow, thank you for this awesome post... not long for Ellery 2.... HUGS XXXXXXXXXXX

      Thank you so much for coming over to tell me.

  5. I am busy counting down the days till Ellery 2 comes out!! Loved Ellery 1!

    1. I am so pleased you did... Hugs you hard... (if you bought it from Amazon feel free to go and leave a rating... would love if you did...)


  6. I look forward to book 2. I really enjoyed "The Fireman & the Cop".

    1. Thank you so much Kylia... it is in final edit and will be available soon... xxxxx

  7. HOLY MOTHER OF HEAVEN! I feel so cheated I am seriously upset that these books are not on iTunes yet. Ms Scott, you are a very talanted writer and I can't wait for more books.

    1. Awww,,, thank you so much for letting me know... I will ask TEB when the books appear on iTunes...

      HUGS Rj xxxx

  8. I have read the Fireman and the Cop twice already and can't wait for the next book. I look foward to seeing you in Atlanta.

    Teresa Emil

    1. Hey Teresa... me too, I can't wait... will be so cool to meet so many people...

      You'll be able to get book 2 on 25 March.... I hope you enjoy xxxx

  9. I can hardly wait for book 3!

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know... it's all finished and in editing at the moment... :)

  10. I'm constantly stalking the E-Bound site; waiting for it to be available for pre-order!