“You know what the really scary thing about bad dreams? It’s that something’s going on in your head, and you can’t control it.” – Neil Gaiman
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Totally Bound
Pages/Word Count: 29,821 Words
Rating: 4 Stars
Blurb: Michael is returning to Ellery Mountain after six years away with only sporadic and short visits to his nan. He has nightmares even now about what happened to him in the park and doesn’t feel safe in the small Tennessee town. In fact he feels safer in the big city.
His infuriating agent, and ex, Alex, is friends with the actor Jason McInnery and hitches a ride down to Ellery with Michael for a party and an extended stay with his friend.
Michael can’t even look at Alex, let alone spend time with him. Not after an attack in Paris left him vulnerable and scared and it was all Alex’s fault.
Review: This is the seventh book in the Ellery Mountain series, one I have been looking forward to seeing Mikey get a happy ending. Mikey was assaulted in one of the worst ways possible, and had the attack not been interrupted, Mikey wouldn’t be here to regret his choices. After the assault, Mikey did all he could to protect himself. He learned as many self-defense tricks as possible, and he has moved on. He is a much sought after model now, and he has even met the man who could be his forever. Right up until this man lies to Mikey to protect him, and it results in yet another attack.
Alex was Mikey’s agent at the modeling agency, and he was his lover. When the threats started coming in, he didn’t warn Mikey about them and that led to Mikey getting attacked and Alex losing the man he had fallen in love with.
Months after the attack, Mikey is finally heading home to Ellery for a long overdue visit. The bad news is Alex has a friend in Ellery, and he will be there too. When Alex manipulates Mikey into a ride down to Ellery, it leads to some harsh words and what could be the final goodbye from Mikey to Alex.
Alex will do anything to get Mikey back, and Mikey is doing everything he can to avoid the man altogether. It is going to take a minor miracle and some help from their friends to get these two men back together. As usual, the journey is very entertaining and at times heart-wrenching. Not only does Mikey get some closure on the past, but just maybe he can move back into Alex’s world.
I have enjoyed the Ellery Mountain series immensely. RJ Scott has a way with the writing of her series that manages to keep you well caught up and fully in touch with the former MCs of the series, and yet doesn’t take anything away from the current MCs. This is one thing that I simply love about Ms. Scott’s writing. In this book, not only did I get to see a much loved character find his happiness, but there was also a wedding and a baby!
This book could be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the whole series so you get a true feeling for the small mountain town of Ellery. I would highly recommend this title to anyone who loves a happy ending that is well earned, and a true feeling of family and community to go along with it.