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The Barman and the SEAL [PDF / Epub] ★ The Barman and the SEAL By R.J. Scott – Polishdarling.co.uk NB This book was previously published The second edition features new cover art and the book has been re edited with no changes to the original story line A Navy SEAL with PTSD and a Barman starting a NB This book was previously published The second and the MOBI ñ edition features new cover art and the book has been re edited with no changes to the original story line A Navy SEAL with PTSD and a Barman starting a new life Maybe they can find love in ElleryTravis Baranski, Navy SEAL, is the first veteran to attend the Ellery Mountain Veteran Center He is having a hard time coming to terms with what he had seen and what he has done When he has a very public meltdown in Ellery stores it is Avery Gideon The Barman PDF or who steps up to the plate and helps himAvery Gideon, a man cut off from his family for being gay, runs the only bar in town The Alibi and listens to many a person s problems whilst trying to forget his ownHe sees something in the wounded warrior who needs a friend and very soon finds himself falling in love with TravisNothing will deter him from helping Travis, or from making Travis see he s still capable of loving Avery in returnWord Count ,.


About the Author: R.J. Scott

A USA Today bestselling author, RJ Scott has and the MOBI ñ published over one hundred novels after discovering romance in books at a very young age She realized that if there wasn t love on the page, she could create it in her head, and has become a lifelong writerShe lives and works out of her home in the beautiful English countryside, spends her spare time reading, watching films, and enjoying time with her familyThe last time she had a week s break from writing she didn t like it one little bit and has yet to The Barman PDF or meet a bottle of wine she couldn t defeatShe loves to talk to readers and can be contacted via rj rjscott.



10 thoughts on “The Barman and the SEAL

  1. Susan65 Susan65 says:

    So far, my favorite of the series Could be my deep love of SEALS, and damaged guys, and the great chemistry between the SEAL and awesome Barman.It was also great to see all the other guys again I want to show up at one their Friday night BBQs


  2. Denise H. Denise H. says:

    Three thousand meters high in the winter Afghan Mountains, Lt Travis Baranski, was in a metal and wood cage, a wounded prisoner in the freezing temps Now stateside, our Navy SEAL, Travis about 30, is at Daniel s Veteran sanctuary so he can mend his mind and body Avery, 34, owns the local pub, Alibi, and he s hiding from his politician, homophobic father He does secretly keep in touch with his younger brother Mikey, who was beaten unconscious previously in a gay bashing, works for A Three thousand meters high in the winter Afghan Mountains, Lt Travis Baranski, was in a metal and wood cage, a wounded prisoner in the freezing temps Now stateside, our Navy SEAL, Travis about 30, is at Daniel s Veteran sanctuary so he can mend his mind and body Avery, 34, owns the local pub, Alibi, and he s hiding from his politician, homophobic father He does secretly keep in touch with his younger brother Mikey, who was beaten unconscious previously in a gay bashing, works for Avery On a trip to buy groceries, Mikey sees the tall guy in the hoodie and panics Poor Travis, who wore a hoodie that day is the target of the attack Avery and Daniel got there to see what happened, and Mikey realized that it wasn t his attacker, but brought up some memories Travis is sitting on the floor, stunned Avery looks into the deep blue gaze and sees something Travis and Avery become friends with long talks and time spent together This slow burner romance moves at a snail pace in the sexual sense, but the emotional bond is strong and steady They each need the other and fall in love before they sizzle the sheets Navy SEAL TEAM Trident pinWe get thought filled characters, a smooth flowing tale, and there sgoing on here I like these short, connected stories in this amazing series We learn about many people we are taken along on the complex tales of survival, acceptance, rescue and love found Truly magnificent insight into diverse struggles LOVE IT I highly recommend it ENJOY Triggers there are flashbacks to prisoner scenes, PTSD episodes and violence


  3. V V says:

    4.5 starsWhat a wonderful, sad, realist story, I loved it.It was heartbroken to read about Travis suffering from PTSD, Avery was the perfect man to helping with his recovery.This is a very slow build up relationship, so for those readers who don t like insta love or falling in love very quickly they are going to love this story.I was looking forward to read about Travis story and the author didn t disappoint me, it was my favorite from the series.Now, I m looking forward to readabout Mikey 4.5 starsWhat a wonderful, sad, realist story, I loved it.It was heartbroken to read about Travis suffering from PTSD, Avery was the perfect man to helping with his recovery.This is a very slow build up relationship, so for those readers who don t like insta love or falling in love very quickly they are going to love this story.I was looking forward to read about Travis story and the author didn t disappoint me, it was my favorite from the series.Now, I m looking forward to readabout Mikey, he is such adorable character, I know I need to wait for him to grow up a little bit , bummer he was only 16 at the end of this book


  4. Don Bradshaw Don Bradshaw says:

    Ellery is becoming a gay mecca but there are homophobes lurking The sweet story of love and understanding was well written and beautifully paced Travis suffered from severe PTSD and though he will never be cured, he and Avery made a good life together and the disorder lessened It s sad that so many of our young men and women come back from these unnecessary wars maimed both physically and mentally With Avery s love, understanding and time Travis was able to integrate back into society This Ellery is becoming a gay mecca but there are homophobes lurking The sweet story of love and understanding was well written and beautifully paced Travis suffered from severe PTSD and though he will never be cured, he and Avery made a good life together and the disorder lessened It s sad that so many of our young men and women come back from these unnecessary wars maimed both physically and mentally With Avery s love, understanding and time Travis was able to integrate back into society This story was a slow burn romance even though the chemistry was there between Travis and Avery from the start I liked the fact that there is some bigotry against both gays and the damaged people at the Center It made Elleryreal as did the attack on Mikey in the last book I liked the way Jon stood up to his creepy father to stay with Clare This was a very enjoyable quick read that I recommend to anyone looking for a sweet HEA


  5. Trisha Harrington Trisha Harrington says:

    This is my favourite in the series so far I really loved Travis, he was the kind of broken character that I love in books I felt sorry for him because of his struggles, but he wasn t an ass either His character was kinda lovable in a lot of ways And he and Avery were really good together Especially after their I love you s.This book had a family feel to it Avery s family sounded dysfunctional to say the least But Travis family was supportive, so that was a good thing, plus Avery had hi This is my favourite in the series so far I really loved Travis, he was the kind of broken character that I love in books I felt sorry for him because of his struggles, but he wasn t an ass either His character was kinda lovable in a lot of ways And he and Avery were really good together Especially after their I love you s.This book had a family feel to it Avery s family sounded dysfunctional to say the least But Travis family was supportive, so that was a good thing, plus Avery had his brother, Jon It was nice to see Jon and Avery s closeness in a couple of scenes I really love it when brothers are close, I don t know why, there s just something really cute attractive I don t know, but there is something about two brothers who are really close.I will admit, I smiled when I saw the name of the counsellor Mary Harrington was my cousins name before she got married, but I will admit, I smiled.Love this book, and it was a great addition to the series Can t wait for the next book in the series


  6. Tina Tina says:

    4.5THANKS RJ I ve enjoy all the books in this series for the fiction romance they were set out to be But this one really touched my heart When a main character is a SEAL, ex or not people expect certain things But when said SEAL was a POW and comes home with physical wounds and PTSD it takes a bold person to write a romance around that RJ deals with some of the very hard aspects of PTSD The story also deals with how many people are treating our veterans People seem to forget we send child 4.5THANKS RJ I ve enjoy all the books in this series for the fiction romance they were set out to be But this one really touched my heart When a main character is a SEAL, ex or not people expect certain things But when said SEAL was a POW and comes home with physical wounds and PTSD it takes a bold person to write a romance around that RJ deals with some of the very hard aspects of PTSD The story also deals with how many people are treating our veterans People seem to forget we send children off to fight for our country and other countries and expect them to come home the same as they left Being the proud parent of not only one but two 3rd generation Air Force veterans and having my daughter volunteer to do a tour in Afghanistan this book blurred the fiction line a couple of times.But the romance was beautiful Travis get the anchor he needs in a partner Avery is everything he needs him to be And as with any good romance Travis is just want Avery never knew he needed


  7. Nikko Nikko says:

    Totally loved it Can t wait for the next one I wanna see Mikey s story..


  8. Sammy Goode Sammy Goode says:

    Barman and the Seal, the latest installment in RJ Scott s Ellery Mountain series is I feel, by far, her best The compassionate writing, the slow and realistic emotional build between her characters and the reminders that no one ever really recovers from PTSD but rather learns how to cope and live beyond it were absolutely spot on I thoroughly enjoyed this novella from beginning to end While it is best to read this complete series in order to get a feel for continuity and a sense of how the Barman and the Seal, the latest installment in RJ Scott s Ellery Mountain series is I feel, by far, her best The compassionate writing, the slow and realistic emotional build between her characters and the reminders that no one ever really recovers from PTSD but rather learns how to cope and live beyond it were absolutely spot on I thoroughly enjoyed this novella from beginning to end While it is best to read this complete series in order to get a feel for continuity and a sense of how the other couples met, this very well could be read as a stand alone In other words, don t let this one get away by thinking you MUST read the other five novellas This one is an absolute gem Travis Baranski is an ex Navy Seal and the first resident of Daniel s home for recovering military While on a search and capture mission, Travis thinks he is the only surviving member of his squad as he watches an explosion rip through the high mountain range in Afghanistan, seemingly burying his team and tearing through his knee and lower leg, hands and feet Travis is then captured and made to endure endless days in a five foot cage in freezing temperatures The experience leaves his body and mind broken and susceptible to near catatonic reactions to crowds and stress He remains haunted by daily nightmares and unable to endure even casual touch, until he meets Avery Gideon.Avery is the bartender at the local watering hole Saving to buy the place, he takes pride in running the business and enjoys the endless eye candy that is his clientele However, while he may have had a crush on the local Doctor, Avery remains unattached and lonely When Travis comes to his bar, he recognizes the haunted look in the man s eyes and his heart is lost just a little bit However, Travis carries huge baggage and the very real possibility that a loving and complete relationship with another man may never be something he will be capable of sustaining Now the only question that remains is will Avery have the patience needed to wait for Travis to remain by his side long enough to see his lover heal and be able to remain by Avery s side.This was an emotional read for me I genuinely fell head long into this story and it was truly due to the way in which RJ Scott so carefully crafted these two men into living, breathing people I was so relieved that the story was not rushed, that Travis did not show signs of magically healing fully and that Avery had his doubts throughout the novella His doubts were focused not on whether he could wait for Travis, but rather whether Travis would stay long enough for both men to find out if they could be together long term The author really took the time to focus just on these two men and draw out their story slowly, allowing us to see what was going on in their hearts and minds I found the reminiscences of Travis time spent in captivity raw and emotional just the right balance to give me a sense of the brutality but not so much that it took the overall angst level beyond what I could handle All in all, this was an outstanding novella and I feel the best story in this series to date.I


  9. Ulysses Dietz Ulysses Dietz says:

    I like a little darkness in my HEA All of RJ Scott s men have pasts all of them are broken somehow, but Ellery it seems to heal them every one Ellery has always felt as I always point out a little too Mayberry RFD for mea rural mountain town in Tennessee that is welcoming and a haven for gay men Really But I let it slide, assuming that RJ Scott has some secret kink about Tennessee that I just don t get and I ve been to Tennesseethan once, and have been treated well there a I like a little darkness in my HEA All of RJ Scott s men have pasts all of them are broken somehow, but Ellery it seems to heal them every one Ellery has always felt as I always point out a little too Mayberry RFD for mea rural mountain town in Tennessee that is welcoming and a haven for gay men Really But I let it slide, assuming that RJ Scott has some secret kink about Tennessee that I just don t get and I ve been to Tennesseethan once, and have been treated well there as an out gay man.But in number six in the Ellery Mountain series, wherein the story of barkeep Avery Gideon and ex Navy SEAL Travis Baransky is told, some shadows begin to darken the dappled sunshine of Ellery s quaintness For one, the totally bigoted Zoe, who runs the local grocery I love that Scott calls it a shop, revealing her Brit ness , seems to hate both damaged soldiers AND homos Poor Travis, he s just buying cat food And then there s the mysterious assailant who almost killed teenage Mikey, Norma Jean s grandson, in what was certainly a vicious hate crime He s never been caught And apparently, no one likes the new mayor.Travis is the first official guest of the halfway house for damaged veterans designed and built by Daniel and his gay friends as a place of healing for those who have risked all to protect our country and can t seem to get past their scars and their nightmares He meets Avery, himself hiding from a powerful right wing father, quite by accident, and then, amazingly, they take their time This tale isn t so much about a slow burn as about a slow healing process This is about Avery becoming an active member of the community in which he s been hiding out, and about Travis returning to life from a very dark and damaged place RJ Scott s stories are never harrowing, but this is as close as she s ever gotten, and the story is all the stronger for it.I might actually understand something about Ellery It really does represent America in a strange microcosmic way There is absolutely no protection for gay people of any sort in Tennessee but then again, there wasn t anywhere in America when I was 20 and first coming out We, gay men, were on our own We built our own communities, made our own lives, forged relationships against all odds in spite of the world s hostility and with the support of a few straight allies This is what the men of Ellery Mountain do Their modern day corner of America echoes the America I knew 35 years ago And there could be a purpose to that, after all.Read one read em all Worth your trouble


  10. multitaskingmomma multitaskingmomma says:

    Original Blog Post was offering this on special, so of course, I could not resist I wanted to know what happens next, especially as the work of Daniel is finally going full out, helping those warriors back to sane life and civilization Avery has been mentioned time and again in the Ellery Mountain Series but no one really knew who he was Apparently, he has his own set of personal angsts, no thanks to a bigotted father whose political prac Original Blog Post was offering this on special, so of course, I could not resist I wanted to know what happens next, especially as the work of Daniel is finally going full out, helping those warriors back to sane life and civilization Avery has been mentioned time and again in the Ellery Mountain Series but no one really knew who he was Apparently, he has his own set of personal angsts, no thanks to a bigotted father whose political practices were questionable at best He is making a new life for himself in Ellery when he meets Travis, the first of the soldiers to be helped in the Center It was not a good start, but it was a profound one for both of them So their story and romance begins.What I really liked about this story is there was absolutely no rush to the relationship They both took it slowly, the author took time to get the healing in before the sex complicated things, both men took time to get to know each other, to relax into each others company, and Avery even went through the very important partner therapy so he does not get lost in the oblivion of a PTSD sufferer Although many would say that things were a bit too slow, I really appreciated it In real life, it would be much slower and muchcomplicated andangst to be frank about it Not many PTSD sufferers will actually get to the point Travis reached This is a romance novel after all, so it is only right that things are taken slow, carefully and meticulously There were some glossed over stuff here that in real life would not be advisable, but that is the point we all love fiction, right In fiction, anything goes and the author can take the artistic route Compared to the first five Ellery Mountain books, this was probably the darkest and most emotional There were times when it was quite hard to digest what Travis had to go through However, I see this as the beginning of the turn in this arc, when the Center finally gets to help those who need it most and plays a larger role This means we will be gettingserious and complicated characters where in the beginning, we got the ordinary guys who had some problems but nothing as bad as those who will come into or out of the Center.This is a great sixth book for the series and I am glad to be following it


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10 thoughts on “The Barman and the SEAL

  1. Susan65 Susan65 says:

    So far, my favorite of the series Could be my deep love of SEALS, and damaged guys, and the great chemistry between the SEAL and awesome Barman.It was also great to see all the other guys again I want to show up at one their Friday night BBQs


  2. Denise H. Denise H. says:

    Three thousand meters high in the winter Afghan Mountains, Lt Travis Baranski, was in a metal and wood cage, a wounded prisoner in the freezing temps Now stateside, our Navy SEAL, Travis about 30, is at Daniel s Veteran sanctuary so he can mend his mind and body Avery, 34, owns the local pub, Alibi, and he s hiding from his politician, homophobic father He does secretly keep in touch with his younger brother Mikey, who was beaten unconscious previously in a gay bashing, works for A Three thousand meters high in the winter Afghan Mountains, Lt Travis Baranski, was in a metal and wood cage, a wounded prisoner in the freezing temps Now stateside, our Navy SEAL, Travis about 30, is at Daniel s Veteran sanctuary so he can mend his mind and body Avery, 34, owns the local pub, Alibi, and he s hiding from his politician, homophobic father He does secretly keep in touch with his younger brother Mikey, who was beaten unconscious previously in a gay bashing, works for Avery On a trip to buy groceries, Mikey sees the tall guy in the hoodie and panics Poor Travis, who wore a hoodie that day is the target of the attack Avery and Daniel got there to see what happened, and Mikey realized that it wasn t his attacker, but brought up some memories Travis is sitting on the floor, stunned Avery looks into the deep blue gaze and sees something Travis and Avery become friends with long talks and time spent together This slow burner romance moves at a snail pace in the sexual sense, but the emotional bond is strong and steady They each need the other and fall in love before they sizzle the sheets Navy SEAL TEAM Trident pinWe get thought filled characters, a smooth flowing tale, and there sgoing on here I like these short, connected stories in this amazing series We learn about many people we are taken along on the complex tales of survival, acceptance, rescue and love found Truly magnificent insight into diverse struggles LOVE IT I highly recommend it ENJOY Triggers there are flashbacks to prisoner scenes, PTSD episodes and violence


  3. V V says:

    4.5 starsWhat a wonderful, sad, realist story, I loved it.It was heartbroken to read about Travis suffering from PTSD, Avery was the perfect man to helping with his recovery.This is a very slow build up relationship, so for those readers who don t like insta love or falling in love very quickly they are going to love this story.I was looking forward to read about Travis story and the author didn t disappoint me, it was my favorite from the series.Now, I m looking forward to readabout Mikey 4.5 starsWhat a wonderful, sad, realist story, I loved it.It was heartbroken to read about Travis suffering from PTSD, Avery was the perfect man to helping with his recovery.This is a very slow build up relationship, so for those readers who don t like insta love or falling in love very quickly they are going to love this story.I was looking forward to read about Travis story and the author didn t disappoint me, it was my favorite from the series.Now, I m looking forward to readabout Mikey, he is such adorable character, I know I need to wait for him to grow up a little bit , bummer he was only 16 at the end of this book


  4. Don Bradshaw Don Bradshaw says:

    Ellery is becoming a gay mecca but there are homophobes lurking The sweet story of love and understanding was well written and beautifully paced Travis suffered from severe PTSD and though he will never be cured, he and Avery made a good life together and the disorder lessened It s sad that so many of our young men and women come back from these unnecessary wars maimed both physically and mentally With Avery s love, understanding and time Travis was able to integrate back into society This Ellery is becoming a gay mecca but there are homophobes lurking The sweet story of love and understanding was well written and beautifully paced Travis suffered from severe PTSD and though he will never be cured, he and Avery made a good life together and the disorder lessened It s sad that so many of our young men and women come back from these unnecessary wars maimed both physically and mentally With Avery s love, understanding and time Travis was able to integrate back into society This story was a slow burn romance even though the chemistry was there between Travis and Avery from the start I liked the fact that there is some bigotry against both gays and the damaged people at the Center It made Elleryreal as did the attack on Mikey in the last book I liked the way Jon stood up to his creepy father to stay with Clare This was a very enjoyable quick read that I recommend to anyone looking for a sweet HEA


  5. Trisha Harrington Trisha Harrington says:

    This is my favourite in the series so far I really loved Travis, he was the kind of broken character that I love in books I felt sorry for him because of his struggles, but he wasn t an ass either His character was kinda lovable in a lot of ways And he and Avery were really good together Especially after their I love you s.This book had a family feel to it Avery s family sounded dysfunctional to say the least But Travis family was supportive, so that was a good thing, plus Avery had hi This is my favourite in the series so far I really loved Travis, he was the kind of broken character that I love in books I felt sorry for him because of his struggles, but he wasn t an ass either His character was kinda lovable in a lot of ways And he and Avery were really good together Especially after their I love you s.This book had a family feel to it Avery s family sounded dysfunctional to say the least But Travis family was supportive, so that was a good thing, plus Avery had his brother, Jon It was nice to see Jon and Avery s closeness in a couple of scenes I really love it when brothers are close, I don t know why, there s just something really cute attractive I don t know, but there is something about two brothers who are really close.I will admit, I smiled when I saw the name of the counsellor Mary Harrington was my cousins name before she got married, but I will admit, I smiled.Love this book, and it was a great addition to the series Can t wait for the next book in the series


  6. Tina Tina says:

    4.5THANKS RJ I ve enjoy all the books in this series for the fiction romance they were set out to be But this one really touched my heart When a main character is a SEAL, ex or not people expect certain things But when said SEAL was a POW and comes home with physical wounds and PTSD it takes a bold person to write a romance around that RJ deals with some of the very hard aspects of PTSD The story also deals with how many people are treating our veterans People seem to forget we send child 4.5THANKS RJ I ve enjoy all the books in this series for the fiction romance they were set out to be But this one really touched my heart When a main character is a SEAL, ex or not people expect certain things But when said SEAL was a POW and comes home with physical wounds and PTSD it takes a bold person to write a romance around that RJ deals with some of the very hard aspects of PTSD The story also deals with how many people are treating our veterans People seem to forget we send children off to fight for our country and other countries and expect them to come home the same as they left Being the proud parent of not only one but two 3rd generation Air Force veterans and having my daughter volunteer to do a tour in Afghanistan this book blurred the fiction line a couple of times.But the romance was beautiful Travis get the anchor he needs in a partner Avery is everything he needs him to be And as with any good romance Travis is just want Avery never knew he needed


  7. Nikko Nikko says:

    Totally loved it Can t wait for the next one I wanna see Mikey s story..


  8. Sammy Goode Sammy Goode says:

    Barman and the Seal, the latest installment in RJ Scott s Ellery Mountain series is I feel, by far, her best The compassionate writing, the slow and realistic emotional build between her characters and the reminders that no one ever really recovers from PTSD but rather learns how to cope and live beyond it were absolutely spot on I thoroughly enjoyed this novella from beginning to end While it is best to read this complete series in order to get a feel for continuity and a sense of how the Barman and the Seal, the latest installment in RJ Scott s Ellery Mountain series is I feel, by far, her best The compassionate writing, the slow and realistic emotional build between her characters and the reminders that no one ever really recovers from PTSD but rather learns how to cope and live beyond it were absolutely spot on I thoroughly enjoyed this novella from beginning to end While it is best to read this complete series in order to get a feel for continuity and a sense of how the other couples met, this very well could be read as a stand alone In other words, don t let this one get away by thinking you MUST read the other five novellas This one is an absolute gem Travis Baranski is an ex Navy Seal and the first resident of Daniel s home for recovering military While on a search and capture mission, Travis thinks he is the only surviving member of his squad as he watches an explosion rip through the high mountain range in Afghanistan, seemingly burying his team and tearing through his knee and lower leg, hands and feet Travis is then captured and made to endure endless days in a five foot cage in freezing temperatures The experience leaves his body and mind broken and susceptible to near catatonic reactions to crowds and stress He remains haunted by daily nightmares and unable to endure even casual touch, until he meets Avery Gideon.Avery is the bartender at the local watering hole Saving to buy the place, he takes pride in running the business and enjoys the endless eye candy that is his clientele However, while he may have had a crush on the local Doctor, Avery remains unattached and lonely When Travis comes to his bar, he recognizes the haunted look in the man s eyes and his heart is lost just a little bit However, Travis carries huge baggage and the very real possibility that a loving and complete relationship with another man may never be something he will be capable of sustaining Now the only question that remains is will Avery have the patience needed to wait for Travis to remain by his side long enough to see his lover heal and be able to remain by Avery s side.This was an emotional read for me I genuinely fell head long into this story and it was truly due to the way in which RJ Scott so carefully crafted these two men into living, breathing people I was so relieved that the story was not rushed, that Travis did not show signs of magically healing fully and that Avery had his doubts throughout the novella His doubts were focused not on whether he could wait for Travis, but rather whether Travis would stay long enough for both men to find out if they could be together long term The author really took the time to focus just on these two men and draw out their story slowly, allowing us to see what was going on in their hearts and minds I found the reminiscences of Travis time spent in captivity raw and emotional just the right balance to give me a sense of the brutality but not so much that it took the overall angst level beyond what I could handle All in all, this was an outstanding novella and I feel the best story in this series to date.I


  9. Ulysses Dietz Ulysses Dietz says:

    I like a little darkness in my HEA All of RJ Scott s men have pasts all of them are broken somehow, but Ellery it seems to heal them every one Ellery has always felt as I always point out a little too Mayberry RFD for mea rural mountain town in Tennessee that is welcoming and a haven for gay men Really But I let it slide, assuming that RJ Scott has some secret kink about Tennessee that I just don t get and I ve been to Tennesseethan once, and have been treated well there a I like a little darkness in my HEA All of RJ Scott s men have pasts all of them are broken somehow, but Ellery it seems to heal them every one Ellery has always felt as I always point out a little too Mayberry RFD for mea rural mountain town in Tennessee that is welcoming and a haven for gay men Really But I let it slide, assuming that RJ Scott has some secret kink about Tennessee that I just don t get and I ve been to Tennesseethan once, and have been treated well there as an out gay man.But in number six in the Ellery Mountain series, wherein the story of barkeep Avery Gideon and ex Navy SEAL Travis Baransky is told, some shadows begin to darken the dappled sunshine of Ellery s quaintness For one, the totally bigoted Zoe, who runs the local grocery I love that Scott calls it a shop, revealing her Brit ness , seems to hate both damaged soldiers AND homos Poor Travis, he s just buying cat food And then there s the mysterious assailant who almost killed teenage Mikey, Norma Jean s grandson, in what was certainly a vicious hate crime He s never been caught And apparently, no one likes the new mayor.Travis is the first official guest of the halfway house for damaged veterans designed and built by Daniel and his gay friends as a place of healing for those who have risked all to protect our country and can t seem to get past their scars and their nightmares He meets Avery, himself hiding from a powerful right wing father, quite by accident, and then, amazingly, they take their time This tale isn t so much about a slow burn as about a slow healing process This is about Avery becoming an active member of the community in which he s been hiding out, and about Travis returning to life from a very dark and damaged place RJ Scott s stories are never harrowing, but this is as close as she s ever gotten, and the story is all the stronger for it.I might actually understand something about Ellery It really does represent America in a strange microcosmic way There is absolutely no protection for gay people of any sort in Tennessee but then again, there wasn t anywhere in America when I was 20 and first coming out We, gay men, were on our own We built our own communities, made our own lives, forged relationships against all odds in spite of the world s hostility and with the support of a few straight allies This is what the men of Ellery Mountain do Their modern day corner of America echoes the America I knew 35 years ago And there could be a purpose to that, after all.Read one read em all Worth your trouble


  10. multitaskingmomma multitaskingmomma says:

    Original Blog Post was offering this on special, so of course, I could not resist I wanted to know what happens next, especially as the work of Daniel is finally going full out, helping those warriors back to sane life and civilization Avery has been mentioned time and again in the Ellery Mountain Series but no one really knew who he was Apparently, he has his own set of personal angsts, no thanks to a bigotted father whose political prac Original Blog Post was offering this on special, so of course, I could not resist I wanted to know what happens next, especially as the work of Daniel is finally going full out, helping those warriors back to sane life and civilization Avery has been mentioned time and again in the Ellery Mountain Series but no one really knew who he was Apparently, he has his own set of personal angsts, no thanks to a bigotted father whose political practices were questionable at best He is making a new life for himself in Ellery when he meets Travis, the first of the soldiers to be helped in the Center It was not a good start, but it was a profound one for both of them So their story and romance begins.What I really liked about this story is there was absolutely no rush to the relationship They both took it slowly, the author took time to get the healing in before the sex complicated things, both men took time to get to know each other, to relax into each others company, and Avery even went through the very important partner therapy so he does not get lost in the oblivion of a PTSD sufferer Although many would say that things were a bit too slow, I really appreciated it In real life, it would be much slower and muchcomplicated andangst to be frank about it Not many PTSD sufferers will actually get to the point Travis reached This is a romance novel after all, so it is only right that things are taken slow, carefully and meticulously There were some glossed over stuff here that in real life would not be advisable, but that is the point we all love fiction, right In fiction, anything goes and the author can take the artistic route Compared to the first five Ellery Mountain books, this was probably the darkest and most emotional There were times when it was quite hard to digest what Travis had to go through However, I see this as the beginning of the turn in this arc, when the Center finally gets to help those who need it most and plays a larger role This means we will be gettingserious and complicated characters where in the beginning, we got the ordinary guys who had some problems but nothing as bad as those who will come into or out of the Center.This is a great sixth book for the series and I am glad to be following it


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