Title: The Sinner and the Saint
Series: Ellery Mountain 08
Author: R.J. Scott
Length: Novella (165pgs)
Publisher: Love Lane Books (24th April 2018)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: 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?
Review: Each book in the Ellery Mountain collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.
Serving in the army is not an easy deal for most. For Ben it was the one thing he felt guilty for. He had been an Army medic and in battle choices had to be made, life or death for many. It was the reason he never stayed in one place to long. In Ellery he helped at the clinic and was looking into getting them a burn unit set up. His brother had been badly burned while serving and he wanted to help him. One night he sees light in a home where no one should be, and you can guess how he reacted.
Nick had followed in his grandfathers footsteps, even though he realized he didn’t want to be an actor. He had only did it to piss off the parents, and he was doing a good job at it. He had been set up to marry his best friend, which neither wanted to do. So when she got pregnant by the one she loves, Nick had decided to take the fall in the end. Now in Ellery he was trying to get his head on straight, kind of hard to do when a sexy neighbor was calling the cops on him.
I actually liked this quite a bit better than the previous book I read. It was more heart felt and the characters were a bit more quirky. You could feel their pain and anger, the heartache and lust. I still felt like the story had been long winded and a bit more added into it that was not needed. I will admit that there was nothing out standing about this story, it just felt like every other love story out there. That is not saying it wasn’t good because it was, but it just didn’t pull at me like it should have.
I have only read book six in this series so I didn’t have a back ground of the town but realized that it really didn’t impact me too much. I have read a few stories by this author and had fallen in love with them, this one was a bit more action and danger free. It is more about the pain the guys are feeling, or guilt in this case with love in the end. It is nice for just a time out and I can see reading it more than once. The problem was it didn’t call to me like I had wanted. I will wait to see if the next book will be more compelling.
Even with my problems with the story, it is still a very good read. I would definitely recommend it to others.