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Anywhere You Go by Keelan Ellis

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Anywhere You Go by Keelan Ellis

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Book Series
Unfinished Business #2
About the Author
Keelan Ellis is a true crime enthusiast, a political junkie, and a comedy fan. Despite a compulsion to sometimes wallow in the depths of humanity’s corruption and sadness, she considers herself a romantic at heart. The stories she really connects with are about love that’s been twisted into hatred, and she believes that with honesty and forgiveness, love can overcome. Keelan loves good bourbon and classic country music, great television and well-prepared food, especially shared with like-minded people. She’s not a fan of parties and large groups of people, but there’s nothing she loves more than a long conversation with friends. Her favorite part of the writing process is the collaborative stage, hashing out plot and characters with smart and talented friends. It’s where she truly comes to understand the people she’s writing about, and often falls in love with them. With the support and encouragement--as well as some serious editing help--Keelan has found the writing niche she’s always searched for. Sometimes she gets blocked, and when that happens, there’s only one thing she knows to do. Just like Inigo Montoya, she goes back to the beginning, writing about the characters who inspired her so much in the past.
Publication Date
December 30, 2015
1634767608 (ISBN13: 9781634767606)
Jess Early and Eli Dunn, owners of Ruth’s Haven Bed and Breakfast, love married life. Every jealousy bump and insecure thought is just another expected growing pain. But with Jess redefining his relationship with his best friend and ex-fiancée Cassie and Eli’s friend Travis staying with the guys while going through marital problems of his own, things haven’t been feeling quite right between them.

Not to forget, the home’s ghostly previous owners, Clay Bailey and Silas Denton, still reside in their former bedroom and delight in making their presence known—including invading Travis’s dreams in an attempt to help. They give Travis a vivid glimpse of their adventurous trip to Paris in the early 1960s and some insight about his marriage.

With tensions mounting, Eli’s father suffers a heart attack. Now Jess and Eli must remain strong and at the same time confront their evolving feelings. The young couple’s struggles become a lesson in the true meanings of love, loyalty and marriage.

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Entertaining little pastiche
(Updated: February 11, 2016)
I loved this author’s I’ll Still Be There, a layered, multi-dimensional tale in which the physically embodied interact with ghosts to chilling,
entertaining effect. In that natural/supernatural yarn, the gifted Keelan Ellis seamlessly wove two stories, one with youthful, gay, twenty-first-century friends/lovers; the second involving a dearly departed gay, twentieth century twosome. It was spine tingling, haunting same gender romance times two.
For me, at least, this sequel, Anywhere You Go, is a less successful attempt, with literary lightning failing to strike twice. Anywhere seems a bit thin, somewhat of a shadowy sequel, and, surprising for a tale physically and metaphysically told, just a tad flat. So I’m giving three stars to this title from an author who is a five-star talent.
As Anywhere opens, lifelong friends, Jess and Eli, are now the gay married owners-operators of the haunted Ruth’s Haven B & B. Its previous
owners, mid-twentieth century lovers, Clay Bailey and Silas Denton, provide the ghostly hijinks at Ruth’s.
As we enter Eli and Jess’s world, they have settled, mostly comfortably, into their business and their marriage. But we’ve barely turned the first page when Jess is squabbling with Cassie, his best friend and ex-fiancé. That’s because Jess has behaved badly, acting inappropriately in front of Peter, the handsome antique dealer for whom Cassie has set her cap.

On the drive home, the fiery, smitten woman reacts by turning frosty and silent on Jess. 
More cold water awaits Jess at home. It arrives in the form of Travis, Eli’s army buddy, who has made the military his career. Travis has arrived at Ruth’s Haven unexpected and uninvited. His plan is to stay with the young married until he irons out the highly problematic wrinkles in his own marriage to Kevin.
For several reasons, Travis rubs Jess the wrong way. For one thing: Except for the room belonging to the dearly discarnate Clay and Silas, the B & B is booked solid. There’s no room in the inn. Sound familiar Joseph and Mary?
And then there’s this: Jess fears that Travis has sexual designs on his husband, Eli. That’s how it goes, boys. When we’re in love with, and married to, a man, we believe that every other man on the planets wants to get into his pants.
For Eli’s sake, Jess sweeps aside his grave misgivings, and after having a heart-to-heart with his metaphysical residents, Jess makes ready Clay and Silas’s room for Travis. 
Yet Jess has misread Travis’s libidinous desires. Rather than having designs on Jess’s handsome hubby, Eli, Travis has been fantasizing about something else: three-way sex with the couple.
Despite a grudging pledge not to spook and sully Travis’s stay, the ghosts, Clay and Silas, enter Travis’s dreams, embedding them with scenes from their 1960s vacation in Gay Paree. 
More immediately distressing, Clay and Silas break Travis’s phone, cutting off his lifeline to his out of state husband, and their fragile marriage. 
But the ectoblastic Clay and Silas are more than meddlesome metaphysical beings. They are not simply punking and spiking Travis’s dreams. Through the dream sequences the incorrigible incorporeals give Travis valuable insights into his and Kevin’s marriage. 
Additionally in one especially graphic dream sequence, through the couple’s own Parisian walk on the wild side, they show Travis the likely outcome of the threesome sex with Eli and Jess about which he fantasizes.
The experience quickly puts the kibosh on Travis’s fantasy about simultaneously jumping the lovely, lively bones of his hosts. The matter is dropped.
But Keelan Ellis’s saga extends beyond that of a troubled, conflicted husband, Travis, receiving metaphysical marriage counseling from prankish phantasm. 
Anywhere You Go is also the story of how Eli and Jess respond to, and grow from, a life threatening health catastrophe that befalls Eli’s father.
Importantly Anywhere illustrates the necessity and value of making major life changes in order to keep one’s marriage healthy and thriving.
Yes, there’s a whole lot happening. But this time around, I didn’t really feel the author’s total commitment to her saga. Instead I sensed a detached distance between author and story.
In conclusion, let me put it this way. If you haven’t yet purchased the author’s excellent, I’ll Still be There, then by all means, do so. As for Anywhere You Go: It is an entertaining little pastiche, but it falls far short of being its excellent ancestor’s equal.
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