Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Reason to Stay by RJ Scott


When SEAL, Viktor Zavodny, left small town America for the Navy he made sure he never had a reason to return for anything other than visiting family. He wanted to see the world and fight for his country and nothing, or no one, was getting in his way. He fights hard, and plays harder, and a succession of men and women share his bed.

But a phone call from his sister has him using his thirty day down time to go home instead of enjoying his usual thirty nights of random sex and sleep.

What he finds is a mystery on the Green Mountains and the only man attempting to make sense of seemingly unrelated deaths. His childhood friend and first love... Lieutenant Aiden Coleman, Sheriff.

There were reasons Viktor left his home. Not least Aiden Coleman with his small town innocence and his dreams of forever. Now Adam and Viktor need to work together to save lives and prove there is a hero in all of us.

When it's done, if they make it out alive, can Aiden persuade Viktor that he has a reason to stay? Maybe forever?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Mystery
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Viktor and Aiden are a very frustrating couple. I know that this is said to be a romance, but I would argue that this is more suspense than anything. Viktor is a SEAL who likes to take a lot of risks, has casual sex with both genders, and, while he supports his family, he doesn't come home often.

I think this was a much more successful suspense story – we are given a mystery and these two capable and very manly men have to figure out how to save their family and love themselves and each other.

I think that these two could use their own real, true romance, as I think that they would be a great couple. However, in this story, I think what bothered me most was there were really no feelings. They hooked up, ran away, were angry – it was too immature of a relationship.

The mystery was very enjoyable and I hope that we get to see more mystery and suspense in the following stories. I also really hope that Viktor's teammates start getting stories.


Sarah☆☆☆☆
This is a fast-paced, exciting story. It starts with a murder in a small town but the harsh winter climate and escalating threats soon make this more of a paramilitary action adventure than a typical murder mystery. I enjoyed the characters in this story – we’re introduced to a whole cast of military and ex-military men – some of whom I hope to see in their own books in the future.

I enjoyed the action in this book more than the romance. Viktor isn’t the most likeable of heroes. The things that make him a good SEAL – his singular focus and his ability to react without emotion – don’t necessarily make him a good brother, uncle, or romantic partner. Victor is more at home on a battlefield than he is in his hometown and it was difficult for me to like him because his humanity is buried pretty deep.

Aiden is maybe a little too likeable. He is good and kind and he keeps giving Victor chance after chance to break his heart. For most of the book, I wanted Aiden to run from Viktor and find someone who would treasure him properly.

But while I was a little bit ambivalent about the romance in this story, I really enjoyed it as a murder mystery. I loved the hostile winter environment. I enjoyed watching Viktor make use of his SEAL skills in his home environment and I really enjoyed the action at the end.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
I have read quite a few of Ms. Scott's books, but not this series – so it has been a real treat to find two new-to-me books and one about to be released.

This is a suspenseful drama, set in the snowy mountains and with a very dark edge to it. From the very start we know the mettle of the men that are the subjects of this book, but little do we know how much they will be tested, both physically and emotionally.

The background to current day is beautifully set up and gives us a broader understanding of just how both men feel, but in particular, Viktor. The SEAL, reaching the end of his professional career, mainly due to injury and age, is both confident in his abilities, but also vulnerable as to his worth. The examination of his character and his values is done with great skill. He was utterly believable to me, and interestingly I felt I knew him far better than Aiden, who in theory is a pretty open book.

Really good, intense, dramatic, and passion-filled story. Was super happy that the next in the series was waiting for me to read it!




RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat
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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Reason to Stay (Heroes #1) by RJ Scott to read and review.

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