Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Last Marine Standing by RJ Scott

RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over sixty titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

Last Marine Standing
Book two in the Heroes series. Book 1 - A Reason To Stay

When the people you trusted turn on you, when you are the last one standing, should you take your secrets to the grave? Or make the murderers pay?
Former Marine Recon, Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Jackson has secrets. The things he did for his country, the things he saw, must never be spoken about. Until that is, his team is targeted.
A shift in political alliances means one particular mission undertaken by Mac and his Fire Team needs to be wiped from the history books. Starting with the team itself.
Forest Ranger, Samuel Larson III wants to find the Marines who saved his life. He just wants to say thank you. What he can’t know is that he's walking into a firestorm of betrayal and murder.
When Samuel arrives at Mac's place he throws Mac's plans for hiding out of the window. Abruptly Mac has to protect a man that threatens his heart, only this time he can't be sure he will succeed in keeping Sam alive.

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

This one is definitely different, but must confess, I really like the difference. It makes a huge difference from all the insta- stuff we get more often than not. That this romance truly goes through the stages of courtship, now that I love!

Mac was one of the team who rescued two diplomat kids from a kidnapping all those years ago. As a Marine whose job it was to take orders, he and team never hesitated to do all they could to get the two children out. When they finally did, it was full of regret for they never expected to be sickened at what had been done to the kids. Especially as both kids nearly did not make it, rescue or not.

Sam, whom we got introduced to in A Reason To Stay (Heroes #1), was a character that was a real surprise. Who knew after reading that first book he would have a history so steeped in trauma he actually made it and was a great friend to Aiden Coleman? Did Aidan even know how deep his secret was? I have no inkling. Thing is, we get to know him deeper in this story and it is a story that is sickening, traumatic, hopeful and romantic.

Sam was one of the two children kidnapped back in 2004 and nearly did not make it physically. Heck, I wonder at how he made it psychologically, but he was strong, it showed way back when he was fourteen and it still shows in who he is today. Now he needed to thank his rescuers but his search for the team unearthed a whole lot of problems and got him in the middle of a deadly conspiracy.

Mac was now a civilian but it seems his past as a Marine Recon was catching up on him, and not in a good way. His team was getting offed one at a time. Now only he and Spider were left. When Spider disappears, he knew he was in a whole lot of trouble. When Sam, his rescue way back then, shows up dodging bullets, now that meant he was in a whole lot of trouble. How to keep them both safe, it was hard. How to keep his feelings from getting the better of him, now that was definitely harder.

This is not a story where instant gratification through erotic scenes and angst-ridden drama drives the read. This is an action-packed story full of intrigue, thrill and mystery. Who was behind all the killings was something the reader has to discover by reading through the whole story. As both Sam and Mac get busy to keeping themselves alive their feelings for each other develop slowly. This is the part I really loved to read for it slowly revealed the different layers of each character. I love how they developed and along with it, the plot developed strong. 

Romantic, yes. Thrilling, definitely.

Erotic? Now, what RJ Scott is not erotic?


Bear put his hand on his hip and sashayed a little, which looked ridiculous.

Mac shoved him. “I will kill you.”

Bear squared his shoulders and smirked. “You could try.”

Mac weighed the pros and cons. Bear certainly lived up to his nickname—broad, strong, straining the damn fatigues—but Mac knew his teammate’s weaknesses. He estimated he could take him in about five minutes, but he’d probably get a few broken bones in the process. He relaxed his stance, ready to go toe to toe with Bear, but Spider put a hand between the two men.

“The kid’s crying,” Spider pointed out helpfully.

Mac shot his friend a shocked look. Did Spider really think the best thing for the poor kid in the bed was to have some idiot go in and tell him everything would be okay? “That doesn’t mean he needs one of us to talk to him,” he asserted.

Bear crossed his arms over his impossibly broad chest. “You saw what they did, heard what he said. One of us should say something. Threaten to go kill someone or something.”

“We already killed everyone who hurt him,” Spider said evenly. “No one left to shoot.”


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