Monday, February 2, 2015

eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: The Bucket List 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.

The Bucket List

The Bucket List by RJ Scott
134 pages

Published January 28th 2015 by Love Lane Books Limited 
When Andrew Craig dies, he leaves his brother Jason a list of places that he wanted to visit but couldn't. Attending a school reunion, London, Stonehenge, these are all on the list and Jason is determined to cross everything off and work through his grief at the same time. Closeted soap actor Mark Wesley is shocked when a blast from the past looks him up, and devastated when he realizes he will never have a chance to make things right.Together Jason and Mark agree to work on the list. But what happens when Jason and Mark grow closer, when passion and even love begins to grow?Was this what Andrew wanted to happen all along between his brother and his friend?

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Jason Craig had to go to a shoot and get in touch with soap star, Mark Wesley. Not because he was secretly stalking the actor, it was because he had been asked to do so by his brother. When Mark meets Jason, it is to learn that the 'keeper of his secrets' had died and one of Andrew's last requests was that he and Jason were to live out the list of things he had wanted to do but never did or could. The Bucket List included a list of places and attending a class reunion that Mark was not willing to go to. His high school held a lot of memories. Traumatic ones.

Jason and Mark go through the list and yes, it first started out as just a duty to fulfill but soon, they realize they learned more of who Andrew Craig was and that he used the list so he could show them what he wanted them both to know. It was as if he was reaching out from the grave and Jason and Mark could not get away from him. Or from each other. 

The trip through the list get the two men closer to each other, learn who each other are, and in the end, find out who they really were. The list was a tool that finally showed Mark that there was something he left behind in Cooper's Yard. 

Bittersweet is one word that comes to mind, especially when dealing with the memory that was Andrew but romantic is the only thing I could think of when reading how Jason and Mark got to know each other again and finally looked and smiled. 

This is definitely one of the best and fastest read written by RJ Scott and, well, it left me feeling really, really good. Definitely one to add to that list or just go for broke, sit with a cup of tea and finish in an afternoon. 


Read the Excerpt

“You should write to the studio, sir. Meanwhile, you may want to go stand over there. Some of the actors will be out later to see their adoring fans as per usual.” The guard sounded firm at first, but the second part of the sentence was dripping with sarcasm.
“I’m not a fan,” Jason protested. He looked over again at the chattering women. A couple were staring at him and pointing. Shuffling his feet and suddenly feeling uncomfortable, he wondered where to start to explain so he could get in. “I tried to find out where Mark lived and wanted to track down his family…” He stopped. I sound like some kind of creepy stalker fan. “Look, can you just maybe give him a note for me?”
Bill looked like he was ten seconds away from calling the cops on Jason. That would be just freaking great. How would he explain an arrest record for stalking to the education board when he was back at school? Finally Bill motioned toward a pile of books and notes and teddies that sat on the chair in his small hut.
“You can add a note to the pile.”
The pile? Jason didn’t have time for a note to be added to any kind of disorganized heap. He had exactly two days to get in, talk to Mark, and get him to agree to number one on his brother’s crazy-assed bucket list. The reunion is Saturday. We need to get home.
“If you could move away, sir,” Bill said.
Part of Jason wanted to take a stand and not move, but rebellion wasn’t really part of his makeup and he walked a few steps back. A voice to his side had Jason twisting on his heel.
“Excuse me, my friend made me come over.” Jason faced one of the women from the group. He forced a mask of civility into place. Never let it be said his mom didn’t raise him right. “She thinks you are that Scottish guy from Days. You know, the one with the stepparents who turned out to be practicing voodoo and who ended up kidnapping the sister with the twins.”
“I’m sorry—”
“I said you weren’t him and that you were actually a lot better-looking than the Scottish guy whose name I forget, Niall or Nick or something. Also, up close, you look way younger.” She tilted her head and let out a soft tinkling laugh, then placed a hand flat on his jacket. Jason instantly stepped backward. He wasn’t sure what Days was, but it didn’t sound like a good thing, not the way the rest of the group of women were staring at him like he was a side of beef on sale at the market.

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