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A Reason To Stay (Heroes Book 1) (English Edition) von [Scott, RJ]

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Heroes, book 1

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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  • Verlag: Love Lane Ltd (9. April 2014)
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HASH(0x9ba829e4) von 5 Sternen Great start! 16. April 2014
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Boy was I excited about this one. The cover is hot, the premise is hot, and the characters are both hot.

Aiden is a really sweet guy who started to fall in love with Viktor, their first encounter at 16. Unfortunately, Viktor walked away into the arms of his first love, the Navy. They meet up again while Viktor is home recovering from a combat injury, and there is some smoking hot chemistry going on here. They both feel it, but unfortunately, the same issues still remain with Viktor being completely committed to his life as a Navy SEAL. Viktor has convinced himself that SEALS do not love because their lives are always so up in the air. Aiden doesn’t seem to ever believe this message and never really gives up on Viktor.

This starts out at a pretty good pace, but once things happened to bring Viktor back, it slowed down for me through the middle when nothing really seemed to be happening. It eventually picks back up when the guys take action and head up the mountain to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Viktor’s injured nephew. There were some pretty unbelievable moments, but also some really hot steamy ones. I was a little disappointed in how quickly Aiden and Viktor resolved things, but loved the action at the end.

I also really liked Viktor’s team members and found I really wanted to go read the Sanctuary series some of them came from. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where the rest of this series is headed.
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HASH(0x9ba82a38) von 5 Sternen Action Packed, Less Romance, A Terrific Start to a New Series! 27. April 2014
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Another review

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Viktor Zavodny's first love growing up was always the Navy. Nothing and no one was going to distract him from that goal, not even a gorgeous 16 year old with a crush on him, Aiden Coleman. For Aiden, 18 year old Viktor was his first and only love, but Viktor determination to become a SEAL made him callously disregard Aiden, something Aiden has never forgotten. Then Viktor Zavodny left his family and home town of Steepleshend to join the SEALS, and a broken hearted young Aiden Coleman joined the police force.

It would be years before the men met again. Viktor returned home on leave to recuperate from severe injuries acquired on his last mission. The last thing he expected or wanted to do was run into Aiden. But again sparks fly between them only for Aiden to watch Viktor leave once more on a mission with his SEAL outfit. Now Aiden swore never again would he let Viktor back into his heart but neither man expected the danger that existed on the mountains above town.

When Viktor's nephew is found wounded and unconscious in the snow, lying along side a dead man. Well the traumatic events bring Viktor back to town to look after his family and look into the events that put his nephew in the hospital. Handling the investigation is none other than Deputy Sheriff Aiden Coleman. Aiden isn't pleased to find an angry SEAL in his office demanding to be included in the investigation, especially since its Viktor. In order to bring down the people behind his nephew's injuries and the dead body discovered beside him, Aiden and Viktor will have to put aside their personal issues and work together to find the truth and maybe finally the path to each other.

In Worlds Collide (Sanctuary #7) main character Dale needs a bomb defused aboard a plane so he calls on his lover Joseph and Joseph's SEAL team to help him out. The team bomb expert just happened to be a hot headed smartass by the name of Viktor Zavodny, caught in the middle of a threesome when summoned to the phone. That fascinating first look at Viktor Zavodny, the filling in the middle of a husband and wife sexual sandwich, was enough for people to clamor to have his story. That short glimpse into the sexy,confounding puzzle that was Viktor Zavodny made us want to know more about him and now Scott has given it to us. A Reason To Stay, the first book in RJ Scott's new Heroes series, delves into Viktor's background and status in the SEAL Team we got to know through Joseph and Dale in their Sanctuary stories.

I have to admit a real fondness for those "tough as nails" inscrutable men that RJ Scott writes so well. Having Viktor comes out of the same team that gave us Joseph gives us an instant understanding of the type of man he is and the skill set he has had to acquire to become a member of such a covert unit. We also know what a tight knit band of brothers this group of men have become to one another. And it's become apparent (in the Sanctuary novels and here) that it is a unit in flux, members deciding to op out for a family and a life less defined by a mission and danger.

Viktor's first appearance in this story happens when he is home to recuperate from injuries received while on a mission. He is tired, wounded, and able to see what he has been missing out on with his sister and his beloved nephew, Then he hooks up with Aiden and things start to get emotionally scary for someone with a designated life ahead of him. Does he come across as insensitive or a bit of a jerk? Possibly but he has never made any effort to cover up his priorities, no matter how much others may wish differently. I liked that about Viktor, he is not an easy person to like nor is that a requisite for his profession. Scott paints a portrait of a man on the verge of a change even if he is not aware of it himself and it works beautifully here in context.

Aiden is a much more accessible character because so many of us can relate to him and his history. Aiden fell early and hard for Viktor when he was sixteen and never recovered from his heartbreaking first love. No matter what Aiden tells himself intellectually, emotionally he is still open and very vulnerable when it comes to Viktor and their past dealings. So when Viktor returns, we absolutely get that Aiden is conflicted about his feelings for Viktor. Scott actually builds upon those complications and complexities between the men throughout the story and it makes for a more interesting and less idealized relationship between them. Trust me when I say this is not your heart and flowers sort of romance. That wouldn't be realistic for these men or their herky jerky type of romance.

Another element of RJ Scott's stories is how well she writes adolescents. Viktor's nephew Ben has a rather large part to play in the events that unfold here. Ben idolizes his uncle and wants to be exactly like him, Ben is a wonderful character, fully realized and totally believable. And because he is so real to us, his safety becomes as important a factor for us as it does for Viktor.

For Viktor, Ben is a mile marker is his life. On the rare occassions Viktor returns home, he notices of all the changes in Ben in his absence. And those changes highlight what Viktor has missed out on as well as the personal sacrifices he has made in order to be a SEAL. Perspective is something that has been lacking in Viktor's life and Ben is the one area where it snaps into place in a manner Viktor is able to accept. Again, another very realistic element among many in this story.

I loved the setting in the Green Mountains and RJ Scott has certainly done her homework as to the level of fitness and preparation required to take on a winter hike into that terrain. Not just there either. Scott makes mention of the fact that a sugar shack is where the maple sap is boiled into syrup. Again, another indication that this author has done her homework even to the smallest detail. Or the larger ones like the guns, explosions and gear needed for those wild assignments and escapades that happen in A Reason To Stay. There is certainly a lot of flash bang excitement for the buck (or should I say pound) here in her narrative. Several of the Sanctuary operatives make momentary appearances from Joseph (still a SEAL), Manny, and Kayden Summers. Its great to see them however briefly as I love that series and its characters and it made sense for them to do so.

What I loved about this book? The sheer physicality of these men and the sometimes abrasive aspect of their relationship. It's hard to call this a typical romance because its not. Nor should it be. There is plenty of action, fights, nefarious goings on to along with the arrogance, stubbornness, and a determination that is almost cellular from Viktor as well as Aiden. Sometimes the testosterone is only tempered by the sweetness of the scenes between Viktor and his sister, or Aiden and his friend Sam.

The writing here is as smooth as a new fallen snow and the plot has plenty of layers for everyone to enjoy. What will some people have issues with? Probably the lack of a romance or romantic scenes between Viktor and Aiden. If you are looking for that sort of romantic story, than this is probably not the story for you. But if you are looking for an action adventure story with believable main characters with a turbulent history behind them and an attraction that just won't go away, then you will love this story and Viktor and Aiden.

RJ Scott already has the second story, Last Marine Standing (Heroes #2), written. It will be released in June 2014 and features Sam Larsen from A Reason To Stay. I can't wait to see what the author has in store for him. In the meantime, pick this up and get acquainted with some wonderful characters sure to pop up in the next story in the series. Consider this another highly recommended action adventure story from this wonderful author.

Cover art by Meredith Russell who does a great job in depicting the characters and flavor of the story.

Books in the Heroes series to date:

A Reason To Stay (Heroes #1)
Last Marine Standing (Heroes #2) to be released June 27, 2014
Book Details:

ebook, 267 pages
Published April 11th 2014 by Love Lane Books (first published April 9th 2014)
edition language English
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HASH(0x9ba82e70) von 5 Sternen Brit Writing American - Sketchy 4. Mai 2014
Von Alan Arthur Katz - Veröffentlicht auf
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I generally like Ms. Scott's work. She's a top-notch writer.

But I must admit that I was not all that taken by "A Reason To Stay".

It's got good characters and a dramatic plot. Two men, Viktor, now a Navy Seal and Aiden, born wealthy, working as a deputy Sheriff, come together for a few weeks when Victor returns to town. They take up where they left off when Victor was 18 and Aiden 16 - teenagers in high school making out in stolen moments in the parking lot. ViKtor laughed when Aiden professed his love, and left to join the Navy. Now they're back together for just a few weeks before Viktor takes off again.

He returns, two years later, when his 11-year-old nephew, Ben, is found, almost frozen, with a broken ankle and a head injury, buried in a mound of snow on a hiking path next to a dead body. Together (though fighting all the way), Viktor and Aiden set out to find the culprits and ensure that Ben is no longer in danger due to what he might or might not have seen.

The climax takes place at the top of a 3800 foot mountain (hardly Everest) in a snowstorm and is, if nothing else, fast paced and dramatic. Sometimes, the author tended to dramatize the technical issues to the point of confusion. Early in the story, she mentions that even the Forest Ranger had never hiked "above the tree line" (the elevation above which trees no longer grow), but when the boys get to the peak, they're in a dense forest. Tree line? Forest? Which? Or weren't they really at the mountain peak?

It didn't work for me, at all. Not the plotting or the characters (though they had their unbelievable moments), but the writing itself.

Ms. Scott appears to be a Brit who, unfortunately, has a tin ear for American dialogue. That messed up a large portion of this book for me - trying to imagine very American characters, in Vermont, speaking the words she put in their mouths. I found it hard to deal with an 11-year-old who told his family that he "must have fallen unconscious", instead of "he must have passed out". Vermont place names were simply wrong, "Battlesboro" for Brattleboro, the particularly British made-up town of "Steepleshend", the "Center Green" instead of Village Green or Town Square. Even the military terminology was, apparently, British, such as "recuperation break" instead of disability leave, drinking coffee from a "flask" instead of a "thermos", "calling in to the office" instead of calling the office, "sign up to the Navy", instead of enlist and "fill in the" police report, as opposed to "fill out" or "file the police report. But the one that really made me realize that the author was not American and didn't really "get" American speech was this line: ..."hunting on the other side of mainland US". An American would just say "hunting on the other side of the country". Do we ever refer to our land as "mainland" U.S. unless we're discussing Hawaii or Alaska? I've never heard it.

There was also a structural issue that I really disliked, and that's not like me. I can enjoy unusual structure if it has a point and furthers the plot or development.

The book opens with a full chapter on the first time Viktor came home, and he and Aiden got together, as adults.

Then, the book continues on as though that chapter never happened, starting from what reads like page 1, including a brief recapitulation of their three weeks together before Viktor takes off, again. I'm probably wrong about this, but it really struck me that Ms. Scott got to the end of the book, decided she hadn't covered the back story well enough, and tacked it on the front of her otherwise completed book. Why else would the characters be introduced, all over again, from scratch, in the subsequent chapter?

All in all, I found this a difficult read with the inauthentic dialogue and slow middle section, in which little happens to further either the plot or character development. I suppose if this book were aimed at the British reading public, who might be as unaware of American vernacular as Ms. Scott appears to be, this could be a five-star review. But, as an American reader, I couldn't get into quintessentially American characters who spoke British English.

You might find otherwise. I just like a book about Americans having dialogue to have American dialogue. Maybe I'm being too picky.
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HASH(0x9ba8551c) von 5 Sternen A Little Bit Mixed Up 6. Juli 2014
Von Tina - Veröffentlicht auf
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Rounded up from 3.5 stars. A Reason to Stay is a spin-off of R.J. Scott’s successful Sanctuary books. I am the unique position of not having read any of that series. This book references characters from the previous series, but quite easily stands alone. The man referenced in the title, the one who needs a reason to stay home with his family and the man he loves but left is Viktor. He is a career Navy Seal who couldn't wait to leave his small hometown as soon as he graduated from high school and dive into the deep end of excitement and danger courtesy of the Navy. He lives for the danger and adrenaline rush. During his down time, he drinks and has indiscriminate sex with men or women, whomever is available, instead of heading home to see his sister and fatherless nephew. He isn’t a believer in love and won’t or can’t make commitments. The man he left in his dust alongside his family is Aiden. He is a deputy sheriff in their hometown, and he harbors dreams of love and marriage, particularly with Viktor.
A Reason to Stay starts with Viktor recuperating at his sister and thirteen year old nephew’s house after a bad knee injury. When he and Aiden meet for the first time in over a decade, the old sparks continue to fly, proving that both of them still feel the strong attraction they had in high school. As Viktor recovers, he and Aiden rediscover their compatibility between the sheets. Unfortunately, that seems to be the only place they are compatible. After several weeks, Aiden makes the same mood-killing mistake he made many years ago; he tells Viktor he loves him. As with the first time Aiden said those words, Viktor goes running off to the Navy.
Two years later Viktor’s nephew is found injured a short distance from a dead body in the forest on the mountain in his home town. Fortunately, he is in the US and quickly arrives to support his sister and parents. There's a mystery going on as to why the nephew was out that late at night and what he was doing on the mountain during a snow storm. Aiden is investigating the murder and Ben’s injuries and Viktor is, of course, butting in. He calls his connections at Sanctuary for help and tactical support. He is going up that mountain to investigate no matter what anyone tells him. Including, and especially Aiden.
When Ben regains consciousness and Viktor what he remembers, that’s Viktor’s cue to head up the mountain. Aiden tries to talk him out of it, but realizes he can’t, so he decides to go with him. What their investigation uncovers at the top of that 3800 foot mountain is surprising to Aiden but not to Viktor. The climax of the book, and also their investigation, is fraught with danger and is very exciting to read. It takes all of the skill and cunning that they both possess to get out of harm’s way and back down the mountain safely. Viktor, following his pattern, returns to the Navy as soon as he's able. This leaves Aiden following his own pattern: wondering if Viktor's ever coming back.
Sometimes heroes are morons. They will face any manner of danger: bullets, bombs, killer mountains, but then run as fast as they can from commitment. I liked the relationship that Monika and Viktor had and the way that Viktor stepped in as a father figure for Ben. That seemed to be the extent of the commitment he was capable of. It was the only way we got to see that he even had a softer side. Him in the hospital holding his sister while she slept actually brought tears to my eyes.
Aiden was way too patient with Viktor in my opinion. I think Aiden should have given up on Viktor’s overly macho self when he left, once again (!) after recovering from his injuries and hung my hat up with Sam. Although this outcome does leave Sam up for grabs in a future book. Just sayin’.
I enjoyed A Reason to Stay for the most part. I think it just leaned too easily on stereotypes. The characters themselves were easy to read, if stereotypical. The plot dramatic, though predictable. There also seemed to be a lot of almost-Britishisms. I know I made that word up, but there were many references that weren’t wholly American English, but nor were they wholly British. I imagine it’s difficult to write for a foreign readership, but I believe Ms. Scott has enough experience at this point to more clearly differentiate between the two and not just combine them. It made it a little difficult to read. This is a must read for the many R.J. Scott fans out there. For newer readers, there are many of her other books that I enjoyed quite a bit.
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HASH(0x9ba8533c) von 5 Sternen Absolutely Great! 12. April 2014
Von Kendra Patterson - Veröffentlicht auf
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I know this is a spin off of the Sanctuary books but IMO it's the best book of them all. You have Viktor the career Navy Seal who couldn't wait to leave his small hometown and get into the excitement of the Navy. He thrives on dangerous situations and any & all kinds of sex. He doesn't believe in love and commitement. Then you have Aiden who is a deputy sheriff in their hometown, who dreams of love, marriage, and wants it with Viktor. The book starts off with Viktor recouperating at his sister's house after a bad knee injury. He runs into Aiden and sparks fly, proving that both men are still very attracted. After a 2 week fling Viktor leaves to go back to the Navy telling Aiden it was fun. Then 2 years later Viktor gets a call that his nephew is in the hospital and he returns home. There's a mystety going on as to why the nephew was out late at night, on the mountain, in a snow storm. Aiden is investigating and doesn't like Viktor butting in. They butt heads quite a bit before they decide to work together. After Viktor's nephew wakes up & tells everyone what happened to him Viktor decides he's going up the mountain to investigate. Aiden tries to talk him out of his decision but then decides to go with him. Hiking up a mountain in a snow storm isn't easy but they make it. What they find surprises Aiden but not so much Viktor. It takes skill and cunning to get out of danger and get back down the mountain. Viktor goes back to the Navy as soon as he's well, leaving Aiden to wonder if he's ever coming back. More than Viktor and Aiden have to make life changing decisions to be where they want to be. Like I said before I think this is one of RJ's best books. Absolutely loved it and I recommend this book to all.
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