Reviewed by JustJen
Title: A Reason to Stay
Author: R.J. Scott
Series: Heroes #1
Heroes: Viktor Zavodny/Aiden Coleman
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 267 Pages
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Release Date: April 11, 2014
Available at: Love Lane Books, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Smashwords
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Blurb: 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?
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.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.*