Bethany Reviews ‘The Last Marine Standing’ by R.J. Scott (Published by Love Lane Books on October 6th, 2014)
As is usual with blog posts I get stuck about what to write. I want to post about things that readers want to know and so I asked my FB group what they wanted to know about my new release, Last Marine Standing
Stephanie Morgan asked where do your ideas come from for your characters? News stories? Friends? Men you have heard about? Or do you just completely make them up?
All of my men are ‘made up’. Literally. It may be that I have inspiration from a news story (All The Kings Men, earthquake, forest fire), or from real life (Bodyguards Inc 1), but when I come to creating my men I don’t base them on anyone in real life.
However, my men are all flawed in some way and they mirror the kinds of things that are happen in this world. They may have PTSD, they may be frozen with fear, they may solve crime, or be victims of crime. How my heroes deal with it can ultimately be seen in heroes in real life.
I have no idea where the ideas for my men or my stories come from, they just happen without me consciously thinking about it. It might be a song, or a news story, or just a place I visit. I love to have my cover art ready for when I write, and with all my self published work I can do that. So the cover models we have chosen between us (Meredith and I) are my inspiration for how my heroes look.
As to the characters of the men, they tend to evolve as I write. I may start by writing someone as being an angry person, then as I write him and show why he is angry, I may actually go back and amend my starting point because I simply understand that character more.
Book 2 in the Heroes Series
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 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.
Rosie handed the stick to Sam, then shoved him aside. “I don’t know what the fuck is on there and I don’t care. I’m going.” She levered Eric’s hand from Sam’s shirt, then climbed into the driver’s side and started the engine. Sam realized he was frozen on the spot, staring.
Rosie had parting words spoken with absolute certainty laced with venom. “Don’t get involved. Go back to your life. Mac can take care of himself.” Then she drove away, out of the alley and into the traffic in the nondescript silver-gray Toyota. Leaving Sam where he stood.
Leaving Sam in shock. He looked down at his shirt, at the smudges of blood and realized it couldn’t be more than twenty minutes since he knocked on Eric’s door.
Fuck, I’ve landed in a freaking action movie. What secret? What message? Who was right? And what the hell would Sam find at the co-ordinates? Just Mac, the one with the hazel eyes, or was this some greater conspiracy.
He never even hesitated to think he wasn’t going. Right now seemed as good a time as any to leave. He was stood here with another man’s blood on him and people out there who were trying to kill Mac and quite possibly him as well.
Mackenzie Jackson, fire team leader, call sign Team in the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. A Recon Marine and one of the group of four who had rescued him and his sister, and other than Eric, the only guy left to find. Or possibly left alive. Sam couldn’t exactly thank Tyrone ‘Bear’ Glenn, he’d lost his life in an op overseas. And he couldn’t thank Wade who’d died no more than a couple of weeks ago. And now Eric? Looking like he was close to dying. That just left Mackenzie. And the coordinates that Eric gave him.
Seemed Mackenzie was the last one of the four left standing.
Why I read this book:
I have always been a fan of R.J. Scotts books so when I had the chance to read this one well there was no way I could NOT read it.
I LOVED this book. From the very beginning it grabbed me and refused to let me go till I finished it. It was the perfect mix of suspense, romance and hot guys. It was fast paced from page one and I love when a book can make me want to put aside all housework and focus only on reading. I took my e-reader with me while I waited in line to pick up my kids, I woke up early just so I could get a few chapters in, and I stayed up late just so I could finish it.
Mac is your typical hard-ass former Marine, cause once a Marine ALWAYS a Marine. And I LOVED him, he is all dark and growly and stoic and loyal to a fault. Especially when it comes to his country. Oh hold on a second while I fan myself and get some ice water. Ok I’m back, oh my goodness I fell so hard for Mac, it was like R.J. peaked in brain and wrote my perfect man. The feels this man brought out was just wonderful, you can tell the pain and secrets he is holding on to and you just want to take away the pain so he doesn’t have to burden himself so much with it. But that is what he does, he takes on those secrets and makes it his burden to carry.
Now what can I say about Sam other than the fact I want him to be my best friend. Sam is the epitome of strength and perseverance. While Sam went through something so completely devastating he didn’t let it break and ruin him. I really enjoyed being able to see what he went through and how he fought tooth and nail to make his own path. He takes what life hands him and despite the bad he makes the most of what he is given. His inner strength is outstanding, and it just makes you want to give him a big hug.
Sometimes I like an insta-love books, and sometimes I want a slow burn, make them work for it book. This one somewhere in between the two and I really enjoyed the chemistry they had and how they built on that. Even though Mac was our big tough Marine Sam is in NO way a push over in the relationship. He went for what he wanted and proved to Mac that there was something between them and it was ok to take that step into being more.
Now this one is book two in her Heroes Series and I have not read book one, ‘A Reason To Stay’ yet. That said I can tell you that this one can be read as a stand alone. I don’t feel like I missed anything major, but there are characters from book one that make an appearance in this one and it made me want to go and read their story first. And book one is defiantly one that I will be reading soon. If you don’t mind reading a series out of order then I say you can totally read this one as a standalone but if you are like me I would suggest reading book one, then having a go at this one because it was fantastic.
R.J. is a fantastic story teller and I just know that when I sit down to one of her books it will make me fall in love with it. I can not wait for the next one in this series and I am on my way to get book one. Get this book you wont regret it.
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.