The Bucket List
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?
“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 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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There hasn’t been a RJ Scott book that I haven’t enjoyed, and I couldn’t help but wonder, could this be the book that didn’t work for me? Well I guess I will keep wondering because this wasn’t that time.
Growing up watching soap operas with both of my parents, this had me hooked from the first time we got to meet Mark. From the beginning you can see he is not the typical playboy, womanizing, jerk that the media makes him out to be. There is hurt underneath the bravado of being a star. And it was a hurt you could see in him that made me feel for him and want to what caused the pain behind those chocolate brown eyes.
Jason, oh I adored Jason. The gangly kid tagging behind his older brother and brother’s best friend. The kid who hadn’t grown into his long legs, the kid who was too smart for his own good sometimes. I see a lot of my oldest kiddo in Jason and that made me want to take all his hurts away. But Jason is the kid who, yea might have had to deal with his share of bullies, but doesn’t let that define him. In fact it makes his stronger. And man he needs to rely on that strength to get him through what his brothers dying wish is of him.
When Jason finally tracks down Mark memories flood back for both of them, good, bad and painful. But what Jason really wants to know is why Mark up and left without so much as a goodbye. Man watching these two was just beautiful, and oh did I say heartbreaking? There were many times when I felt like crying, heck there were times I DID cry. The journey they share and the path they take as the secrets do come to light was hard to read yet so wonderfully done. Hard to read cause of the pain Jason, Mark and Andrew, Jason’s deceased brother, endured was so evident. Yet RJ writes those painful moments so perfect that you can feel your heart healing along with them.
This novella, well I can’t say enough good things about this one. I loved it and would highly recommend this to you if you are looking for a story with some heartache and a whole lot of love.
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.
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I would like to give a big THANK YOU to RJ Scott for letting us take place in this book blast.