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A Reason To Stay

(Heroes #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  896 ratings  ·  151 reviews
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
ebook, 267 pages
Published April 11th 2014 by Love Lane Books (first published April 9th 2014)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
2.5 stars

I desperately wanted to like this book. R.J. Scott is a strong writer whose stories I enjoy. And, let's face it, a cop plus a Navy SEAL: what's NOT to like?

But, damn, this book didn't quite work for me. It may work for you, especially if you like gritty stories involving a mystery that feature a hard-edged MC but lack a lot of romance and heart-to-hearts.

Sadly, I missed the tenderness and passion. I didn't like one of the MCs (Viktor), and I thought the other MC, Aiden, deserved
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
First off, the cover snob in me would be remiss by not starting off by saying HOLY COVER WIN! *sigh* Aren't they both just dreamy? I loved having such clear pictures of both MCs going in. Yeah, some see that as being lazy, but it was perfect for me in this case and in my mind set at the time. And that delicious blurb had me jumping-up-and-down excited for months before the release date. I can't get enough of my beloved Law Enforcement officials and the Military Men make me crazy in the best ...more
Trisha Harrington
This book was just what I was looking for. It had two great MC's and a plot that kept me glued to my kindle app. And while I loved both Viktor and Aiden, I understand why people didn't like him as much, or at all. He wasn't the easiest guy in the world to like.

There was sexual tension in this book and it was so hot. Possibly the hottest thing in this book, which wasn't a bad thing actually. Also, I have come to the conclusion that I really like when MC's separate for silly reasons and come back
*** DNF @ 45% ***

It's not a poorly written story, but it's just not what I'm looking for at the moment. I want a romance novel with a hint of mystery, but this is the complete reverse. I also feel like the author has made some questionable choices regarding time jumps and what to show on the page versus what to leave to the reader's imagination.

But I think my biggest pet peeve with this one so far (it gets a qualifier because I may come back to it at some point and be proven wrong), is that I
3 I-Wanted-More-Romance Stars

Pretty much my reaction to the book:

The blurb for this book and that amazing cover sucked me right in. I mean, a SEAL and a cop? Sign me up!!!
The problem is that the story was broken down like this:
75% solving the crime
25% focusing on the relationship between the MCs
This is NOT an m/m romance in my book, at all. The MCs did not even get together until the 70% mark. Ugh!!! I did find the mystery/crime aspect in this novel very intriguing (missing
Don Bradshaw
Sometimes heroes are fat heads. They will face bullets, knives, deadly mountains but the run as fast as they can from commitment. Viktor Zavodny was one such hero. As a navy SEAL, he faced all brands of enemies out to kill him and his team but he ran from Aiden, the man he loved for years, as fast as he could. I enjoyed this action packed story. The pace never lagged and it was good to see some of the guys from Ms Scott's Sanctuary series. If you've missed the Sanctuary series, it's a must ...more
Denise H.
*** They'd been teen loves, but Viktor went off to the Navy.
Now the injured SEAL, Viktor, 34, is home to see his sister and her son.
Aiden, 32, has come back to be a Deputy in the small town.

Aiden and Viktor still have sparks, and end up in bed. Viktor's refusal to take it farther, and commit is the problem.
Aiden and Viktor are holy hotness in be, etc. Steamy !

But back to the Navy goes Viktor. Aiden's fed up. Then, when Viktor's nephew, 15, is injured and found near dead, near a dead man,
Taintedskyee (Books Books&More Books)
This book left me dancing with joy and happiness.

If I have to describe this book in one word it would be "Perfect".I didn't find a single fault in it and I would love to read this book multiple times.Why....

Story:A very fine balance of romance and suspense.A little of angst and humor.Loads of Chemistry between the two MC and banter which definitely made me squirm and swoon.Okay the scenes was not a graphic description but that doesn't bother me and I loved the entire package immensely.A regular
I liked it ok, and I'll probably read the next one, but I certainly wasn't wowed like I wanted to be. I didn't really feel the connection between the two MC's, and that lack made it hard to believe in many of their interactions. I also didn't really like Viktor that much. He was kind of an asshole. Maybe if there had been more explanation of his life as a SEAL, I could understand why he behaved the way he did, but as it was, yeah....he was an asshole.

But, all that aside, I enjoyed the story
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need to find my review!
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ann by: Gigi
I love RJ Scott and this story has a great premise and mostly great characters. I connected to all of them except for Viktor and being that he was the other MC that was kind of a bummer. He's a Navy SEAL and while I get that is his whole life he ended up seeming to one dimensional for me. It gave me the kind of angst I'm not a fan of. The kind where one MC won't admit his feelings because he's just stubborn, it just ends up reading selfish to me and I wanted much better for Aiden. I like Aiden a ...more

2,5 stars

My reason to stay with this book was the cover!!

Hot Navy-SEAL and a cute deputy Sheriff!!! Packed up deal.....




The Navy SEAL Viktor was an ass 70% of the book. Aiden surely deserved a kinder man. I didn't understand the "love" for this man at all.

At 75% they go up the mountain to go after the bad guys and 2 blowjobs later Viktor found his sense again and was all of a sudden very much in love with Aiden.


Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well most of RJ Scott's books are an auto buy for me and I was real happy when I saw that there was going to be a new series. A cop and a Navy Seal, what a great combination. I absolutely loved Aiden, what a sweet guy and really throughout most of the book, I really didn't think that Viktor deserved him. Viktor is just one of those characters that you kinda understand where his head is, but he is being such a jerk that you really, really don't like him too much. I kind of had a hard time seeing ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This one was just "meh" for me. The premise...a cop and a SEAL. Bring it! It wasn't brought. Viktor walked all over Aiden and he took it. No once, but twice! No freaking way did Viktor ever redeem himself IMO. Aiden deserved so much better and way more groveling. This was more action than romance which isn't my personal preference but it's a decent start to a new series than I'll give another chance with the next book.
I thoroughly enjoyed a A Reason To Stay which has set the standard for another great series by RJ Scott.

There are a couple of elements to this story.

Firstly, it is a mystery. Something strange is happening up the mountain and Viktor, Navy SEAL, is going to find out exactly what it is and why his nephew ended up in a coma in hospital. His family is at risk and he will do everything and anything to protect them.

It is a romance, a story of second and third chances. Viktor and Aiden (who is now
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bgirls, mm, ebook

A review by The Blogger Girls.

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
2.5 stars. I really disliked Viktor. A lot. I didn't get what Aidan saw in him and wished he would find someone less emotionally constipated. Disappointing as I thought the plot was interesting and I liked the Sanctuary connection.
This is definitely more suspense than romance, but it was good. I enjoyed it. I love to watch big tough SEAL's fall in love. Even when they fight it every step of the way.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Cee Brown
(.•2014 reading...

I am on a thriller rage. A Reason to Stay had a reason to read. Excitement, thrill, short on sex but good.

I cheered on SEAL Viktor and Deputy Aiden. They had years of an undefined relationship between them and a blind man could tell they deserved to be together.

I am bummed because for as long as I kept putting off the Sanctuary series, I feel as if I did my reading out of order. I would advise anyone about to read this book, that at times it can be read alone, but
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like RJ Scott, but her books are hit or miss for me and I can't figure out why. This book...this one was just words strung together. Sometimes they doubled back on themselves and repeated the same thing. Sometimes they were independent entities that didn't know what the other one was doing. For example, (view spoiler)

Also, the book lists Erika Orrick as the editor. I
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-jen
Oh Aiden, Aiden, Aiden…why, oh why did you allow Viktor to treat you so “door-matty” not once, but twice AND then still give him another chance? I guess love causes you to act stupid sometimes (yep, it does it to all of us), and Cupid just needed to kick Viktor in the ass with a K-Bar, something the SEAL just wasn’t used to.

But once push comes to shove, and Viktor FINALLY accepts what he just didn’t seem to want or realize he already had, he gets his reason to stay. So, considering Viktor can’t
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this very quickly. Its action-driven narrative made it very tense and suspenseful. I know people have found Viktor to be unsympathetic, but I found his characterisation very compelling. He is consistently portrayed as keeping his distance and yet the very nature of his actions contradicts this time and again.

I like how eventually, Aiden was able to see beneath his icy exterior and force Viktor to see that they were worth fighting for.

And right at the end, Viktor made me laugh. (view
I barely liked either main character. Viktor was just too gruff, Aiden kept falling in love,and it felt like the author skipped all the good romance bits. She even skipped right past the five weeks that Viktor was on leave, and cut right back to Aiden declaring his love. We didn't get to see any of the sex, any of the relationship, any reason for Aiden to be in love again. And then the story picks up years later, and Aiden is all guilt trippy at Viktor, for doing what Viktor does. Then the rest ...more
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!) by: Caroline Brand
Shelves: m-m
3.5 Stars

RJ Scott is one of my most favoritest authors around. I was super excited to dive into this one. It ended up being a little to much 'stuff' and not enough guys. :/

I will be reading more of this series tho..definitely not giving up on it yet.
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
This was a very enjoyable read. I was happy to notice that this series mentions men associated with Sanctuary series. This story included more mystery/suspense than I was expecting, but it wasn't unpleasant at all. I can't wait for the next installment.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a 3.5 star review

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
Tori Thompson
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy… Viktor and Aiden have some long history! In high school a 16 year old Aiden professed his love to an 18 year old Viktor. Unfortunately Viktor was set on becoming a SEAL and nothing would keep him in a small town, even Aiden. 14 years later they reunite while Viktor is home recovering from an injury. Viktor thinks he’s in trouble for walking out on Aiden, which he is, but the spark is still there. They spend a couple of hot weeks together, but the Navy calls and Viktor goes. Again, ...more
Caroline Brand

4.5 Stars
RJ Scott has fast become one of my favourite authors recently. If you haven’t read the Sanctuary series I would highly recommend them. This book is the start of a new series but you will see mention of the Sanctuary in there so it ties them up nicely.
RJ always gives us strong Alpha men a little bit of vulnerability who work tough and deadly jobs and this book is no different. You also get mystery, suspense and thrills and more often than not the odd dead
This story was fantastic and why RJ is an auto-buy for me! It had everything that I love in a m/m story: slow-building mystery, hot alpha male law enforcement/military men that are realistically written, great backdrop (Vermont mountains), and two MCs who fight their feelings for each other (or in this case ONE MC who fights his feelings) til the end. The mystery of this story is what is causing unexplained dead bodies to show up during the past year on the mountain. And I felt the reason behind ...more
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A USA Today bestselling author, RJ Scott has published over one hundred novels after discovering romance in books at a very young age. She realized that if there wasn’t love on the page, she could create it in her head, and has become a lifelong writer.

She lives and works out of her home in the beautiful English countryside, spends her spare time reading, watching films, and enjoying time with her

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