Action, adventure and romance. A review of Last Marine Standing by RJ Scott

Title: Last Marine Standing
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Genre: contemporary m/m romance
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Source: copy provided by the author
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Blurb: 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 who threatens his heart, only this time he can’t be sure he will succeed in keeping Sam alive.

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?

Review: Last Marine Standing is the second book in the Heroes series by RJ Scott and this second installment continues with former Marine Mac and Forest Ranger Samuel. It is a delightful, action-packed, slightly cheesy and angsty story that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Sam has a dark, traumatic event in his past that shaped his future and still influences it at times. It is that same past event that puts him square in the path of former Marine Mac when the past comes back to haunt them. Sunddenly they find themselves on the run and neck deep in political intruige.
The question is will they survive to see if they have a future together?

This is one of those RJ Scott books that is a lovely, enjoyable read. It is not a romance book perse, as it is not the focus of the book. The plot resolves around an event in the past that involves both Sam and Mac and there is lots of action and adventure. I liked that about Last Marine Standing. It also makes the budding romance believable. While it is not exctly a case of love at first sight, there is clear motivation in the plot that Sam and Mac are destined to be together. However, the romance doesn’t happen until near the end of the story. ‘Cause let’s face it, running for your lives makes it hard to get that romance going.

The writing is typical to the author’s standards and good. It’s what we have come to expect from the author. It’s flowing and makes it so that the reader is part of the story and has a clear view of the world the characters move in.

Mac and Sam are not alone in this story and Last Marine Standing has a solid cast of secondary characters, consisting of new characters and those from the previous books. It makes it so that the story has a three dimensional feeling.

Why you should read it: Last Marine Standing is an enjoyable, fun read with two hunky main characters in a blend of an action adventure story with that right amount of angst and (romantic) drama.

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