Rating 4 stars out of 5
Popular soap actor Mark Wesley, 33, is shocked when an assistant brings him a note from someone he hasn’t thought about in years. It’s from the younger brother of his childhood best friend and he has come to find Mark to deliver some devastating news. News that makes Mark realize he has never dealt with his past and now he will never have a chance to make things right.
Jason Craig is grieving over the loss of his beloved older brother, Andrew. Now Jason is on a mission to carry out all of Andrew’s last wishes, those Andrew wrote on his Bucket List. It includes delivering a letter to his childhood friend, Mark Wesley, now a star in Hollywood. But what was supposed to be a brief meeting turns into something more.
Mark is in the closet, in his personal life and in his job, but the attraction he feels towards Jason is unexpected and powerful. So is the grief he feels at hearing that the man he thought of as his brother, Andrew, has died. Mark decides to help Jason finish Andrew’s Bucket list and the process brings them together in a way they never expected. Along the way Mark must decide whether to stay in the closet or move forward a new future with Jason.
The Bucket List by RJ Scott is one of those sweet, lovely stories you will be keep thinking about days after you finished it. Something about this story just resonates with you. It’s not just the main characters, although they were layered and believable. And it’s not just the present dilemma they find themselves dealing with…no, it’s their past, the memories, and the grief that R.J. Scott’s narrative delivers in such a way that it makes a powerful impression, rendering Mark, Jason, and Andrew’s family’s sorrow and regret both real and immediate.
What would you put on your Bucket List? Who would you reach out to after death? Those questions are just a few of the thoughts engendered by this thoughtful, sweet story. I love how Mark and Jason work through some of their issues, with each other, their present and past, while working their way day Andrew’s wish list. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself grabbing for a tissue or two or three throughout this story. Because The Bucket List will pull a whole host of emotions and thoughts from each reader as they proceed through this story, regret, joy, sorry, and laughter. It’s all there, along with love.
On a GR note said it was “originally a short unfinished blog story, readers of RJ’s blog insisted the story be expanded and finished and she listened to them.” Even with the added length, I wish it had been longer. These two went on quite a journey and I would love to see more of their lives after they returned.
I absolutely recommend The Bucket List by RJ Scott. It heartwarming and thoughtful. Its sweet, deep, and lovely. Once more, R.J. Scott delivers a story for all readers to pickup and love. Grab it up today!
Cover Artist Meredith Russell. I liked it but wish for something more.
Published January 28th 2015 by Love Lane Books Limited (first published January 26th 2015)
original titleThe Bucket List