Tour & Book Review – What Lies Beneath by RJ Scott

A big welcome to RJ Scott as part of her tour with Signal Boost Promotions for What Lies Beneath.


I love stories set in small towns where everyone knows each other and their business, and I thought the author did a great job in bringing Lancaster Falls and its inhabitants to life.

While the plot kept me reading, the characters sucked me into this story. I found it easy to empathise with both Sawyer and Chris, who are very different men, yet fit together so well. I loved Chris with his quirkiness and relating everything to stories, characters, and plot, and Sawyer who is trying so hard not to fall for him. Sawyer’s past, and that he’s still trying to heal comes across very well, and I thought it was realistic that he keeps trying to back off, considering everything he’s still dealing with. I liked that way their relationship and friendship slowly built against the revelations of their histories and background, along with the rising suspense of the story, especially in the way they supported each other, and began to trust each other enough to open up.

I also loved the supporting cast, and looking forward to seeing more of them—and Chris and Sawyer—in future books in this series, and getting to learn more about them. Kota—Chris’ dog—deserves a mention as a fabulous character too. A common theme with this author’s books is the strong family vibe amongst the characters, including those who aren’t family by blood. I loved the scenes with Sawyer’s friends and their poker night was a fun read, although bittersweet with memories of their missing friend, and wondering if he has finally been found. I liked Alex, Sawyer’s brother, and his niece, too. I felt as though I was stepping into a real place, with very real characters with a history and life outside the story.

The plot kept me turning pages, and trying to figure out connections, and the mystery. I was on the edge of my seat as the story progressed, and I enjoyed the side plot with the corruption within the Mayor’s office, and family problems. Be warned this is an overarching plot across the series, so although the mystery itself isn’t solved, aspects of the story are resolved. I love series like this as they give more room for plot and character growth. They also keep me reading, and I immediately hopped over to RJ’s site to find out when book two and three are coming out.

I’d recommend What Lies Beneath to readers who enjoy an intriguing mystery, with a good dollop of suspense set in a small town, and a new romance between two very different men. 5 out of 5 stars.

Length: 67,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell


In the hottest summer on record, Iron Lake reservoir is emptying, revealing secrets that were intended to stay hidden beneath the water. The tragic story of a missing man is a media sensation, and abruptly the writer and the cop falling in love is just a postscript to horrors neither could have imagined.

Best Selling Horror writer Chris Lassiter struggles for inspiration and he’s close to never writing again. His life has become an endless loop of nothing but empty pages, personal appearances, and a marketing machine that is systematically destroying his muse. In a desperate attempt to force Chris to complete unfinished manuscripts his agent buys a remote cabin. All Chris has to do is hide away and write, but he’s lost his muse, and not even he can make stories appear from thin air.

Sawyer Wiseman left town for Chicago, chasing the excitement and potential of being a big city cop, rising the ranks, and making his mark. A case gone horribly wrong draws him back to Lancaster Falls. Working for the tiny police department in the town he’d been running from, digging into cold cases and police corruption, he spends his day’s healing, and his nights hoping the nightmares of his last case leave him alone.

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.

RJ Scott is the author of over one hundred romance books, writing emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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1 Response to Tour & Book Review – What Lies Beneath by RJ Scott

  1. Great review. Thanks for sharing.


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