By R.J. Scott
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The final book in the Sanctuary series
Secrets and lies threaten Brandon and Daniel’s new love.
Brandon Hoselton is running scared, finding security in his obsession with patterns and numbers. With his family threatened, he feels he has nowhere left to go, and even considers ending his life to keep them safe. Until Sanctuary, in the shape of the enigmatic Daniel Karnes, gives him a reason to stay alive and offers the possibility of a future free from fear.
Former SEAL Daniel is new to Sanctuary, tasked with watching Brandon, a brilliant geek with way too many secrets. Falling in love with quirky Brandon is easy; now he just has to make sure secrets don’t end up with them both dying.
The only way of destroying Varga is to cut the crime boss’s money, and the two men become part of an intricate take-down involving millions of dollars. But Brandon has a secret he can never share with Daniel, and their new love is at stake.
When the villain has murder in mind, sometimes the only way to stay alive is to lie.
This was my first introduction to author R.J. Scott’s Sanctuary series, and it may have affected my connection and relatability to the story at hand, which was the culmination of the Varga case.
Former Navy SEAL and special operative Daniel is charged with protecting Brandon, a shy forensics accountant with genius mathematical and number abilities, and keeping him safe from Varga. The real reason why is referred to cryptically throughout most of the story, and Brandon’s sisters Hannah and Yvonne are under the assumption it has to do with the witness protection program in advance of a court testimony. Brandon is willing to do anything – even die – in order to protect his sisters, but he hadn’t bargained for Daniel’s tenacity – or the mutually undeniable chemistry between these two.
This is a fast and easy read, rapid-telling and action-packed, and the characterization is well-crafted and –scripted. Varga’s creepiness oozed off the page. Brandon was also well-defined and intriguing.
I admit the ending and epilogue threw me off balance a bit, as it was fairly anticlimactic and soft on the palpable lust, love, and romance.
This read offers suspense, action, intrigue, and creatively crafted characters.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of By the Numbers.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on June 6, 2017.