Title: By The Numbers
Author: RJ Scott
Series: Sanctuary #10
Publisher: Love Lane Books Limited
Release Date: 5/17/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Thriller/Suspense Romance
Page Count: 136
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
4 Stars for the final bow of the Sanctuary Series
First, I am a BIG fan of this series, and of RJ Scott in general – but this series… FANTASTIC! While each book can be read as a standalone, don’t do that – read them all!
In the final installment of the Sanctuary Series, By the Numbers, the story about the one open-ended character from Ghost, Brandon, is finally closed. The story opens with Brandon in protective custody with his protector Daniel and Brandon’s two sisters. Brandon is… a mess. He holds the secrets to taking down the drug lord at the center of this series, all in his head. And he can’t figure out how to get himself out of this mess without sacrificing his life. I don’t want to give anything else away, as the joy in this book is how the above plot unravels.
A few things to note here: first, this was my least favorite book of this series. I’m not really sure why, there wasn’t something big missing that made it a four star read instead of the typical five; other than my lack of connection with the characters perhaps? Second, I also think Daniel was… inconsistent, which usually drives me bonkers. His character didn’t feel very developed in the beginning and then he all of a sudden fell in love – it was a bit too insta, even for this fan of insta-love. And finally, I think their attraction (ahem, the sex yo), drove the plot, instead of the other way around.
Those notes aside, this is STILL worth the read. It completes the saga and is jam-packed with action at the end. I can’t wait for Scott’s next series to dig into!