Title: By the Numbers (Sanctuary: Book Ten)
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Length: 136 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: This book is a great ending to this long-running series!
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: 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.
Review: Brandon Hoselton is unique; he self-stimulates (aka stimming) by using numbers. He is also holding a vital secret in his head, for a dangerous man. He’s recovered somewhat from an injury, and is in a safehouse with his sisters, Yvonne and Hanna. Brandon’s goal is to keep his sisters safe, and take down this diabolical criminal, no matter the danger.
Daniel Karnes is the Sanctuary agent who has taken over protecting Brandon and his sisters. Brandon doesn’t know how to handle the situation, what he’s feeling for Daniel, and he really can’t have all this chaos inside his head. No matter how hard the agents from Sanctuary try, Bandon isn’t giving up his secret. Brandon comes to trust Daniel, little by little, and really tries to tell him as much of the truth as he can, without jeopardizing his own goal.
With the guidance of the Sanctuary experts, they’ve come up with a plan to take down this monster criminal. Brandon has the vital numbers in his head, and he’s the only one who can bring this to a close. He keeps his own private plan to himself, to keep his sisters safe, but Brandon has gotten very close to Daniel—and now Brandon has to think about keeping Daniel safe too.
RJ Scott delivered an explosive end to the Sanctuary series with By the Numbers. This book is a page-turner, with lots of mystery, suspense, action and danger. The practice of stimming, for Brandon, was interesting and something that wasn’t addressed in the previous novels. Brandon and Daniel really have a special chemistry, and there’s a lot of understanding on Daniel’s side. Brandon’s sister also see him as warm, loving, and always being the big brother for them. There are multiple appearances by characters from the previous books, and I know I’ll revisit this riveting series.
I highly recommend reading Accidental Hero, book eight, and Ghost, book nine, as both exciting installments will start you on the path to how Michael, Jaime, and Brandon began this dangerous journey.
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