Title: Still Waters (Sanctuary #4)
Author: R.J. Scott
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Length: Novella (161 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Sammy
Review Summary: An explosive next chapter in the Sanctuary series that drips with repressed anger and passion–hot, action-packed, and guaranteed to leave you wanting more!
Blurb: Adam’s newest assignment for Sanctuary means working with the man who didn’t trust him two years ago and destroyed their relationship. He still hates Lee but Jake Callahan, boss of Sanctuary, doesn’t give him a choice, insisting they need to get along for the good of the cross-agency case.Lee wants desperately to understand why Adam betrayed the Bureau. He is still angry and disappointed, but the memory won’t leave him alone. The Bullen case is the perfect cover to get back in his ex-lover’s life, and he is determined to find out the truth. Against the backdrop of Sanctuary and the Bullen case can they learn to understand and believe that not everything they thought was true was real?
Review: I need to forewarn you right at the beginning that this story, Still Waters, is NOT a standalone. The understanding of it hinges on you having read the previous three novellas in this series. The characters are all tightly woven together and their stories so intermingled that you would find it difficult to pick up this novella as a cold read without the backdrop of the other novellas as a foundation.
Having said that, I am going to leap directly into this story and not give you any background info–otherwise the details in this review would have you reading until this same time next week. So here goes:
Adam Brooke finds out that his next assignment for Sanctuary is going to be working the ongoing Bullen case with none other than his ex-boyfriend and colleague, Lee Myer. As the story unravels we find out that not only did Adam leave the FBI under shady circumstances, but that he lost Lee in the process. In fact, Lee was also convinced that Adam had taken a bribe and received illegal information concerning their last case together. Information that named the leak in the FBI and had far reaching consequences for both men.
Interwoven with this personal saga, was the case itself–the ongoing thread in all the Sanctuary novels. In this chapter, it is discovered that there is damning evidence that will finally expose Alastair and close the case for good.
First. let me say that for a novella series, the Sanctuary series is about as good as it get!! With each addition, the family gets richer, the storyline expands and dangling threads are neatly put to bed, always with a few left for the next chapter. Very satisfying–this series is very satisfying!
Once again R. J. Scott gives us characters we can sink our teeth into and end up really caring about. Adam, is a hurting bull of an ex-agent, who lives to do right–even if he has to break a few rules in the process. He has lost everything, his job, his reputation and his lover–and he has moved on in the only way he knows–by burying himself in his new work at Sanctuary. Along comes Lee, his past–and, we hope, his future. But the swath of hurt these two men have left in each other’s wake is wide and deep and we are unsure until the very end whether or not their relationship can be restored.
Along with a taut, action-packed mystery that continues to provide just enough twists and turns to keep the reader wanting to know more, Still Waters, is also a novel about healing, restoration of trust, and the strength of forgiveness. This was, in the end, a beautiful love story. My only concern with the novella is tied to its length and the subsequent “hurrying” through the resolution of the conflict between our two MC’s that it demanded. With just a few more pages, I felt that we could have had a tad more realistic resolve to Adam and Lee’s painful rift. However, this was minor compared to the overall excellent plot and action of the story.
Still Waters–a really solid addition to the Sanctuary Series.