Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Face Value
SERIES: Sanctuary #3
AUTHOR: R.J. Scott
PUBLISHER: Love Lane Books
LENGTH: 256 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2012
Beckett Jamieson discovers he’s adopted when a lawyer hands him a letter from his mother on his twenty-first birthday. His real name is Robert Bullen, but the Bullen family is involved in criminal activity of the worst kind. He decides to bring them down but ends up badly beaten and temporarily blinded. A Sanctuary agent takes him to a safe house to heal.
Doctor Kayden Summers, Sanctuary operative, isn’t happy about being stuck in the middle of nowhere with an unconscious man. When Beckett wakes, the situation goes from bad to worse. Beckett doesn’t trust him, is as determined as ever to find the evidence his mother hid, and on top of all that, Kayden finds himself attracted to the determined young man.
Can they overcome their issues and eliminate the threat from the Bullen brothers?
Okay, I almost hate to say it but Move over Morgan and Nik, I have a new favorite couple! Beckett aka Robert was first introduced in the previous book and with the way things ended for him, his immediate future wasn’t looking so great. Instead of jumping right back into the story, however, the author instead back tracked a little to give some background information on Beckett as well as context for how he ended up in the situation he was rescued from. I appreciated that actually as it allowed me to understand Beckett and his decisions better.
Continuing with the attempts to bring down the Bullen family, Beckett may have dealt them the biggest blow yet with the information he managed to smuggle out but the cost has him laid up in a safe house recovering from the severe beating he was subjected to. With his eyesight temporarily gone, and his only company a doctor he doesn’t feel is adequate protection, Beckett is understandably freaked out and restless. As time progresses, however, he and Kayden begin forging a connection that is both a comfort and completely unsettling.
This is hands down my favorite book in the series so far; not only was the story itself great but the relationship between Beckett and Kayden was by far the most believable to me. With Beckett’s injuries, the two main characters spend more time together just sharing the same space and getting to know one another and, as a result, their coming together just felt totally natural and, dare I say it: meant to be. Both men were honestly a surprise to me; Beckett had more strength to him than I originally thought based on the glimpses of him from the last book while Kayden had the kind of upbringing I’ve only seen on documentaries yet still managed to make something amazing come of it. I loved these two together! This is also probably one of the only genuine times I regret there not being any sort of penetrative sex in a book because I have a feeling that these two between the sheets would have burned the safe house down. 😀
This was a great book! I loved it from start to finish and can’t wait to read it again.