Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Still Waters
SERIES: Sanctuary #4
AUTHOR: R.J. Scott
PUBLISHER: Love Lane Books
LENGTH: 211 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 26, 2013
Book 4 in The Sanctuary Series
Adam has a new assignment for Sanctuary. It means working with the man who did not trust him two years ago and destroyed their relationship. He still hates Lee but Jake Callahan, boss of Sanctuary, does not 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 will not 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?
There was quite a bit of animosity between Lee and Adam at the end of the previous book so I was a little leery when starting their story; I’m all for second chances but I thought this one might be a bit if a stretch! Adam used to work for the FBI but an incriminating photograph lost him is job and his lover at the same time. Losing the job hurt, having Lee declare him a criminal was worse. When the two men are forced to work together to gain the evidence needed to get and keep Alistair Bullen in custody, Adam is understandably upset and determined to finish the job quickly. Old hurts keep making themselves known, however, and when Lee stubbornly digs in and refuses to go away without answers, old secrets are revealed as well. When it becomes obvious that both men were set up, it becomes even more imperative that the leak within the FBI is found and plugged so they can get some answers. Only when the past has been laid to rest will Adam and Lee have a chance at a future.
So, the antagonistic behavior between Adam and Lee was obviously present but was also, at times, overlaid with heavy doses of lust so the snapping at each other wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated. I enjoyed seeing the two work together, even when they fought against cooperating, and it was so very evident how hard the entire situation was on Adam. The truth about what happened, when it finally came out, was surprising and I did find myself wondering alongside Adam why he never spoke up in the beginning. My guess would be the that the sense of betrayal had just been too much for him to bear. The story itself did a good job of answering some questions and moving things along towards finishing the Bullen storyline but that was really backburner stuff as finding the leak within the FBI took center stage for me. The one thing I never got to find out is why it was Adam and Lee that was targeted specifically; I can understand Adam with the case he’d been working on but Lee was in a different department and that didn’t make any sense to me. *shrugs* I’ll just have to deal with the curiosity.
This was a darn good book and I enjoyed it quite a bit; the Sanctuary series has been great overall and I’m really good I got into it! If you enjoy second chance books or something that has a bit of an enemies to lovers feel to it, this could be for you.