Reviewed by Sarina
SERIES: Sanctuary #9
AUTHOR: R.J. Scott
PUBLISHER: Love Lane Books
LENGTH: 186 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 28, 2017
Can you ever hold on to a ghost?
Elliot is tracking an elusive killer, codenamed Ghost, with ties to organized crime. Every time the Sanctuary team gets close, Ghost slips their grasp.
Cole has nowhere left to turn. With his father dying and his sister in danger, he turns for help to the very people trying to track him down. Sanctuary’s assistance is what he needs to punch another hole in Varga’s organization.
When Elliot and Cole meet, it isn’t just passion that consumes them. When lust becomes something more, Elliot realizes that sometimes you can’t hold on to a ghost, and that sacrifice is often the only way to make things right.
The Sanctuary series has been full of unique characters and situations but none of the books had managed to grab my attention quite like the last book (Accidental Hero) which had me really excited to get into this one. Cole was an enigma in the last book and the mystery of who he is and what he’s really up to continues in Ghost.
Let me start off by saying that nothing was straight forward in this story; getting information both about what’s really going on (even with the people from the end of the previous book) and with Cole himself was an exercise in patience. Cole has worked on his own for so long that trusting others is extremely difficult; add in the fact that he actually got caught by Elliot and then needed Sanctuary’s help and I could understand his reticence. I do have to say, however, that while I’ve enjoyed quite a few of the character pairings throughout this series, Elliot and Cole had probably my favorite interactions; Elliot is just so straight laced and serious and it was a lot of fun seeing Cole do and say things in order to get a reaction from him. Despite the opposite sides of the field they happened to be playing on, these two actually made really good partners, both bringing skills and an outlook that makes up for the other man’s lack. Keeping in mind that Cole was fighting his attraction to Elliot pretty determinedly and that Elliot wasn’t completely convinced that Cole wasn’t a murderer, there isn’t a lot of sex in this book so if that’s your thing, I’m sorry to say you’ll be disappointed. I actually loved that part of their dynamic, seeing them pull together and then push each other apart; when they finally did get together it was just that much more rewarding.
The book was really good and even when I wanted to strangle Cole for just not telling everyone what was really going on, I still enjoyed it. So far this latest story arc has been great and I’m looking forward to seeing how it all ends. If you’ve read the other books, you’ll like this one for sure but if you haven’t checked out the Sanctuary series I’d recommend you do so.