Book Reviews

Accidental Hero (Sanctuary 8) by RJ Scott at Love Lane Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Law Enforcement / Agents/Spies / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-November-2015

Book Blurb

Everyone wants Chicago cop, Simon Grant, dead. Armed with an address, he is on the run and heading for Sanctuary, only to end up at the wrong end of a gun. Is it possible the tall amber-eyed man holding the gun is actually going to be able to help him?

Cain Brodie is in charge of Sanctuary’s new Chicago office, C-Tower. His well organised administration day takes an unexpected turn when he has a man wanted for murder right in his gun sights. Thrust into a situation he has no control over suddenly he needs to be the one in control.

Accidental or not, Simon and Cain need to be the heroes of their own stories, just to stay alive.


Book Review

It was wonderful to return to the world of Sanctuary, with its mystery, suspense, and dark plotting by criminals who are always (eventually) put in their place by the wonderfully diverse team of Sanctuary agents and those they work and sometimes fall in love with. And even though this the first book in an entirely new group of stories, centered around the newly established Chicago office, some of the earlier characters made an appearance, and it was great to see how they were doing as well. Front and center of ‘Accidental Hero’ are Simon, a Chicago cop who is too honest for his own good, and Cain, who is in charge of setting up the new office, as well as providing admin and tech support. Neither of them set out to be heroes, hence the title, but both of them turn out to be far more courageous and talented than anyone would have expected. It makes for an intense and very satisfying ride!

Simon is a cop, one of the good guys. So why does everyone want him dead? The book starts with a bang when he discovers his police partner murdered and finds himself at the wrong end of several guns and more than one attempt to end his life. Based on what he has already experienced from his colleagues, he has no idea whom to trust in the force, so he makes his way to the Sanctuary office. Nothing is as easy as it looks, what with all the high-tech gadgets and security measures in place, but at least the agent Simon talks to seems to believe his story – someone is trying to kill Simon, and at least some of his colleagues on the police force may be involved.

Cain is a techie and an admin guy. He is good at analysis and in charge of the office. But when he finds a cop who is wanted for murder in the elevator to Sanctuary’s new office, he doesn’t hesitate to pull a gun and secure the man. As it turns out, Simon needs help, but his situation is complicated, and Cain is just the man to help. As it turns out, Cain has a few “hidden” talents, some powerful connections, and enough determination for two field agents. He takes control – but when all hell breaks loose, his abilities are severely tested.

This is a fast-paced action/adventure in the best Sanctuary tradition. The mystery as to who wants Simon dead and several other questions are only partially answered and if the previous Sanctuary arc around Senator Bullen is any indication, it will take a few more books to solve it. Simon and Cain manage to figure out what to do about their attraction though, and I was happy to see them add their names to the growing list of happily committed Sanctuary agents.

If you like stories about agents and cops fighting crime together, if you enjoy relationship forged in the fire of a tough hunt for unknown criminals, and if you’re looking for a read that is much like an action movie, yet offers a wonderful (and hot!) romance on top of everything else that’s going on, then you will probably like this novella. I’m eagerly expecting the sequel!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 288 pages/43800 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-November-2015
Price $3.99 ebook
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