Guarding Morgan / The Only Easy Day (Sanctuary, Bks 1-2) by R.J. Scott ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

SanctuaryTitle: Guarding Morgan / The Only Easy Day (Sanctuary, Bks 1-2)

Author: R.J. Scott

Narrator: Sean Crisden

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Cover Artist: BitterGrace Art

Story Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 07/07/2015

Length: 03 hours 30 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery, Thriller

Summary:

Guarding Morgan: Morgan Drake is the only witness to a murder in an alleyway. Nik Valentinov works for Sanctuary, a foundation offering witness protection to anyone whose safety is compromised. Morgan discovers a bodyguard’s arms can offer more than protection.

Morgan Drake witnesses a murder in an alleyway. He is the only person who can give evidence in prosecuting the cop responsible for the crime. When the FBI safe house where he’s being held is compromised, he follows the instructions of the agent in charge and runs.

Nik Valentinov works for Sanctuary, a foundation that offers witness protection when FBI security is questionable.

When Morgan’s handler sends him to Nik for safety, neither Morgan nor Nik could imagine that two weeks alone in a cabin in the woods would have their hearts racing with something much more than merely trying to keep Morgan alive.

The Only Easy Day: One dead girl, one scared witness, and two men trained as Navy SEALS. Whether searching for justice or revenge, the final showdown between them is the same—explosive.

Dale MacIntyre, former Navy SEAL, works for Sanctuary. He’s the acting handler for a member of the Bullen family’s inner circle. He’s close to obtaining the evidence he needs to prove Elisabeth Costain’s death was ordered by them… until someone gets in his way.

Joseph Kinnon, active Navy SEAL, is back on U.S. soil for the first time in months, and he’s told the tragic news that his stepsister is dead, gunned down in an alley by an unknown assailant. He’s determined to find out who murdered her…until someone gets in his way.

They both want the same thing but have different methods of accomplishing their goals. They both want the Bullen family brought to account, but one wants justice and the other wants revenge.

What happens between them, however, has nothing to do with either.

Story Review:

It’s been a long time since I’ve read any R.J. Scott books and that is definitely to my detriment because she is an extremely skilled author. I’d forgotten what remarkably well-written and exciting tales this lady can spin. And these stories are mystery/thriller which are my favorite sub-genre.

Despite the number of books in the Sanctuary series I haven’t read any of them, I will be rectifying that soon. I have to know what happens to the characters I’ve already met. Sanctuary is a privately owned and ran security force, mostly consisting of ex-law enforcement and military. Throughout the two stories there are several operatives introduced, guys I assume get their own stories in later books.

In Guarding Morgan, Nik Valentinov has to protect the titular Morgan, the only witness to a murder. It’s a familiar idea seen in several other books—protector and protected clash, bond and fall for each other—but here it’s the characters that make all the difference. These are well-drawn and fascinating men who hooked me from the get-go.

The sex was smoking hot, just like everything I’ve read by Ms. Scott, and the action was just as well-written. In my experience, it’s the physical action that’s harder to accurately portray. I loved all the action, but the final scene truly stands out in my mind.

The story in The Only Easy Day, book two in the series, features different men, but connects to the story in book one. Joseph Kinnon is the step-brother of the girl Morgan saw killed. Kinnon is dead set on figuring out why she was murdered and in the process he has to work with Dale MacIntyre. The relationship between the two is adversarial from the get-go, but there is also an attraction, of course.

I loved the ways these two sparred while also trying to deny how they felt for each other. Once again, the action scenes here were spot-on, especially the confrontation with the bad guys which had Dale and Joseph at odds about how to deal with things. The ending of this one was particularly adorable with Joseph surprising Dale and climbing on his lap.

Both stories end with a happy-for-now because the author doesn’t take the easy way out and try to make the relationships insta-love. What we see here is the beginning of relationships, but that’s the case when you’re dealing with novellas. Some authors try to put too much in short stories, while others don’t put in enough. Scott includes just enough to leave you wanting more and rushing to read the next book in the series.

Narration Review:

The narration for both books are simply outstanding. It doesn’t get much better than this because Sean Crisden is one of the best in the field, if you ask me. He not only nailed the voices of all the characters he provided distinct ones for the many different people in the book. There was never any confusion about who was who and Crisden didn’t have to resort to easy tactics like lisps to create distinct voices.

Links

Guarding Morgan / The Only Easy Day (Sanctuary, Bks 1-2) on Goodreads
Love Lane Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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