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Until the End by Juno Rushdan
Series: Final Hour #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 26, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Gray Box operative Castle Kinkade always gets the job done, no matter how tough the assignment. But when he agrees to protect white-hat hacker Kit Westcott, Castle's loyalty is tested like never before. Trapped in the closest of quarters, protective instincts flaring, he can feel the ice surrounding his heart melt...and he knows he'd do anything to keep Kit safe.
Even defy the rules that shaped his life.
Castle is the last person Kit should confide in, let alone be attracted to, but he's the only ally she has left. Under threat of imminent attack—and a chilling conspiracy that hits too close to home—Castle and Kit are forced to put their hearts and lives on the line...and stop at nothing to face the greatest danger the world has ever known.
I found Juno Rushdan by reading the Sourcebooks sampler of romantic suspense novellas, Turn the Tide and went quickly on to request Every Last Breath. The Final Hour series is about a covert black ops team with both analysts / computer hackers and tactical fighters / assassins. In Until the End , the team works to track down stolen bio-weapons and some hackers who were involved somehow. I’m not quite sure how the hackers were involved, maybe in locating information for the theft.
Kit is the female in our couple to be. She’s a wealthy heiress, supporting a hacker team. Her personal skills are only fair, but she is providing them a place to belong. Apparently, she also has a heart condition which seemed very strange for someone her age and one of the medications she used seemed wrong. I didn’t understand her unwillingness to work with GrayBox because on her own she was going to die for sure. The situation was extremely dangerous and volatile, similar to the rest of this series.
Castle is a great operative and I love his smart and well-trained actions. I appreciate how he is protective of Kit and his skill at working with her, even when she is difficult. I’m not sure I found the romance quite believable but stranger things have happened in dire circumstances.
I enjoyed seeing more of the whole team, and a bit of people from previous books. I would read these in order to understand some of the more intricate plotting. The plot here was very twisty and in fact, a total detonation with a new story arc if the series continues. I’d like to see more in this thrilling series with competent operatives and a new romance in each book.
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