Tuesday, January 25, 2022

BLOG TOUR - An Operative's Last Stand


A kill squad is closing in…now this team leader must risk everything for answers. 

Barely escaping CIA mercenaries, ex-agent Hunter Wright is after the person he thinks targeted his ops team, Topaz, for treason. Deputy director Kelly Russell is still the one woman he can't resist, but she believes Hunter went rogue. Now she's his only shot at getting the answers they need. Can they trust each other enough to save Topaz—and each other?


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Title:   An Operative's Last Stand
Author:  Juno Rushdan
Series:  Fugitive Heroes: Topaz Unit #4
Publisher:  Harlequin Intrigue
Genre:   Romantic Suspense
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   256
Date of Publication:   January 25, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

If it were possible to read a book from cover-to-cover in one breath, An Operative's Last Stand would be that very book. Hunter Wright is an ex-CIA agent with a price on his head. In fact, it is the CIA that wants him dead and they will not stop at anything until the job is done. Why is Hunter's previous team, Topaz, determined to wipe him out? What of Kelly Russell, Deputy Director and the one leading the charge against Hunter?

Run. Kill or be killed. What will Hunter to in order to save his life, prove his innocence that got him marked and resist his growing feelings for Kelly? A quandary on every level. Trust becomes key because Hunter must trust at least one person to stay alive and that proves to be Kelly. Can they work together to prove his innocence and pull together enough facts to determine why things are at a dangerous level?

Utterly exciting. So much so that I now want to make room in my schedule for the previous books in this series. Juno Rushdan never once let the tension go in this book, all while the story between Hunter and Kelly developed despite the odds against them.

Many thanks to Harlequin Intrigue and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

Please enjoy the following excerpt:
Excerpt, AN OPERATIVE’S LAST STAND by Juno Rushdan

She looked up at him and smiled, her eyes a deep cobalt blue, dark fire-red hair, her skin pale and creamy, those angular features, her full pink mouth, the effortless sensuality. It all hit him like a gut punch. God, she was breathtaking.

“A drink? No.” Amusement rang in her voice, and something inside him sank.

“All right,” he said nonchalantly. He forced a smile, swallowing his disappointment, and stepped across the hall. Of course. Some things weren’t meant to be. This was for the best anyway. Everything came at a price. To be with Kelly Russell might cost him his soul. “I’ll let you get some sleep. It’s been a long week, and we’ve got an early flight.”

“Hunter,” she said, and he glanced back at her. “Who said anything about sleeping? I am interested in the euphemism behind your offer of a nightcap.” Another smile, this time flirty, sexy. Full of promise. “And to answer the second part to your question, my room.”

Every muscle in his body tightened with need, making it difficult for him to think of anything else, least of all playing it cool.

“We need to establish the rules of engagement first,” she said.

All business. Always in control. Even now. For some inexplicable reason, it only added to her allure.

He strolled back across the hall. “I’m listening.”

“This has to be a one-night-only situation. It can never happen again.”

He reached out and tucked a fiery strand that had escaped her twist behind her ear. Her skin was warm and soft, with a perfect porcelain texture. “My mother always told me, never say never.”

“I’m serious, Hunter.” She slipped her key card in the slot, unlocked the door and opened it. “One night to assuage our mutual curiosity.”

Curiosity. Chemistry. Semantics. “If we enjoy ourselves, why only one night?”


Juno Rushdan draws from real-life inspiration as a former U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer to craft sizzling romantic thrillers. However, you won’t find any classified leaks here. Her stories are pure fiction about kick-ass heroes and strong heroines fighting for their lives as well as their happily-ever-after.

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