With a death squad in pursuit a fugitive needs the help of a wounded warrior.
An elite CIA kill squad has located hacker Zenobia Hanley’s Alaska wilderness hideout. With commandos hot on Zee’s heels, she’s saved from capture by her neighbor John Lowry. Zee has kept her yearning for the SEAL, who has a disability, in check to shield him. But, despite her secrets, John’s determined to protect Zee regardless of the risks. Because there’s more at stake this Christmas than just their lives.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating POVs between John & Zee. There are a few sections from the antagonist’s POV as well.
I found this series through Ms. Woc Reader’s review and am so glad I did.
I enjoyed this one even more than the first book, Rogue Christmas Operation, which was great. While the storyline for Zee & John’s relationship is completely covered in this book – there’s an overall arc to the Fugitive Heroes: Topaz Unit series that makes these best experienced in order.
I really like Rushdan’s balance of romance and suspense. John & Zee are neighbors and good friends when Zee’s past comes, guns blazing, into their lives. As a retired SEAL and with budding feelings – John refuses to leave her side. They go on the run to follow-up on her leads into why & how the Topaz team was set up. Zee has another big surprise for John (I don’t want to spoil it), but he rises to face all the challenges.
The pacing was great, action scenes were heart pounding, and yes there’s a little steam too. Like with the last book, more answers bring more questions and this ends with a tease for the Dean’s book, Disavowed in Wyoming.
About the author:
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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My Favorite Quotes
Already she’d risked everything by digging where she shouldn’t. She’d found important breadcrumbs. Now she had to follow the trail and see where it led. – Alaskan Christmas Rescue by @JunoRushdan #RomanticSuspense #Thriller #MysteryTweet
The blast would have killed anyone inside, and the pandemonium would buy her a few precious seconds. – Alaskan Christmas Rescue by @JunoRushdan #RomanticSuspense #Thriller #MysteryTweet
A little bloom of contentment unfolded inside him as he held her tighter. – Alaskan Christmas Rescue by @JunoRushdan #RomanticSuspense #Thriller #MysteryTweet
The only way to protect him was to let him go. – Alaskan Christmas Rescue by @JunoRushdan #RomanticSuspense #Thriller #MysteryTweet
I have nothing waiting for me back home, and I’ve got nothing left to lose…besides you. – Alaskan Christmas Rescue by @JunoRushdan #RomanticSuspense #Thriller #MysteryTweet