Hey everyone! I literally get anxiety sometimes about lines (where should the line go when it branches off, do people know I’m in line, is it okay that I’m walking forward before I’ve been officially waved up??? etc) because RULES but yes, I do enjoy romantic suspense books with rule-breaking and chases and major threats to life.
Juno Rushdan is a romantic suspense author I discovered last year and I am a big fan. Until the End features Castle Kinkade, a Dwayne Johnson-esque member of the Gray Box, an off the books government ops team, and Kit Westcott, a striking woman who funds the Outliers, a hacking group that angers government orgs like the one Castle belongs to. They’re brought together when Castle’s boss believes Kit is passing on critical info to bad people via drives & Castle witnesses someone trying to kill her.
Juno tackles big issues—past abuse, a heart problem, PTSD, murder, bioweapons—without dragging down the compelling plot. The attraction between Castle & Kit is immediate—despite what Castle & his team suspect her of—and both steamy & adorable, & the book overall is sex positive. I was caught up in the story, loving Rushdan’s storytelling and suspense finesse.
This is probably largely the result of the current political climate, but sometimes I have a hard time seeing how people with very different political ideologies, including those related to national security, can come together without losing sight of who they are. Though Juno does a fine job of showing how Castle & Kit come first for each other & how they’re both willing to re-assess when their partner pushes back, I’m still a little skeptical of how it works for this couple, especially how it relates to one Outliers project.
I enthusiastically recommend Juno’s books and can’t wait to see where this series is going next. The (very) good news is that her books are full of very attractive, very smart, & brave characters and she’s. not. afraid. to. go. there.
Until the End is out tomorrow, 05/26. Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for my complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.