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Last Man Standing by Cindy Gerard
Series: Black Ops #7
Published by Pocket on 2012-01-31
Reviewed by Miranda
The final “powerfully intense” (Romantic Times) Black Ops, Inc. novel from New York Times bestseller Cindy Gerard, featuring a covert private security team and electrifying romantic suspense.Black Ops, Inc. operative Joe Green is determined to bring to justice the man responsible for former team member Bryan Tompkins’s death. He’s convinced the ambush that killed Bryan was no coincidence, but a setup. Unsure of the consequences of the battle he’s about to start, Joe distances himself from both his Black Ops, Inc. team members and the woman he loves, Bryan’s sister, Stephanie Tompkins. But Stephanie knows there must be some reason Joe broke it off, and when she hears Joe’s charged with a murder in Sierra Leone, she wastes no time in breaking him out of prison. Then they must unravel the mystery behind the ambush, and bring resolution to a long-ago betrayal….
Black Ops Operative Joe Green is on a solo mission for revenge. Joe has been searching for those responsible for his friend¡¦s death and he is finally on the verge of getting some answers. He knows that this mission could be his last but he¡¦s determined to do right by his beloved friend Bryan. There is some unfinished business Joe must take care of before he leaves for perhaps his final mission. Unfortunately, he must break the heart of the woman he loves.
Stephanie Tompkins loves Joe Green with all her heart. When he gives her the brush off she knows something is up and it doesn¡¦t take her long to discover that Joe is on a suicide mission for revenge. Well, Stephanie has already lost her brother she is not about to watch the man she loves die as well.
Joe falls into his nemesis¡¦ trap and lands himself in prison in Sierra Leone. Knowing he will never come out alive his only peace comes from thoughts of Stephanie but that peace is soon shattered when the woman he loves shows up at his cell door. Her determination to save the man she loves only puts her in danger and Joe can¡¦t stand the thought of losing Stephanie. Now they must fight together to stop the evil plot they landed in the middle of. Can Joe let Stephanie get out of Sierra Leone alive and get revenge? Find out who will be the Last Man Standing and if love will conquer all evil in Cindy Gerard¡¦s latest Black Ops Novel!
Get ready for edge of your seat action and passionate romance in Last Man Standing. Cindy Gerard out does herself with the seventh Black Ops novel! Ms. Gerard¡¦s characters are larger than life in Last Man Standing! I¡¦m in love with Joe and Stephanie! Joe is a man on a mission with a fierce determination to get justice for his friend. You can absolutely feel the pain in Joe and his need to pursue revenge for his friend.
I was gripped by the powerful emotions dripping from the first pages of Last Man Standing. The connection between Stephanie and Joe is potent. It is obvious that Joe is a virile soldier on a mission, but what I love about this book is the fact that Stephanie shows her true colors. She is pushed to extremes as the story unfolds and she learns what she is truly capable of. So far in life Stephanie has thought of herself as one type of person but she quickly learns that with the right motivation she can do anything. I think this is so important because in life a lot of the time we go through it thinking we are a certain type of person meant to do a certain thing. In actuality a person should never close the door on new possibilities for themselves because under the right circumstances we are capable of anything we set our minds and hearts to. Stephanie proves she is capable to the man she loves and most importantly herself.
Last Man Standing is a stunning drama-filled romance with heart-stopping action to boot! From the mean streets of Sierra Leone to the blistering wilds of Minnesota Last Man Standing takes the reader on one hell of a fantastic adventure. The book also revisits some of our favorite Black Ops characters. This book can be read as a stand-alone novel. It is the seventh book in the series but you can completely enjoy this novel without reading the rest. I will say however that the Black Ops crew gets some resolution to an incident that brought all of these characters to where they are now. If you have been following these fabulous characters since the beginning then Last Man Standing definitely has some bittersweet undertones.
I will be waiting impatiently for the next Black Ops novel because there are two very sexy operatives I¡¦d like to get to know better in the future º. I look forward to seeing whose story is told next.
Last Man Standing is what I call first-class romantic suspense and I¡¦m Joyfully Recommending it!