Her Last Resort

Rated 4.40/5 based on 5 reviews
She's ex-CIA, a hunted woman used to relying only on herself. He's ex-KGB. with connections to those who can help her. Will she let him? Can glasnost (openness) lead to rapprochement (a bringing together), and maybe even to love as west meets east? And what about her daughter? Can she salvage any kind of relationship with the adult her child has become? More
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About Fiona McGier

I write contemporary erotic romance novels. Contemporary because having sex without birth control is a scary thought. Erotic, because I love to read books with sex scenes in them, so I write them too. And romance because the drive to pair up is a most basic human need, but the ways it can happen are endlessly fascinating.

I write contemporary erotic romance novels about strong, independent women who are busy living their lives. When they meet equally strong, independent men, the sparks fly! Sooner or later one or both of them realize they are meant to be together for the long-term, and the "dance of love" moves to a whole new level of seriousness. I write happily-ever-after endings, because I really believe they are possible...not easy, but achievable. And I write hot scenes between the heroine and hero because that's the way they tell me their stories in my head!

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About the Series: Minnesota Romances
Minnesota may be known as a state that is cold for much of the year, but that doesn't apply to the people who live there! Grand Marais, at the north-eastern tip of the state, is where my Minnesota Romances series starts, with For the Love of His Life. The second book. Only One Man Will Do, moves to Minneapolis. The third book, Her Last Resort, returns to Grand Marais. The second half of the fourth book, No More Secrets, takes place mostly in Grand Marais.

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Reviews of Her Last Resort by Fiona McGier

Lisabet Sarai reviewed on Sep. 23, 2021

Her Last Resort, the third book in Fiona McGier’s Minnesota Romance series, grabs you from the first paragraph. The author drops you into the middle of a scene in which the heroine, Stella Taylor, is defending herself against a knife-throwing would-be assassin who has sneaked into her suite. The young man attacking her has considerable skill, but he can’t match Stella’s thirty years experience at staying alive. After a career as an agent that cost her more than she’d ever expected – including her marriage and her relationships with her daughter and son – she has officially retired from the CIA. However, instead of the peace and stability she craves, she has become the target of a series of attacks on her life. Someone keeps sending promising young men to kill her – someone who seems to know how to find her even though she changes her location every two weeks.

Stella is wondering about the motive for these attacks and trying to figure out how to stop them, when she gets a call from her daughter, popular movie actress Kelly Ann Sheridan. Kelly invites Stella to come up to northern Minnesota so they can spend a week together at her friend Ivan’s lakeside resort. The remote location seems like a good place to hide. Meanwhile, Stella is eager for the opportunity to spend some time with her older child and perhaps heal the emotional rift between them.

She arrives looking for nothing more than some R&R – canoe trips and hiking, good food, good wine and some unpressured time in her daughter’s company. When she meets the charming, burly Russian proprietor of the resort, however, she realizes her vacation may turn out to include some unexpected pleasures.

Ivan is immediately attracted to Stella. Indeed, he has the sense he has met her before. It turns out that this impression is accurate. Though he is now a U.S. citizen, running a legitimate business and offering employment to many of his relatives and compatriots, he spent thirty years working for the KGB. Years ago, Ivan had glimpsed Stella at an international summit between Reagan and Gorbachov; since then, the image of the elegant female agent in her revealing gown has haunted his erotic fantasies.

Her Last Resort is Stella’s and Ivan’s love story. But romance is a lot different when you’re not a young hottie. Ms. McGier does a fantastic job building the erotic tension, a classic slow burn that makes you ache right along with the two protagonists. When they do finally make love, the scene has all of the author’s signature heat, but acknowledges the fact that men in their mid-fifties aren’t likely to get more than one erection per night, and that women in that age range tend to be dry and tight, no matter how turned on they might be. The sex is no less incendiary for being realistic; both Ivan and Stella have lived lonely and dangerous lives, and they find true comfort in one another. Though they were on opposite sides of the Cold War, their experiences were similar. Both of them have deep scars, both physical and emotional.

The main conflict in this novel lies not within the characters, but in the external environment. With the help of Ivan and his friends, Stella tries to get to the bottom of the attacks. When she discovers the truth, she recognizes how deeply she has been betrayed – and how morally compromised she will always be. Only someone who has done what she’s done – killed more than a few of her fellow humans and sent others to certain death – can understand her. Ivan may be the only person who can help her heal – and vice versa.

I’ve written favorable reviews of both the first and the second Minnesota Romance books, but I think I enjoyed this one even more. The pacing is excellent and the suspense is extremely well done. Furthermore, Ms. McGier does not sugar-coat her characters’ experience. Ivan and Stella both have committed crimes that they have to live with. Love and companionship will help – but the author never suggests love will absolve them of responsibility or totally erase the guilt and the pain.

If you’d rather read about realistic relationships than total romantic fluff, I recommend this book.
(reviewed 76 days after purchase)
JoAnne Weiss reviewed on July 10, 2020

HER LAST RESORT is the third book in the MINNESOTA ROMANCE series and I'm glad there will be more books. The story held my interest from the first page to the last. I like that there are a few characters we've met before and the wonderful backdrop of the resort and Lake Superior all set in Minnesota. Stella's actress daughter, Kelly, invites her mom to Ivan's resort to spend two weeks vacationing together. They haven't had a relationship due to Stella's career choice, her travels and her divorce from Kelly's dad and his remarriage. Kelly's brother, David, wants nothing to do with his mom which was heartbreaking.

Ivan and Stella have a connection from their pasts without realizing it. They are both in their 50's and he's ex-KGB and she's ex-CIA. They both have a depth to them and I liked getting to know them a little at a time. There were so many layers to each of them. The resort and the cabins were front and center and I loved how Stella and Ivan's attraction was portrayed. When they acted on it it was tastefully done with a lot of loving as if they had to make up for lost time. Stella's past is haunting her and while Ivan wants to protect her and shield her she feels she has to settle things on her own especially since somebody's targeting her and wants her dead. Kelly isn't always on board with her mother's choices but realizes she can't interfere. I liked how their relationship was being built and how they showed their love for each other.

There are twists and turns to the story and a happily ever after in the offing. There was nice closure with some loose ends to hopefully bring us to the next book in the series, NO MORE SECRETS. I liked the addition of Ivan's family and dogs in the story as well as people that Kelly knows from Los Angeles.

Ms. McGier is a fairly new to me author whose books I am enjoying. I look forward to reading more of her books.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
Owen Lee reviewed on July 7, 2020

In this third installment of the constantly sexy and full-of-surprises Minnesota Romance Series, Ms. McGier takes us into the world of international intrigue with retired spy Stella Taylor. Stella is on the run from mysterious assailants when she gets a call from her estranged daughter, famous actress Kelly Ann Sheridan. Kelly invites her to spend a few weeks at a resort outside Grand Marais - a place that might just be remote enough for Stella to relax for a minute while giving her a chance to reconnect with Kelly. Little does Stella know, the resort also happens to be owned by a sexy Russian bear of a man named Ivan who will change her life forever...

As with Ms. McGier's other Minnesota books, I was drawn in immediately by the story, which begins with a bang from page one, but I fell in love with this book for the characters. It's hard to describe how much I love Stella and Ivan, both individually and as a couple. Their romance is deliberate, deep, and sexy, with a twist from their past that brought tears to my eyes the first time I read it. As usual, Ms. McGier takes the time she needs to develop the characters and their feelings for one another, which makes for a deep, rewarding story - and sex scenes as meaningful as they are explosive!

In addition to the romance, Ms. McGier delivers an equally heartfelt story of Stella mending her relationship with Kelly. It's rewarding to see them reconnect, especially as more backstory comes through, but it's also just sheer joy to hang out with the two of them since their banter is so funny and they are both so damn charming and likeable.

This book is an erotic romance and a spy thriller, with characters you want to laugh and cry and hang out with. It's suspenseful, funny, charming, heartfelt, thoughtful, and sexy as hell. Read it! This series is awesome.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
Mark R Hunter reviewed on June 17, 2020

It's not often that a romance novel starts off with the female lead killing somebody.

It's just another day at the office for CIA spy Stella Taylor ... except it shouldn't be, because Stella is retired after thirty years, and there's no reason for her to be targeted by a series of frankly amateur assassins. She flees yet again, this time ending up at a Lake Superior-area Minnesota resort with her movie star daughter and the resort's owner, a hunky Russian who's moved permanently from one cold place to another.

Could the Russian guy also be a spy ...? Nah--what are the chances?

In Her Last Resort, by Fiona McGier, Stella has more than one reason to escape to the lake region: not only to avoid assassins, but to try to make up for the time she spent separated from her daughter--because of being an assassin. It's only after she arrives that sparks fly with the resort owner, Ivan. But boy, are those sparks sparky: Her Last Resort is definitely an adults only read.

Kudos to McGier for putting her lovers well into their fifties, although they're way more fit than I am! She obviously loves this area of Minnesota and knows her setting, and we get to know Stella and the surrounding characters well as Stella sets about wooing the willing Ivan, making things right with her daughter, and--oh, yeah--finding out who's sending killers after her. Although I knew this was the third in a series, I'd forgotten by the time I actually started reading, and didn't notice any holes--so this can be read as a standalone, or as part of the series.

If you like your romances with a heaping spoonful of action, both in and out of the sack, this one's for you. (Come to think of it, a lot of the sex is out of the sack, too.)
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
John Klawitter reviewed on May 28, 2020


Old Spies Never Die…Of Natural Causes
The work of a senior spy working for the CIA can wear at both the body and the soul. And then, just when you’d done your service to God and Country and think you can retire, you find somebody from your old spy days Is out to kill you. When Stella, a senior CIA spy who has fulfilled her long contract to her country’s top spy agency, realizes that somebody is hiring a bunch of killers to come after her with knives, guns and poison, she has to rely on her training and ingenuity to respond with deadly force. And, being very good at her profession, her enemies find her to be, as they say ‘a most difficult snuff’.

Author Fiona McGeir’s new spy-and-sex novel HER LAST RESORT is filled with unexpected deadly threats and unexpected hot sex from – of all things – a retired KGB agent! There are plenty of unexpected twists and turns as McGeir’s tough-as-nails-but-with-a-heart-of-gold heroine has to fight her way to the CIA Headquarters in DC, only to come face-to-face with an unexpected enemy. And readers will experience plenty of exciting moments under the sheets with agent Stella and her Russian ally and lover. Five stars for this combination James Bond and hot romance spy thriller!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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