Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Review: Last Hit ( Hitman #1 ) by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick

Last Hit by Jessica Clare
Excerpt

Nikolai:

I have been a contract killer since I was a boy. For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the sight of my tattoos. The stars on my knees, the marks on my fingers, the dagger in my neck, all bespoke of danger. If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you’d have. I have ever been the hunter, never the prey. With her, I am the mark and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me. Opening my small scarred heart to her brings out my enemies. I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her, I will bring the world down around their ears.

Daisy:

I’ve been sheltered from the outside world all my life. Homeschooled and farm-raised, I’m so naive that my best friend calls me Pollyanna. I like to believe the best in people. Nikolai is part of this new life, and he’s terrifying to me. Not because his eyes are cold or my friend warns me away from him, but because he’s the only man that has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness. With him, my heart is at risk..and also, my life.



Genre

Contemporary

Review

I've just realized that this was my 4th book by Jessica Clare and is my favorite so far.

Last Hit was told in dual POV of both Daisy and Nikolai. To me, Nikolai was the highlight of the story with his complicated characteristic and his POV was intriguing to read. The way his mind work was fascinating.

The story started off with 21yo Daisy plotting a runaway from her 'extreme' sheltered life and away from her father. She wanted to leave her old life behind and embark on a new journey on her own. With only seven hundred cash on her, she met Regan, her new housemate, make new friends, got a lousy job at the gas station and met a hot Ukrainian. 

I want a hero. A big strong, handsome prince to come rescue me from my miserable life. But since one has not arrived, I must rescue myself.

Daisy was a naive heroine, who never experience anything in her life, but thank goodness she was not stupid. Although she put herself out there to experience new things, this lady had self preservation and a backbone. 

Nikolai aka Nick is an Ukrainian, a hitman, who was staking out across Daisy's building researching on his latest mark. However, Daisy caught his interest and he was obsessed about her. Initially, he came off as stalkerish to me and I'm worried he might creep me out, but after his first meeting with Daisy, I found him to be a total gentleman (despite his obsession).

Nick was the classic hitman with a heart of gold, who found himself being in a situation brought on by his upbringing where he had no choice but to follow. Although, he kept telling himself he only killed people who deserved it, he still think he didn't deserved to have anything good in his life. Daisy was like an angel, so pure and innocent and he just want to hold on to her for a little while. 

Every interaction with her is a life, but for once in my godforsaken life, I want something fresh, clean, beautiful. 

I've read plenty of hitman story and most of them came off as cold, stoic and distant. Nick might just be the most hot-blooded, cutest, sweetest and silliest one I've ever read. Wow! The dirty thoughts he had was enough to get me all hot and bothered. His mind was methodical and ruthless, but his interaction with Daisy was so awkward, cute and silly at times. He tried to hide his identity from her and to Daisy, it came off as getting lots of mixed signal. 

Daisy was new to anything 'guys', while Nikolai was also new to anything 'girls' because he used to just paid for whores. They were both equally bad at this dating stuff, it was awkward to them and funny to me. The way they spent so much time on texting just reminded me during the first few months of me dating my hubby. 

The pace of the first half of the book was slower, but I'm eager to simply discover more of Nikolai. I'm really enjoying their long drawn foreplay, which was really slow and sensual compare to those wham-bam sex I've read so much.

I've died. The Madonna in heaven is staring me in the face. I was sure I would go to hell, but there is an angel sitting in my car asking me to stick my hand in her warm cunt and bring her to orgasm.

I found the romance and the side plot of Nick's work was well-balance. We got to read about his background with the Bratva, his associates, his work and some of the things that was going on after his mentor, Aleksandr was killed. I even like his frenemy, Daniel. Is he an ally or an enemy?

The second half of the book was where the action and the plot thicken. Nick's job finally caught up to him and Daisy was caught in the crossfire. Will he be able to save her? Will Daisy able to accept who he is? Nick was having a lot of doubts on himself and his relationship, but no doubt he was 100% sure he is going to save her. 

"He touches her in any way, and I will come back and rip your head off your body like it is the stem of an apple."

I'm pleasantly surprised that I'm liking this book despite having a naive and virginal heroine. Daisy just came off as really strong and level headed and I really like her. Nick was one amazingly sweet hero that went all out for his girl, even though he often doubt his self worthy. 

This is a standalone with a HEA. Next book in the series will features Daniel and Regan. Will I read the next one? Da. 

"What you do doesn't define who you are. We are both rising from our past."

Rating 4/5

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