*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
“I can’t hate Nick. I’m still hopelessly in love with him. With the bad guy. I wonder what this makes me.”
My expectations were high for Last Hit; I had read the sexy teasers and liked the idea of a young girl falling in love with a hit man. I couldn’t wait to find out the events that led to this. Overall, it was an interesting story and I liked the originality of the plot. It didn’t work for me in some places and the book got off to a very slow start. Once the action kicked in, I really liked the characters.
Daisy is a very sheltered girl; her father has controlled her life beyond belief due to the circumstances that led to her mother’s death. I did think her father would have played a bigger role as it was an important part of the beginning with Daisy running away, but when the situation wasn’t mentioned again, I felt like it was just a plot point to explain her innocence in the world. Her father and his situation was visited more at the end, I’m just not sure if this added to the story or not.
Nick/Nikolai was a hard character for me to connect to. I didn’t get a clear picture of him at the beginning and the fact he was watching Daisy without her knowledge was a little unsettling, she wasn’t the mark he was hired to kill. For the first few chapters I was thinking maybe he was hired to check up on her but that wasn’t the case. His feelings towards Daisy were strong and we weren’t told why. After meeting Daisy for only a couple of hours he was buying her clothes and although Daisy put up some resistance she did accept them. I think it was perhaps meant as possessive and territorial but I couldn’t help feel Nick was just creepy. Nick had lived a hard life being involved in Russian regimes like the Bratva. He seemed older than what he was. I had him in my head as late 30s so I was shocked to find out he was younger than 25.
It wasn’t until Nick was forced to go back to Moscow that his true character really came out. I felt his feelings for Daisy were genuine and even though a lot of underhanded and not so legal action went down, I was rooting for this couple. Daisy had to grow up quickly, she wasn’t an innocent young girl anymore and being with Nick meant she had some tough choices to make including what side of the law she wanted to stay on.
“These marks all told people I was not a man to be fucked with,” I pause and close my eyes and pray for strength. “I would come to you unblemished, if I could.”
“My Nikolai. I love you, and it wouldn’t matter how many tattoos you have or how many bad things you’ve done in the past. Your life is one I can’t begin to understand, but I want to spend the rest of my life learning you.”
Last Hit started off slow for me, I got stuck around half way, not really sure of the direction of the story but as soon as Daisy was in danger and Nick’s protective instincts kicked in, it was like a switch was flipped and the action, suspense and plot all kicked up a gear.
I think the second book will make for an interesting read. Nick’s acquaintance Daniel is very mysterious and Daisy’s poor roommate Regan will have one tortured story to tell. I am looking forward to reading that.
I haven’t read any of Jessica Clare’s previous work but I am a fan of Jen Frederick. I did enjoy the dual point of view, I think the authors worked well together and I look forward to seeing their work grow.
Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Author Jessica Clare
This is a pen name for Jill Myles.
Jill Myles has been an incurable romantic since childhood. She reads all the 'naughty parts' of books first, looks for a dirty joke in just about everything, and thinks to this day that the Little House on the Prairie books should have been steamier.
After devouring hundreds of paperback romances, mythology books, and archaeological tomes, she decided to write a few books of her own - stories with a wild adventure, sharp banter, and lots of super-sexy situations. She prefers her heroes alpha and half-dressed, her heroines witty, and she loves nothing more than watching them overcome adversity to fall into bed together.
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