(Hitman Series, #4)
by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick
Mendoza: I grew up in the slums and lost everything I loved to poverty, illness, and death. I had only one skill to leverage myself out of my circumstances—violence. Being hired out as a mercenary hitman brought me money and built an empire. But all that I've fought for is in jeopardy. My next job: Steal secret information that could bring down world governments. Find my target. Destroy it. But then, I meet her.
Ava: Karma hates me. When my best friend Rose is kidnapped, I have no choice but to take a job as a mule for a pair of criminals intent on selling top-secret information to the highest bidder. I should have known that bad luck tends to cling, because the plane I'm on goes down. That I survived a crash-landing was a miracle. And so was being rescued by Rafe Mendoza—hot, sexy, dangerous. The thing is, he wants the information that I need to free Rose. I can't let him have it, but I need his help. And I need to fight this crazy attraction for this mercenary with hungry eyes. Rose is depending on me, and I won't let her down, no matter how appealing Rafe is.
This last book in the Hitman series is quite an adventure. Ava, the female protagonist, is forced to work for some very bad people who have kidnapped her best friend Rose. These evil people are threatening to kill Rose if Ava does not follow their every command, and Ava will do anything it takes to save her friend’s life.
Ava’s every move is being watched by Rose’s kidnappers, but she is also being surveilled by mercenaries who are former U.S. Army soldiers. Their leader Rafael “Rafe” Mendoza is instantly smitten by Ava. Mendoza and his mercenaries are trying to get their hands on the same information that Ava is being forced to try to sell to the highest bidders all around the world.
Mendoza is a severely broken man being the product of the rape of his mother among other issues, and his troubles only multiply (in his eyes) when he has to achieve his goal of obtaining his information and keep safe the woman whose beauty and allure make thinking clearly impossible, much less achieving a very dangerous goal. Mendoza, while quickly falling in love with Ava, struggles to keep her at arm’s length most of the book. Rafe Mendoza feels his dark secret makes him unworthy of such a beautiful woman and a threat to her very life at the same time.
It is said that love conquers all things, and once Mendoza saves Ana she shows him just how true this statement is. Ava helps Rafe fight and destroy his inner demons, and while they lived through some harrowing experiences they each lose their best friend in the process.
The action is awesome in this book; you can’t put it down. The sex scenes are amazing and plentiful, and you are spared no detail. Most of the characters are instantly liked - for me, all but Rose (Ava’s kidnapped best friend) as she is portrayed as naive to the point of “you’ve got to be kidding me, right?”
Speaking of characters, Mendoza is the not-so-proud owner of a twelve (yes, twelve) inch penis; he had a very bad experience trying to have sex with a girlfriend 35 years ago when she bled profusely and died two days later. To make matters worse, the girl’s brothers told Rafe she died because he tried to have sex with her and they beat him within an inch of his life and mutilated his groin. Add this to the fact that Rafe has been told by his mother since birth that he is evil and his huge penis is proof of it, and well… Rafe truly believes he is cursed and kills anyone he loves.
Ava is so awed by the size of his penis that she calls it “Godzilla”. Now, as a man reading this book I can’t help but think the odds of having a penis that big are very low, but it could happen. Good for him I say. Must be rough. We regular, normal, mere mortals deal with slightly less. And it’s funny, too - you would think he would be so happy to be so endowed, just as many think tall people (like me) must be so happy to be so tall. Not the case.
I really enjoyed this book, and I hope there will be more to come. I think it is so cool the way things ended up.
Rating: 4.5 Stars - I REALLY LOVED IT
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.