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Monday, July 13, 2015

Guest Reviewer - Book Review: Last Kiss by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick

Last Kiss 
(Hitman Series, #3)
by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick 


Naomi: When I was kidnapped I thought only of survival. I don’t thrive well in chaos. That’s why I gave my captors exactly what they wanted: my skill with computers. Making millions for a crime lord who kept me imprisoned in his basement compound kept my family safe. When he was taken out, I thought my ticket to freedom had arrived. Wrong. I traded one keeper for another. This time I’m in the hands of a scarred, dark, demanding Russian who happens to be the head of the Bratva, a Russian crime organization. He wants my brain and my body. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued, but I can’t be a prisoner forever...no matter how good he makes me feel.

Vasily: At a young age, I was taught that a man without power is a puppet for all. I’ve clawed—and killed—my way to the top so that it is my heel on their necks. But to unify the fractured organization into an undefeatable machine, I need a technological genius to help me steal one particular artifact. That she is breathtaking, determined, and vulnerable is making her more dangerous than all of my enemies combined. But only I can keep her safe from the world that she now inhabits. Soon, I must choose between Naomi and Bratva law. But with every day that passes, this becomes a more impossible choice. 

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Paul's Review:
It is great when a book takes you for a ride and does not let you go, and it is also wonderful when a book opens your mind for you and you feel like a better person for it.  Last Kiss: A Hitman Novel  by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick is such a novel.  We all grow up with a certain set of preconceptions, biases, and prejudices - the trick is to not perpetuate them, learn about those things you have preconceptions and/or prejudices about, and grow as a human being.

When I was first introduced to Naomi, Daniel’s autistic (Asperger’s, more specifically) sister whom was kidnapped by the Bratva (Russian mob) for her hacking and computer abilities, I immediately thought of Velma from the cartoon Scooby-Doo but with a set of mental and social disabilities.  As this is the love story of the head of the Bratva and Naomi I could not help but feel at first that Vasily (the to-be Russian mob boss) was taking advantage of someone he had no business taking advantage of.  After a very short time I realized that Naomi was a remarkably normal woman with the exceptions of a few quirks like genius, inability to look people in the eyes, inability to handle loud noises or extreme stress, and the propensity to only eat foods of specific colors and wear a certain baseball cap.  I also realized that Vasily was not taking advantage of anyone, that he could be a dangerous man to his enemies,  but that he was an honorable man (because of Naomi) and that he and Naomi were falling in love.

The authors write searing sex scenes, and the action and suspense is awesome.  I like to root for underdogs, and that is what this book makes you do for Vasily through his struggles to become the head of the Bratva and win the love of his Naomi.  This book was enthralling, and I look forward to many more from the team of Clare and Frederick!  I give this book a perfect score!

Rating: 5 Stars - Perfection

We received a complimentary copy of this book from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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