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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Guest Reviewer: Last Breath (Hitman #2) by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick

Last Breath
(Hitman Series, #2)
by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick 

From the bestselling authors of Last Hit comes the next in the steamy series that explores the exquisite power of our darkest passions . . .

Regan : I never really knew what misery was until the day I was kidnapped and sold for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Two months later, I’m at a brothel in Rio when I meet Daniel Hays. He says he’s here to save me, but can I trust him? All I know of him are his sarcastic retorts and his tendency to solve every dispute with his gun. He’s also the only safe thing in my world, and I know it’s wrong to fall in love with him, but I can’t seem to help myself. He says he’ll protect me until his last breath, but I don’t know if I should believe him or even if I can.

Daniel: For the last eighteen months, one goal has dictated every action I’ve taken. I’ve left the Army, turned paid hit man, and befriended criminals all across the globe to find my kidnapped sister. In every brothel I raid and every human trafficking truck I stop, I hope the next face I find is my sister’s. In a hidden brothel in Rio, I find Regan Porter, bruised but not broken, and still sane despite her weeks in captivity. I should leave her behind or send her home, because the last thing either of us needs right now is to get involved. But with every passing minute, I find I’m less able to let her go.


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Paul's Review: 
At first I did not think I was going to like Last Breath: A Hitman Novel by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick; I had just recently read Last Hit: A Hitman Novel (by the same authors), and I wanted to read more about Nick and Daisy!  I liked their characters, and at first I felt let down that I would not be reading about them again (or so I thought).  Last Breath is the story of Daisy’s roommate and friend Regan and the hitman and mercenary Daniel who is sent by Nick to rescue Regan from the brothel she has been sold to in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  As a man, it was terrible for me to read about the rape of a woman in general, much less that Regan was sold to a brothel and was being raped constantly.  I felt for Regan, and I instantly wanted her to have justice and gain her freedom.  This is where Nick’s colleague Daniel comes into the picture, and we learn that he has been searching the globe for the last year and a half for his own kidnapped autistic sister and has been sent by Nick to liberate Regan from the brothel and bring her back.  I was introduced to Daniel in the first book (Last Hit), but I did not like him all that much, probably because it seemed like he was gunning for Nick and that I really did not know that much about him.  However, the authors Clare and Frederick more than make up for that in this book, and I came to really like Daniel.  Daniel is someone I could relate to on more than a few levels.  One example is that Daniel is from Texas and likes Shiner Bock (a type of beer); my own family lives in Texas and has been known to enjoy a beer or two and always raves about Shiner Bock.  I thought it was great that the authors included something about Texas that I have actually experienced in Texas with my family.   I really appreciate it when an author (or in this case authors) does (do) the research and use(s) actual information.

Both Daniel and Regan are quite messed up psychologically speaking for their own respective reasons - Regan for all her traumas in the brothel and Daniel for having seen and done so much in his years as a hitman and mercenary.  It was cool to see how their relationship went from co-dependence (on Regan’s part) to mutual need to deep mutual love.  This book has really hot, frequent sex scenes - which are very well described - as well as very cool action and suspense.  This book had me rooting for the good guys and even some bad guys (because they were in Daniel’s corner).  I, myself, enjoy happy, but good endings, and this book does not disappoint.  I have no complaints about this book and would recommend it to anyone whom I thought would enjoy it.  I give this book a perfect score!  I cannot wait to read the third novel Last Kiss: A Hitman Novel!

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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