Last Kiss by Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick (Hitman #3)

Last Kiss by Jessica Clare & Jen FrederickAvailable: May 5th 2015 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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.

Last Kiss was such a uniquely amazing book with I’m not sure how to write a review on it. I didn’t review books one or two but I did read them and to understand the premise of Last Kiss I suggest you start at the beginning. Or at the very least book two, Last Breath because it ties into Last Kiss completely.

I think what I loved the most about this book was that the heroine was on the Autism/Aspergers spectrum. Naomi is high functioning but has a lot of trouble with some day to day human behavior and being thrust into the limelight doesn’t sit well with her. Kidnapped from a spring break excursion and forced to help a vile man for 18 months wasn’t as bad as everyone else thought it was. The man had basically left her alone, which is more than could be said about the other trafficked women who passed through the compound. When her brother finally finds her and breaks her out she gets kidnapped yet again by Vasily, a Russian Bratva member who has been sent to find an artifact only she can help him with. Her hacking skills are unrivaled but Vasily pushes her limits with every unknown situation she’s thrust into. Her reactions seemed genuine for someone on the spectrum (although I don’t know a whole lot admittedly) and I felt the progress/speed of their relationship was very well done.

Vasily was an amazing hero simply for his ability to understand Naomi and make her feel comfortable in situations that were so foreign to her. While his need for her to recover a priceless piece of art to cement his leadership to the Bratva was paramount at first, it quickly changed as he got to know and understand her. Their relationship was a slow simmer while Naomi acclimated to the newfound feelings and emotions she hadn’t been equipped to dealing with. Vasily was the rock that stood at her side while she worked through everything in a mind that sees everything.

As they traveled and the action got more intense I marveled at Naomi’s subtle changes and how she helped Vasily as much as he helped her. She knew how important her help was to him and she wanted/needed to see it through knowing he’d make a wonderful leader of his Bratva if they succeeded. There are some very seedy scenes throughout this one…some disgustingly nasty men but Naomi takes everything in stride with the help of Vasily.

Readers are also introduced to the upcoming hero for book four, Last Hope due out this fall. Mendoza is the leader of a military style gang in South America. One not to be trifled with but who takes the protection of his followers incredibly seriously. He’s an enigma I can’t wait to sink my teeth into.

The danger is amped up and the emotions are strong, Last Kiss is an amazingly written romantic suspense not to be missed!

I give Last Kiss by Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick 4.50 stars!

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