I received this book for free from the publisher . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Last Hit by Jessica ClareJen Frederick
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on 2015-02-03
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers
Source: the publisher
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From two bestselling authors—the first in a deliciously bold new series that takes readers to the most dangerous edge of desire . . .
Nikolai: I have been a contract killer since I was a boy. For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the sight of my tattoos. The stars on my knees, the marks on my fingers, the dagger in my neck, all spoke of danger. If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you’d have. I have ever been the hunter, never the prey. With her, I am the mark and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me. Opening my small, scarred heart to her brings out my enemies. I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her, I will bring the world down around their ears.
Daisy: I’ve been sheltered from the outside world all my life. Home-schooled and farm-raised, I’m so naive that my best friend calls me Pollyanna. I like to believe the best about people. Nikolai is part of this new life, and he’s terrifying to me. Not because his eyes are cold or my friend warns me away from him, but because he’s the only man who has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness. With him, my heart is at risk . . . and also, my life.
*hangs head in shame* Yes I know Mel.. I know.. bad Stephanie for not reading this earlier… I’m just a bad, bad girl… *snickers*
Anyway I have to say I am mad at myself for not deciding to pick this up earlier but I am glad I finally read it because man oh man is Nikolai something else. There is not a lot of sexy times in this book but you know what… IT DOESN’T NEED IT! There is so much tension in this book that you won’t miss the main event and will be happy when these two finally have that moment. This book is more about two on the surface different people that really are the perfect match. We have sweet, virginal (yes… VIRGINal) Daisy, who is so naive and overwhelmed by life in the real world, and Nikolai, who is jaded and in his eyes filthy not fit for anything good.
The journey these characters take is one of discovering your worth, your heart and finally living free from the tethers of your past. I adored seeing Nikolai struggle with small talk and how to court Daisy. He’s so used to just having sex as a form of stress release and it meaning nothing than a way to take the edge off that trying to woo someone is just a foreign concept to him. This is a man who has no friends but has only existed to kill and earn money. He has a heartrending past and watching him finally become fully human was beautiful.
Daisy is fully human but has spent her life being isolated from the outside world by a man who was battling his own demons. I loved her enthusiasm about even the tiniest things and appreciated that she didn’t hate her father but wanted to do nothing more than help him. Her guilt where he was concerned is honest and raw which I appreciated. I also liked that she understands how naive she is but doesn’t use it to throw up her hands and quit. She’s stubborn and strong which shows as things come to light. Her ability to see Nikolai as a human being is tested but thankfully she sees thru to his core personality even as she feels betrayed.
I personally cannot wait for Daniel and Reagan’s story to unfold next plus look forward to seeing more of Nikolai/Daisy in later stories. If you are looking for a book that is more about tension and building a relationship even if it is shrouded in lies then this one is for you.