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 bespoke 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.
I’ve been sheltered from the outside world all my life. Homeschooled and farm-raised, I’m so naive that my best friend calls me Pollyanna. I like to believe the best in 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 that has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness. With him, my heart is at risk..and also, my life.
I watch her through my bathroom window. I’ve placed one of my four rented chairs in here for that express purpose. I tell myself it is not creepy, as the American girls would say, because I watch everyone. But really I watch only her.
I cannot see everything. I’ve never seen her nude. I’ve never seen inside her shower. Smartly there is no window there. But I can see her bedroom and her living room and beyond that, with my scope, her kitchen. I know her schedule. When she gets up in the morning, when she returns to her apartment. If she were a mark, I could’ve killed her a dozen times over by now and been in the wind.
She throws her bag onto her bed and then lies down next to it. It takes many muscles to smile, more to frown but only a few to pull the trigger. I peer down the scope and place my crosshairs over her forehead. Puff, dead.
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Nikolai is a good guy entrenched within a world of evil. He has been deprived of the normalcy every human being craves, but yet there is this deep connection you form to him. He exudes such strength physically and mentally. But it is his nativity and foreign feelings for Daisy, this beautiful and innocent young woman he guiltily watches from a far, that makes you adore him and fall in love with his nurturing and purely primal and incredibly sexual side. He is a man with many complexities to his character and don’t even get me started on that absolutely gorgeous accent that makes him so endearing. This is a male character that jumped right off the page for me. I have not felt such a deep connection to a hero like this in a long time.
Daisy is a beautiful heroine. At twenty-one, she has been living life under the oppression of her father, and to say thing young woman is sheltered is an understatement as these authors allow us to delve into what her home life is like.
What I loved about Daisy and Nikolai was the great level of depth to not only their intense and newly forming feelings for one another, but their lives away from each other. It is utterly heartbreaking at the level of misplaced guilt Daisy bares on heart for her normal desire to live her life. It was also incredibly endearing and refreshing to finally read of two characters who experience such insecurities that pervade their thoughts because they are so consumed with the attraction they feel for each other, and the deep rooted connection they experience in each other’s presence.
Every once in a while those stories come along – the deeply impactful and heartbreaking tales- ones that don’t romanticize life’s hardships and the arduous emotional journey of true love and redemption. Last Hit is one of those stories, it is also one that contains resolution and redemption. The Pain, fear, vulnerability and torment evoked from these characters causes you to truly empathise with their situations whilst still seeing the gritty reality they both live in through. This is a book that will both break your heart and warm it and is definitely an intense novel weaved with seductively poetic writing that makes it teeter on the edge of dangerous for your heart. Last Hit is a phenomenal book that I highly recommend you read.
The series will continue and I flung my kindle and screamed when I learned that Regan and Daniel will get their own story in ‘ Last Breath’ which will release in 2014.
5 SPECTACULAR Stars
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at email@example.com.
Author Jessica Claire
This is a pen name for Jill Myles.
Jill Myles has been an incurable romantic since childhood. She reads all the ‘naughty parts’ of books first, looks for a dirty joke in just about everything, and thinks to this day that the Little House on the Prairie books should have been steamier.
After devouring hundreds of paperback romances, mythology books, and archaeological tomes, she decided to write a few books of her own – stories with a wild adventure, sharp banter, and lots of super-sexy situations. She prefers her heroes alpha and half-dressed, her heroines witty, and she loves nothing more than watching them overcome adversity to fall into bed together.