Last Kiss is the third book in the Hitman series by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick. Although this is meant to be a stand-alone novel, you’ll really want to read the first and second book in the series to understand exactly what is going on as it picks up right where the others left off.
While this book is similar in nature to the first two books in the series, it’s also very different. This book deals with not just a real-life hitman, but the man who may very well be the next head of the Russian mob.
The heroine in the book is Naomi, the little sister that Daniel from the last book has been looking for. She’s a computer genius but also very different – to say she is socially awkward would be an understatement.
A few times the book touches on Naomi probably having Asperger syndrome. She even refers to herself as an “aspy”. She is thought to be on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. Still, she has many quirks and phobias. She doesn’t like people to touch her. She likes places that are all white, including rooms where the walls are white and so is everything else and she only eats certain colors of foods.
This aspect of her personality makes her unique and greatly different from most heroines that you read about in romance novels. She’s not perfect, she has issues and that somehow makes her even more likable.
This story isn’t about some bad guy gone good. He’s a bad guy. There is no way to sugar coat it. He’s a cold, hard killer with a very bad past.
This quote from the book sort of sums it up. It’s from Naomi about Vasily. She doesn’t try and justify his bad behavior. To her it just is what it is.
I know he’s a sociopath. I don’t care. We all have our issues. But he’s my sociopath, and as long as he doesn’t hurt me or my family, or make me feel like less, he’ll be mine and I’ll be his.
I like that he didn’t try and charge her. I like that he accepted her quirks for what they were. I also like that the author didn’t try and justify who Vasily is. She just sort of went with the, love him or hate him, this is who he is method.
Vasily and Naomi really were perfect for each other. From the start it may not seem like they would be a good match but in the end, you just sort of know how perfect they are for each other.
9.4 Out of 10 - 9.4/10
From the bestselling authors of Last Hit and Last Breath comes the next dark and sensual tale in the Hitman series that crosses the line between danger and desire…
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.