Last Breath (Hitman #2)
by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick
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.
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.
Have you ever sat on pins and needles waiting for a book to release only for it to get lost in your TBR and you forget all about it? Well, that's what happened with me and Last Breath. I read Last Hit last year, fell in love with Nikolai and Daisy, and couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series... Except when Last Breath was released it passed by unnoticed.
Well, thanks to the lovely folks at Berkley, I've been given a second chance and I couldn't be happier. Last Breath is hands down one of the best books I've read all year and I'm so disappointed with myself that I let it get lost in the shuffle. That being said, I will not make that mistake with Last Kiss, the next book in the series, which I am literally dying to read!
We met both Regan and Daniel in Last Hit... Regan being Daisy's roommate and Daniel being a co-worker (if hit men have co-workers) of Nikolai's. Regan is mistaken for Daisy, kidnapped, and then sold to a Russian brothel before she is finally sent off to Rio to be "broken in" for her new master. Daniel, while looking for his sister who was also kidnapped, helps find and rescue Regan. Only things don't quite go according to plan...
Let me start off by saying that I absolutely loved Daniel. At first I wasn't really sure if he was going to be more of the anti-hero that you hate to love but the way he was with Regan... Sigh! There was one particular bedroom scene where Regan isn't really sure if she can ever have sex again after everything she went through and Daniel's actions totally solidified his place in my heart. He's this badass hit man assassin most of the time but when it comes to Regan he's a total softie.
And Regan... That girl has been through so much but comes out of it so strong you can't help but admire her. Even in the first chapter I knew that she would become a favorite of mine and I wasn't wrong! Sure she has some issues, I mean who wouldn't after what she's been through, but she really shows her tenaciousness more than once.
What really made this book for me though was the action. It started off strong and kept right on going... I literally couldn't put it down! I had to know what was going to happen, if they were going to find Daniel's sister, if they'd even get out of Rio alive, and if, after everything, they could truly find their HEA. Well, let me tell you that I was not disappointed in the least with how everything played out.
Last Breath is romantic suspense at it's finest and a definite must read! All I can really say is bring on Vasily and Naomi... I am so ready to fall in love with the Russian anti-hero!
Disclosure: I was provided with a print copy of Last Breath in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.