Last Kiss (Hitman #3)
by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick
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.
I'm a huge fan of the Hitman series by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick, and after reading Last Breath a couple months ago I couldn't wait for Naomi and Vasily's story... And let me tell you, Last Kiss exceeded my expectations and then some!
Last Kiss is not your typical hearts and flowers love story. It's a beautiful, raw, no holds barred, take me as I am, love story with characters that are each unique in their own right but absolutely perfect for each other.
Naomi has lived a pretty sheltered life because of her Asperger's. She's socially awkward, doesn't feel emotions like most people do, reacts to situations differently, and has many little quirks that you see throughout the book. But she is also extremely intelligent, which is how she ended up with Vasily.
Vasily has been a member of the Petrovich Bratva since he was a kid and is now in a position to take over... He just needs to find a painting that has been lost to them for years. Luckily, he knows just the person to help him find that painting... The Emperor, a computer hacking genius, aka Naomi.
Watching Naomi and Vasily fall in love was absolute magic! They're seemingly so different, yet so similar when it comes right down to it. They both have an aversion to touching and have never been close to anyone, yet they find peace in each other's arms. And Vasily, when it comes to Naomi's little quirks... Sigh! He's observant of her, listens to what she says, and when he knows she'll be uncomfortable he does everything he can to make her feel better.
Of course this wouldn't be a romantic suspense without the adventure, right?! And there is so much going on in this book that I found I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Last Kiss delivers non stop action right until the very end and I couldn't wait to see how everything played out.
I honestly didn't think that any of the books in this series could top Last Hit but boy was I wrong... Seriously, Last Kiss has easily become my favorite book in this series, if not my favorite read so far this year!
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Last Kiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.