Last Hope (Hitman #4)
by Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick
Mendoza: I grew up in the slums and lost everything I loved to poverty, illness, and death. I had only one skill to leverage myself out of my circumstances—violence. Being hired out as a mercenary hitman brought me money and built an empire. But all that I've fought for is in jeopardy. My next job: Steal secret information that could bring down world governments. Find my target. Destroy it. But then, I meet her.
Ava: Karma hates me. When my best friend Rose is kidnapped, I have no choice but to take a job as a mule for a pair of criminals intent on selling top-secret information to the highest bidder. I should have known that bad luck tends to cling, because the plane I'm on goes down. That I survived a crash-landing was a miracle. And so was being rescued by Rafe Mendoza—hot, sexy, dangerous. The thing is, he wants the information that I need to free Rose. I can't let him have it, but I need his help. And I need to fight this crazy attraction for this mercenary with hungry eyes. Rose is depending on me, and I won't let her down, no matter how appealing Rafe is.
I have to admit, after reading a few early reviews I was a little wary going into this one... I mean, according to some of those reviews, Rafe's peen was basically a main character in this book, and I wasn't really sure how that was going to work for me. That being said, I honestly didn't think it was that big of a deal. I mean, yes it was a pretty big focus throughout most of the book but if I saw what looked like a baseball bat in some dude's pants I'd probably be pretty fascinated with it myself, am I right, ladies?!?!
Cockzilla aside, my reason for not enjoying this one as much as the rest of the books in this series was the relationship itself. Rafe and Ava are thrown into a pretty precarious situation, which causes them to rely on each other and ends up strengthening their bond pretty quickly... Unfortunately, after they left the Amazon I had a hard time feeling that connection between them anymore. Not only does Rafe put Ava in a very dangerous situation, which is a big no-no when it comes to possessive heroes, but then as soon as she's better he's pushing her away again. And where was the heartfelt apology and gratitude when he realized that she didn't leave him after all?!
Luckily, Last Hope still had the action and adventure that I've come to expect from this series and that made up for my issues with the romance. We have plane crashes and gun fights, wild jungle animals, and, of course, Ava's main mission of rescuing her friend, Rose... All of which kept me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages with superspeed to find out what would happen next.
Even though I didn't love this one as much as the rest of the books in this series, it is still by no means a bad read... I was just hoping for a little more. That being said, I'm not sure if there's still more to come with this series or not but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there will be at least one more book... Or ten!