Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Last Kiss (Hitman #3) by Jessica Clare & 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 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.

5 Vasily –is-my-volk Stars

Last Kiss is a standalone and is part of the Hitman series.

Book 1 - > Last Hit - > Nikolai and Daisy’s story

Book 2 - > Last Breath - > Daniel and Regan’s story. Regan is Daisy’s roommate.

Book 3 - > Last Kiss - > Vasily and Naomi’s story. Naomi is Daniel’s sister.

I love this series. Each book gets better and better and Last Kiss is my favorite so far.
Daniel saved Naomi, but she is yet again captured and this time by Vasily.  Vasily needs Naomi to locate a painting. This painting is pivotal.  The painting would help Vasiily control the Petrovich Bratva and help his sister.

The plan was to obtain the Emperor, find the Madonna, return home and wield absolute power over the Petrovich Bratva, and bring my sister home.

Naomi isn’t your typical Heroine.  She has Asperger’s.  You can sense it in the previous book and it’s made clear in Last Kiss.  She doesn’t process things the same way as everyone else. She doesn’t understand sarcasm, she says whatever is on her mind, she is highly intelligent, hates germs and loud noises.

 I was the Emperor. Captive of Hudson, hacker extraordinaire and cybercriminal misappropriating funds in exchange for the safety of my family. Now, I’m just Naomi Hays again.

The dynamics between Vasily and Naomi worked for me perfectly! I couldn’t imagine a better partnership. Vasily is like volk, a wolf. He bares scars on his body and just like Naomi, he can’t handle affection or human contact.

She is the witch and I am her wolf, her Volk. Order me, I think, tell me what to do.

I love Naomi.  She doesn’t understand social norms and her awkwardness is really cute to read. I love Vasily’s reaction towards her even more. Somehow, he just gets her and it’s completely adorable. He caters a lot towards Naomi’s hiccups, like how she likes brown foods and she has to wipe everything down before she can sit or touch anything.

Naomi is intrigued with Vasily and wants to help him. So it’s not a full blown kidnapping. I liked that she was willing.  As Vasily and Naomi get closer to the paintings, we dig deeper into Vasily’s past and we get a better understanding on why he is the way he is. I enjoyed these parts. I felt like I got a lot of character development and it made me feel and love Vasily more.

Don’t even get me started on the steam. Oh my gosh, this book is steamy and it made me blush a few times. The sex club scenes! Vasily enjoys pain and it’s not total BDSM, but something about Naomi slapping Vasily in face just makes it so hot!

I want her, more than I should, and I will do whatever I can to make it so she aligns herself with me.
I may not be able to trust her, but I want her. I may even need her.

Read this! You will not be disappointed.
 An ARC was provided

“I told you I don’t like to be touched. Do you have a hearing deficit?” She frowns. “Because at first I was concerned that perhaps it is your English, but you seem to speak it quite well. Maybe it is your hearing then? You are young to have hearing problems. Is it hereditary? The most common birth defect is diminished hearing. Genetics are responsible for at least sixty percent of hearing deficits in infants so it’s most likely your hearing loss is due to your parents. Were one or more of your parents hearing challenged?”
I look at her blankly.
“Deaf. That’s what I mean by hearing challenged. Challenged is the word you’re supposed to use instead of other things. Like instead of mute, voice challenged. Or instead of handicapped, it’s physically challenged. I learned that in college. I’m socially challenged, but maybe it doesn’t translate into Russian. You’re Russian, right?”
“Yes. What does it matter?”
“It doesn’t. There was a Russian student in my art history course. Your accent was similar. I remember him telling me he was from a certain region—southern maybe? I didn’t much like the course. My advisor forced me to take it, saying that I needed some liberal arts to make my education well rounded, but learning about painting and politics did not assist me in creating better code. I like to write code. Code makes sense. Art does not.”


Jessica Clare is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who writes under three different names. As Jill Myles, she writes a little bit of everything, from sexy, comedic urban fantasy to zombie fairy tales. As Jessica Clare, she writes erotic contemporary romance.
She also has a third pen name (because why stop at two?). As Jessica Sims, she writes fun, sexy shifter paranormals. She lives in Texas with her husband, cats, and too many dust-bunnies. Jill spends her time writing, reading, writing, playing video games, and doing even more writing.
Jen Frederick
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

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