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I have been a contract killer since I was a boy. For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the sight of my tattoos. The stars on my knees, the marks on my fingers, the dagger in my neck, all bespoke of danger. If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you’d have. I have ever been the hunter, never the prey. With her, I am the mark and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me. Opening my small scarred heart to her brings out my enemies. I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her, I will bring the world down around their ears.
I've been sheltered from the outside world all my life. Home-schooled and farm-raised, I’m so naive that my best friend calls me Pollyanna. I like to believe the best in people. Nikolai is part of this new life, and he’s terrifying to me. Not because his eyes are cold or my friend warns me away from him, but because he’s the only man that has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness. With him, my heart is at risk... and also, my life.
Source: Print copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Stories like this intrigue me. Ones with tough, stoic guys and the girls who are the sweetest thing to ever see. But while they draw me in, they don't always hold my interest, nor do they always deliver in a way that I find satisfying. So I am incredibly glad to say that Last Hit was satisfying, wonderful, and I absolutely loved it!
The first winning thing for me was the characters. Nikolai and Daisy. Daisy is the pure innocent girl we see all over the place. What makes Daisy different? She's not perfect just because...because. She is the way she is because her father was afraid to go outside and restricted her from doing much of anything while she lived in his home. And you know what? Daisy wanted to live. So she made a plan...and left. I highly respect that. She saw what she wanted to do, and then she got things together to DO it. The girl took six years to save $700, people. If that's not dedication, I don't know what is. She was a sweet and innocent character, but she also had a badass streak and I enjoyed it.
Nikolai. First of all, I love his name. Second of all, his hit or miss English was so incredibly endearing to me. He said some of the very best things, and what drove those things home was the mistakes he would sometimes make. And this guy, he's so inherently good. I loved that juxtaposition--he kills people. It's his job. But he's also an amazing, kind, sweet, and caring person. Give him the chance to let that shine through (like with, ahem, DAISY), and it freaking GLOWS. I heart Nikolai something fierce.
The writing was great. It's in dual POV, which I'm always a fan of, but it was done especially well here. Nikolai and Daisy each have their own very distinct voice, and I saw that every time. She's innocent and shy, he's gruff and blunt and sometimes says things the wrong way. It was fantastic.
The plot held my attention with zero difficulty throughout the entire novel. I wad completely in the zone as I flew through this story. Some twists, some turns, some swoons, and a bucket load of awesome to top it all off.
On the romance front, Last Hit rocked my world. Nikolai and Daisy are so perfect for each other while being complete opposites, I loved every second of watching them grow together and learn more about each other. And Daisy is Nikolai's number one. She is his PERSON. That warmed my heart in all kinds of ways I can't even explain. There was heavy doses of sweetness--which made me fifty shades of happy pants--and there was also a wonderful heaping of sexy times. So a great balance for the romance mixed with the fabulous couple equaled an aspect of the novel that pretty much tied with my love for the characters as my favorite thing.
Overall, Last Hit is everything I hope for in contemporary romance--magnificent characters, page-turning plot, and large quantities of sweetness and romance that set my heart aflutter. No doubt in my mind I'll be picking up the next book as soon as I get my hands on it!
5 stars - A fun, captivating story that kept me flying through the pages, gasping and swooning all the while. I absolutely loved it!
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