Saturday, May 30, 2015

Last Breath (Hitman #2) by Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick ~ Review

Last Breath (Hitman, #2)Source: Finished paperback provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Last Breath (Hitman #2) by Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick

From the bestselling authors of Last Hit comes the next in the steamy series that explores the exquisite power of our darkest passions . . .

Regan: 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.

Daniel: 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.


After reading and loving the first book in the Hitman series, Last Hit, I was more than ready to pounce on this companion/sequel. Knowing this story would follow Regan and Daniel pretty much had me dying. I had such a great feeling about this one. The first book rocked, this one seemed like it would too, EXCITEMENT. As it turns out, my excitement was completely warranted. In fact, I ended up enjoying this one even more than the first. 

There is always something to be said for characters we connect with. Characters we think we could be friends with if we met them in real life. Regan is among these characters for me. While her entire situation is way out of my grasp, there were aspects of her personality that I liked and related to. Her love for horror films, for example. I LOVE horror. And Regan's preference for those movies is displayed right from the beginning, automatically giving me something in common with her. Above those little things, though, Regan went through hell. I can't even imagine. But I respect her so much for making it through and being strong regardless. I just really liked Regan.

And then pair that lovely Regan with the swoon-worthy Daniel and I was a goner. Daniel is on a mission to find his sister, but that doesn't stop him from doing everything he can to not only protect Regan, but also help her be okay. He is so kind and caring. It was so easy to enjoy him as a character, and it was even easier to fall for him as a love interest.

The romance in this one is fantastic. Daniel and Regan are in close proximity to each other for so much of the book, so we get a great amount of couple time. I loved how Daniel was so patient with Regan. He didn't push her, ever. And it was so fun to watch their relationship grow as they spent more time together. Their dynamics are way different than Nikolai and Daisy---Daniel has more of a sense of human and is less uptight, Regan has more attitude and is more outgoing---but Daniel and Regan compliment each other and work together just as beautifully as Nick and Daisy. 

Last Breath is in dual POV just like Last Hit was, alternating between Daniel and Regan. While there isn't the obvious difference of having some English trouble like in the first book, both voices still stood apart so I could always tell whose perspective I was in. The plot of this one is woven in a way that was fun to follow. There isn't a dull moment. 

Overall, I adore Last Breath even more than I had Last Hit---something I didn't think would be possible. A fast pace, swoon-worthy romance, and addicting writing all took part in making this novel so enjoyable. If you're looking for something fun, romantic, and enthralling, I highly recommend picking this one up!

5 stars - An addicting, swoon-worthy story!

1 comment:

  1. I loved Last Breath too Jess! Regan was such a strong character, and Daniel was so sweet and tender with her. I agree with your thoughts on this one 100% Great Review :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape