[550]: Last Breath by Jessica Clare

19207601 Last Breath [Hitman, #2] by Jessica Clare
Publication Date: March 24th, 2014
Self Published | Kindle Edition
Adult Fiction | Suspense | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


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.


For the last eighteen months, I’ve had one goal: to find my kidnapped sister. I’ve left the Army, turned paid hit man, and have befriended criminals all across the globe. In every brothel I raid or every human trafficking truck I stop, her face is the one I’m desperate to see. In Rio, I find Regan Porter, bruised but not broken and still sane despite her weeks in hell. I should leave her behind or send her home because the last thing either of us needs is to get involved. But with every passing minute, I find I can’t let her go.

The last we’ve heard about Reagan, we were told she was sold as a sex slave somewhere in Russia. Before the events of Last Hit concluded, it was alluded that Daniel had found her. I was relieved, because Reagan was a victim of being in the wrong place and at the wrong time. Admittedly, I expected (and hoped) that the author would just give us a perfunctory summary of what had happened to her while she was gone.

I was wrong. So wrong.

In great, explicit detail, Clare told us exactly the kind of debasement she’d suffered through the hands of her captors and “owners”. To be honest, all the depravity had turned me off any future sexual relation that would be in store for Reagan and Daniel. I just don’t think those kind of stories were great preamble to their relationship. I feel that in as much as Reagan needed time to heal, the readers, too needed time to cope with the what had happened  to Reagan. Personally, I spent a lot of time grimacing through any sexual intercourse between them. That’s not to say I didn’t think they were hot. Daniel has a dirty mouth on him. And in normal circumstances, I’d find that lovely. Not this time, though.

In my opinion, they jumped in way too fast. Almost too easy, that the things that had happened to Reagan didn’t hold any relevance. I’m not sure if the author was trying to make a case for the kind of trust Reagan has on Daniel, but I wasn’t convinced someone with her immediate past would be so casual about sex with another man after going through what she did. In Daniel’s defence, he asked for her total acquiescence before doing the deed. However, it still made me feel uncomfortable, to say the least.

Despite that, I admire Jessica Clare’s chutzpah. She doesn’t pull any punches. She’s brutally honest. I may be a bit traumatized, but I think there’s no other way to tell these type of stories. It was every bit as close to reality as I’d hoped to never know.


  • Oh, I remember feeling exactly the same after reading every installment of Gypsy Brothers series by Lili St. Germain, but no matter the “trauma”, I still like to read dark romance from time to time, so I’ll have this series in mind.

  • I can understand why you are iffy about this one… too much detail can ruin it for you at times, and it does seem that they moved on quick. Thanks for the heads up Joy.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Sorry I can’t read this one. I totally agree-she should be in therapy for years to get over something that and not jumping into bed with someone that soon. No, just no.

  • Oh, sad face. This book does not sound good. It goes into details about her abuse? Not good 🙁 Sounds too heartbreaking. And then she and her man movies too fast after? Yeah. I would not like that at all : I don’t like when characters are abused like that.. sniffs. But yeah. Book do sound interesting 🙂 And I’m glad you still enjoyed it, Joy. <3

  • Wow, poor Regan! I’ve never read anything like this! It’s a shame you didn’t like it that much. I just added it to my TBR list, sounds very original. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Lipstick and Mocha

  • Woah, these reads give me the shivers. I remember reading a book by Pamela Clare (I forgot the title) but the heroine was kidnapped by terrorists and had a baby with the leader but was saved by the American soldiers in the end. It was kinda tough to read about as well, but it’s the real deal. 😀

  • I think I would have the same issues with this one. I feel like in reality, after facing such a trauma the last thing anyone would want to do right away is enter into a sexual relationship. I do like the concept behind this one though, and that the author takes such a gritty approach.

  • So this is what could’ve happened if Liam Neeson failed to save his daughter *cringe*

    Yeah, sex should be the LAST thing these two should be doing. If they push it, they’ll be creating a female CGrey or something to that effect.

  • RO

    Topics like these are tough to write about, so kudos to the author for getting it out there and being real. I’m not sure that I would agree either, like everyone else here, that a person who has been traumatized would jump into hot and heavy sex. I would think there would be some PTSD going on that had to be overcome at the very least. Despite that, I think I would probably put this on my shelf for later reading. Good review! hugs…

  • Wow, that sounds like a really tough read. I agree that the author should’ve given more time! That kind of horror isn’t something you bounce right back from.

  • This doesn’t sound like it’s for me. On the one hand, I applaud the idea of raising awareness of issues like that, but from your description I’m not sure this issue in this type of book would work for me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Oh wow, it sounds intense and gritty

  • WOW girl! What a tough read! I don’t think I could read something like that. BUT as you said it’s a part of life and this stuff happens all the time. I’ve watched movies about it but I feel that reading it, it’ll stick with you more. KUDDOS to you for getting through it even though it was a toughie. 🙂

  • Jazmen

    This sounds like a tough read. I don’t generally turn away from these. I rather run towards them head first–but I’m not sure I’m in the right place for this. Glad you found some enioyment in it, even if it was tough to read.

  • Patrick C.

    oooohh happy you gave this one a try Joy! It’s always good to pick a book and finished it all the way even though your unsure about it!

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • I fear I would think it would be too fast too

  • I can easily see myself feeling and thinking the same way Joy. This type of read, one that lays it all out puts me in one mindset and any romance after has to be done in a way where I’m not feel that uncomfortable feeling you mentioned. It sounds like the author did a good job on the realistic aspect of sexual violence. Thoughtful and lovely review, Joy 🙂

  • Yeah that would make me really uncomfortable too. You would think that she would need some time to overcome fears and to learn to trust again. I tried the first book in this series and it did not work for me, sadly although I’ve enjoyed Jen Frederick’s NA books.
    Thanks for the great review, Joy. For now, I think I’m better off staying away from these books.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I completely understand what you’re saying Joy. I think the sex scenes would have an entirely different tone to them given what Regan has been through, especially since we get to find out all the horrifying details. If I knew in more vague terms I think I would probably be fine with it, but the details would make it difficult. Good for the author for pushing people out of their comfort zones and being brutally honest though!!!!

  • kindlemom1

    I think I would have a problem with them jumping right into a relationship as well. People need time to cope and heal!
    Wonderful review Joy!

  • This one definitely sounds like it packs a punch with all that sexual violence and portraying it graphically. The unrealistic way it deals with both Reagan and Daniel’s relationship kind of sounds unbelievable. Lovely review Joy!

  • Oh wow this definitely sounds like a heavy book. It’s not the type I would usually read and I can’t even begin to imagine what being a sex slave would be like… but I am pretty sure it would be a bit hard to get over and start having normal sexual intercourse after that. So maybe it was a bit rushed. But maybe this was an eye opening read and I hope it was still um, enjoyable in some way?