[555]: Last Kiss by Jessica Clare

21566797 Last Kiss [Hitman, #3] by Jessica Clare
Berkley | May 5th, 2015
Adult Fiction | Romance | Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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 forever…no 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.

When I first met Naomi, it was when Daniel was trying to fulfill a number of favours from different sorts of people to rescue her and Reagan. A few facts about her stood out: she was a grown woman with an Asperger’s Syndrome, and she too, was abducted to be sold off as a sex slave. But because of her quick thinking, she managed to entice her captors with a different kind of skill set: she’s a computer hacker. She can hack into anything and can steal billions of money while in the comfort of her own prison.

When she was rescued by Daniel, Reagan and Vasily, I was more than relieved to find out that she was relatively unharmed. She used her idiosyncrasies to her full advantage. Instead of being a hindrance, she played her part and kept herself safe. She doesn’t like germs; she doesn’t like being touched, she doesn’t like noises. She has a whole slew of peculiarities that had nothing to do with being an OCD. It was the way her mind works. She was honest and candid about her feelings, observations and emotions. Most of the time, she left me laughing even though most of the situations she found herself in did not seem like a comedy hour at the club.

I have one particular point of interest with Vasily and Naomi’s relationship; in that I wanted to know how it would develop.  Truthfully, it wasn’t something that have been explored in my past experience. Considering all the things that can set her off, I don’t know how she would react if sex, being the very worst kind of intrusion there is, will be a part of their relationship. I also am not sure if Clare’s depiction of her reactions would be as realistic. The truth is, I don’t know. In some instances, I feel like Vasily was taking advantage of a person with mental disorder and I can’t quite reconcile my feelings with that. But in other instances, Naomi acts and speaks just like a normal woman would. This is where I feel like the syndrome comes and goes to facilitate the relationship between characters.

Despite that major hurdle, I was completely enamoured with this couple. Vasily took care of Naomi, loved her and made sure she’s always in her comfort zone. Which is the best thing anyone can do with someone of her affliction. Because of that, this book is probably my favourite in this series.



  • This does sound like a difficult read. I don’t like that he was her captor-that doesn’t sit well with me at all. I guess that it is good that he treated her well but like you said-she has a mental disorder and if she is only acting normal in the relationship that sounds like the author kind of cheated a bit. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Jazmen

    I haven’t read this series but it sounds like a really good time!

    • It was and it wasn’t. There were fun times and then there were difficult times. 🙂

  • So glad the series is improving and that it turned out being a favourite for you! It really does sound like he stood up and took good care of her, which is such a loving thing to do in any situation. It seems like you have been reading a lot of good books lately 🙂

    • It doesn’t happen often, but I’m thankful when it does. 🙂

  • This sounds really interesting and different! Naomi seems like a fascinating character.

    • She is! You’ll appreciate her independence, and her need to analyze things her way. I really enjoyed reading about her.

  • kindlemom1

    This sounds like a great book and series. I think I need to pick them up! Wonderful review!

  • Last Kiss sounds really intense. I’ve read one other book where the main character had Asperger’s and I loved it. Really gave her a different perspective. I’m adding this to the TBR!

    • Great! I hope you’ll enjoy. And I totally get what you’re saying about a different perspective. Naomi brought a new one that’s rarely explored in books.

  • Will have to check out the earlier books in the series. Glad you are enjoying these!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Interesting conflict. I think it’s normal to doubt someone’s intentions given the situation. Heck it happens even in normal relationships!

    I’m interested to read how their dynamics work. They sound like they have amazing chemistry.

    • Yep. They do. And the dynamics of their relationship may be hard to fathom at first, but somehow, Clare made it work.

      • I love it when authors manage to convince me that “illogical/impossible” shit are doable. Like not convenient resolution, like realistic outcomes

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I really like the sound of this one Joy! I just read a book where the hero had Asperger’s, and I absolutely loved it. His romantic interest was also worried he might be taking advantage of someone with a mental disorder, but it was all handled beautifully and I was absolutely rooting for the two of them. I think I’ll be rooting for these two as well!

    • See? I wish Vasily had that thought, even in passing. Because it at least would resonate with the reader that he’s concerned.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I’ve actually not heard of this series at all! It seems like something I’d enjoy, though, so I definitely am adding it to my TBR. Thanks for putting this on my radar, Joy!(:

    • You’re welcome! And I hope you’ll appreciate it just as much as I did. 🙂

  • I don’t think I’ve read a book with a heroine with Asperger’s Syndrome. That’s very interesting. And with all the things that she battles with, especially touch, I’m very very curious as to how she handles sex and how the love interest treats her. I can see why you thought he was taking advantage of her. I think I would do. I still want to give this a shot for some reason!
    Lovely review, Joy! 🙂

    • It was tough to stomach at first. But the deeper their relationship goes, the more I can see how genuine Vasily’s feelings were for her.

  • Aw, yay 😀 So glad you ended up liking this book so much sweetie. <3 The previous one sounded a bit too much for me, hah :p but this sounds cuter 🙂 And yay for being your favorite. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it. <3 Not for me, though, hah 🙂 But looks interesting ;p

  • It depends on her level of functionality … she’s obviously very high functioning. Lots of people with Asperger’s get married and have children, including my cousin. They live regular lives with good jobs, sometimes very high up. So I wouldn’t see what she and he did any differently than if she didn’t have AS. I really want to read this. I’ve read a couple of great books with characters who has Asperger’s. Have you read Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson? The love interest has Asperger’s – I loved that one.

    • Interesting. Interesting. I haven’t read too many books where a character is afflicted with this kind of disorder, so I was floundering at the most. I have that book because I read your review of it. It’s short, isn’t it?

      • Yeah, it’s a quick read. You should read it. There’s also The Uninvited by Liz Jensen. The MC has Asperger’s. It isn’t a romance, but it goes into how he feels about relationships. It’s different for everyone though. I mean, it’s not like their mental functions aren’t working. At least for high functioning. In fact there are quite a few geniuses who have it.

  • The sex parts bothered me at times, especially when they went to that other place…I was very ewwwww. I could not do that, how could she

    • Oh yes. That other place. I don’t know why I didn’t mention that. That part, I think, bothered me the most. Good God. Talk about taking depravity to another fucked up level. Lol.