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.