Book Review: Last Hope by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick

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Title: Last Hope (Hitman #4)
Author: Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick @_JessicaClare @JenSFred
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 336 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis

In the explosive new Hitman novel from the bestselling authors of Last Kiss and Last Hit a jungle mercenary and a female target find love on the run…

Mendoza: I grew up in the slums and lost everything I loved to poverty, illness, and death. I had only one skill to leverage myself out of my circumstances—violence. Being hired out as a mercenary hitman brought me money and built an empire. But all that I’ve fought for is in jeopardy. My next job: Steal secret information that could bring down world governments. Find my target. Destroy it. But then, I meet her.

Ava: Karma hates me. When my best friend Rose is kidnapped, I have no choice but to take a job as a mule for a pair of criminals intent on selling top-secret information to the highest bidder. I should have known that bad luck tends to cling, because the plane I’m on goes down. That I survived a crash-landing was a miracle. And so was being rescued by Rafe Mendoza—hot, sexy, dangerous. The thing is, he wants the information that I need to free Rose. I can’t let him have it, but I need his help. And I need to fight this crazy attraction for this mercenary with hungry eyes. Rose is depending on me, and I won’t let her down, no matter how appealing Rafe is.

Ivy

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Another Hitman book? Yes please: When I finished the last book, I’d wondered where the series would go next, since it felt like it was closing a chapter on the original overarching storyline. When I saw that the Tears of God, a group introduced in Last Breath, reappears to pick up where the original group left off, I was as giddy as a schoolgirl with a new boy band CD.

When the story begins, Rafael Mendoza and his crew are following Ava, who’s been roped into being a mule for a nasty criminal to show buyers some documents for a potential auction, though we’re not sure what it is. The story has the usual action and danger you’d expect in a Hitman book, but with a fantastic amount of sex that wasn’t present in the last book.

Rafe is fantastic…ly huge: Now let’s face it, most romance novels love to emphasize the size of the hero’s package, but here, Rafe’s has a monster of epic proportions (Ava calls it Godzilla), something I haven’t read about before. Like possibly life threatening and vagina-damaging.

There’s enough discussion of Rafe’s penis to make any size queen clench in joy. But it’s anything but joyful for Rafe. As a matter of fact, he’s been tortured his whole life, told by his horrible mother that he’s the devil’s spawn and that his cock is the reason for all the evils of the world, from global warming to Donald Trump.

When women literally fear his penis, well I could understand that it’s given him a complex and his sexual experience is limited, to say the least. When the first hints arrived as exactly how inexperienced he was, to say I was shocked would be an understatement. I mean, a 35 year old almost-virgin mercenary is pretty incredible. However, it somehow worked. It gave him a vulnerable and incredibly sympathetic edge that had me panting to snuggle him…and defile him.

Ava’s a mother hen heroine: You know the type – the one who has to save her friend, who takes care of everything, even to her own detriment. That’s Ava to a T. She sacrifices herself to be a mule when her best friend Rose’s boyfriend reveals himself to be the nasty scumbag he is and threatens to kill Rose if she doesn’t. She’s flying by the seat of her pants through most of the book, and it would be easy to make a complete damsel in distress but she pulls her weight when the occasion calls for it and she knows when to hold on, no matter how noble Rafe’s trying to be.

Maybe too much sex?: Before you slap me, I didn’t mind it and actually loved Rafe and Ava’s relationship. However, the focus on Rafe and his sexual experience and monster cock was a bit of a distraction and for the most part, the action is definitely secondary to the romance and sex. Even a bit implausible in life or death situations where the last thing I’d be thinking of is sex.

When I think back to the actual suspense, it didn’t feel like it really came into play until very late in the game, and even then it kind of ends with a whimper not a bang. Well, except for Ava and Rafe, who were banging like a screen door in a hurricane. Since the romance is what brings me to the party, it (mostly) worked for me, but if you’re looking for an intricate plotline, it wasn’t the strongest in that respect.

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I really enjoyed Rafe and Ava’s romance, even if the suspense part of plot itself was a mite thin. That said, the setup for future books with the Tears of God group has me intrigued. I’m eager to see what happens next.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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