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Last Hope (A Hitman Novel Book 4) Kindle Edition
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“Sexy, thrilling romantic suspense.”—Smexy Books
“A phenomenal book that sticks with you.”—New York Times bestselling author Sara Fawkes
“Everything you could ask for.”—All Romance Reviews --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00SA5KFS4
- Publisher : Berkley (September 29, 2015)
- Publication date : September 29, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1309 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #933,334 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ava is a competent heroine. She is smart and not needy. I liked that she was 100% comfortable in her sexuality. Unfortunately, compared to the previous heroines, especially Regan and Naomi, I found her to be rather boring. I’m not certain if that was because her personality is of the type that pretty much everyone seemed to get along with her (and therefore not much had to be developed there) or if it was because her inner monologue was rather repetitively focused on two things (the condition of her hands because she’s a hand model and Rafe’s uber-package).
Rafe is a solid hero. He’s incredibly protective and tender. He’s a definite leader, but not an alpha-hole. Once again, compared to each and every one of the previous heroes, he’s simply not as interesting. Given his actions when he was introduced in Last Breath, I was expecting him to be a considerably darker character.
The sexual tension between the pair didn’t feel as thick as it was stated to be. Nor did the emotional connection between to two feel as strong as I was told it was. I didn’t get the strong gut-punch when sacrifices were being made or rejection was being perceived. It didn’t make me cry. Last Breath and Last Kiss both made me bawl.
I think a lot of the above can be traced back to the tone of the book. The Hitman series has always been over-the-top and I’ve enjoyed it, so that wasn’t an issue. I can’t quite find the right words, but perhaps it felt lighter and/or sillier than the three previous books? While a lighter/sillier tone is not a bad thing in general, it was unexpected in this series. And I think that shift in tone was largely due to the hero’s central personal problem: his overly generous endowment. This is brought to the attention of the heroine fairly early in the book and she spends A LOT of time obsessing over it and joking about it while the hero spends A LOT of time reiterating to himself and to the heroine that he must protect her from it (for backstory reasons). That repetitiveness was really the only truly negative, non-comparative thought I had about this book.
tl;dr: I enjoyed it, but it won’t be a re-read for me.
The story starts very similar to previous books - by jumping right into the heart of a mission. Rafe Mendoza is a mercenary carrying out surveillance on Ava who is working as a mule for a dangerous group holding her best friend captive. Rafe needs access to the information that Ava is carrying in order to free a friend and teammate, while Ava must complete her directive in order to save her friend's life. After weeks of observing her, Rafe finds himself extremely attracted to Ava - almost to the point of blowing his mission. And so, he risks an arranged accidental meeting with her.
Through a comedy of errors, the pair not only meet, they find themselves stranded in the Amazon rain forest, having survived a plane crash. The suspense is revving up as this pair joins forces to battle some dangerous foes, both human & animal, and also the weather in an effort to escape the jungle and save their friend's lives. And here is where things run a little too far off course to remain believable for me. The story's focus switches from the mission and typical dark violence to rest almost completely on the very considerable "asset" in Rafe's pants . . . yes, Rafe is very well endowed - beyond any porn movie star's dreams well endowed. That's hot, but . . . he's afraid to use it, even when Ava repeatedly begs for it. Once she discovers what Rafe is packing, her mission becomes to see it, feel it, touch it, and have it. This would be hot and seductive if it wasn't hounded into the ground - over and over and over! Unfortunately, way too much of the story is taken up with this back and forth plot line about Godzilla (Ava's words, not mine). The whole issue turned into a frivolous, almost silly thing between two adults with a strong attraction to one another. What could have been a romantic, lustful, sex scene is relegated to cartoon status.
Having said that, I still enjoyed Last Hope (though not nearly as much as previous books) as the talent of these authors is evident. I do realize there was a reason for the focus on this particular asset of Rafe's (hidden in his backstory), but in this case, I feel like it was carried too far - to the point of distracting me from the quirky, unique characters and the dark, violent suspense that is normally prevalent in this series. I will, however, continue reading this series as new books are released. The series as a whole is a Must Read!