Friday, December 6, 2013

Blog Tour: Last Hit (Hitman #1) by Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick

Title: Last Hit
Authors: Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: November 30, 2013


I have been a contract killer since I was a boy. For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the sight of my tattoos. The stars on my knees, the marks on my fingers, the dagger in my neck, all bespoke of danger. If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you’d have. I have ever been the hunter, never the prey. With her, I am the mark and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me. Opening my small scarred heart to her brings out my enemies. I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her, I will bring the world down around their ears.


I’ve been sheltered from the outside world all my life. Home schooled and farm-raised, I’m so naive that my best friend calls me Pollyanna. I like to believe the best in people. Nikolai is part of this new life, and he’s terrifying to me. Not because his eyes are cold or my friend warns me away from him, but because he’s the only man that has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness. With him, my heart is at risk..and also, my life.

I watch her through my bathroom window. I've placed one of my four rented chairs in here for that express purpose. I tell myself it is not creepy, as the American girls would say, because I watch everyone. But really I watch only her.

I cannot see everything. I've never seen her nude. I've never seen inside her shower. Smartly there is no window there. But I can see her bedroom and her living room and beyond that, with my scope, her kitchen. I know her schedule. When she gets up in the morning, when she returns to her apartment. If she were a mark, I could've killed her a dozen times over by now and been in the wind.

She throws her bag onto her bed and then lies down next to it. It takes many muscles to smile, more to frown but only a few to pull the trigger. I peer down the scope and place my crosshairs over her forehead. Puff, dead.


I feel restless and think perhaps I should review the information I have compiled for the mark or perhaps look at the routing pattern left by the caller from Neuchâtel. I do neither because as I begin to draw back from the scope her motions arrest me. Her small hand with the pink tipped nails are moving over her belly. One finger traces the tiny lace adorning the top band of her panties. My breath is suspended. Time is suspended.

I have never seen this before. She has never touched herself. Never brought a man home with her. I’d have shot him, maybe. No, I would’ve caused some disturbance. Something. I thought her maybe an innocent and fantasized about awakening her. But now her small fingers are delving beneath the cotton. I can see the bumps of her knuckles as the press against the pale pink fabric. She is moving her fingers in circles.

I imagine my own fingers, much larger, darker and more rough, pressing down upon hers. My fingers flex involuntarily at the thought of her pussy beneath my touch. I’d stroke her lightly and in circles as that is what she appears to like. I’d move my fingers lower, beyond her clit to her hot cunt. It would be wet, dripping wet. My fingers would be soaked and I would pause so that I could lick her sweet honey off each digit.

My cock is so hard I fear that it will break against the denim of my jeans. I draw a hand over my chest and pinch my own nipple hard imagining it is her tiny white teeth tugging on it. I’ve broken out in a light sweat.

Her legs tense and her hand motions become more frantic. I can see her chest rise and fall rapidly and her whole body is strained but when her release comes it is truncated. The look on her face is of frustration rather than satisfaction. She wets her plump lips and closes her eyes. She begins again but again she is unfulfilled.

My emotions war against each other. Unhappiness that she cannot find her own fulfillment but fierce possessiveness arising out of an idea I’ve tried to suppress. In my mind, only I can bring her to orgasm and release. I can teach her to touch herself in a way that will be pleasurable and satisfying.

I would not start with her pussy. No, the skin is the largest sex organ. I would stroke my hands over every inch, starting from her forehead. My lips and fingers would smooth away any furrows. My hands would encircle her neck and sweep down over her shoulders to her fine wrists.I’d rub my body over hers so that she smelled of me. When she walked on campus, other men would stay away recognizing she was marked as my own. Belonging to Nikolai. Maybe I would tattoo it around her neck like a collar.

 This book came to me when I most needed it, in just the same way the characters timing was was such a different premise than what I have been reading.  Last Hit is a love story about damaged souls that were destined to meet to heal.  I believe this with all I am..the stories they lived prior to meeting led them to each other in the exact time they needed to be united..sounds corny?  Well that is my story and I am sticking to it..

Nikolai was born a killer..he had not asked to be such he just was.  He was a skilled marksman but what he had that made him weak was empathy..why does that make you weak?  He had to prove to himself that his mark deserved to die, that this world would be a better place without this human gracing it..  This being a character attribute helps seal his place in the reader's heart.  He is not ONLY a cold blooded killer, he has a heart even if there are many holes..

Daisy's heart has been crushed..losing her mother at an early age due to a random act of violence, sealed her fate.  A threat was made and not only had she lost her mother but her father at that moment as well..  Locked doors, no computer, no school, no life and a twenty one year old young woman who didn't know how to live..  Fear had taken over where love had once lived and her father was petrified of everything..  She planned her escape while still taking care of her responsibilities.. She was just a good girl with a hole in her heart as well..even if the circumstances were different..

A mark watched, a love found and a man that needed to feel the love that only one woman could completely give to him..  This story was not only of love, but forgiveness, healing and how the power of unconditional love can repair the most hardened of hearts..even a trained killers..  I loved this book and recommend it to readers of not only NA but thrillers and darkened romances..  Thank you to the authors for allowing us an early copy of Last Hit..

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What do we get when you pair up a Virgin Pollyanna and a Deadly Assassin that needs Love? A cute Erotic Story!!!

Daisy has been isolated for most of her life due to an unfortunate event that turned her life upside down when she was so young. She finally has the courage to go off on her own and explore the real world, the only knowledge she has of any male interaction is through the historical romance novels she’s read.

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Nick is working an assignment and becomes obsessed with the girl across from where he is staying, he can see the innocents and good in her and is something that he craves and has to have. His only experience with women is through the ones he pays since he’s never been able to build any relationships.

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It was so cute watching Nick struggling with trying to court Daisy and vice/versa watching Daisy questioning and over thinking everything. She eventually had to become the aggressor since Nick didn’t want to do anything to hurt or upset her, although he did the most adorable, funniest things in order to replace her things with ones he knew were better.

This was a quick, steamy read I also thought was funny! It definitely peeked my interest and I want to know what happens with the other characters..

This is my first book by either authors and I must say I fell in love with both by the end of this book. This book was out of the realm of what I usually read, but by 50% I found myself caught up in not only the characters, but the writing as well. I actually found myself not even realizing I was reading a romance story as I was so intrigued by the story line I just wanted to read every word about Nikolai's past.

I loved Nikolai and nothing was going to sway me - not his job or his past deterred my feelings. He was so passionate,caring and protective that he could do no wrong. He watched her,learned her every move and then fell for her before ever even meeting her. With Daisy he saw innocence and a chance to have something he has never experienced - love. Daisy is the complete opposite of everything that Nikolai stands for. She wants to experience the world while he only wants to forget what the world has taught him. Can a relationship that is based on secrets and lies have a chance? While Nikolai learns to soften and let someone else take control, Daisy learns how to put the injustices done to rest.

I will definitely be checking out more from these authors. The writing was impeccable and grabs a hold of you early.

$100 Gift Card

Signed set of Jessica Clare BlueBonnet series published by Berkley.

The Care and Feeding of the Alpha Male

The Girl's Guide to Manhunting

The Expert's Guide to Driving a Man Wild

Signed set of Woodlands books with dog tag set.
Signed copy of last Hit.

Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog.  She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at

Author Jessica Claire
This is a pen name for Jill Myles.
Jill Myles has been an incurable romantic since childhood. She reads all the 'naughty parts' of books first, looks for a dirty joke in just about everything, and thinks to this day that the Little House on the Prairie books should have been steamier.

After devouring hundreds of paperback romances, mythology books, and archaeological tomes, she decided to write a few books of her own - stories with a wild adventure, sharp banter, and lots of super-sexy situations. She prefers her heroes alpha and half-dressed, her heroines witty, and she loves nothing more than watching them overcome adversity to fall into bed together.

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