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. Homeschooled 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.
Daisy grew up in a boarded up secluded farmhouse with little access to the outside world, raised by a father who was terrified of leaving the safety of his home. She was taught that nothing good happened out in the world and that living within the confines of the house was the only way to live. Daisy understands why her father is the way that he is, spurred by her mothers murder, however as a 21 year old woman, she is not allowed to live, and she is desperate for freedom. She is locked inside, her every move is monitored; she is told what to wear, what to read, and how to live by her deeply religious and overly controlling father. Because of this, Daisy has never had friends, never had a boyfriend, and has no experience with life, love, or relationships. She is as green as can be, and is naïve to how the world woks. In a well-constructed plan, Daisy makes a brake and leaves her father to live her life. She flees to another state and moves into a small apartment with Regan, a beautiful lively girl who befriends her and helps her to acclimate to a life that she is clueless about. Daisy meets Nick in the laundry room of her apartment building one night, which launches her into uncharted territory.
Nick is a mysterious sexy man. He is Ukrainian and speaks with a thick accent, has symbolic tattoos scattered all over his muscular body, and he is a contract killer. Nick is a bad man by all accounts. He has been raised and bred to be a killer from a young age, and this is the only life that he knows. When Nick meets Daisy, he is drawn to her, she is pure, and innocent, and is the light to his darkness. Daisy is everything that Nick is not, and everything that he knows that he doesn’t deserve but cant live without.
When Nick and Daisy embark on their relationship they are both utterly lost. Neither of them have any experience with relationships. Daisy has never had any form of sexual contact with a man, and Nick has only ever paid for his escapades. Nick is overbearing, as he showers Daisy with gifts from the first day they meet, and is forceful and insistent about her safety. Daisy experiences lust and passion for the first time, and relies on Nick to teach her everything from how to kiss to how to touch him. Watching these two navigate their relationship is comical, and heartbreaking all in the same. They are both so desperate for the others love and touch, but have no clue how to go about getting it. With anyone other then each other they would be deemed clingy and inexperienced, but together they are exactly what the other wants and needs. I routed for them and desperately wanted them to get it together.
Daisy and Regan are targeted in a plot of revenge against Nick, one that changes their lives forever. Daisy discovers what Nick is, who he is, and is exposed to the realities of his lifestyle in the most brutal of ways. Nick must rely on a fellow assassin, Daniel, to help him save the woman that he loves and hopes to spend his life with.
I loved everything about this book. It was exciting, mysterious, and innocent all rolled into a romance sparked by two dynamic and unique characters. These two should not have been a match, but they were so perfect for one another. Daisy and Nick were both isolated and raised to be skeptical and paranoid of the world. Daisy is innocent which makes her naïve, and Nick has never had a life outside of his work making him naïve in the sense that he has no clue how to be a gorgeous, wealthy, young man. There is a lot of drama in this book and it just kept sucking me in. One aspect that I LOVED is that Nick’s language was distinctly European. It was obvious that he spoke with a thick accent, as reflected in his dialect. This just made his character and the story come alive for me. I cant not wait to read the next book which will be based on Regan and Daniel, an American hit man. Last Hit is a stand alone novel with a happy ending, and I highly suggest you pick up a copy and dive in.
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