Joint Review: Last Hit: Reloaded by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick

Publisher: Berkley
How did you get the book: Authors
Release date: 20th January

There was a time when Nick loved the fear he instilled in his enemies. His tattoos alone promised danger, but it was the look in his eyes that delivered on it. A contract killer since he was just a boy, Nick has now forged a new life and a new identity with the woman who followed him, captured him, and changed him.

lasthitrelaodedHe terrified Daisy. Once. But she couldn’t resist, and she ignored every warning. It paid off. Now she’s part of a new beginning, a fresh start in America helping him to leave behind a reckless and violent past as a professional killer. But the past is never easy to outrun, especially when so much of it thrives on revenge.

A new threat has emerged from the shadows, and now Nick and Daisy have no choice but to rely on Nick’s killer skills to protect them from everything they’ve tried so hard to escape.

*blurb taken from Goodreads*

Lou: I’m a huge fan of Jen Frederick’s books, and the Last Hitman series co-written with the amazing Jessica Clare is fast becoming my go-to for hot dirty romances with anti-heroes who freaking adore their heroines like woah. In the first book, I couldn’t warm up to Nick but in Reloaded, Jen and Jessica managed to make me fall a little in love with him. Nick was so romantic with Daisy in this book. Utterly romantic. And dirty. Very dirty hawt. His character is going through a journey and he’s still in transition from hired mobster assassin to art-student attending college. He and Daisy are making a home for themselves but it’s not going smoothly. Neither of them had a childhood. They don’t know how to integrate into college life and their vulnerability was a little heart-breaking, especially when the party they threw together was disastrous.

Has: I loved loved loved the new developments to their characters and lives. I found their romance incredibly sweet and I agree with you about the new changes in their lives as well as their growth. I also felt that even though they’re still adjusting, they also remain true to themselves with making awkward decisions to try to fit in and become normal. Although I think they made their own normality because of their unconventional upbringing and they both knew what really made a friendship and what being a family really meant.

So I really enjoyed the insight of trying to fit in despite their past, and Jen Frederick and Jessica Clare did a great job with this little interlude.

Lou: Their awkwardness was both endearing and a little sad because Daisy wanted friends so badly. Ah. My heart was hurting for her. When she strikes up a one-sided friendship with Christine, I was like, this girl needs a BFF right now. I was like, fly Regan to Daisy for a girlie night in! Christine had her own troubles–and I really enjoyed the slight suspense Jen and Jessica included in this novella–but she did use Daisy. Daisy was so excited to have a friend, and Nick was kinda adorable in not wanting to share his Daisy. Nick is still very possessive of Daisy but in this novella there’s this deep love he has for her that really shines through. He understands her completely, and though I don’t think he will ever shed his possessive nature, he curbs it to a degree because he knows how troubled Daisy still is about her father and the abuse her put her through.

Has: This! I loved that Nick gave her space even though his instincts at times were at overprotective mode, but I also liked how Daisy got out of her shell a bit more and it showed how much she changed from the shy introvert from the first book. And even though Nick wasn’t keen on her friendship with Christine, I liked that she was stubborn and was determined to help her out even though most people would have ignored her.

The touch of suspense also introduced an intriguing new character who I hope we get to see more in the future because he certainly made me curious about his background and past.

Lou: The fact both Daisy and Nick are attending college shows just how far they’ve come. Even Daisy’s relationship with her father is healing in some ways. The slight element of suspense was perfect because anything more in-depth and it would have sunk in a novella length.

Yes! Oliver McFadden, you dirty thing you. I want to see more of him because his name alone screams hero material in the Hitman hero archetype sort of way. That’s all I say coz spoilers. This book was about revisiting Daisy and Nick, and I’m so happy because this novella made me love these two characters. I hope we see them again in another novella or as side-characters in a future Hitman book. I can see Nick and Oliver working together in their own screwed-up version of justice. It’ll be interesting to see how Jen and Jessica will take Oliver’s character.

I loved this novella and I’m so excited for Last Kiss, the upcoming book in the Hitman series. I give Last Hit: Reloaded a stonking A.

Has: I loved this novella and it really helped to cement Nick and Daisy’s romance and I adored their eccentricities and awkwardness which added a really sweet and delightful tone to their relationship. It also helped to balance the darker aspects of this series. But overall, Last Hit: Reloaded is a fantastic little followup which illustrated how far these characters have come from their first story. From their romance to the suspense side-plot, it firmly places this series as one of my new favourite romance series!

I give Last Hit: Reloaded a B+

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