THE LAST HOPE is Book 4 in the Hitman series by
coauthors Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick. There are two
novellas in the series as well, so it's number six for
the series overall. THE LAST HOPE is very loosely related to
one prior book in the series. Mendoza, our hero, is the
head of a group who helped Daniel and Regan escape to
America in LAST BREATH, Hitman Book 2.
Rafe Mendoza is an ex-military hitman, a mercenary in
the midst of trying to save his friend from the government holding him hostage
to control Rafe's group of mercs. Rafe's mission is to
steal some classified government information from the big
bad guy, Duval.
Duval has manipulated hand model Ava Samson
into being a mule, carrying parts of the classified secrets
to meet-ups with prospective buyers from different
countries. Duval tells Ava that he has kidnapped her best
friend, and if Ava wants to save her, she has to follow
Duval's instructions. Ava is freaked out and hunkered down
in Peru, hoping against all odds that she and her friend
won't be killed once Duval has made his illicit sale.
Rafe trails Ava as the bad guys move her to another
city, and manages to be on the same plane as her when their
plane crashes in the remote jungle of South America. The
parts of the story where Rafe and Ava are trying to survive
in the jungle are a wonderful adventure, showing great
promise for military-type romantic suspense. I love how
they slowly become closer in mind and body as they
persevere against great odds. Ava works her way into
Rafe's heart despite his major personal issues, which are
throwing up huge roadblocks. If only the story were as
well-rendered as their struggles to survive in the jungle.
Rafe has a "big" problem, and the portions of the story
dealing with it are almost farcical. They do lend a great
deal of sophomoric humor to the tale. While I enjoy the
humorous portions, I have the suspicion that they are not
meant to be taken quite so tongue-in-cheek.
Readers who have read the prior Hitman books may be
surprised by the different feel of THE LAST HOPE. If you
can let go of your expectations based on the previous books
and read it with a good sense of humor, I believe this book
does a god job of combining humor, sex, and intrigue. THE
LAST HOPE is not my favorite of the series, but Clare and
Frederick do deliver an entertaining read that keeps me
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 circumstancesâ€”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
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 Mendozaâ€”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.