Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Breathe by Jen Frederick and Jessica Claire ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway



I never really knew what misery was until the day I was kidnapped and sold for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Two months later, I'm at a brothel in Rio when I meet Daniel Hays. He says he's here to save me, but can I trust him? All I know of him is his sarcastic retorts and his tendency to solve every dispute with his gun. He's also the only safe thing in my world, and I know it's wrong to fall in love with him, but I can't seem to help myself. He says he’ll protect me until his last breath but I don’t know if I should believe him or even if I can.



For the last eighteen months, I’ve had one goal that has dictated every action I’ve taken. I’ve left the Army, turned paid hit man, and have befriended criminals all across the globe to find my kidnapped sister. In every brothel I raid or every human trafficking truck I stop, I hope the next face I find is my sister’s. In a hidden brothel in Rio, I find Regan Porter, bruised by not broken and still sane despite her weeks in captivity. I should leave her behind or send her home because the last thing either of us needs right now is to get involved. But with every passing minute, I find I can’t let her go.

Please note: this contains some scenes that sensitive readers may find upsetting or triggering.



From Regan’s POV


I curl up on the mattress, hugging my legs to my chest and waiting. There will be another man soon enough, and then Freeze, so I enjoy the moment of silence while I can. My lip hurts, a bit puffy from where the last man hit me, and I touch it with my fingertips, wincing.

Then, I lay my head back against the wall, thinking. My mind is filled with the gun and the man I was forced to service, and my stomach roils uncomfortably again. I swallow hard and force myself to think of zombie movies, instead. E. I don’t know what movies begin with E. This one will require some thought. Maybe something with “Enemy” in the title.

I ponder this for minutes, staring at nothing, when there is a knock at the door again. I get to my feet automatically. God, I hope it’s not the man with the gun again. I don’t think I could stomach seeing him twice in one night.

But when the door opens, it’s not Freeze.

The man that steps in is unexpected. He’s accompanied by Senhor Gomes, the master, a man I have only seen once but hear about all the time. Gomes looked me over when I arrived and then left, as if I were an uninteresting piece of property.

The man with him is tall, good-looking, and wears a casual suit. He’s got nice brown hair, sharp eyes, and I can tell immediately from the cast of his features that he’s American.

What the fuck. Not again. Not another American jackass. It doesn’t matter if he’s American—he’s here to rape me like all the others before him. Except this time? I’ll know all the nasty, shitty words he yells into my ear.

And later, when he’s done with me and leaves, I’ll feel even dirtier because he’s only made things worse.

He looks me over, his gaze sliding to my star-spangled bikini, and I can’t help myself. “What’s the matter,” I ask, “international pussy not good enough for you?”


Who has a crush on Daniel?  This girl does!  I love how he doesn’t judge Regan for what she has been through, I love how he doesn’t consider her broken but considers her a fighter, and I love how he takes care of her!

”I’m not going to hurt you Regan”...”And I don't want you to use me to hurt you.”

Last Breathe is Regan Porter and Daniel Hays story.  If you read Last Hit (I recommend you read this first), then you know at the end Regan is kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery.  Daniel is hired by Nick and Daisy to rescue Regan, but Daniel is also searching for someone himself.  Daniel finds Regan chained to a wall in a slummy brothel in Rio and is able to rescue her.  The problem is, there are men that will pay big money to have Regan back.  Daniel is fighting to keep Regan safe all while continuing his own expedition.  Soon, spending so much time together feelings develop.  Can Regan overcome her past and can Daniel overcome his guilt from his past so they can get their HEA?

“You’re mine, Regan Porter. You don’t get to decide if you die or not. Because if you do, you’re destroying me, too.”

I love this series….it’s my favorite of Jen and Claire’s combined!  Last Breathe is full of suspense, passion, smoking hot guys, and steamy romance.  I really hope Vasily’s story is next!


*Reviewed by Brandi

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