KISS KISS BANG
by Sidney Halston
Iron Clad Security #3
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Six-foot-two and ripped…with superior computer skills, Josef “Joey” Clad is not your typical ex-Marine. The co-owner of Iron-Clad securities is 100% Alpha male, but under his muscular physique, he’s the best hacker in Miami who specializes in running Iron-Clad’s cyber ops. The perfect skill set for their new client who is getting threatening emails, a client who he definitely wants to get to know better. Much better.
Single mom, widow, Olivia Monroe has exceptional dreams that she refuses to let go of. Fifteen years ago, she left her broken home in New York City and never looked back. Now a dark horse candidate for Florida governor, she’s not looking for a relationship. Even with the hot guy who sweeps in and saves her computer the night before a big speech. Her hero has trouble written all over him. Joey is too handsome, too funny, too confident, and way too hard to resist.
Too bad he’s now her bodyguard.
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After seeing Joey give his sister Annie such a hard time in Last First Kiss, I couldn’t wait to see him get spun around by woman and have the tables turned on him!
When Joey checks in on one of his corporate clients, he never expects to see the beautiful Olivia Russo sitting on the floor with a broken laptop on the verge of hysterics. The fresh faced candidate for governor represents hope to a lot of people including him, but he is drawn to the image of a woman dressed in comfortable clothes with a messy bun who clearly is distressed before he realizes who she is.
If someone had told Livie years ago that she would be a young, widowed single mom running a campaign for governor of the state of Florida, she would have laughed and recommended that they lay off the good stuff they must obviously be indulging in. Yet this is the life that has found her, and she is throwing herself into it in the hopes that she can make a difference. Balancing the rigors of the campaign trail with raising a 5 year precocious ball of fire named Sophie takes all her focus, and having her laptop crash in the middle of writing one of the most important speeches of her career was most definitely not in the plan. Add in a dangerously sexy stranger’s offer of help that gets her pulse revving in a way she doesn’t want to inspect too closely and she is wondering when she fell down the rabbit hole. She doesn’t have time for anything remotely resembling dating and she doesn’t hesitate to try to deflect his flirting.
After he puts his computer skills to use to come to the rescue and sends Livie on her way, he can’t stop thinking about her. Iron Clad’s next security gig just happens to put him right back in her path the following night as they provide private security for an event being attended by the President where she is giving a speech, and things start to get interesting. The UST revs even higher but so does the danger, and Joey finds himself protecting her when her own incompetent security is nowhere to be found. It soon becomes clear someone has a vendetta against Livie, and Joey’s protective instincts toward both Olivia and her little girl kick into high gear.
Sophie is absolutely adorable! She is a high energy firecracker and has Joey wrapped around her little finger in no time flat as he falls hard and fast for both Russo ladies. But a secret from Olivia’s past with the potential to ruin her future is in danger of coming to light, and Joey’s own secret may just make things even worse. The danger level continues to escalate as the threats to Livie become more personal and targeted with election day growing closer.
The attraction and developing relationship between Joey and Olivia happens fast, but it wasn’t one of those cases of insta-love that can discourage me from other stories from time to time. The complications of trying to get to know each other in between cases and meetings while focusing on Livie’s daughter amidst the uncertainty of the threat to their safety was realistic in its portrayal, and the sexy times were definitely smokin’! Joey certainly made good on those dirty intentions he referenced during their first meeting, and for the first time in his life the thought of settling down seemed perfectly natural to him. I think Annie and Rocco may still be my favorite couple of the series, but Joey and Livie are a close second!
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He’s been chasing a memory . . .
It was just supposed to be a regular Thursday afternoon…and then he saw her. Sitting in seat L214, one seat over from his at the baseball game, right next to her douche of a soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend. An impromptu kiss for the kiss cam, and Jax knew his life would never be the same. Five years and a tour in Afghanistan later, Jax is back stateside running his own private security firm, Iron-Clad, with his best friend. He isn’t the man he used to be… but Megan isn’t the sexy and sweet, though sheltered, twenty-two-year-old he left behind, either. And she’s in trouble.
…but now they’re on the run.
Megan Cruz has made something of herself. She’s turned her dreams of pop stardom into a reality. But when a deadly stalker breaks into her home claiming to be her number-one fan, the only person she can turn to is the boy who got away. But Jax isn’t the same carefree charmer who stole her heart, then broke it when he joined the military. This man is seductive, hard, guarded. And he’ll do anything to protect what’s his.
He’s an A-list Hollywood heartthrob.
She’s trying to prove herself in a man’s world.
For this female bodyguard, protecting her client is simply business, but what happens when sparks fly and the danger heats up?
After a series of box office flops, Rocco Monroe needs a hit. Bad press, shit talking, rumors, lies…it all goes with the territory after almost two decades in the spotlight, but when he lands the role of his career in a controversial biopic, the part of a lifetime comes with a catch: a hired bodyguard.
Annabelle Clad is so bored she wants to scream. Her life is coding and algorithms and binary codes…rinse and repeat. To her Rocco Monroe means freedom, a chance to show her overprotective brother and business partner that she can contribute to Iron Clad Securities. And no arrogant playboy will fuck up her concentration by batting his lashes at her. She would never jeopardize her reputation by swooning over any man.
That had happened once, and she wouldn’t bear that loss or humiliation ever again. Even if Rocco looks like a walking fantasy…
From USA Today bestselling author Sidney Halston comes the second book in the Iron-Clad series, Last First Kiss.