Review: Kiss Marry Kill (Book #1: Iron Clad Security Series) by Sidney Halston

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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.

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Source: ARC from author and purchase

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Can a few short days really change your life?? For Megan Cruz, the answer is a resounding, yes!  In just a few days, Megan walked away from her long-term boyfriend, abandoned her parent’s dream for her of law school, and struck out on her own which turned into a meteoric rise to fame and fortune as lead singer of a wildly popular band.  All because of a crazy hot kiss and a few smokin’ hot days with a soldier on his way out of town.  Yeah, a couple of days really can change your life.

Fast forward five years . . . .

Fame comes at a price and for Megan Cruz that price is a stalker who has not only threatened her sense of safety, but has also threatened her life, and her future with her band.  He’s sent threatening letters, left her “gifts,” and even gone so far as to break into her home.  The last event found Megan shaking in her closet, gripping a large knife, and looking at the man who changed her life five years ago.  In five years, Jax has honed his skills, opened his own security firm, and never forgotten about Megan Cruz.  To see her so shaken and scared, triggers every protective instinct Jax has and it’ll be a cold day in hell before she’s hurt again. 

Within hours, Jax has all but taken over the investigation into Megan’s stalker, moved into her house, and has his team setting up military-grade security in and around her house. He also found a moment amid all the activity to say hello and tell Megan how good it is to see her again after so many years J  For Megan’s part, her world has been turned upside down, and the only thing that makes sense is Jax being back in her life.  This Jax isn’t the carefree, easy to laugh young man of five years ago, but an older, more mature man who is serious, hardened by his experiences, and impossibly sexy.  This new Jax is a cat of a different color and despite the seriousness of her situation, Megan wants to know more about him and be as close to him as possible. 

Jax isn’t dumb enough to try and lie to himself about his attraction to Megan, but he isn’t going to let it get in the way of protecting her.  Her life has been threatened, repeatedly and if he loses his focus, Megan could lose her life.  What Jax doesn’t quite get is the fact Megan isn’t the shy, retiring girl he met five years ago, but a strong, independent woman who has learned to get what she wants.  Yeah, the situation may be seven levels of awful and it’s going to get far worse before it gets better, but Megan is determined to have Jax.   All she has to do is get through his tough exterior and survive a few more crazy attempts on her life.

The Bottom Line: Kiss Marry Kill opens with the drama and doesn’t do anything but continue to up the tension ante throughout.  There’s the sexual tension, the tension between Jax and his team over his protection methods, and the implied tension over the stalker.  With every new incident, I got a little deeper into the drama and crankier and crankier at Jax for not seeing the obvious right in front of him.  Megan and Jax are just one of those fated couples you love to see together . . . . finally!!  Traditionally, Halston has put her characters through the wringer before allowing for their HEA, but Kiss Marry Kill may just take the cake.  Jax is strong, sexy hero who knows how to look after a woman, care for her.  Megan is strong and independent though not dismissive of her situation and how serious it is.  The flashbacks to the past inform the present and help the reader understand just how the relationship between Megan and Jax gets so intense so quick.  This is one of my favorite writing techniques, the past and the present in a single read, and Halston pulls it off without a hitch.  There’s plenty of action, drama, and truly yummy naughty bits to keep the viewer involved from start to finish and hoping for an early release date for the next book in the series.

Pre-Order now for the March 28, 2017 release date: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

About the author and where to find her:

sidneySidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”–Mark Twain. Or even simpler, “Just Do It”—Nike.  And that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red.That first pen stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing.  Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading. She’s a reader first and a writer second.  When she’s not writing or reading, her life is complete and utter chaos, trying to balance family life with work and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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