Release Day Review: Kiss Me Back (Book #3: Panic Series) by Sidney Halston

35034613Lola: I’ve seen the way women in line behind the velvet rope look at William Fox, like he’s an Armani-clad St. Peter at the pearly gates. Except Panic isn’t heaven, and this bouncer is no saint. He’s been tempting me to sin ever since I started working here, but Fox’s slick smile and bad-boy swagger tell me everything I need to know about him. Still, a girl has needs. And Fox looks ready to fulfill every last one—at least for a night. . . .

Fox: I’m not used to being ignored—especially by women—but Lola Daye is different. The pretty bartender with the red lips and icy blue eyes seems perfectly happy pretending I don’t exist. Too bad, because the more she ignores me, the harder I fall. So I’m floored when she answers my drunken, flirty text with a yes. Lola claims she only wants a fling, but after one kiss, our bodies are speaking the same language. And I’m ready to prove that what we have could be forever.

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Source: Netgalley and Purchase          My Rating: 4/5 stars

William Fox is all kinds of interested in Lola Daye and has made no attempts to hide his interest.  At every turn, Fox politely expresses his interest and privately tries to work out why the sexy bartender won’t give him the time of day. 

Lola Daye is keenly aware of Fox’s interest in her, but she isn’t looking for a relationship of any kind.  In fact, Lola makes a concerted effort to remove herself from groups, friendships, and entanglements of all kinds.  In a few short months, she’s leaving her life in Miami behind for the completion of her Master’s degree.  If she’s lucky, the final semester will turn into a permanent position and the realization of a lifelong dream.  Leaving means losing any relationships she may have, so it’s best, logically speaking, to avoid relationships.  Oh, and relationships would mean revealing the secret she works overtime to hide from everyone.

The trouble with no relationships or entanglements is the lack of human contact, and by human contact, I totally mean sex 😊 Fox is dead sexy, and if Lola can convince him of the wisdom of a no-strings-attached arrangement, she may just get to have some human contact before she leaves it all behind.   Knowing Fox will eventually approach her again for a date means an opportunity to proposition him will most certainly arise.  As long as she’s clear and concise about her intentions and plans, there shouldn’t be a problem.  Right?  Right?  Oh, and she’ll have to tell Fox her secret.

Fox is both blown away and totally accepting of Lola’s proposal and secret.  He’s a good man with honorable intentions and has no plans to disrupt Lola’s life or her future.  In fact, Fox wants only the best for Lola and that means accepting everything about her, including her deadline on their “relationship.”  The trouble is, Fox is a good and honorable man and the more he gets to know and understand Lola, the more he wants to keep her.  Fox wants forever, and he wants it with Lola!  Telling her he wants forever would only complicate matters and if it weren’t for a couple of unexpected and somewhat traumatizing events (one for each of them!) Fox likely would have kept his mouth shut and let Lola trot off into the sunset. 

The Bottom Line: I’m not in love with this book like I was with the first two in this series, but I liked it. I really liked Lola’s secret and how well she has managed to hide it from everyone for so many years.  Halston does an excellent job of setting up this aspect of read so it is as much a surprise to the reader as it is to Fox.  With that being said, I didn’t feel much of a connection to Lola.  Throughout the read, Lola exhibits very little evolution; I appreciate her desire to follow her dreams, but she expects everyone else to fall in line with her plans and make changes to their lives.  With that in mind, by the end of the read, I was slightly sad for Fox.  Fox is the one of the two who gives up everything to follow Lola, and I wanted more for him.  All the sacrificing, all the compromising is done by Fox leaving Lola with everything with no compromising.  Overall, I did like this book, but it just doesn’t have the same intensity, the same heat as the previous books.  Fox and Lola are tame compared to the previous couples which left me at serious liking rather than loving 😊

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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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