Series: Iron Clad Security #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: Laid Out (Worth the Fight, #4), Fighting Dirty, Stacked Up, Pull Me Close
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Five years ago they fell in love after one whirlwind summer. Now she's an internationally famous musician and he's officially out of the military, but when their worlds collide, can they keep things strictly professional? Sweet, thrilling, emotional, and sexy, fall in love with Megan and Jax in USA Today bestseller Sidney Halston's Kiss Marry Kill.
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.
Part ‘bodyguard’ story and part second chance romance, Kiss Marry Kill is the story of Jax, an ex-marine who runs a security firm now, and Megan, a pop star with a stalker. I like this set up from the get go. The story also includes glimpses to the past to see Megan and Jax’s initial kismet 5 years prior.
The story is told with flashbacks occasionally and initially I was worried they would break up the pace of the book. However, they don’t occur so frequently as to cause the book to feel slow. In the 5 years they were apart, Megan and Jax’s roles have kind of flipped. He was the carefree one and she was the uptight, straight laced one. Now, Megan is desperate to get some of the ‘fun’ Jax back and help him see that he is missing out. The attempt to get Jax to admit his feelings and her ‘5 things’ ideas are fun and flirty. However, its all happening with the stalker in the backdrop. So, the tension alternates between the ‘will-they-won’t-they’ push pull (Jax is the one pushing away) and the danger of the stalker. I did want to throat punch Jax a few times because he was acting out of fear. However, even with the stalker threat, I found myself skimming. It was a bit obvious to me as to the stalker’s motives and I found Jax and Megan’s behavior to be frustrating and immature at times. While this is not my favorite Halston book, I am curious about where she will take this series and plan to continue with it!
This is the start of a new series and I am intrigued by the premise. Ex-military turned security guys is usually a go to read for me. Halston gives us a really dynamic heroine in Megan and I think most readers will really love her. Can’t wait to see where she takes the rest of this series!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: bodyguard, second chance
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with epilogue « Hide Spoiler
Brighter than the Sun by Maya Banks, Crave Me by Cecy O’Brien, Saving Liberty by Helena Newbury…then you will probably like Kiss Marry Kill!
From Kiss Marry Kill:
“I can’t believe I’m here with you. I mean, I didn’t think I’d ever see you again.”
His face softened and there was the ghost of a smile hidden somewhere in his bushy beard.“Still not a question.”
“How long have you been back?”
“What happened to you? Do you leave again?”
“Got blown up, got discharged, came home, not leaving again.”
It was short, and she needed more information, but knowing he wasn’t going to expand, she moved on. “Okay,” she sing-songed, “are you married?” Then she heard the very familiar and very welcome chuckle of Jackson Irons. It hit her right in the chest. It was her first glimpse of the old Jax.
“No. Not married.”
“Do you want to know if I’m married?” she asked.
“Already know you’re not.” His arms were big and bulky and the way that he leaned into the island made him look impatient.
“Can you sit? You’re making me nervous.”
He pushed off the counter and sat on the chair across from her, the island between them. “What do you do now?” “I co-own Iron-Clad Security here in town. We do all types of security work including bodyguard, government ops, cyber-security, securing homes.”
She held out her finger and pointed to herself. “I’m pretty sure I’m in the market for some of that.”
“Already on it, Meg.”
“Really? Don’t I have to hire you first, or something? Discuss prices? Sign a contract?”
“You think I’d sit back and wait for a stalker to break in again while we discuss pricing options? Fill out paperwork?”