Kiss Kiss Bang: An Iron Clad Security Novel

Kiss Kiss Bang: An Iron Clad Security Novel

by Sidney Halston

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Overview

From USA Today bestselling author Sidney Halston comes the third Iron-Clad Security novel, Kiss Kiss Bang.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250132468
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Series: Iron-clad Security , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 199,221
File size: 871 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: "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.

Sidney is the author of the Iron-clad Security novels, including Kiss Marry Kill and Last First Kiss.


USA Today bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: "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. She is the author of Kiss Kiss Bang.

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CHAPTER 1

Gubernatorial candidate Olivia Russo is expected to unveil her fiscal plan Saturday night at a fundraising gala amidst some pushback from her own political party. Ms. Russo currently leads incumbent Governor Harry McGregor by four points, but this speech could cause a major shift in the polls if her party decides to break ties with the unconventional candidate. President Hadley is scheduled to attend. Stay tuned for details ...

"Seventy-one!" the pimple-faced lanky kid with hair that fell over one eye yelled out.

Olivia's foot bobbed up and down as she glanced at the mint-green ticket with the number eighty-four on it.

As if it was a ticking time bomb, she balanced her laptop in one hand, scared that if she did anything it would break even more (if that was even possible). Her purse was sliding down her other shoulder. She was trying to maintain a semblance of sanity, but really, she just wanted to yell.

At whom? She didn't know. She just needed to relieve some pressure, and yelling felt like the right thing to do. But she stifled the desire and just stood there, pretending to be patient.

Normally she fidgeted. In fact, her best friend, Winnie Nightingale, had bought her a fidget spinner as a joke last Christmas. Except it wasn't a joke, she twirled that pink thing around all the time, which was why she'd stocked her house with fidget spinners after realizing it could possibly save her from chewing her fingernails down to nubs. But right now, she didn't have any hands available, so she just stood there, in line, waiting. And waiting ...

With the two-page, single-spaced to-do list she had sitting on top of her desk, a broken laptop was the last thing she needed.

Yet here she was, 5:45 in the evening on a Friday, doing absolutely nothing.

She had to polish tomorrow night's speech. Her entire campaign rested on tomorrow night's speech. Instead, she was standing in line in a popular electronic store waiting for the nerds, or geeks, or whatever they called themselves, to call number eighty-four.

When the screen had turned an infamous shade of blue and the laptop had made a click-clack noise, her heart had completely stopped. And then the computer had completely stopped. She had run out of her house not even bothering to slip the computer into its bag and headed straight here to ... wait in line, it seemed. And, at the rate the line was moving, she'd be here until Monday!

Her phone began to ring in her oversized purse. The others waiting, all looking as stressed out as she did, were starting to stare as she tried to reach into her bag with one hand while holding the laptop on the other, but her phone stopped before she could find it. She let out a breath, but a second later the ringing started up again. She groaned as she felt around the inside of her purse for her phone again.

"Seventy-two!" the kid yelled just as Olivia finally found her phone and yanked it out. Of course, it was too late. It had stopped ringing.

"Damn it," she mumbled under her breath. She had an image of decorum and control she needed to display at all times. This crazed woman in sweatpants, flip-flops, a messy bun, and an oversized T-shirt did not scream gubernatorial candidate Olivia Russo. Hopefully, no one would recognize her.

But she had to be prepared for tomorrow's campaign speech. All her efforts these last few months would be for naught if she screwed up in front of the president of the United States. And the key to her success lay in her computer.

All of this was running through her mind when her phone again began to ring, startling her out of her thoughts, which caused her to lose her balance and ... CRACK! Her laptop tumbled to the floor. "Noooo ..." she cried as she breathlessly answered her phone and crouched down to the floor. "Hello?"

"Mommy, Winnie says I can't have any more Oreos!" A second, more distant, voice appeared in her ear. "Sophie, did you call your mother?"

"No! ... Okay, yes! But you won't give me Oreos," her daughter whined at Winnie, her nanny and Olivia's closest friend.

"Sorry, Liv. She snatched my phone. We got this under control. You get your laptop fixed?" Winnie asked.

Olivia blew out a breath, sending her long bangs flying as she gave up and just sat down on the floor in the middle of the line, in the middle of the big store, in the middle of a possible nervous breakdown, as people stared at her.

She was so stressed out, she wasn't even embarrassed by her out-of-character behavior.

She looked down at the laptop and shook her head in defeat. "Not yet."

"Gotta run, Sophie's climbing the pantry shelves," Winnie screeched and hung up. Olivia's rambunctious daughter, the light of her life, was also a big handful most of the time. Strong-willed and persistent, just like Olivia herself.

"Seventy-three!" the kid bellowed from the counter.

Still sitting on the floor, Olivia swiped the phone off, threw it back into her purse, and covered her face with her hands. What the hell was wrong with her? She didn't lose her shit like this. What kind of woman sat on the floor of a store? A crazy one, was who. Something bubbled up inside of her. She wasn't sure if it was tears or ... laughter. Then her shoulders began to shake and a weird gurgle left her mouth. Before she knew it she was laughing hysterically.

How did she end up sprawled on the floor of an electronics store on a Friday night with a broken computer? When had her life spiraled into this, this ... chaos?

She looked up when she heard a camera phone clicking, and normally she'd be immediately in her professionally practiced pose: Spine straight, torso at a slight angle, chin up, left hand at her waist, hair casually (although professionally done) falling down over her right (not left) shoulder. Instead, she looked right at the man and snorted out a loud laugh as tears fell from her eyes. She wanted to tell him to please stop taking photos, but she couldn't get a word out between fits of laughter.

But suddenly, as she wiped her eyes with the heels of her palms, the older man was eclipsed by a tall — very tall — very imposing and very breathtaking man.

"Maybe instead of taking pictures you can help the lady, bud," he said, in a gruff voice that oozed confidence and annoyance. He crouched down, his jean-covered knee right by her shoulder. "Let me help you with that, darlin'." He extended his hand to her and helped her up, then he reached down for her laptop as she righted her purse and straightened her T-shirt.

"This doesn't look good." He shook the computer gently and two screws fell to the floor. When the pieces of metal hit the floor a giggle escaped her lips.

"Oh God." She covered her face. "Sorry. It's not funny."

"Seventy-four!"

She groaned as he snatched the numbered slip of paper from her hand, inspecting it. "I guess you'll be here until sometime tomorrow." He smiled and damn, the smile was something. Perfect white teeth, one small dimple, dark brown eyes that looked like they smiled along with his lips.

"Uh ... yeah, looks that way," she said, trying to tear herself away from those dimples.

He eyed her with an amused look on his face. "But you're having so much fun, I don't think you mind waiting."

"No. No. I mind." She inhaled and pushed down the hysterical laughter. "I just — I don't know. I lost it for a minute, I guess." She sniffled a little and wiped under her eyes one last time. "I think I'm okay now."

Again, the sound of a camera clicking. This was starting to really bother her. She'd had a terrible day. It hadn't started off too bad, but then around noon, she'd gotten a call about Sophie's behavior from her teacher, Ms. Flynn. Immediately that had clouded her day. And then the laptop dying on her was the icing on the cake. She groaned and turned her face away from the man. "Okay, okay," she inhaled. "You got your photo. Now please, if you wouldn't mind ..."

But the man took another photo.

"Not going to ask you again, bud. Put the camera away," the handsome man holding her laptop said, blocking the camera's view of her with his large body.

Olivia was used to having her face splattered across the news or magazines, but she wasn't in the mood to deal with this today. Today she needed to be a regular person having a regular shitty day. "Thank you for your help, Mr ..."

"Joey — Josef Clad. But everyone calls me Joey." He stuck out his hand and it swallowed hers.

"Well, thank you Joey. I'm not usually such a klutz, but ..." She shook her head. "Anyway, thank you. You work here?" She reached for her laptop but he didn't let go.

"No. They're my clients. I'm here as a contractor, checking some things in the office with the CCTV."

"Oh ... uh ... okay." Again she tried to take her computer back.

"Your name?" She wiped her eyes one more time. "Oh sorry, I'm Livie Russo."

"As in ..."

"Yep, as in Olivia Russo."

She saw recognition set in. "That explains the guy with the camera." He reached into his pocket and pulled out a card. "They're not gonna fix this, you know? They'll probably say you need to find a new one. I can talk to Joanne, the store manager, but even as a favor to me, I don't think they'd be able to fix it."

"I'll get a new one, but I need the files inside. My entire life is inside that computer."

"How fast do you need it?"

She fussed with the zipper of her purse, opening and closing it. "Um ... I have a speech tomorrow evening, which I was working on when it crashed." She poked her finger against her stupid computer.

Joey looked back at the counter and then to Olivia as if he was thinking about something. "I'm good with computers. If you leave this here you won't have anything back by tomorrow. It'll probably take them a few weeks because they'll have to send it out."

Okay? Well, that's just perfect. More great news!

"Don't tell me that." She'd almost cried when it had crashed. She had definitely yelled, but she'd been able to hold back the frustrated tears. But now she was going to cry. She needed her speech.

"I can do it in an hour."

She stopped fidgeting with her zipper. "That's ... uh ... what?"

He nudged the business card into her line of vision and she finally stopped staring at him and looked down at his card as if that would explain everything. "I own Iron-Clad Security. I can fix your computer. Unless you want to risk the kid in braces accidently wiping your PC, if he can even figure out how to turn it on."

No, she didn't want that. Not at all. But she also didn't know this man. "I see you're a smart woman, worried about trusting your personal files to a total stranger. Smart." He pulled out his phone and typed something then slid it back into his jeans. Her eyes were wide the entire time as he did his thing and barely let her get a word in edgewise. "Seventy-five!"

She looked to the kid at the counter, warily.

"Don't do it, darlin'. He'll screw it up," Joey said.

"No offense, but this is a place that fixes computers and you are ..." She looked down at the card. "A security guy."

"We do all kinds of security. That includes cybersecurity and some other ... more intricate kinds of computing, but it means that I know more about computers than most. I'm also a retired and highly regarded major from the Marines. ... That sounded arrogant." He shook his head in distaste. "I just want you to feel safe. It's the only reason I said that."

"Intricate?" Her eyebrows furrowed.

"Did some off-the-books stuff while in the service. Point is, I know my way around a computer. I can have you in a brand-new laptop, with all your files safely inside, in an hour. Or ... you can go with option B." He nodded at the acne-faced kid.

She narrowed her eyes. "You're cocky."

But he just continued to smile, knowing she was desperate enough to take him up on his ridiculous offer. "Nah, just know what I'm talkin' about, darlin'. We'll go to my office, you can go in your own car. There's probably still staff there, so you'll be completely safe."

As she assessed the man in front of her, with his black polo shirt and loose-fitting jeans and completely shaved head, a woman in a blue shirt and khaki pants came walking toward them. Her badge said, "Joanne."

"Joanne, please meet Ms. Russo. Ms. Russo, please meet Joanne, the general manager."

"Pleasure to meet you," Joanne said.

"Joanne here will vouch not only that my work is exceptional but that I'm not a crazy sociopath."

The woman laughed, clearly smitten with his big wide smile. "Joey's been working for us for about two years now, right, Joey?" "Just about."

"He set up all the protocols nationwide. Never a single complaint from any employee. I think you're safe with him, Ms. Russo. He's fun at the company parties, too." She smiled up at him.

"Thank you, Joanne." He shook her hand and she left.

"Eighty-one!" the kid hollered.

She groaned. "Why? Why would you want to help me?"

He smiled a big toothy grin. Her heart rate spiked and her belly fluttered, and she knew immediately that she was going to agree to whatever he was going to propose. "I'm a sucker for a woman in distress, Livie." Then he reached forward and pushed her glasses up.

Livie ... the way it rolled off his tongue ...

"I'll go. But don't get any ideas that I'm on the prowl for Prince Charming."

"Darlin', my intentions are far too dirty for a prince."

Well, at least he was honest, she thought, as she followed him out of the store.

CHAPTER 2

It looks like the race for Florida governor is becoming too much for Olivia Russo, who is currently ahead in the polls. Last night, Russo was seen having a full-blown meltdown in the middle of Better Made Electronics. In the first photo you can see Russo, usually sharply dressed, wearing sweatpants, her hair disheveled. In the next photo ...

Twenty minutes earlier, Joey had been standing in the office upstairs going through CCTV footage of a recent string of store robberies when he'd looked up at the screen and saw her. She was a disaster. People were looking at her and shaking their heads as she tried to balance her laptop with one hand and grab something out of her purse with the other. Her clothes were too big on her, but he could still see the outline of a shapely body. Her dark hair was bundled on her head, except for a strand that had fallen over one eye, and she kept biting her lower lip. When her computer flew out of her hand and onto the floor he watched her sit down in the middle of the line. Then her shoulders began to shake.

From the camera's perspective it looked like she was sobbing.

For some inexplicable reason, he felt the need to go to her aid. He stopped what he was working on and jogged downstairs, and was confronted with a woman hysterically ... laughing. Her laughter was infectious, even though she was obviously having a complete meltdown on the floor of the store. She looked vaguely familiar but he wasn't sure why until she said her name. Then it immediately clicked. The hot gubernatorial candidate running against the sonofabitch Harry McGregor, who was the sonofabitch responsible for Joey's inability to go fishing.

On the way to Iron-Clad Security he quickly pulled up his phone to check on the last-minute job he was signed up to do the following night. He chuckled to himself when he saw her name as one of the speakers.

And now here he was, parking at ICS as Olivia followed him in her car, wishing he'd spent as much energy researching her as he had fucking with Governor McGregor over the last few months.

Joey had a shit ton of work to do and helping this woman was not on the list. But those green eyes and thick pink lips ... yeah, he'd help her all right. And then after that, he'd ask her out. Because he hadn't been lying when he told her he was no Prince Charming. The lustful thoughts he'd had the instant he'd laid eyes on her were not something out of a fairy tale.

He wished he was more tuned in to politics so he'd know more about her. The extent of his political knowledge revolved around the fact that he hadn't been able to go fishing for the last three months because of the toxic blue-green algae that was overtaking the bay and killing off the wildlife.

When he arrived at ICS, he parked his car in his usual spot and hopped right out, hoping to open her door for her. But she was already out of her car. "You drive too fast," she said, closing the door of her white four-door Lexus. She eyed his flashy red Ferrari and rolled her eyes.

(Continues…)



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Kiss Kiss Bang: An Iron Clad Security Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
kahea46 More than 1 year ago
***4 Stars*** I was a little hesitant to dive into Kiss Kiss Bang (I’ll get to the reason in a bit) but I needn’t have worried because I loved this book. This may just be my favorite of the series. It was a fun, quick read that was low on angst, but had just the right amount of suspense to keep things interesting and characters I enjoyed getting to know and ended up loving when everything was said and done. The reason I was hesitant about this one falls entirely on Joey/Josef’s shoulders. I wanted to gut the man with a spoon in Last First Kiss. Badly. But, I reminded myself to keep an open mind because he did have some good points, and whadda you know? I ended up really liking him. He was still all kinds of dominant and steamroller should be his nickname, but in this case it just worked. He was compassionate, upfront and funny, which ended up being quite a lethal combination. Olivia I loved right away. She’s vivacious, determined and compassionate. Her past isn’t all wine and roses, but she’s created a solid life for herself and her daughter and is looking to do more for those around her. Olivia was a lot of fun. Sassy and a little snarky, and could hold her own in room full of sharks. Olivia and Joey’s journey was a lot of fun. Joey does steamroll his way into her life, but I never felt as if it was oppressive. Part of it, of course, had to do with the security issue and that he is in the protection business. The other part is that he did it in a sneaky and yet fun way that still allowed for caveman tendencies, but showed how much he respected Olivia. I loved their bantering and the chemistry between them was hot and it really was a lot of fun to watch their relationship grow, and then you throw Sophie into the mix and all bets are off. I loved the previous books, but this one just felt...lighter than the others when it came to the romance and I really liked that because there was enough drama going on around them that it would have bogged the story down too much. As for the suspense aspect, it was very well done. It kept me on my toes (I actually attempted to figure out who was behind it all and only got part of it right) and when everything was said and done, it all made perfect sense to me. I enjoyed hanging out Jax, Megan, Annie and Rocco, but Sophie was the one who definitely stole my heart and the show. ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
Wit-and-Wonder-Books More than 1 year ago
Hot bodyguard and tech genius? Yes please! USA Today bestselling author Sidney Halston brings us another installment in her Iron Clad Security series. It’s finally Joey’s turn and Kiss Kiss Bang was totally worth the wait. Josef “Joey” Clad is an ex-Marine, co-owner of Iron-Clad Securities and the best hacker in Miami, which is why he oversees the company’s cyber ops. It is also how he ends up with his sights on widow and single mother Olivia Monroe. Olivia is the dark horse candidate for governor, who after receiving threatening emails hires Joey and his crew. She doesn’t have time for trouble, especially the kind spelled J-O-E-Y. No matter how much confidence he has or how hot he is, its just business. At least that’s what she tells herself. But now he is her bodyguard and his closeness makes it hard to resist. “She wanted him, but she didn't want to want him. She needed help, but she didn't want to need help." Joey is a mix between a techy geeky guy and the intense alpha male. A mighty fine combination if you ask me. He’s protective and caring, he’s smart and he gets what he wants. Lucky Olivia because he wants her. Joey may be helping her with the threats, but that woman is anything but a damsel in distress. She has been on her own for a long time and she has raised her daughter in the process. She is dedicated and loyal, not only to her daughter but to the citizens of her state. Olivia truly wants to help people and that fuels her run for governor. “Livie, like it or not, you and me, we're already in a relationship. You just didn't want to see it." Olivia’s independent nature is what has her keeping Joey at arm’s length, even when anyone can see that they are much closer. Just because she denies it doesn’t make it less true though, and Joey is just the right man to allow her to continue her denial, all while cementing himself in her life. This was a wonderful ending to the series. Suspenseful and intriguing, a romantic suspense that is perfect for lovers of the genre. Four stars
ReaderLoverKV More than 1 year ago
This series is wonderful, though I somehow missed reading book 2, (which I will remedy) this one did not miss a beat. I honestly love the way Ms. Halston writes! In this 3rd installment of the Iron Clad Security series, we have Joey, our resident hacker and all round ex-military, sweet and intelligent man. He meets Olivia at a computer store, of all places. Lol. The chemistry was hot and the suspense became all too real. Joey became the right person to have in her life when her life becomes threatened. Joey was the perfect man for Olivia and those moments with her daughter? Tots adorable. I enjoyed this romantic suspense immensely! Keep up the great work Sidney Haltson!!! 4.5 stars!!!!
belllla More than 1 year ago
A great intense love story full of suspense and politics. Olivia who is running for Governor has lucky in her life because Joey saves her computer and later her life. Someone is after Olivia and Joey who is instantly drawn to Olivia first time he meets her makes her first goal to protect Olivia whit everything he can. I liked that although Joey is not typically Alfamale character, he is more the mastermind of the ICD security the geek one but has also combat training. Olivia is also great character gone through a lot in her life and I liked that she was a tough politician who fought for people and not for the money. It is great to see how she lets Joey in her life although afraid, and haw Joey treats her and her daughter.I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
IFallInLoveBookBlog More than 1 year ago
One thing I love is when a series of books is truly standalone and I can just jump in anywhere and not feel lost. Iron Clad Security is a great example of that, because I had never read a Sidney Halston book prior to Kiss Kiss Bang but I was able to read this with no sense of loss. Even better is that I actually want to go back and read the other books that are earlier in the series. The chemistry in this book was real and I LOVE good chemistry. Joey was such a great character and had pretty much every trait I love in a hero. My favorite moments were those where he was interacting with Livie's daughter Sophie. His immediate love for her was swoonworthy. I had a harder time connecting with Livie. I'm not sure why but it wasn't enough to detract from the book. I look forward to reading more from Sidney Halston. I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.
JulieD2 More than 1 year ago
Olivia is a young single mom who is hoping to make her mark and is now running for governor in Florida. Her current bodyguard and security leave a lot to be desired though, and Josef "Joey" Clad from Iron-Clad Securities, has made it his job to see to Olivia's safety and make sure her daughter and herself have all the protection that Iron-Clad can give. Also Joey is strongly attracted to Olivia and he's sure he feels a chemistry between them, he hopes to investigate. Olivia's situation gets more serious and her security has to be tightened up even more and the attraction explodes. The story is very entertaining as Olivia and Joey get to know each other and amusing when her daughter Sophie joins in...she was a sweetheart, and the plot became very suspenseful at times, which caused some nail biting on my part I must confess. I liked the characters, they were interesting and made a good couple. A good, thrilling read with just the right amount of suspense and plenty of hot chemistry between the sheets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sidney Halston writing is funny, emotional and suspenseful. Gubernatorial candidate Olivia Russo is also a single mother and stressed because her computer crashes. Joey Clad is the co-owner of Iron-Clad Securities and while on the job at an electronics store watching on the monitor he witnesses the meltdown of Olivia and comes to her rescue. Not knowing if she can trust the stranger but immediately and strongly attracted to him goes with him to his ICS office where he fixes her computer. Joey is just as strongly attracted to Livie and doesn't want to screw up the chance to get to know her. Livie is disappointed that they didn't exchange number but doesn't know like Joey does that he'll see her at the political event the next night. When protestors break through and into the building Joey makes sure that Livie is protected. In the elevator that happens to get stuck a very heated kiss is exchanged and unknowingly to them pictures taken. When Livie wants cancel her date with Joey, he won't let her and when more things happen makes it his business to protect Olivia and her 5 year old daughter Sophie too all the while falling in love with both of them. As the attempts to scare Olivia out the race for governor continue Joey and Livie get closer, and Joey has secrets that could derail her chances at governor along with 2 brother from her past . Will they be able to outwit the bad guys and live happily ever after? Will Livie become the governor of Florida? Will Joey reveal his secrets. I look forward to reading the other books in the Iron-Clad Security series. Book 3 has me hooked. Buy Now Barnes & Noble Indie B
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
i hadn't read the previous two books in the iron clad security series, but this had no impact on my ability to enjoy kiss kiss bang. this is a fast-paced romantic suspense, with josef "joey" clad meeting up with olivia "livie" russo and pretty much falling head over heels. one of the things that made this book so enjoyable was how straighfoward everything about joey is. he's not one of those brooding alpha heroes who is going to keep you guessing about his motives and his feelings. with joey what you see is what you get. and livie finds that she really likes all of it. even if the timing is possibly the worst and the fact that she's worried about introducing a new guy to a five-year-old. even when things get pretty dark, and some of the things that olivia suffers are pretty dark, the author has such a light touch that you breeze through the dark moments in a way that lets you both process the trauma and let it go. i'm probably not doing it enough justice in how i'm explaining this. but i'm trying to say there is suspense and danger, but it's not gritty and dark. the quick banter and repartee between livie and joey gives this book a sense of fun that is unexpected, but also very welcome. **kiss kiss bang will publish on december 5, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press (swerve) in exchange for my honest review.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
The Iron Clad series definitely went out with a bang with Joey and Olivia's story!! I have loved every book in this series more than the last and Kiss Kiss Bang is no exception. I didn't think anything would top Last First Kiss but this book edged it out. Joey is the Clad in Iron Clad Security. The guy who gets all hot and bothered about algorithms, feels more comfortable behind the computer than in the field, but definitely can handle anything that might come his way. When he happens to run into Olivia, the widowed single mom running for Governor, in a big box tech store, the connection is nearly immediate. She's normally so put together yet on this day, she's disheveled, laughing at nothing, standing in line with a broken laptop. When threats come near Olivia, Joey takes it upon himself to protect her and her daughter. I admit that, while I couldn't wit for Joey's story, he definitely needed some redemption after the way he treated his sister, Annie in Last First Kiss. And he got it, in spades. Joey is romantic, caring, and jumps into protecting Olivia and her daughter almost immediately. Olivia is hardcore. She's overcome a lot in her life and is taking on so much raising her daughter alone and running for governor. When the threats start coming, she doesn't cower in the corner like a damsel in distress. She steps up and does everything she can to keep going but also keep her family safe. I will miss this series so much. I have loved all three of these books so much and I'm sad that there will be no more Iron Clad stories coming. All three can definitely be read as standalones but once you read one, you'll want them all. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Natalie_The_Biblioholic More than 1 year ago
Kiss Kiss Bang by Sidney Halston gets a very high 4-star rating. I had such a blast reading this! This author knows how to perfectly mesh suspense, romance and humor into one heck of an entertaining read. Some would say that Olivia and Joey’s meeting was a thing of fate. Her computer crashed and while waiting in a line going nowhere to get it fixed, it’s Joey to the rescue. That chance encounter led to the blossoming of something new and beautiful for both of them. And lucky for her. With a stalker on her tail, Joey couldn’t have happened into her life at a better time. As the co-owner of one of the most successful security companies around, he’s the perfect man to keep her and her daughter safe. Falling in love may not have been part of the plan, but it was a sweet bonus ;) I adored Joey. He was everything I look for in a swoon-worthy hero. He was ex-military, alpha, incredibly intelligent, a hacker (I love those), sweet, considerate, charming, sexy, and his heart was in the right place. Olivia was a little harder to like, however, a lot of her resistance was understandable based on her history and the losses she already suffered. These two characters together were explosive and I loved watching them navigate their chemistry along the minefield of a five year old underfoot. It was so cute! If you’re a fan of romantic suspense with touches of sweet and funny, you need to add this book to your list! This author doesn’t disappoint and her words will grab your attention from beginning to end. Release Date: December 5, 2017 Genre: Romantic Suspense POV: Dual - 3rd person Heat: 4 out of 5 Type: Standalone - Book #3 of the Iron Clad Security series with character crossover
Grottoes More than 1 year ago
Rousing, exciting, fun and suspenseful. Also, a really great romance. I was engrossed from the first page. Loved the characters, the plot and the ending.
Arys More than 1 year ago
Kiss Kiss Bang by Sidney Halston is a contemporary romance-suspense novel and the third book in the Iron-Clad Security series. It can be read as a standalone. Though don't miss out on the first two! I have been waiting for Joey's book since book one and it did not disappoint. Joey Clad, hacker extraordinaire and one of the owners of Iron-Clad Security, is usually the man in the background of the missions with his computers. But when he meets Olivia Russo, candidate for governor of Florida by happenstance in a computer shop, he soon finds himself out in the field and serving as bodyguard to the lovely Ms. Russo when she starts receiving threats. Filled with suspense, mystery, romance and adorable scenes between Joey and Sophie, Olivia's daughter. I absolutely enjoyed this novel. Olivia is a strong heroine with conviction and love for her daughter and those she cares for. She has a past that she's grown from and moved away from, but when it comes back to haunt her, luckily, she has Joey by her side. I liked Joey in the previous books and was so excited to read his book. From the moment he saw Olivia he was hooked and how he steps in to protector for Olivia and Sophie is admirable and oh so swoonworthy! Loved it. Overall, Kiss Kiss Bang by Sidney Halston is a great novel and addition to an enjoyable series. I very much recommend. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I am always drawn to books that involve politics and a strong heroine. So after reading the first chapter, I knew I was in for a treat. Kiss, Kiss, Bang by Sidney Halston, is replete with a hot couple, a demented governor, and a little girl who is as cute as can be. This is the third book from the author's Iron Clad Security series and it enjoyed as a standalone. Olivia Monroe is a candidate for Florida governor. She is also a widow, and a single mom to a very precocious five-year-old. Needless to say, Olivia is a very busy woman. So when her life is threatened, she needs additional security to ensure her safety. Her peace of mind comes in the form of alpha male Joey Clad, of Iron Cald Security. Joey typically manages others and is a first-rate hacker, but Olivia and her daughter have gotten under his skin for better or for worse. Kiss, Kiss, Ban is quite a page turner. I am typically not a romantic suspense fan, but this book was a romantic roller coaster ride. This story is chock full of intrigue, steamy scenes, and three characters that I loved getting to know. The author pours passion into her writing and as a result, her characters are well-developed and full of intensity. Olivia, Joey, and Olivia's daughter, create a nice family. If you are in the mood for a suspenseful romance with a lot of heart, then pick up a copy of Kiss, Kiss, Bang. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this last installment of this series. This is a very well written, well-flowing story that has all of the aspects I want in a romantic suspense and more. Joey & Olivia have some major chemistry and I genuinely like both of them. I adore Sophie and I loved Joey's interaction with her as well has how protective of both her and Olivia he was. I look forward to more from Sidney Halston as this series was just awesome!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An awesome read with a perfect mix of suspense, romance and a bit of humor. This one was completely entertaining and I didn't want to put it down. The writing is excellent and the characters will grab your attention immediately. What really gets you though is the unique fresh storyline this author came up with. Former marine Joey Clad may be a computer geek but he's all alpha as Olivia Monroe quickly discovers. Olivia is a single mom and a gubernatorial candidate so the last thing she needs right now is a relationship yet she can't seem to resist the strong and caring Joey. She needs his help finding out who is threatening her so spending time with him can't be avoided. Will she be able to resist him for long? Does she want to? Definitely a book I recommend.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
KISS KISS BANG by Sidney Bristol Iron Clad Security #3 Florida has a heated race for governor in progress when Josef “Joey” Clad sees Olivia “Liv” Russo have a meltdown at a computer store. He steps in, offers his computer skills to resolve her troubles and though there is attraction the two do not act upon it…then. They see one another again when he is working security for a dinner she is to speak at and before they know it he is whisking her away from danger and again there is chemistry. Eventually the chemistry is acted upon and Joey becomes Liv’s bodyguard…and then more. This is evidently the final book in the Iron Clad Security series. I found Joey to be an interesting and wise man who knew what he wanted as well what his strengths truly were. Liv had a rough childhood and a dream. She found love, lost love, had a child and then found herself running for governor. She has plans for the future and, at first, sees herself without a man in her life. Joey begins to change her thoughts about the future, though. With evil to thwart, hackers hacking, romance in the air, a five year old that sometimes acted two and others a bit closer to five and more this is a fast-paced action-packed romance that satisfied even though I didn’t really fall for either Liv or Joey…nice people that belonged together BUT I didn’t relate to them as much as I sometimes have in other stories. Well, perhaps Joey appealed more than Liv? Hmmm….thinking back on the story… Anyway… Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars