Kiss Marry Kill: Iron-Clad Security

Kiss Marry Kill: Iron-Clad Security

by Sidney Halston

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Kiss Marry Kill: Iron-Clad Security by Sidney Halston

"Sexy and suspenseful, Kiss Marry Kill is a compulsively great read from first page to last!" - Katee Robert, New York Times Bestselling author

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.

"I rooted for this couple right from their hysterical meet-cute! This hot, overprotective action hero will leave you swooning.” - Tessa Bailey, New York Times Bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250144980
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Series: Iron-clad Security , #1
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Sidney Halston lives her life by 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. She is the author of the Iron-clad Security romantic suspense series, beginning with Kiss Marry Kill.

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Kiss Marry Kill

Iron-Clad Security


By Sidney Halston

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2017 Sidney Halston
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-13242-0


CHAPTER 1

"Promise me, you'll be happy," he sang from the other side of the door. "Promise me, you'll always sing. Promise me you'll never settle...." He jiggled the door handle. "Meggy? Where are you, my little mouse?" he said in a singsong voice, sounding nice enough. Soft enough. Safe enough. But Megan Cruz knew better. The man trying to lure her out of her enormous walk-in closet was deranged.

Megan huddled in a corner behind all of her cocktail dresses, her knees pushed up and a butcher knife in one of her trembling hands. Just waiting. Waiting for the cops to show up, or for Ryan to finally find her. If she could stop breathing, she would. Trying to stay perfectly still and utterly quiet was an impossible feat with her hands shaking so violently. Surely he could hear her fear from where he stood on the other side of the door. If he walked deep enough into the closet, the dresses that served as a barrier between them would not be sufficient to shield her. And the fact that he'd broken into her house in the middle of the night was a good indication that he did want to hurt her.

Twenty minutes earlier she had been sitting on her bed, completely immersed in writing some lyrics in her notebook, when she heard the sound of a window shattering downstairs. Her house may have been huge, but it wouldn't take long for whoever had broken in to find her, especially since her room was the first one up the grand staircase, even more obvious because of its huge double doors. Not about to sit and wait to find out if it was her stalker or a robber who had broken in, she immediately sent a text to her parents who lived close by, praying they'd understand the message: Break in. 911. Help! Then she silenced her phone and tucked it into her bra. She had also grabbed the enormous butcher knife she'd hid under mattress six months ago when Ryan had started sending her disturbing emails and letters. At that time she'd thought he was just an overzealous fan and had worried she was being overly cautious, but now, as she cowered in fear, she realized how wrong she'd been.

Megan actually held her breath when she heard the squeaky noise of the hinges of her closet door. He was inside now. Sweat dripped down her back and her heart pounded so loudly it seemed he had to have heard it. It felt as if it was going to physically come out of her chest, together with the sandwich she'd eaten a few hours ago. Peering under the hanging clothes she could see green Converse sneakers moving closer to where she sat curled into a small ball, her arms around her knees.

"Oh, Meggy, where are you? Sing for me, my naughty little mouse. Just one song. Just 'Promise Me,' that's my favorite." As he stepped closer, she tightened her grip on the knife. "You're supposed to make your fans happy." His voice was louder and more agitated this time.

She could hear the fabric running through his fingers as he caressed her clothes, shifting the fragile curtain of dresses and shirts she was hiding behind.

"Oh, this is what you wore to the Grammys last month!" He pulled the dress out, and Megan tensed when a sliver of light cut through her hiding place. The small gap where the dress had hung made her more visible, and if he happened to look down he'd undoubtedly see her on the floor behind the rest of the clothes. She shut her eyes.

"This is perfect. You can wear this when you sing for me at my house. Does anyone else know how much you love the chase, Meggy? Am I the only one that knows your secret? I have your new room all ready for you. We can play and sing all the time. ... It'll be so fun, Meggy." His feet were moving slowly, as if he had all the time in the world.

She could tell he was directly in front of her now by how close the sound of his heavy breathing was and by the way the rubber soles of his sneakers skidded against the wood floor.

She shut her eyes harder and braced herself.

She didn't need her eyes open to see him — the memory was burned into her brain. His face was unassuming and his body unimposing. White skin, rounded cheeks, kind-looking face, maybe even cute, if he wasn't a complete sociopath. He wasn't too thin or too large, not too tall, not too short. Just an ordinary-looking guy. One you would smile at in line for coffee or at the grocery store. The nonthreatening Good Samaritan who helped you with your flat tire. Completely harmless, completely average, except for his eyes, gray eyes that were a bit too large and had a slight tilt upward, reminding her of a cat. Gray eyes that could be considered attractive if it weren't for the coldness behind them.

Megan didn't want to die looking into that coldness. She didn't want to die hiding in her closet, with the creepy man asking her to sing the song that was about the best four days of her entire life. The four days that also changed the course of her life. Ironic, she would potentially die thinking of those memories.

"Come on, Meggy, where are you hiding? Don't make me get upset at you. I don't think I want to play anymore." She opened her eyes and the green Converses turned as if he was going to leave, but stopped. The tips of his shoes were mere inches from her bare feet, which were tight against her body. She pressed her heel even closer to her butt. Oh, how she wished she was more flexible or had been consistent with her Pilates classes. Because right now, she had no place to go. She was cornered, and she couldn't make herself any smaller than she already was. All that separated her from the nightmare was the clothing hanging between them. His rank smell of perspiration filled her nostrils and made her want to gag, causing her to breathe through her mouth instead of her nose. She was afraid to look up and find him staring back at her with those deranged gray eyes. Fear bubbled up in her throat, and holding back a terrified scream was nearly choking her.

A sudden banging from downstairs made her jerk, and she saw his feet move quickly out of the closet. There was another bang and then another loud noise, like her front door being rammed open, followed by voices. She had her hands over her ears and her face tucked into her knees. Then it was quiet.


* * *

Jackson "Jax" Irons sat in the situation room of Iron-Clad Security watching two of his best recruits get ambushed in the middle of the Syrian Desert.

"Fucking hell, Josef!" Jax barked, standing up and leaning forward, his eyes monitoring the dots in motion on the multiple screens. It was pitch-black in the desert at this time and even with the infrared satellite imaging it was impossible to see more than colored dots, each of which represented one of the insurgents — colored dots that were getting closer and closer to their team. It was like a shit version of an eighties Atari video game, but in this game the loser always got dead.

"Damn intel!" Josef, Jax's best friend and the co-owner of Iron-Clad Security, threw down his headset. "This shit happens with Fed jobs every fucking time!" He typed something into the computer that brought up a wider aerial view of the location on one of the monitors. Mountains ringed their men from the back and to the west. Essentially, they were trapped.

"They just need to stay alive for two more goddamn minutes, Joey," Jax shouted — as if Josef had any control over the FUBAR scene playing out in front of them. Leaning into the conference call system in the middle of the table, Jax pressed the speaker button that connected him to his team abroad. "Hang tight. Cavalry is ninety seconds out." Jesus, he was getting too damn old for this shit. Sweat trailed down his back and his heart beat rapidly against his chest as he stared at the screens in front of the room. ICS hadn't lost a man yet, and today wouldn't be the day.

Joey stood by the table, looking at the dots come closer and closer to their men as the insurgents neared.

Where the fuck was backup? Jax ran a hand down his face and gripped his beard. These guys had families, wives, kids. The in-and-out mission was supposed to be simple, easy, meant to get the new recruits' feet wet. He'd practically guaranteed his team's safety when he'd recruited them for the job.

But nothing about this damn op had gone according to plan. He should've been there with them. He'd taken on and planned the mission, and he normally went himself. Except that his leg had been acting up and like a pussy, he'd heeded Joey's advice and sent Brian and Jason instead.

They never went on a mission blind, but here he was, blind as a fucking bat.

"ETA?" Joey barked into the phone. Then the sound coming from the speaker changed and his pulse calmed at hearing the familiar whop whop sound of helicopter blades cutting through the air. "Jesus, they're finally there," Joey sighed, turning back to the speaker. "Heads up, boys. Bird incoming to your east."

Jax tensed when the sound of a firefight erupted through the coms. "Fuck!" he roared, pressing the speaker button. "Heads down. Asses on the chopper. Don't get fucking shot!"

"Goddamn clusterfuck," Joey said, typing into the screen to zoom closer to the scene unfolding.

Instead of the voices of the crew assuring them of their safety, a jumbled cacophony of noises — gunshots, men cursing, and the blades from the approaching helicopter — came in through the com.

Joey and Jax looked at the screen with bated breath, red flares indicating firing, either from guns or from explosives. The muffled voices of their men and now the crew in the sky made it difficult to ascertain who was under attack. After agonizing minutes, the noise cleared.

"We're on," Brian's voice called out from the speaker. "Target in hand, minor injuries, nothing serious. All men accounted for."

Joey slammed his palm on the table and slid down into his chair. "I just aged ten years. It was too close this time. A few more minutes and they'd have come back in body bags."

Jax pressed the button on the speaker. "Good job. Get some rest. We'll touch base when you get back." Then he too slid down into the nearest chair. Normally, they had other members of the team at the ready but this was supposed to be an easy mission. No muss no fuss. Mister X had a USB drive with info from a high-level Syrian official that he was willing to sell to Uncle Sam by way of ICS for the right price. The fucker was being paid millions by the US of A. The team had been assured he was trustworthy and had been vetted carefully. ICS was hired merely to connect up with Mister X and retrieve and extract the USB drive. Simple enough.

An ambush two miles out of the city had not been part of the motherfucking plan.

"I've been here for twenty fucking hours. I'm out. Need a drink," Jax said, slapping Joey's shoulder before leaving his best friend and partner to handle the debrief.


* * *

Ten minutes later, Jax sat in a corner of Yellowstreet, a dive bar a block from his apartment in Miami, nursing a beer. It was the bar he always went to after long hours at work — it reminded him of the shitholes he'd frequented with his unit years ago when they were on pass for the weekend. The stale beer, old nuts, sticky floor, and smell of cigarettes were comforting. It was the first time in weeks he'd been able to have a moment to himself, and downing a beer at Yellowstreet was how he wanted to spend it.

His leg had been acting up for a while, but today the metal plates felt like razor blades rubbing against his muscles. Why did he always do this to himself? He must be some sort of masochist, because between the bullshit mission earlier today and the pain in this leg, Yellowstreet would do nothing but serve as a reminder of all that he'd lost. And damn it, he'd lost a lot.

His second tour in Iraq had been cut short fourteen months ago due to an ambush at base that killed five of his seven guys. He himself had suffered extensive injuries to the right side of his body, injuries that had led to half a year in a German hospital. Eight months ago he was honorably discharged and came back home to Miami with a slight limp, recurring hip pain, and a shitload of survivor's guilt. The only souvenir he'd gotten in return was all the metal used to fuse together his femur. And Miami's humidity made it probably the worst possible place to live with all that metal. But Miami was home, so now, together with his best friend and US Marine brother Joey Clad, he co-owned Iron-Clad Security.


* * *

ICS had been his unit's dream — their exit plan once they left the military and the godforsaken heat of the Middle East behind. A dream of opening a security firm stateside that would utilize each of their specific skill sets, from overseeing the security plans for a new company, to an unusual hacking request from a spurned wife, to corporate espionage or bodyguard work for a dignitary or a movie star. But then most of his men — his friends — hadn't made it back alive and so the eightman security firm became a two-man team. And since Jax was six foot two and excelled in hand-to-hand combat, he was the muscle behind ICS while Joey was the brains. When there was a request for a bodyguard or security detail, Jax did it. When there was a cyber-security issue or a need for surveillance or infiltration, Joey was the man for the job.

Stretching his hurt leg, Jax leaned back in his booth to watch the Miami Marlins play the Red Sox, something that always brought him joy. Just last month he'd gone to the home opener, like he did every year except for the few times he'd been abroad. But lately even baseball made him nostalgic, bringing up too many memories. Memories of times that could never be recreated.

Feeling melancholic, Jax had a beer mug up to his lips when the baseball game on the flatscreen was interrupted by the local news.

We are just getting reports that local celebrity Megan Cruz, lead singer of TNT, was assaulted in her home on Star Island about an hour ago. It is uncertain whether Cruz is hurt. Cruz has previously reported two incidents involving a stalker. It is unclear whether those two incidents are connected to this one. What is known, however, is that the perpetrator was able to escape through a window before being apprehended by the authorities. Stay tuned for more information on the eleven o'clock news. If you have information you are urged to call ...

Jax almost dropped his beer. A stock photo of Megan was staring back at him on the television.

Megan Cruz? My Megan Cruz?

Stalker?

Lead singer?

When he'd known Megan, she was an ultraconservative, sheltered twenty-two-year-old about to start law school. He wasn't sure which of the two statements — stalker or singer — shocked him most, but the stalking was definitely what had him immediately on the move.

His heart faltered. What if she was hurt? Even though it had been too many years since he'd last seen her, knowing she was out there somewhere had helped get him through some rough days. She was an idealized memory of a perfect time and place. Always, he pictured her in a house with a white picket fence and children surrounding her. In his vivid imagination, she was always content. And even if it hurt him somewhere deep and hollow that her imagined happy life did not include him, it was okay because he'd always wanted the best for her.

But a world where there was no Megan Cruz? That was a world he wanted no part of. And of all the things he imagined she was up to, all these years later, her being hurt — or worse, dead — was never even in the realm of possibility.

The news hit him like a two-by-four to the head.

Without a second thought, he tossed some money on the table and jogged out of the bar, a surge of anxiety hitting him all at once. Not bothering to put on his helmet, he hopped onto his Harley Fat Boy and took off for Star Island, which was just a few miles away. His heart was beating so rapidly he had to literally close his eyes and count to ten at a stoplight, just like he'd learned in therapy.

What was he even doing? Barging in on Megan because of a report he'd seen on the television? It had been too many years. She probably didn't even know who he was. Was he insane?

Fuck yeah he was.

When it came to Megan, he'd always been off his game. But he was going to go see with his own two eyes what the hell was happening. If nothing else, he could offer her his services: ICS was, after all, the best security firm in Miami.

Yeah, that's why he was hightailing it to Star Island, because he wanted to work for her. Who was he kidding?

On his way, Jax used his Bluetooth to call Joey and tell him to put together all the information possible on Megan. Joey was, after all, the best damn hacker the military had ever honorably discharged. He needed to know everything he'd missed in order to help her, assuming she needed help. But he couldn't do that if he had absolutely no clue who she was anymore.


(Continues...)

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Kiss Marry Kill: Iron Clad Security 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life 7 months ago
I ended up really liking this book. I have had a copy of this book for over a year and I have to say that I am a little upset with myself for letting this one get lost in pile. I thought that this was a really well done romantic suspense that kept completely entertained. This was one of those books that was easy to spend hours with at a time. I am so glad that I finally decided to pick up this book. I tend to love second chance romances so Jax and Megan's story was really appealing to me. This pair had a brief but life changing encounter five years ago. Both of their lives have changed dramatically since their time together and they have not even spoken since the last time they were together. During their years apart, Megan has become a music star and Jax is running a security firm after serving in the military. As soon as Jax hears that Megan might be in trouble, he goes straight to her to offer aid. I really liked how this book was laid out. We learn about their history together slowly throughout the book and I really was just as interested in learning how they met as I was seeing them together in the present. It took a bit of time to learn about their initial meeting but it was worth the wait. Let's just say these two started off in a very unforgettable manner. The story set in the present is pretty exciting since Megan is in quite a bit of danger because of a stalker that may be turning violent. I loved these two together. I think that they were great together in the past as well as in the present. They had so much chemistry with each other and seemed to be able to be what the other needed. There are few times when Jax oversteps his authority and Megan lets him know it right away. There are a few moments that I felt like Jax was acting a bit like an idiot but things end up working out. The story was pretty exciting. I really did like the mystery of the stalker and was always waiting for the next big thing to happen. There were a few things that really came as complete surprises in this story but one aspect of the overall mystery was pretty easy to figure out. Even though I had a pretty good idea who the culprit might be, I still had a great time watching everything play out. I thought that Dara Rosenberg did a great job with this book. I think that this is the first time that I have had a chance to listen to Ms. Rosenberg's narration and I was very impressed. She did a great job with all of the characters and was able to bring a lot of emotion to the story. I did find the narration to be a little slow at the normal speed but once I increased the speed to 1.25, I had no issues with the audio. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to this narrator again in the future. I would recommend this book to others. I found this book to be a perfect blend of excitement, romance, and great characters. I couldn't help but root for Jax and Megan to safely find their way to a happily ever after together. This was the first book by Sidney Halston that I have had the chance to read and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future. I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from the library via Hoopla.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read of this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ,on to the next in this series!,!!
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Kiss Marry Kill was a great read! I have a new go-to author. I thought the story line was really well written & the characters had such depth & warmth to them. I look forward to reading the next book in the Iron-Clad Security series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all the books by this author. I'm almost finished with this one. Love it so far.
kJenn More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** Kiss Marry Kill is the first book in the Iron Clad Security series. Book one is Jackson "Jax" Irons and Megan Cruz's story. I'd rate this book 3.75 stars. I know a weird amount and here's why. The book starts in the middle of a very intense scene and then fizzles out and the book was repetitive and hard to get through the first half of the book. At the 50% mark in the book is where is starts to pick up and things get more interesting. Which is why I rated the book the way I did. Jax was home on leave from the USMC before he deployed when he met Megan at a Marlins baseball game. Megan was there with her inattentive boyfriend who couldn't be bothered to pay attention to her or the game. When the kiss cam came their way, not once but twice her boyfriend humiliated her by refusing to kiss her. So when it comes around, Jax feels for the girl and kisses her. They spent four incredible days together before they each went their own ways. Fast forward five years later when Jax is sitting in a bar drowning his sorrows to his surprise is the girl he fell in love with in the middle of a crisis at her home with a stalker. The second half of the book picks up tremendously, but if you are looking for a romantic suspense, this falls a little shy IMO. For myself, it was kind of predictable, but the second half was still a good read. I was able to breeze through the second half, and did enjoy it. I wasn't a big fan of the way the flashbacks were done, it was confusing at times. Overall the book was good, and if you have trouble with the first half, try to push through, it will be worth it, interesting start to a new series. Am looking forward to the next book which looks to be Annie and Rocco's story....
belllla More than 1 year ago
Kiss Marry Kill was one great thriller with lot of action, love. The story is great; I liked how author combines past and the future. So we see how the characters change, but their affection and passion between remains. I loved both of them Jax and Megan were great personality likable and it is great that the faith brings them together. It is great that the story is unpredictable full of surprise and twist. Great story. Recommended
mrsdiddy More than 1 year ago
4 Stars! Sidney Halston has written quite a book! A second chance romance was not at all what I expected from this book. I was going on description alone. I haven’t read anything by Sidney Halston before this book, but I can tell you I will be reading more of her books! Not, only was this a great second chance romance between Megan and Jax, but there was also suspense and danger in the form of a stalker. You get a little of everything with Kiss, Marry, Kill, the start of a new series that will pull you in, have you on the edge of your seat and leave you want more of this series when you’re finished!
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Loved the opening that led Jax to reconnect with Megan after many years apart. The flashbacks that tell the story of how they met and show us the differences between who they were then and who they are now. While I love an alpha, Jax was sometimes a bit annoying in his need to keep Megan safe, but overall I loved his protective nature. The plot was good, if a bit predictable, but I enjoyed it and am curious as to what the next book in the series will bring. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Great romantic suspense! The story features co-owner of Iron-Clad Security, Jackson "Jax" Irons and singer, Megan Cruz. These two have such a beautiful romantic past. It brought tears to my eyes to see them have to let go five years ago. Now she's in trouble and to be reunited after something so dramatic and traumatic is awful but the sparks are still there. Five years can really change a man, especially a man that has been to war and back. Fabulous story line! Awesome, well developed characters! Sizzling romance with great suspense and a plot twist that will surprise you. I always look forward to reading the fantastic works of Sidney Halston.
Arys More than 1 year ago
Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston is a romantic suspense novel about Jackson "Jax" Irons and Megan Cruz who share a kiss on the kiss cam during a baseball game before spending four unforgettable days together prior to their lives taking them into different directions. Him to the Marines, and her to law school. Years later, after being injured in active duty, Jax is back home and co-owner of Iron Clad Security with his best- friend and fellow marine Joey. Though it's been years, he still can't forget his Megan. So when he sees a news report on the tv about famous lead singer, Megan Cruz being attacked by a stalker, Jax is floored. He immediately goes to her and offers his services, unwilling to lose her now that he knows she needs his help. The chemistry between Jax and Megan is strong and I enjoyed how Ms. Halston gave us more of their backstory by including chapters set in the past. They both feel very strongly for each other while still understanding that the person they had a romantic interlude with years ago is not the same person standing before them now. They don't just immediately fall into each others arms which I liked. The mystery/suspense with the stalker was well written and kept me interested. I was not entirely sure who the suspect truly was which I appreciated. Overall, Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston was an enjoyable novel and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I happily recommend. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review.)
CarleneInspired More than 1 year ago
Megan Cruz is not at all like she was five years ago, now a headstrong singer for the famous band TNT, Jackson "Jax" Irons is shocked to see her on the news. When he left for war he thought he'd never see her again, even though he thought of her always, but when a stalker is reported to be after her he can't sit by and let it happen. Using his connections as one of the owners of Iron Clad Security, Jax steps in to save the day, only to be wrapped in the spell of Megan again. Megan remembers Jax as the fun one, the guy who kissed her and made her feel alive in such a short period of time, but this new Jax is hardened and getting through to him seems impossible. Meg uses every chance she can to show him she wants more, but his PTSD and his desperate need to protect her keep getting in the way. The stalker doesn't seem to be letting up either and as things get worse Megan clings to Jax, unaware that even when things get better he may not still be there. Kiss Marry Kill was a really interesting book, I took a bit of time to get into it, but once I got the story line I was hooked. More romance than suspense, Sidney Halston tells a multi-faceted story about two young people who found romance with one another and have the chance to try again after 5 years. Megan and Jackson are cute together, they have the chemistry you want all characters from books to have, but they also have recent pasts that have changed who they are. While they face the threat of Megan's stalker together, they also let the fire between them be rekindled, though they never put a name to it. I really liked Megan, she is determined and spunky, full of the fire that Jackson shared with her when they first met. Jackson is obviously handsome, incredibly caring, and scarred by the memories of the war. He broke my heart, several times, because it was obvious that he doesn't seem himself in the light that others do. Their connection brings out the best in him, but mentally he shuts it down repeatedly. It was so interesting to me that the nature of his career and his desire to protect Megan ultimately led to part of his downfall...as well as his turnaround to happily ever after. Kiss Marry Kill is a new release that fans of suspenseful romances will not want to miss. It keep you on your toes as you read, but has all the heat of an erotic romance. Full of complex characters, descriptive situations, casual dialogue, and a second chance story line, Kiss Marry Kill is absolutely a novel I recommend to my fellow readers.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
A suspenseful, sweet and sexy, second chance romance. After their too short-lived but thrilling weekend together they fell in love but were supposed to have a clean break, they didn’t exchange numbers because he’d leave for another tour with the marines and she’d go off to start her law degree. They’d have the fond memory of that perfect bubble in time. Five years later Jax Irons is the proud owner of Iron-Clad Security Firm and while he frequently thought of Megan, he pictured her as a happily married lawyer with 2.5 kids not the super star musician who’s in a danger and needs his help. Can he find a way to save and keep her? When Mega Cruz thought of him, she remembered the drop dead gorgeous stranger who kissed her at a baseball game because the kiss-cam had focused on her and her detestable boyfriend couldn’t be bothered. She remembered the carefree man who showed her how to live, enjoy life and gave her the nudge she needed to take a risk and live her dreams which turned into Grammy winning fame. But now she’s being stalked by a deranged fan and the only man she trusts to keep her safe is not the relaxed, happy-go-lucky guy she so often thought of. Can she help him remember the man he used to be while playing a deadly game of cat and mouse? I need to make a confession. I did not look at the title, cover or blurb of this book. I just added it to my to-read list and hopped I could read it soon because it was by Sidney Halston, an author I discovered by chance a couple of years ago and who has unfailingly provided me with great reads. She has now become an automatic one click author for me and I’m so glad I added Kiss Marry Kill to my list and just dive right in. Halston captured my attention right from the start, setting a suspenseful mood to backdrop the sweet and sexy romance between Jax and Megan. Not only did they have to solve the mystery behind Megan’s stalker, they also have a deep connection and unresolved past, and an incredible amount of chemistry. Through flashbacks, we get to know their past personas which are very different from their current personalities, their baseball kiss-cam meet-cute, and how those four incredible days together changed their lives. Even though the circumstances of their reunion aren’t great, I really enjoyed their sizzling hot chemistry, the way they got to rediscover each other with a back and forth made me laugh and smile, and how they learned to balance each other. Although I first wanted to slap her silly for not making sure her house alarm was activated, Megan was a very likeable character as was Jax even though he had big emotional conflicts between wanting Megan and needing to protect her. I also liked getting to know Megan’s two band mates and Jax’ business partners. I can’t wait to read more about them. Kiss Marry Kill is the kickoff book #1 and a great start to the Iron Clad Security series by Sidney Halston. It is a standalone suspenseful contemporary romance. Told from both points of view and has a happy ending.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
Megan and Jax met at a baseball game five years ago. After stepping in when her jerk of boyfriend wouldn't kiss her on the kisscam, Megan and Jax have a whirlwind four days together before he deploys and she starts law school. Their fire burned hot but the timing was terrible so they parted ways and moved on with their lives. After those amazing four days, Megan decides to follow her dreams of being a pop star. Fast forward to the present and Jax is home but not the same man who was deployed. He experienced a lot of loss, was injured, and is a far cry from the carefree, happy man who left. When he sees on the news that Megan is in danger from a stalker, he knows that he has to do whatever he can to protect her. But the fire is still burning hot. Will he be able to protect her and resist the attraction that still exists? I loved Jax and Megan. After those four days together, she gathered the courage to go after her dreams, not the dreams that were set by her family. And even after all of this time, she's still standing up for herself and her choices. I also loved how she used Jax's same methods to get her to loosen up when she met him after they reconnected. She knows that he's different but believes that the guy she knew is still there. Jax was the best: a loyal friend, a fierce protector, a loving man. He gave 100% to everything. They are perfect for each other. I'm loving the start of this series and I'm looking forward to what comes next for the Iron Clad crew
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
KISS MARRY KILL is the first installment in Sidney Halston’s contemporary, adult IRON CLAD SECURITY romantic, suspense series focusing on the men and women of Iron Clad Security. This is former Marine and owner of ICS Jackson ‘Jax’ Irons, and Grammy award winning singer Megan Cruz’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Megan and Jax) KISS MARRY KILL focuses on the rekindling relationship between singer Megan Cruz, and security specialist Jax Irons. Five years earlier Megan and Jax spent four days together that would change their lives: Jax headed off to his second tour of Iraq, and Megan walked away from a potential law career and into the spotlight of stardom and fame. Fast forward to present day wherein Megan Cruz finds herself the victim of a stalker, and Jax Irons offers up himself as her personal bodyguard and protector. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Megan and Jax, and the hunt for a potential killer whose threats against Megan are becoming more dangerous and personal. Jax has struggled with pain and PTSD since the attack on his team left our hero fighting for his life. Losing 7 of his men meant Jax took it personally that not everyone came home alive and well. For five years Jax has never forgotten about the woman that called to his heart but reconnecting with Megan would mean facing the truth about what he left behind. Megan Cruz is a world famous star; an award winning singer whose star rose to fame shortly after meeting the man who pushed her to go after what it was she wanted. Four days together changed the direction of her life, and she has never looked back. The relationship between Jax and Megan is one of second chances. Five years since they last spoke their reconnection is powerful and strong but Jax knows that to protect the woman he loves he must remain professional until her stalker is caught. The $ex scenes are intimate, intense and seductive without the over the top sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Jax’s former Marine buddy Joey and his sister Annie as well as security agents Jason and Ben-all of whom are employees of Iron Clad Security; Megan’s fellow band mates Taylor and Nelly; former band mate Tamara, as well as Megan’s mother attorney Rose Cruz. Annie’s story is next in Last First Kiss-August 2017. KISS MARRY KILL is a story of romance and suspense; betrayal and revenge; second chances and falling in love. The premise is intoxicating; the characters are spirited and energetic; the romance is passionate, spicy and provocative. KISS MARRY KILL is an exciting and inspiring look at second chances and a happily ever after.
IrishDaisy More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome start to a new series by Sidney Halston!! I was totally gripped from the very beginning and I found it extremely hard to put it down. After a crazy whirlwind 4 days together Meg and Jax went their separate ways never exchanging numbers or contact details. Now 5yrs later they are reunited under crazy circumstances where Meg has hit it big time and has also gotten herself a stalker and Jax who is back from being in the Marines who now own's his own security company. Those 4 days they spent changed Megan's views and made her really think about what she wanted from her life and Meg became the one that got away for Jax. Even now all these years later they have this amazing connection and the chemistry is crazy. I loved this new read from the Sidney Halston, it's fast paced fun sweet steamy with enough angst to keep you turning the pages with suspense and mystery thrown into the mix. Awesome start to the Iron Clad Security Series!! Can't wait for book #2
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
One day at a baseball game two people met, kissed then spent four amazing days together. Five years later issues in famous rock star Megan Cruz’s life bring Jax Irons back into her life. He is now a seasoned warrior with his own security company and is hired to do everything he can to keep Megan safe from a crazy stalker. There is definite interest between Megan and Jax but will the two decide to act on the attraction and lust they feel? Is it finally the right time in their lives for them to have something more with one another? And, how will the crazy stalker dude get his comeuppance? This novel is told from both viewpoints with chapters set in both the present and past. I figured out early on who the stalker was and found the plot more romantic than suspenseful in nature. As the first book in a series it lays the groundwork for future jobs/romances of the security company employees and indicates that there will be at least two more books in the series. I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press – Swerve for the ARC. This is my honest review. 3 Stars
SPBookHoarder More than 1 year ago
This was my first read by the author and I can say that I wasn't disappointed. Kiss, Marry, Kill was a roller coaster ride to the finish and it was worth the ride. This was a tale of missed opportunity, getting even and the author did well with the romantic and heartbreaking aspects of the book. The pairing of the two leading characters was well executed with Jax (male lead) the injured ex - Marine who is determined to keep the love he once lost safe and Megan (female lead) is determined not to let him go again. Kiss, Marry, Kill isn't the simple boy meets girl, comes to her rescue, have a brief wonderful time together and then fade into the background kind of story. It happily keeps the reader guessing about who the bad guy really is and how will the hero really save the day. The dynamic with all the characters is well put together and it is easy to see this series continuing with success.
Natalie_The_Biblioholic More than 1 year ago
First let me say... after reading this book, Sidney Halston has found a new fan. It's me, of course! Who knew that after reading the blurb and being gifted an advance copy that I'd find a new author to add to my favourites list? I freaking love when that happens. Something about this book spoke to me and I'll definitely be delving into her other novels. Five years ago, Jax was a soldier about to go on his second tour of duty and Megan was on the brink of starting law school. Both had huge responsibilities and burdens, but for four blissful days, they only had to focus on each other's happiness. Now Megan's a famous rock star who's being stalked by an overzealous fan and Jax, with the support of his security company, is just the man to offer her protection. Through flashbacks to the glory days, we get to see how deep the connection between Jax and Megan really was and how their feelings for one another never died. I absolutely loved Jax and Megan; individually and as a couple. The author gave the perfect amount of attention to their character development and did an amazing job of working it into the plot. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, from both the suspense elements and the development of the couple's relationship. It's safe to say that this story offered not a dull moment and left me in no doubt of the love and utter "rightness" of Jax and Megan. I'm excited to see what happens next in this series! Release Date: March 28, 2017 Genre: Romantic Suspense POV: Dual - 3rd person Steam: 3.5 out of 5 Book Type: Standalone - Book 1 of the Iron Clad Security series
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A chance encounter at a baseball game that leads to a weekend of passion has stayed with Jax for the last 5 years. The woman that haunts his memories is now a huge pop star and apparently has a stalker who's actions are escalating to deadly. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Jax and his security team jump in to help. Megan hasn't forgotten Jax either and she can't believe her good fortune when he comes to her aide after a nerve shattering incident with her stalker. Their reunion brings back all the old feelings and the attraction flares to life. Jax needs to stay focused though. It could mean life or death for Megan. This is a great blend of romance and suspense with enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat while giving you the full story on their developing relationship. I thought he flashbacks to the past took away from the story a bit. While it was nice to know the whole story I don't think we needed quite so much of the past. Since that is really my only complaint about the book I will definitely be recommending this one to everyone.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
After two tours in Afghanistan Jax Irons decided it was time for a change, so he hung-up his fatigues and formed a private security company with a few of his buddies. His new business allows him to use the skills he honed in the military, gives him the thrill of the chase he has grown accustom to, only now though he has a little more control over the when and where. His need to protect is something he constantly craves, and so when he learns that the woman who has been haunting his every thought for the five years is in danger he knows he needs to help. He shows up on her doorstep with the intention of protecting her from the evil that is lurking, but before long he finds that she has ingrained herself into every facet of his life all over again. And now that he has her back he has no intentions of letting her slip away again... After a terrifying experience brings Jax back into Megan Cruz's life, she can't help but fall for him all over again, no matter how much her head tells her not to. The last time they were together he left her broken-hearted and alone when he chose to join the military, and ended their relationship. But the man that left her five years ago, isn't the same man standing in front of her now, he's a man with emotional scars, but also a man determined to keep her safe. She wants so much to trust him with her heart... This chilling read grabbed my attention from the very first page, and had me completely addicted in matter of minutes, it was SO GOOD!! I have to say this is definitely one of my favorites from Ms. Halston to date, it was action packed, had a touch of spicy romance, and it kept me on the edge of my seat right up and until the very end! The moment you meet Jax your guaranteed to fall for him, he was as alpha as they come, but he also had a softer side that he reserved just for Megan, and when he turned on the charm he was truly hard to resist!! If you like your reads full of suspense and toe curling romance than I highly suggest you pick this one up, it's sure to thrill you in more ways than one!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "Keep her safe..." Stars! Sydney Halston opens her new Iron-Clad Security series, with an enjoyable second-chance reconnection romance, with an added dash of stalker suspense thrown in to keep things moving along. Megan Cruz and Jackson ‘Jax’ Irons, have come a long way in the five years since they last saw each other, one now a famous singer in girl-band TNT the other back in the US after two tours in the Military has left him scarred and bruised, both physically and mentally, now part owner in his own successful private security company. "I have to put myself between you and any possible danger… It’s crazy but I can’t lucking help it…" Not everyone is a fan of the past-flashback inclusions in a book, but I really liked that the author gave the reader the story of the four days they spent together in the odd chapter here and there, as the plot for the present day progressed through the book. It gave you a great insight into who they both were, and how they have both changed in the intervening years. "I’m not a mission… I’m a person." For me the main part of this story was the coming back together of Jax and Meg, and the way they worked through everything with each other, the five years they have been apart has made time for huge changes in both their lives, personalities and general outlook on things. Meg has become a stronger more confident woman, she’s not the shy undecided woman Jax spent time with. Whereas Jax has lost the easy-going charm and smiles that Meg had fallen in love with all those years ago, something she hopes that will re-emerge with the more time they spend together. The bodyguard (essentially) and the pop-star at risk isn’t a new story-line, especially when you add in a crazed stalker, and a few expected twists, but I liked the writing style, the sexy-times once they got going were hot, and the introduction to the rest of the Iron-Clad team made me interested too read Annie Clad’s book Last First Kiss, which is due for release in August. **This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy of the book.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! This is my first book by Sidney Halston and it's a great start to a series. A second chance romance between an ex-marine and rock star. They met 5 years prior, Jax about to ship out and Meghan on the verge of starting law school. This story had lot of things going for it. They way the two met was cute. How they spent the next four days together before Jax shipped out. The impact he had on her in that short amount of time, gave her the courage to change her life the way she wanted. How after 5 years, just the thought of Meghan in danger has Jax crashing back into her life to protect her from a stalker. Overall, a great story, great writing and interesting characters. I would have loved a bit more excitement to the suspense part of the story. This also had one of things I do not like in my romance books. Jax thoughts of Meghan were great, he was possessive and loved her long before he could admit it, but he didn't feel good enough for her so there was too much pushing away for my tastes. I really need the man to be a man and make things happen. When that doesn't happen, it takes some of my love of the relationship away. That's just a personal like and I'm sure most readers will love the back and forth with the characters. ARC provided by NetGalley.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston is the first book in the new series Iron Clad Security and I really enjoyed it. The writing was well done, the drama/suspense was just enough to hold your interest throughout the book and the characters were likable, passionate and very relatable. I really enjoyed watching Jax and Megan reconnect, they were both passionate people who loved hard and never forgot about the other after being apart for five years. I liked how we get to see them as they were back when they first fell in love and how they've both grown and changed but the love between them is still strong. They shared a strong connection and the chemistry between them was HOT!! I love second chance love stories and author Sidney Halston has written a very entertaining and enjoyable read in Kiss Marry Kill. What a great start to the Iron Clad Security series, looking forward to Last First Kiss coming later this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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