Kiss Kiss Bang

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 defin...

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Title:Kiss Kiss Bang
Author:Sidney Halston
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Kiss Kiss Bang Reviews

  • Dali

    HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!!

    A computer crash is the last thing anyone wants, especially while preparing to give an important speech in a race for governor. Fortunately for Olivia Monroe, she also crashes right into delectable computer expert, ex-marine, co-owner of Iron-Clad security and secret hacker Joseph Clad who is more than willing to help a damsel in distress.

    HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!!

    A computer crash is the last thing anyone wants, especially while preparing to give an important speech in a race for governor. Fortunately for Olivia Monroe, she also crashes right into delectable computer expert, ex-marine, co-owner of Iron-Clad security and secret hacker Joseph Clad who is more than willing to help a damsel in distress.

    Olivia wouldn’t call herself a damsel in distress though. She’s a single mom and widow who’s been threatened and targeted because of her candidacy in Florida’s race for governor. She’s not backing down however, and Joey will be right there protecting her and her daughter Sophie, whether she asks him for his help or not. Because the man is not just attractive and skilled, he’s an assertive alpha male on a race of his own: to win the damsel’s heart. Can he convince her include him into her complicated life?

    I’m not sure how I missed book #2 in this series, a fact that will be remedied ASAP, but I’m glad Kiss Kiss Bang didn’t escape me because I love reading Sidney Halston’s books which are always a source of great enjoyment.

    This story snagged my interest right from its prologue which recounting Olivia’s teenage love for her next door neighbor while growing up and living in an underprivileged part of NYC. Fast forward twenty years and we see a thriving Olivia trying to fix her computer and meeting the very charming and self-assured Joey. Sparks immediately fly between them but Olivia resists not just because of her busy schedule but because of her cute and vivacious five year old daughter. But Joey is a hard man to say no to.

    As threats turn to attacks, Joey’s protectiveness kicks in full force and while he’s racing to keep her from harm, he’s also falling hard for both the Monroe woman.

    I just love a man who knows what he wants and is determined to get it. Joey might have been a bit highhanded, but it was just what Olivia needed and I loved how he admired and fell for her and Sophie. My ovaries just about exploded by the end of the book with all the cute scenes between Joey and Sophie!

    Olivia is strong, smart, caring, and dedicated. She fights for what she believes in and does something about it. They were perfect for each other.

    As Olivia and Joey got to know each other and the plot unfolded I kept wondering about Olivia’s past and present loving the suspense and trying to figure out what would come. I was as engaged with the story’s exciting plot as I was with the developing romance so much that I read this in one sitting!

    Kiss Kiss Bang is book #3 of the Iron Clad Security series by Sidney Halston. It is a standalone romantic suspense. Told from both points of view and has a happy ending.

    * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. *

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  • Carvanz

    Wow! Now this is how alpha heroes and romance is done! I absolutely loved this book! It was so quick paced, never bogging down with too much or unnecessary information and the way Joey met, stepped in and then fell for Olivia and her daughter was totally swoon worthy! There was just enough drama and danger to keep the story moving and character development that made me feel like these people were my friends.

    Sometimes when a heroine has a career such as Olivia they can be written to be too hard

    Wow! Now this is how alpha heroes and romance is done! I absolutely loved this book! It was so quick paced, never bogging down with too much or unnecessary information and the way Joey met, stepped in and then fell for Olivia and her daughter was totally swoon worthy! There was just enough drama and danger to keep the story moving and character development that made me feel like these people were my friends.

    Sometimes when a heroine has a career such as Olivia they can be written to be too hard core in an attempt to prove they’re not or never will be a doormat. But Sidney Halston created Olivia to be tough in her career but with enough insecurity in her life that she was just…real, and totally likable. And Joey! OMG! This hero checked every one of my perfect alpha boxes. I didn’t want this story to end and I was a little disappointed we didn’t get a further look into the future for this couple. Nevertheless, I closed my Kindle with a contented sigh and a giddy smile on my face.

    Thank you Ms. Halston for an incredibly satisfying read!

    This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press - Swerve.

    Dual POV

    Safe

    Possible triggers – teen drug use

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Kiss Kiss Bang started off as what I thought was going to be a RomCom then the story took a turn and the Romantic Suspense really came through. And, Romantic Suspense may have won out, but it definitely had its lighter moments.

    Alpha-male Joey Clad was undeniably one sexy man. On top of it, he knows how to hold a gun, hack a computer and love a woman.

    Livie was a woman who ran away from an abusive house, learned how to stand on her own two feet and fight for what she believes in.

    Alone, they are tw

    Kiss Kiss Bang started off as what I thought was going to be a RomCom then the story took a turn and the Romantic Suspense really came through. And, Romantic Suspense may have won out, but it definitely had its lighter moments.

    Alpha-male Joey Clad was undeniably one sexy man. On top of it, he knows how to hold a gun, hack a computer and love a woman.

    Livie was a woman who ran away from an abusive house, learned how to stand on her own two feet and fight for what she believes in.

    Alone, they are two strong people. Together, they could take on the world, figure out who is stalking and threatening her and protect the joy of Livie’s life … the precocious, lizard loving Sophie.

    As Kiss Kiss Bang progressed, I really enjoyed reading about Evie and Joey. They both had pasts that they weren’t proud of but found a way to turn things around. Joey was entertaining at times, serious when had to be, super sexy – especially when he was helping Sophie. Sorry, but there is nothing sexier than a man crawling around looking for lizards, playing around in the pool and just enjoying the wonderment of a child.

    Surrounded by strong secondary characters, Joey and Olivia were able to shine through. Sidney Halston really did a wonderful job of bringing these two characters together and giving them a love worth fighting for. I was intrigued with the storyline and enjoyed reading about Sophie. Yea, she kind of made the story. She was just adorable. And, the story flowed … there was no time that you weren’t wondering what was going to happen next or who may have been threatening them, where the Governor fit in or just when Harry’s Hacker would strike again. There were some things that were predictable but, that's expected. There's only so much that can be said without being a little predictable. That’s a true testament of a good romantic suspense author.

  • Kimberley C.

    This is the first Sidney Halston book I’ve read and I enjoyed it. I liked the main characters and I found the story moved along quickly enough to hold my interest and want to keep reading. I will definitely pick up with others in the series because I need to know what went down with them as well!

  • Sabrina

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    follows the "Clad" in Iron-Clad Security, also known as Joey. He's the hacker behind the security firm and meets his match in single mom Olivia Russo. When he first ran into her she was a disheveled mess having a break down on the floor of a computer store, yet just one look at her and he knew she was someone his life needed. Then he ended up being what she needed when a crazed stalker starts to make threats against her.

    This series is honestly one o

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    follows the "Clad" in Iron-Clad Security, also known as Joey. He's the hacker behind the security firm and meets his match in single mom Olivia Russo. When he first ran into her she was a disheveled mess having a break down on the floor of a computer store, yet just one look at her and he knew she was someone his life needed. Then he ended up being what she needed when a crazed stalker starts to make threats against her.

    This series is honestly one of my favorites from Sidney Halston, I love the suspense and intrigue of it and how these characters flourish in the chaos. Joey and Olivia had really great chemistry and those moments of stolen kisses and soft touches amongst the craziness of everything else going on was what drew me into them. I also swooned ridiculously hard over Joey with Olivia's daughter.

    Overall, this was a brilliant Romantic Suspense and I felt like it had the perfect mix of mystery and sweet romance. It actually makes me want to go back and re-read the series as a whole just because seeing the past characters reminded me of how much I loved them all.

  • AJ

    The third book in the

    series, and Sidney Halston has delivered another solid bodyguard-client romance that is fun, flirty, sexy and romantic with a functional, low-angst relationship and a touch of mystery/suspense that makes this a really exciting read that can easily standalone. With an alpha hero you can’t help but love, a strong and feisty single mother heroine and an adorable little girl, this is a great read and I really enjoyed it.

    Joey Clad is the second half

    The third book in the

    series, and Sidney Halston has delivered another solid bodyguard-client romance that is fun, flirty, sexy and romantic with a functional, low-angst relationship and a touch of mystery/suspense that makes this a really exciting read that can easily standalone. With an alpha hero you can’t help but love, a strong and feisty single mother heroine and an adorable little girl, this is a great read and I really enjoyed it.

    Joey Clad is the second half of Iron Clad Security. An ex-Marine (of course), he is the tech guru of the company, and the best hacker in the business. Olivia Monroe is a widowed single mother who had a bit of an Erin Brockovich moment and found herself swept up in a run for Florida Governor. Her life is a whirlwind, and when she finds herself in trouble, Joey comes to her rescue

    There’s a spark of attraction between Joey and Olivia from the very beginning, and when the gorgeous young politician becomes the target of a mysterious threat, Joey steps in to protect her – very quickly steamrolling his way into every aspect of Olivia’s life.

    Oh, I do love me a straight-talking alpha male, and Joey is all that. He lays out for Olivia how he feels and what he wants, and he holds nothing back, and I freaking love that! There’s no game playing, no back and forth, no unnecessary angst. He puts it out there and he takes what he wants and it makes this a really fun read.

    That’s not to say that there’s no intensity, because there absolutely is. The chemistry sizzles, the sexual tension is fantastic, and they do have issues that they need to deal with - the great thing is that they acknowledge those issues, they deal with them and they move on, working towards what they both want.

    Adding an additional layer of intensity is the threat facing Olivia. There is mystery and suspense, and it’s really well written. It doesn’t overwhelm the story, but it creates a sense of drama and excitement, and I thought it was really well tied in to the characters and their romance, making this a well-developed and intriguing story.

    Quick shout-out too, to Olivia’s daughter, Sophie. She’s an absolute cutie, and watching the way that she and Joey embraced each other so effortlessly was just gorgeous.

    I really enjoyed this book. 3.5 stars.

  • Natalie The Biblioholic

    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 st

    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.

    December 5, 2017

    Romantic Suspense

    Dual - 3rd person

    4 out of 5

    Standalone - Book #3 of the Iron Clad Security series with character crossover

  • Dísir

    Sidney Halston’s latest Iron-Clad Security series isn’t quite the typical bodyguard-type romance, even though the high-profile/security (geek) guy pairing is in full force here. It’s a rather unusual setup nonetheless (a politician with an ex-military hacker) and while there’s some suspense written into this, the focus is mainly on the romance that grows under adversity, coupled with an annoying child who seems to be constantly hovering at the ‘terrible-twos’ age and a ton of eye-blinding lust.

    Sidney Halston’s latest Iron-Clad Security series isn’t quite the typical bodyguard-type romance, even though the high-profile/security (geek) guy pairing is in full force here. It’s a rather unusual setup nonetheless (a politician with an ex-military hacker) and while there’s some suspense written into this, the focus is mainly on the romance that grows under adversity, coupled with an annoying child who seems to be constantly hovering at the ‘terrible-twos’ age and a ton of eye-blinding lust.

    Joey Clad and Olivia Monroe are likeable, steady characters who don’t generally behave several decades younger than they’re supposed to be. Both are confident in themselves, tough in ways that matter and in this manner, well-suited to each other. Maybe the correct term here is ‘adulting’: behaving with the weight of the awareness that they do have responsibilities and don’t run away from them while talking it out—I literally get quite excited when couples in romantic fiction use their mouths to communicate instead of using sex to put the issue away for another time.

    There are moments when Olivia pushes Joey away and gives all sorts of excuses at first while Joey dives straight into their relationship and isn’t unafraid to call her out for them—that part is done away with quickly. I did skim a little past the political issues and the antics of Olivia’s daughter, but mostly, ‘Kiss Kiss Bang’ is a story that deals with the threats thrown at Olivia and her daughter as Joey steamrolls his way into their lives and makes himself indispensable. Nearly emotionally angst-free, the book is, in this aspect, quite a predictable but welcome read—there aren’t that many earth-shaking revelations that turn the pairing against each other or one that contributes to a huge climax—which I could appreciate given the number of blowups that tend to be the norm in the romance genre.

    *ARC by Netgalley

  • Carol

    3.5 stars .

    Another entertaining read from Sidney Halston and this is a nice addition to the Iron Clad Security series.

    I liked that all 3 books were uniquely original and each had a different story to tell within the parameters of the series. This author is always fun and easy reading for me, I like her a lot.

    Sidney writes romantic suspense in a way that remains light and funny, not overly dark or angsty.

    I was happy to see Joey get his own book and the romance was sweet, I also liked Olivia and

    3.5 stars .

    Another entertaining read from Sidney Halston and this is a nice addition to the Iron Clad Security series.

    I liked that all 3 books were uniquely original and each had a different story to tell within the parameters of the series. This author is always fun and easy reading for me, I like her a lot.

    Sidney writes romantic suspense in a way that remains light and funny, not overly dark or angsty.

    I was happy to see Joey get his own book and the romance was sweet, I also liked Olivia and her daughter Sophie-she was precocious but in a good way.

    The only complaint I have is that the ending felt a little too rushed and had the author included an epilogue I am sure I would have raised my star rating higher to 4 instead of 3.5.

    This series can be read as standalones but I recommend starting with book 1 but I will admit that book 2 is my absolute favorite.

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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