Last First Kiss (Iron-clad Security, #2) by Sidney Halston
Published by Swerve on August 29th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense/Thriller
Format: eBook, Paperback
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He's an A-list Hollywood heartthrob. She's trying to prove herself in a man's world.For this female bodyguard, protecting her client is simply business, but what happens when sparks fly and the danger heats up?
After a series of box office flops, Rocco Monroe needs a hit. Bad press, shit talking, rumors, lies…it all goes with the territory after almost two decades in the spotlight, but when he lands the role of his career in a controversial biopic, the part of a lifetime comes with a catch: a hired bodyguard.
Annabelle Clad is so bored she wants to scream. Her life is coding and algorithms and binary codes…rinse and repeat. To her Rocco Monroe means freedom, a chance to show her overprotective brother and business partner that she can contribute to Iron Clad Securities. And no arrogant playboy will fuck up her concentration by batting his lashes at her. She would never jeopardize her reputation by swooning over any man. That had happened once, and she wouldn’t bear that loss or humiliation ever again. Even if Rocco looks like a walking fantasy...
From USA Today bestselling author Sidney Halston comes the second book in the Iron-Clad series, Last First Kiss.
He stopped walking and turned. “You haven’t even seen it yet.”
“I’ve seen enough to know. You’re too famous to have such a shitty system.”
“This is Miami. Not LA. I’m not that big of a deal here.”
That was bullshit. He was known everywhere. But it did make her wonder . . . “How come you don’t live in LA?”
“I grew up here and I’ve always liked it,” he replied simply as they reached the landing on the second floor. He walked through a set of double doors and placed her bag next to the bed. “I thought you’d like this room.” He then walked over to a balcony and swung open the doors. “It’s has a view of the bay.”
The walls were painted a soft blue, with white billowing sheer curtains. A big wrought-iron bed with a bedspread in different shades of light blue was the focal point of the room. It was soft and simple and just beautiful.
“It’s . . .” she wasn’t sure what words to use as she ran her fingers across the soft silk of the bedding.
She felt him behind her, close . . . too close. He wasn’t touching her but she could feel his breath on the back of her neck. “Soft. Feminine.”
She turned and swallowed, suddenly nervous at his nearness. And what made it even worse (or better) was that he didn’t move away, he didn’t do anything but look at her in a way she couldn’t interpret. His eyes roamed over her hair and face for a little too long and she didn’t look away, even when she felt her cheeks flush and her heart begin to hammer against her chest, she kept her hazel eyes on his blue ones. “Thank you for agreeing to this,” he said softly.
She was sure he was going to kiss her—positive.
But then he took a step back.
And all she could focus on was not the fact he hadn’t kissed her, but the fact that she hadn’t made a single attempt to stop him.
“This room okay?”
Feminine. Soft. Those were not words anyone would ever use to describe her. Including herself.
His eyes were on hers, searching. Then he reached forward, startling her, and pulled her sunglasses off her face, his thumb gently grazing her temple. She tried not to jump, even though it felt so foreign. “I prefer to look you in the eyes instead of at my own reflection.”
She hadn’t even realized she still had them on. Everything about this man made her do stupid things. Feel inappropriate things. When he didn’t look away, she took her glasses from his hand and stepped away, busying herself with her bag. “I know what you’re doing and we should really talk about setting up some ground rules.”
“What am I doing, Annie?”
She turned and walked out to the balcony. Talking to him made her feel uncomfortable. This was going to be a problem. How could she protect someone she felt all sorts of unusual feelings for? She could barely even look the man in the eye, for crying out loud!
“You’re thinking you can woo me into bed with you. I’m sure all those women you’ve dated dropped their panties at a smile from you, but you should know I’m not like any other woman. I can’t be wooed and I’m definitely not your type.”
From behind she heard him chuckle. “Oh, trust me. I know you’re not like any other woman. And since you think you know my type, I’m assuming you’ve been doing a little research on me? That’s good, I thought you didn’t know who I was.”
She swallowed and looked away. “You’re so full of shit. Everyone knows who you are. Doesn’t mean anything.”
“Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I looked you up too.”
Last First Kiss by Sidney Halston is book two in her Iron Clad Security series and it was even better than the first, in my opinion. Annabelle Clad is such a strong and fierce heroine who you can’t help but be enamored by her. Ms. Halston does a wonderful job of interweaving Annabelle’s backstory and letting us really get to know her. She was my favorite character in the book.
The novel is about Annabelle Clad who we met briefly in the first book. An army veteran, and computer expert, she has been working in the background of Iron Clad Security for her brother, Josef and his best friend, Jax. Though she’s great at IT, what she wants is to be back working in the field. If only her pigheaded brother would let her. Fortunately for Annie, the opportunity finally arises, when Hollywood actor Rocco Monroe is in need of a bodyguard when threats come pouring in with his new role in a controversial film about an infamous drug lord. The only catch is Rocco wants a bodyguard who can blend in, so he wants Annie to be his pretend girlfriend. What soon follows is a novel filled with banter, romance, danger, emotion, and heat.
I really enjoyed Last First Kiss. It was well-written, fast paced, and kept me interested from start to finish. I liked Rocco and Annie’s chemistry and their scenes together were filled with fun banter as well as heart, especially as they got to know more about each other’s pasts. Rocco is definitely nothing like Annie perceived him to be. Nothing like what she assumed a Hollywood actor would be. He was sweet though at times pigheaded particularly when it came to Annie doing her job, which was protecting him. I also loved Josef and Annie’s relationship. Though they fight and disagree a lot, you can tell how strongly they care for one another. I hope we can see a book about Josef soon and find out more about him as well.
Overall, Last First Kiss by Sidney Halston was a great novel and very entertaining. I had fun reading it and very much recommend. I can’t wait to read more by Ms. Halston.