Monday, June 25, 2018

Review - Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston @SidneyHalston

Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston
Narrated by Dara Rosenberg
Series: Iron Clad Security #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Press / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Date Read: June 16, 2018
Length: 446 pages / 10 hours 28 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library via Hoopla
★★★★☆
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.

My Review

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.
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.

Author Link:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

27 comments:

  1. Oooo this does sound good. I can't recall hearing of it before. Just added it to my wishlist!

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    1. I hope you like it if you get the chance to read it, Christy!

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  2. This sounds like a great story. Thanks for sharing this one.

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  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much. I'm so used to seeing this tag on Booktube, that it kind of surprised me it was an actual book title.

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  4. it looks like it is a good mix there! I didn't know about it

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  5. I've never heard of this book, but it sounds so interesting. Thanks for sharing your review, I'll have to check it out in the future.

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  6. But you saved it! You did not let it linger in that pile any longer, it could have been 8 years...

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    1. I did get to it before it sat around for too long.

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  7. This sounds great. I love romantic suspense. I'll have to see where I could get it. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. It is on Hoopla if you have access to that, Anne!

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  8. It's great when a forgotten-about book turns out to be a treat :-)

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  9. It's nice when you pick up a book that you've had around forever and it turns out to be really good!

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  10. This sounds good... but like it would definitely give me nightmares, lol. It's so great when a book exceeds expectations and you end up liking it way more than you thought you would! I'll add this one to my list and THINK about reading it one day. <3

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I doubt it would give you nightmares. It wasn't scary at all but did have just a bit of action.

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  11. I am *always* speeding up audiobooks! And YouTube vids which are just talk-to-camera. Lol. I usually end up at at least double-speed, and even then I get impatient! ;) (This isn't me bragging, it's me proving what an impatient little so-and-so I am! Lol.)

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    1. I wish I could speed up my audios. I only seem to be able to do it with narrators that talk really slow.

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    2. Ha, as far as I'm concerned they all talk too slow - I'm like: 'Hurry up! Time's-a-wasting!' Lol XD

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  12. This does sound good! It sounds like it hit you at just the right time.There is no shame in the tbr pile, says me who has books in there I bought in the late 90's!!

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    1. Oh don't worry...I have quite the pile of books to pick from.

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  13. I've added this one to my TBR. I love a suspense plot with a stalker and I love the sound of this one. It's amazing what gems we have buried in the piles of books!

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    1. I have so many old review books and I am trying to find all of the gems in the pile. This was a very pleasant read, Katherine!

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