Kitty’s Review – Last First Kiss (Iron Clad Security #2) by Sidney Halston

Sidney Halston did a wonderful job of bringing this story together and being able to bring some humor and romance into what was an intense story. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures 

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…

Incredible! I cannot tell you how much I loved this story. Sidney Halston really did me in with this book. She had just the right amount of everything. A hard-working woman. A heart-throb of a man. One look and Rocco is a goner. One word out of his mouth and Annabelle knew she had to put him in his place. Now, he’s the teacher – she’s the student. She’s the bodyguard – he’s hell bent on protecting her. Mix all of this together and you have a story with drama, humor, mystery, romance and love.

Some people may say that Annabelle is snarky and too strong a woman. No, she’s not. She’s a woman in a man’s world and has to constantly prove herself. You either become one of guys, show them that you can do it just as good as them (if not better) or you flounder. Now, add 4 older brothers and she had no choice but to be a professional, to know her stuff and fight for her place in Iron Clad Security and the family. She made the mistake of falling in love with someone she shouldn’t have and paid the price. But, it’s becoming extremely hard being with Rocco, protecting him, acting as his girlfriend, seeing a side of the heart-throb that the public doesn’t see, getting to know him without putting her heart at risk, again.

Rocco is not your average movie star. He doesn’t believe in flaunting his lifestyle. He’s a normal man that just happens to be a successful actor. He does not want a bodyguard. He’ll agree to one, but it has to be Annabelle Clad. She’ll blend in as she acts as his girlfriend. But, something has happened … he’s never felt about another woman what he’s feeling for Annabelle. His libido is off the charts … she’s beautiful, sexy and, the more she puts him in his place, the more turned on he gets. Now, he’s finding himself wanting to know about her, about her life, her deepest and darkest secrets. He’s falling in love and is excited about it. But, can he live with her putting herself in constant danger?
It’s impossible to really get into this story without a whole bunch of spoilers. Needless to say, I loved that the story flowed off the pages. There was no time to wonder what was going to happen next or what would come out of either of their mouths. The banter between the two of them just enhanced a sexually charged story. But, the banter between Annabelle and her brother Joey was starting to get on my nerves. I know that Sidney Halston was trying to pass him off as an overly protective brother but, to me, he came off as chauvinistic. In the short time that they were together, Rocco saw more worth in her than her own brother. Joey bothered me. I loved that Annie could stand on her own two feet, that she was able to lower her guard and be a woman at the same time as being badass.

Sidney Halston did a wonderful job of bringing this story together and being able to bring some humor and romance into what was an intense story.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

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