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 definitely wants to get to know better. Much better.
Single mom, widow, Olivia Monroe has exceptional dreams that she refuses to let go of. Fifteen years ago, she left her broken home in New York City and never looked back. Now a dark horse candidate for Florida governor, she’s not looking for a relationship. Even with the hot guy who sweeps in and saves her computer the night before a big speech. Her hero has trouble written all over him. Joey is too handsome, too funny, too confident, and way too hard to resist.
Too bad he’s now her bodyguard.
The third book in the Iron Clad Security 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.
“I like you. I want you safe. You have a daughter. You need to keep her safe. I’m the guy who’s gonna do both those things.”
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.
“I’ll tell you a secret, Livvie. While you’ve been working yourself up as to how I felt and you felt and Sophie felt and what the entire fuckin’ world felt, I’ve made you mine. Livie, Like it or not, you and me, we’re already in a relationship. You just didn’t want to see it.”
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.
“This isn’t just a one-time thing, right? This is me and you trying for something more?”
“Darlin’, this is me and you trying for everything.”
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.
An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Iron Clad Security
“The only answer I want from you is a yes. Stop thinking so much.”
“But, I told you I didn’t need a Prince Charming.”
“Yet this is the second time I’ve come to your rescue, darlin’.”
Damn it. He was right.
“You only want to catch the bad guy so you can get some action?”
He rolled his eyes and smiled big. “Of course, darlin’. Remember, Prince Charming is just charming because he wants some booty.” He grabbed her ass playfully causing her to yelp just as Sophie skipped into the room.
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.