Love in Spades #1
Ex-Special Forces soldier Anston “Ace” Sharpe is fighting a different battle these days—one involving the world of private security across the state of Florida. As part owner of Four Kings Security, Ace and his fellow Kings tackle everything from armed transport and investigations to cyber intelligence and executive protection. Cocky, fearless, and brash, Ace isn’t afraid to take risks.
After years of working alongside his father, Colton Connolly is ready to take the helm at Connolly Maritime, but his father’s retirement is put on hold when Colton begins receiving death threats. If that isn’t bad enough, his father signs a contract with Four Kings Security to provide Colton with round-the-clock protection, despite his adamant refusal. Colton’s life has been turned upside down, the last thing he needs is a shadow, especially in the form of infuriating, sexy-as-sin Ace Sharpe, who seems to be on a mission to drive Colton mad.
Sparks fly the moment Colton and Ace meet on a sultry night club dance floor. But getting involved with a client, even one as fiery and beautiful as Colton Connolly, is a line Ace is unwilling to cross. Colton might be attracted to Ace, but he’d been burned before. He might be willing to put his life in Ace’s hands, but not his heart.
As the Florida nights heat up, so does their passion, and Ace and Colton are faced with a difficult choice—take the plunge and risk it all, or play it safe and walk away?
If Ace can keep a deadly threat from robbing Colton of a future….
Be Still My Heart #2
Former Special Forces medical sergeant Russell “Red” McKinley knows a thing or two about wounds, like the fact some can take a lifetime to heal, if they heal at all. The scars Red carry run deep, and living with PTSD often means battling the memories of his past. Injuries he received while working an executive protection case with fellow Kings and co-owners of Four Kings Security, have once again forced past heartaches to the surface, but Red is determined not to let it derail his blossoming romance with sweet and sexy fashion photographer Lazarus Galanos.
Laz can’t deny there’s something special developing between him and Red, but Laz has wounds of his own. He’s hesitant to jump into a new relationship after his recent explosive breakup. Experience has taught Laz to doubt his judgement when it comes to men. Guys who seem too good to be true, usually are, and no one appears more perfect than Red.
When an attempt is made on Laz’s life, Red is determined to keep him safe. Laz may not be a client, and Red is still off duty, but Laz is one of their own, and nothing means more to the Kings than family. While an investigation is underway, Red and Laz are growing closer, but can they find a way to help each other heal and take a chance on love, or will their fears and insecurities cost them more than their future together?
Love in Spades #1
Original Review May 2018:
Colton Connolly is ready to take over running the family business, Connolly Maritime, but he's been receiving disturbing mail and packages. Colton isn't concerned but his father is and hires Four Kings Security to protect his son. Anston “Ace” Sharpe and his friends have found a new place in life running Four Kings Security after their military career was over and its given them a new lease on life. When their new client is Colton Connolly things don't go too smoothly at first but when Ace steps in and does what he does best, Colton has a change of heart. Will their attraction to each other put lives at risk or only their hearts?
When I saw there was going to be a new series from the author who brought us THIRDS I was pumped. I have to admit that when I'm that excited about something, I am often a little disappointed afterwards, that it didn't quite live up to my expectations. WELL!! I needn't have worried because Love in Spades lived up to my expectations and more. One can't help but compare bodyguard/client romances to The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, for me it just seems the natural comparison. Let me tell you that Charlie Cochet's Love in Spades far surpassed my love of that movie. Ace and Colton are a perfect pair, By "perfect" I don't mean that everything is Utopian, because to me that isn't perfect. Perfect relationship-wise is a meshing of love/hate, arguing/making-up, strengths/weakness, "perfect" is a balanced scale of good and bad. That is exactly what these boys are, a well balanced duo.
As for the mystery behind the threatening letters/packages, well I think you know what I'm about to say: for those answers you have to read for yourself. Trust me, you don't want to miss it! I had some ideas from the very beginning and they evolved as I read the book(which a well written mystery should) so let me just say it was definitely intriguing that kept me hooked from beginning to end.
Four Kings Security is going to be great and I can't wait for more. They may not be the boys from THIRDS but they are a very close second, I wouldn't want to put money on the difference and if the two series were cars I wouldn't want to put my finger between them. Just brilliantly written with characters that I loved, even if I wanted to strangle a few of them at times(and not just the bad guys). As I said, I am on the edge of my seat waiting for more.
Original Audiobook Review July 2018:
I'm not sure what I can say about the audio version that I didn't say when I read the ebook a couple of months ago. Listening to the story was just as enjoyable as reading Colton and Ace's journey. I don't listen to many audiobooks, I have many in my library but I just don't often find the time to listen to them because unlike many I don't find myself able to enjoy them in the car. As for Greg Boudreaux's voice, I may not have a wide variety of narrator examples to choose from but I can't imagine anyone else bringing life to the characters.
Be Still My Heart #2
Original Review August 2018:
As Red McKinley continues to heal after being wounded in his aid to help Ace protect Colton and Colton's friend Laz he finds the new attraction to Laz blossoming. Lazarus Galanos can't deny his growing attraction for Red but is hesitant to move forward after the destructive relationship he finally broke free of. When Laz finds his life in danger, once again Red and the Four Kings come to his aid. Between bullets, nightmares, and misunderstandings will Red and Laz find love and home before its too late?
Be Still My Heart is just great, no better way to say it than that. As it often does with me when it comes to series that features a new couple with each entry, the first is often the pair to grab hold of me the strongest. Having said that, it doesn't mean I don't love the pairings to follow they just don't quite burrow into my heart as deep. Red and Laz are lovely, they may not be Ace and Colton but they are still incredibly entertaining and powerful. As for the mystery part of the story I wondered if that wasn't the culprit part way through but I wasn't sure until just before the reveal. Now if that sounds cryptic, it was meant to as I don't do spoilers.
Let's take a look at Red and Laz. Red is an intriguing character with plenty of moments in his past to keep him up at night. The hell he seen during his time in the military would be enough to shut anyone off from the world but with King and the boys' help he has found ways to keep his mind at rest, that doesn't mean he doesn't suffer nightmares and the terror that comes with them but he has tools to help him now. Unfortunately, there comes a point where as proud of him as I am for everything he's dealt with(I won't say overcome because he'll never "beat" it but he survives and moves forward) I still want to give him a solid knuckle-rap to the back of the head. I won't say why, you'll have to read Heart for yourself to learn that moment, but I'm pretty sure you'll feel the same.
Now for Laz, what can I say about young Lazarus? Laz may not see himself as strong but he has more strength than he lets on but that doesn't mean I didn't want to knock him upside the head once or twice when he assumed something about Red(and yes "something" is all you'll get from me). You know what they say about assuming: you make an ASS out of yoU and ME. 😉😉 After all, there had to be some drama and it couldn't all come from the "who's behind it?" part of their journey.
I may not have been on the edge of my seat trying to find the whos and whys of Be Still My Heart but Red and Laz kept me teetering near said edge as they discovered each other and the journey they took getting from point A to point Z. I should mention that although technically Heart is probably considered a standalone because it features a new pairing, I highly recommend reading Love in Spades first. Will you be lost if you start with Heart? No but I found it just flowed better knowing Ace and Colton's journey, there are things touched on from book one but the author handles it so you won't be lost if you didn't read Spades first. I can't wait to see what the author has in store for the rest of the Kings.
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.
Love in Spades #1
Be Still My Heart #2