Saturday, April 28, 2018

♠♥♣♦ Love In SPADES by Charlie Cochet ♠♥♣♦

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RELEASE DATE: 04.24.18




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….



“Do I get a gun?” Colton asked.
 “Have you ever fired a gun?” 
 “No. I’m not really a fan.” 
 “It’s amazing how many clients believe we’re going to arm them. Even if you were an expert marksman, you wouldn’t get a gun. You get a pen.
Wait…. “A pen?”
 “Yep. Titanium.” Ace handed Colton a silver pen, and Colton hesitantly took it from him. He held it up in front of him and peered at it.
 “I’m supposed to fend off an attacker with a pen?”
 Was it a Bond pen? If he clicked the end or twisted it, would it release a toxic gas or set off an explosive? He clicked the end, and the ink nib popped out. Nope. It was just a pen. 
 “It’s a tactical weapon,” Ace assured him. “With the right amount of force in the right place, it can cause some serious damage.”
 Colton eyed him skeptically. “You’re messing with me.”
 “What if they have a gun?”
 “That’s a different lesson.”
 Colton sighed. “Okay, show me.” 
 “Not if you’re going to give me attitude.” 
 “I’m not giving you attitude.”
 Ace held his hand out. “Give me the pen.”
 “No. It’s my pen.” Colton clutched it to his chest. “You gave it to me.”
 “Yes. This is the only defense I have. You’re not taking it from me.” 
 “Colton, you do realize I could take it from you without you even realizing.”
 “Oh yeah, Mr. Hot-Shot-Green-Beret? Then do it.”
 “Colton,” Ace warned.
 “Come on. I want to see your super-secret moves.”
 “I don’t even know what to say to you right now, other than you’re being ridiculous. And I have your pen.” Ace held up a silver pen.
 “What the hell?” Colton gaped at his empty hands before his head shot up. “How’d you do that?” “With years of practice. Now, are you going to pay attention?” 
 “Can I have my pen back?”
 Ace pressed his lips together like he was trying to keep from laughing. The guy was so fucking sexy. Colton wanted to climb him and do terrible things to his body. Instead he took the pen Ace handed him. “Thank you.” 
 “Okay, put that in your pocket. First I’m going to demonstrate the moves.” Ace pulled his own pen from his pocket.”
 “Ooh, yours is black. It looks very serious.”
 “It’s the same as yours, but black.”
 “It camouflages with your clothes.” 
 “Does it come in different colors?”
 “You should know that I’m two seconds away from putting you in a sleeper hold.”

♠♥♣♦ REVIEWED BY ♠♥♣♦

5 SPADES ♠♠♠♠♠

I pretty much knew I was going to love this book right away. It's got everything you've come to know and love about Charlie as an author (but without the paranormal or funky underwear). 

The Four Kings are a pretty special boy band. You have the crazy cousins, Ace and Lucky, ones a player the other is the goofy, risky one. Red, the friendly giant (and ginger and I absolutely cannot wait for the next book!!) Last but not least, King. The no-nonsense take charge, sort of grumpy, "leader". All brothers in arms and brothers from other mother's, and loyal like no other. 

Ace was an absolute sweetheart, even when he wasn't being one. You can't not love this guy. He's honest, caring, and super funny and a whole lotta sexy. He and Colton light up the pages with their sexual tension. Who knew getting on each others nerves could be a form of foreplay? It's what seemed to do it for these two. 

I thought Colton was a little bratty at first, but I also found it humorous. Learning the why of him being against it though makes it totally understandable and he seems to realize what he's doing and amends his behavior (for the most part). 

This book has a bit of suspense behind it, and while you would think it's the main focus it's kind of not. The story seems to rotate more around Colt and Ace's relationship building. Getting to know each other and a bit of their pasts all while interacting with Ace's fun teammates. 

The real action doesn't happen until towards the end and I was kind of surprised as to who was behind the threats to Colton. I expected them to be from that circle, but not actually the person it ended up being.. 

The ending is so sweet. Poor Frank (one of Colts BFFs) getting razzed by Ace. I wonder if he and Joshua will end up with a story, or if we'll just see them grow on the sidelines throughout the others stories.

I also want to mention the art work that goes with this series. Charlie is an amazing artist and she always blows my mind with the details that come with her books. The Logo for You Kings is quite impressive and the story behind it is bittersweet. 

Up next...Red! Yes please, I need that big ginger in my life!


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.

Twitter: @charliecochet
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