Love in Spades (Susan’s Review)

Title: Love In Spades (Four King’s Security #1)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: April 21, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Mystery
Page Count: 268 pages
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5


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….

This was great! It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.

I’m always a sucker for the whole bodyguard/client trope. There’s just something about it that makes me all excited.

In this first book of the Four Kings Security series we meet the ‘four kings’. These men served as Special Forces together until they lost half their unit. When they left the army, 4 of them started a security company. And now Ace, Red, Lucky, and King run a very successful business.

When the company gets approached by Paxton Connolly to protect his son, Colton, Ace is immediately intrigued. It seems Colton does not want a bodyguard and they get told Colton will make their life as difficult as possible.

Colton has enough experience of people trying to rule his life. He is definitely not going to just accept a team of bodyguards who will be with him around the clock. But even though Colton tries to be as uncooperative as he possibly can be, he cannot deny the sparks that fly between him and Ace.

And while Colton and Ace grow closer, there is still someone out there who’s trying to hurt Colton….

I really liked this. At first I wasn’t too sure where it was going to go, since I couldn’t get a good feel for Colton. I wasn’t liking how he treated Ace at first.

And I used to love banter, but it seems I’ve outgrown it a bit. In the first half Colton and Ace were trying to make life so difficult for each other, while all I wanted was for them to just get along. I was happy that it didn’t last too long though. And when they finally did start acting like adults, there was no relationship angst, so that made me very happy. These guys were not afraid to admit their feelings for each other and to start something serious (once they got their head out of their asses).

We got some good sexy times, some lovely hurt/comfort moments, and an intriguing plot. This was a very promising start to this new series. I can’t wait to read about the other guys.

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