Be Still My Heart (Susan’s Review)

Title: Be Still My Heart (Four Kings Security #2)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 28th 2018
Genre(s): Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 268 pages
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


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 carries 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?

Unpopular opinion alert!

I loved the first book in this series and now I’m so disappointed I didn’t love this one. I can see why lots of people will probably like this, but for me it was just missing something.

I loved how Red and Laz met in the previous book, but that was actually the most interesting about their entire relationship. I felt the chemistry between them in the first book, but here? Not so much.

Red and Laz met during a party at Colton’s in Love in Spades. It was there that Red rescued Laz when he hit his head and fell into the pool after his (then) boyfriend pushed him.

It is now several weeks later and the two haven’t spoken for a while. Neither is sure why that is, so that’s why Ace interferes and Red ends up at one of Laz’s photoshoots (he’s a photographer). When Red asks Laz out to dinner, Laz immediately says yes. But then suddenly they’re in the middle of a shooting and it looks like someone is trying to kill Laz.

Red is still on leave after his accident, so he offers to guard Laz while the police look for the attacker….

I was really looking forward to this book ever since I read the lovely hurt/comfort parts in Love in Spades between Red and Laz. But here I felt quite bored with the whole relationship. I felt that there was just nothing interesting about these guys. I actually did like them as individuals, but together they were kinda boring. I thought the jokes between them felt forced and the conversations could not hold my interest.

And while I love sweet characters it can sometimes feel like overkill when we have two sweet characters. These guys were sugary sweet with each other from the start, and all the sharing emotions and tears and just everything was a bit too much for me to handle.

And when I got to ‘the conflict’ I just wanted it to be over. I got where they were both coming from, but I didn’t felt it added something to the story. It was simply there because these guys apparently needed a conflict. I didn’t like it.

So while I do still like this series, Red and Laz were not interesting enough to hold my attention. I did still like all the guys though.

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