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: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.9 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?
This book starts with Red and Laz not having seen each other for about four months because Laz didn’t want to impose himself on Red, or so he said. The instant crush they had when they met the first time, is not lacking in force when they meet again at the beach where Laz is having a photoshoot. While they and the rest of the Kings are there talking somebody shoots at Laz and that is the start for Red keeping himself by Laz’s side for most of the book, as a protective friend. For me there wasn’t much suspense and this is a good book for those who like more of the daily life and relationship than the actual mystery.
My favourite part in this book was when Red had an emotional breakdown because of a nightmare. I felt sad for him and glad that King came to help Red. Their brotherhood is supposed to be strong and I felt this moment between Red and King were over a little too soon. I wanted the closeness between King and Red to revel in, to soak in the fact that King was, in fact, not dead as Red dreamt. But I felt I could barely do that before King handed Red over to Laz.
Red and Laz were sweet and very supportive but Red felt more interesting to me around Ace and the others while Laz felt a little too soft. Red and Laz together were tooth-achingly sweet and they couldn’t hold my interest. Red’s a sweetheart though. Then you have the total opposite, Bryan and his friends. They felt one dimensional and they were shallow, vain, mean, and their intelligence didn’t come off as very high or they were merely that blind. It seemed to me they were only there to create more sympathy toward Laz.
Then I question the fact that someone having near to a panic attack or freaking out bad, would suddenly be fine just by catching sight of a good-looking person? There’s a lot of insta-love in this series. The only time I got invested in Red were when they actually had a fight because of Laz’s stupidty and just for a moment Red became angry but it was over quickly. I still don’t get Laz’s logic about his behaviour there, and the reason felt too weak for him to react that way, hence it came across as drama merely for the purpose of drama. It could have been avoided so easily.
There were also work procedures that were off and not realistic, for example civilians are not allowed to watch police interrogations just because they want to, nor do they write down their own statements. To be honest had I not read Be Still My Heart to review, I wouldn’t have finished it. I found Lucky and Mason more interesting than Laz and Red. There were a few moments where my interest peaked after the initial shooting, fortunately. I also thought because of the blurb that Red’s PTSD would play a bigger part but I was disappointed since even though Red experienced it, we weren’t in on it.
There were some suspense in the beginning and a little in the end. The whole book felt romanticized and if you like characters who are bodyguards, police, ex-military, who do that line of work in the book then I wouldn’t recommend this book, since there’s not much of it in here. There are people who really like this story though, so maybe you will as well?. It just didn’t connect with me. I’m very curious how Lucky’s and Mason’s story will turn out however.