Sunday, April 29, 2018

Release Blitz Review: Love in Spades by Charlie Cochet



Love in Spades 
(Four Kings Security #1)
by Charlie Cochet
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance
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When the cards are stacked against you, the Kings will even the odds.

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 is a great start to a testosterone filled series, which centred around a security firm made up of ex-Special Forces. There are quite a number of supporting casts being introduced at the beginning which threw me off trying to keep track of each and every one of them. 

From the first chapter, Ace gave me the impression that he is an adrenaline junkie and will be a total hothead and the instigator of some upcoming drama. However, that's not the case. In fact, throughout his assignment to protect a shipping company's heir, Colton Connoly, I find Ace very dependable and level-headed when handling the uncooperative Colton. In fact, Colton is the one overreacting and appear immature when his freedom is being stripped away. I can understand him being non too happy with the arrangement, however, I was expecting him to be a bit in control and mature seeing that he was a respectable heir and run a successful company. 

Despite all the machoness of the setting, this is actually a very swoony story. Both Ace and Colton took some time to trust one and another. But once they passed the barrier, they are all in. They are both so smitten and totally sappy with how much they want each other. They are both so sweet.

The funny part was that some of the supporting characters were pairing up too. I find that a bit cliche that there are two couples that fell into the realm of 'love at first sight', I thought it was a tad too fast. Anyway, if everyone is all smitten and happy, who am I to stop them. 

This isn't an action-filled story, but we get enough action towards the end to make things exciting. I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of the series.




“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.”
“No.”
“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.”
“Seriously?”
“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?”
“Yes.”
“Good.”
“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.”
“Yes.”
“Does it come in different colors?”
“You should know that I’m two seconds away from putting you in a sleeper hold.”


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 mischiefs 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.