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Love in Spades

(Four Kings Security #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,794 ratings  ·  482 reviews
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 an
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published April 21st 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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FOTO BEWERKEN - makkelijk online je foto's bewerken of aanpassen

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Charlie Cochet's "Thirds" series. I have read every single book, and I will continue to do so until she stops writing them. I am a real "Thirds Nerd".

Reading Thirds has thought me something important....that Charlie Cochet is a genius, and so when said genius writes another series... I must read it !!!

I am so glad I did....because I really enjoyed this one !!

This book is not just about two men falling in love. It's also about friends and family and the fa
Shin Mon Thway
I think this may be the case of “it’s not the book, it’s me” because I really had a hard time connecting with characters and loving this book. 🙃 I think it was also because I had such high expectations for this one and when they weren’t met, I felt like they really fell short. It was a struggle even to finish the book if I have to be completely honest. 😭 So let me state the facts why this didn’t work for me.

1. Why Colton Conelly? Am I the only one who thinks this name is awkward and unattractiv
4 Stars

Four Kings Security is an elite security firm run by ex-special forces teammates and friends, King, Red, Lucky, and Ace. These guys are the best at what they do and everyone knows it, which is why they are hired by a Floridian business mogul named Paxton Connelly, when his son and heir, Colton Connelly, starts to receive personal threats of increasing concern.

Colton believes his father is being needlessly worrisome and overprotective, and so chooses to act out when Ace is personally put
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
DNF @ 79%

It's been awhile since I've had to DNF a book. And I realize at 79% I should've probably just finished the damn thing, but honestly I just couldn't. What's the point when I started skimming at about 60%?

Honestly the first half wasn't bad. I even kind of liked it. But then I started rolling my eyes. And things just became completely OTT and cheesy. Much like the Thirds series, I might add. #sorrynotsorry

I just couldn't with the sap. I just couldn't.
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Strong Start to a Series Stars!

I admit I’m holding back a bit on my rating here, almost like a figure skating judge waiting to see if the next up is better or not.

Here, Ace is simply doing his job in protecting important mogul Colton. These two of course, clash immediately as Colton doesn’t want anyone encroaching in on his life due to a terrible past betrayal. So understandably, Colton is going to be the biggest brat to Ace and his team, but slowly, as he and Ace get to know each other bett
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok

I did not read what everyone else read. There's just no way. This was nothing but a melodramatic soap opera.

Emotions were all over the place. An MC would go from a raging asshole one minute to a blubbering, crying baby the next. About a topic that didn't even affect him! It was like empathy tears on steroids in this book!

And the MCs went from seriously disliking each other in one chapter to sharing their deepest secrets the next. Wut?

Clearly it's just me. But that was NOT good.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Audiobook: ***4.5 Highly-entertained-stars***
Story: ***2.5 Geez-how-old-are-these-guys?-twelve?-stars***
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited, m-m

Well now.


So, I can kind of see both sides of this one. I can see why people liked it (not love) and I can see how people disliked it. Actually, I can even see how it got DNF'd.

Me, I think I fall somewhere in the middle. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either. More, it didn't get on my nerves which I think kind of saved it.

I liked the premise. I liked the guys; at least what I have seen of them, and I think it is cool they will each get a book.

I think you just can’t take any of it serious
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Stupid Insta-Love*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

The book centers around ex-Special Forces soldier and part owner of Four Kings Security (one of the top security companies in the state), Anston ‘Ace’ Sharpe (39) and Colton ‘Col’ ‘Colt’ Connolly (33? 34?). Colton's receiving death threats for being gay, and while he doesn't take it seriously, his dad does. So, said dad, goes behind his back and hires Four Kings Security to bodyguard - with Ace as the lead guard - his son. Let's just say Colton is not happy with
Lorraine Lesar
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have to agree with Shin on this one, I just couldn’t connect and life is too short to try and wire-in. Electrocuted myself at 32%.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book has only been out a few days, but it already has tons of glowing reviews. Unfortunately, I'm about to break that string, because this book was barely even ok for me. In fact, I had to force myself to keep reading, and it weren't for a challenge, I probably would have set it aside to pick back up later.

I expected something closer to the THIRDs series, but without the shifters. I expected plenty of action, with some nice moments between the guys, getting to know each other in that flirt/
~Mindy Lynn~
4.5 Stars!

The 'Four Kings' are about four men who served together and lost the majority of their people and decided to leave and start a security business together. They are the best at what they do and their services are high in demand among the rich and famous. Which is why Colton's father seeks their help when Colton continues to receive threatening letters. Colton is ready to take over his father's company but his father halts his retirement and refuses to continue with it until he knows Co
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mm
Welcome to Sunny OTT Florida!!

Well, since I went into this one expecting a so-so story, I wasn’t disappointed: I got a so-so story. Actually, I got an OTT mediocre story that had me scratching my head and wondering how this could have possibly come from the same author who penned the THIRDS series.

The first part of the book was OK. Typical enemies attract kind of thing with lost of childish antics from supposed adults and professionals. Once our shipping magnate and his bodyguard hooked up, all
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-crime, lgbtq
I really enjoyed this and it looks like it’s going to be a fun series ❤ Ace & Colton we’re birds of a feather. They had chemistry from the start and no doubt this was because they were both risk takers and thrill seekers but once the job began - the job began ! Once they made the decision to break protocol it felt almost too instantaneous... it was a sudden pash that resulted in some long awaited heat. It was certainly enjoyable and I’m looking forward to Red & Laz’s story ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have a confession to make. Although I own all the THIRDs series from Charlie Cochet, I've yet to read them. Yes, I know.

So this was my first experience of a full length read (I've read her novellas and the historical duo) with the hot alpha men and action adventure she's so well known for.

As you can see by the rating, I loved it. Humour, action, strong willed men, ex-military, slow burn, UST, powerful emotions and a decent plot (although I did eyeball the probable 'villain' of the piece fairly
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good low angst read. I liked both main characters, and it was a great beginning to a new series. I can't wait for more. My only issue with it was my issue with every "bodyguard" trope. Why is it grown adults can't keep their hands to themselves for a limited time!? It's not like they have to wait years to get together. I mean at the most a couple of months, and they can be together without regrets. Nobody jeopardizes their livelihood or possible life. It's just not something I persona ...more
~nikki the recovering book addict
Yikes...underwhelming, to say the least

I know I’m probably the only one that’s giving this less than four stars that I’ve seen. And I’ve loved Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series so reading this book was a little horrifying. It did not have the same sophistication and level of writing of the THIRDS series.

I honestly read the first four chapters then skimmed and skipped the rest. Colton was described as lovable, likeable, very respected etc etc. But the first four chapters had me deducing he was more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fairly new to this genre and new to this author. The more I read the more I love.

Action, hot men, high tech team, suspense and steamy romance combine for a terrific story! Both MC's are strong and competent men who are connected with friends and family. Ace and Colton's story touched my heart and i loved both MC's. I enjoyed that both men were successful and connected with friends and family. Together they were willing to be vulnerable with each other and that just made me gooey and happy.

LOVED IT!!! Well this one blindsided me with how much I enjoyed myself...full review to follow soonish!

5 stars for 4 Kings...

‘Love in Spades’ is the first book in Charlie Cochet’s new series ‘Four Kings Security’ and seriously what was I thinking when I decided that I was going to take a pass on this series? Don’t get me wrong my decision had nothing to do with the author or even the book blurb it was based solely on the fact that I’ve had a lot going on in my life lately and I didn’t feel lik



I don't think there is anything about this book I didn't absolutely love and adore. Ace and Colton had amazing chemistry right away - similar to Dex and Sloane's for me, that kind of connection is how well Cochet wrote these two (I love Dex and Sloane to bits, so it says a lot for me how much I loved these two) - and Cochet's wonderful humor was present right away and there throughout, and I love how much this made me laugh as well as how these two made me melt with their sweetness
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, lbr, ebook

4.5 Stars - A brandy new Charlie Cochet series? Sign me up! You get an idea of what this is about from the series title and blurb, but as with her other series, there are so many other fabulous details that make up this series starter that have this one running right out of the gate.

Four Kings Security – made up of four ex-military friends/brothers in arms (Ace, King, Red and Lucky) who have one of the most well known and successful security business in the area. They’ve earned their nicknames i
Dec 05, 2018 marked it as dnr-dnf-not-4-me
DNF at 74%. I tried and tried, but there is too much going on with other characters and I hated the way the MCs eventually got together. I’m gonna fold on the series.
Lyndy Ann ♫
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
♠♠♠♠♠ 5 STARS ♠♠♠♠♠

While scrolling through my GR feed I came across updates for Diamond in the Rough and reading them and discovering they feature two of my favourite combination’s m/m and security, I decided to give Love in Spades a go, my OCD kicks in always start with book one.

Charlie Cochet is a new author for me I love her writing style and she managed to surprise me and after reading and loving Love in Spades I will DEFENITLY be continuing with the Four Kings Security series and checking o
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 4
Audio Book: Greg Boudreaux - 4
Book Cover: 4

Four Kings started out with me laughing. And may I say I did that continuously throughout the story.

Let it be said that I enjoyed Creg Boudreaux in the narration.

Ace is a blast. I don’t really know what else to say about his personality other than I enjoyed him immensely.

Colton was fun in his own way. The meeting scene was sure a good one.

I liked how he’s not a push over. But also not a total idiot. He fights the new “law” up to
BWT (Belen)
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-fiction, 2018
Low angst, sexy, dual POV, with an HEA and obvious series setup. Entertaining story.
Charlie Cochet sure knows how to build chemistry between her characters and it works for everyone in the Four Kings Security series. I haven't enjoyed a good bodyguard romance in a long time, and I was ready. Fun and exciting and crazy hot, Love in Spades was just what I needed.

After listening to Lucky's story in the audio edition of Join the Club I knew I'd have to go back and find out how it all began. The camaraderie and playful hi-jinks that the brothers and their family get up to are balan
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This was one of my favorite Charlie Cochet books. It was amazing!!!!

Full review to come.

An arc was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio_owned
Update to my book review after listening to the audio….
I would highly recommend this book in both formats, and I'm giving both book and Narration 5 Solid Stars.

Audio - I thought this book was great when I read it, so automatically purchased the audio format when I saw it was available and I am so glad I did. I really didn’t think it was possible but the Audio narration performed by Greg Boudreaux gives this book so much more dimension than the book already had. It was absolutely fantastic. Greg
I enjoyed the story. I liked meeting all of these awesome characters. The boyish hijinks made me smile a lot. Unfortunately, the plot fell apart for me at about 84%. Actions and reactions felt forced and unreal at that point. But this is only the beginning of the series and it has already foreshadowed more than one additional romance so I'm in. :-)
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Charlie Cochet is the international bestselling author of the THIRDS series. Born in Cuba and raised in the US, Charlie enjoys the best of both worlds, from her daily Cuban latte to her passion for classic rock.

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 devouring a book, re

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