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Diamond in the Rough

(Four Kings Security #4)

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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,124 ratings  ·  195 reviews
For Ward “King” Kingston the role of protector, forged by fire and tragedy, is one he takes seriously. When King is asked to safeguard the son of a four-star general and friend, he is pulled back into the world of government black ops on a mission that raises painful memories from his past. The moment King meets Leo, amid the chaos of a lockdown at a secret black site, it’ ...more
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published February 15th 2019 by Charlie Cochet
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Wendy


I have read and loved every single book in this series and I was so excited about finally getting King's story. Even though each book focusses on a different couple, I would advise reading them in order, starting with the first book  Love in Spades . These men are so close...they are a self-made family, So they all have their own important part to each of the stories.

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King's story was absolutely amazing and so was his love-interest Leo. Sweet, shy and quirky genius Leo. I loved the awesome nerd
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R * A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars

My favorite of the series!!

I’m sure that Cochet’s inspiration for King and Leo definitely influenced my love and enjoyment factor because if you don’t have a thing for DoB, then I can’t even…

What is it about a gruff reticent loner by choice, who really doesn’t need anybody except the family he already has, slowly comes apart at the hands of an unconventional genius who has no subterfuge? What is it about a seemingly misunderstood, lonely guy who’s been ostracized by the majority, finally
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Meags
4.5 Stars

This final story centres on the Four Kings leader and all around stoic badass, Ward Kingston (AKA King), as he takes on a bodyguard detail for an old military friend, providing close, personal protection for a quirky tech genius named Leopold de Loughrey.

I loved this story so hard. King and Leo’s chemistry burst off the page from the very first adorable and fairly hilarious moment they met. They had a bit of a May-December thing going on, with King being a bit older than young Leo, but
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Cadiva
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb send off to this excellent series

I've been wanting to know more about the eponymous King who heads up the Four Kings security team since book one and with Diamond in the Rough, Charlie delivers an utterly brilliant conclusion to the series.

Ward Kingston is just my type of guy, brooding, honest, committed to the men who make up his extended family, loyal and a powerhouse of an ex-Green Beret.

Leo is the perfect foil for him, someone who can give him a daily challenge, who is a genius with a
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Sanaa  ☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆
4 stars.

I've been a fan of Charlie Cochet since the Thirds Series so in always eager and excited to read every single book she releases.

Not only was this King's book.

BUT.

This was an age gap romance.

And I was sold.

This is one of my favorite in the series. I feel like I'll never get tired of reading about the guys in the series. They make everything so much more enjoyable. And I love their dynamics.

On to the next one! Which I hope releases soon.
Susan
I was really looking forward to King’s story, and I was glad it was a good one!

King gets asked by an old friend to watch his son Leo for him. The general has always kept his genius son hidden, but now that the military has him in their sights Leo has no choice but to complete an assignment for them.

When King meets Leo, the cute man with the glasses seems to be different from anyone King has ever met. Leo might be a genius, but he’s socially awkward and adorable.

King does everything in his power
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Bo
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this one!!! King was everything I was hoping for and more. Leo was just too adorable for words. The two of them together just melted my heart! This is most definitely my favorite of the series.
Jennifer☠Pher☠
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this and felt like it wrapped up the series nicely, but King was not at all what I expected. I really expected a gruff and grumbly impossible to get through to guy and he wasn't that at all, with Leo. I loved that. I liked seeing King kind of stumble around over Leo. Especially once my friend Meags pointed out that this was Charlie's influence for Leo. We all know I love, love, love me some Dylan! Woot!

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So yeah, not what I expected but I'm happy anyway.

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~Volha~
Charlie Cochet has done an outstanding job with this book! I loved it! Out of all the Kings Ward Kingston aka King always remained aloof and a little detached while still being the center of King family. He really deserved his happy ever after but the man he needed came in the most extraordinary package of all.

Leo is a wonderful young man albeit shy and awkward. His sharp mind and quirky personality alienated his peers, and with no one to understand him his confidence is shattered and he feels
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haletostilinski
I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. The story was interesting and riveting, and King and Leo had amazing chemistry from the start of this.

It very quickly moved from King doing a favor for the General by looking after/protecting his son to King choosing to protect Leo because of Leo, for Leo. Pretty much after the first meeting, I'd say, that King was hooked.

Doesn't make it insta-love, but they do fall for each other quick, over a few weeks, a few months, and the good thing is tha
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Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |
I loved so much this book! I had high expectations, and the book aced them!!
I am absolutely in love with this author's style, her stories are just the perfect mix of sweetness, friendship, action and fun!

I'll read for sure this series' spinoff 😁
Chris
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, military-crime
Really enjoyed this book - King the stubborn leader helps out his General friend to support his son. On meeting Leo he realized he may have met his match. Leo, a sweet, vulnerable genius who gets lost in his own world is being persecuted by his team and to top it off,targeted by an unknown group. King brings in the four kings and a friendship unfolds. Really easy read, warm and made me happy ❤ ...more
Nicole
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised cause it was better than I expected and better than the others in the series. I was also scared cause King had me intrigued from the beginning and I could not wait for his story but this was very good!

I just can’t get over how good it was!

King was such an amazing character and Leo complemented him so good.

King is sent to protect the General’s son, who he only has been hearing the best and how clever Leo is. Leo has been tasked by the government to create a program that could be
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David Alexander
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cochet
~4.5 Stars
Joyfully Jay
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars


Diamond in the Rough is the fourth book in Charlie Cochet’s Four Kings Security series, each focusing on one of the partners in the company. I have enjoyed this series overall, but I have to say that this one is my favorite. There is a slightly different tone here that just worked really well for me. I liked the way the focus here has a little more of a military vibe and the way the case connects with bigger issues outside of Four Kings specifically. The look int
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AussieMum
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book was sweet and lots of fun. Loved it.
BWT (Belen)
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-fiction
This series is just plain fun.

I've been waiting for Ward "King" Kingston's story for what feels like forever and I am definitely not disappointed!

King's the one who's always there for his brothers, but when he accepts a protection job from an old friend and commander, he more than meets his match in an awkward geek with anxiety issues, who can’t cook, and has a penchant for fish-shaped snacks.

I love the characters in this series so much, and now I can add Leo to the list! I am so happy King wind
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Bev
4.25 stars. The only reason I've not given it 5 stars is the fact that the 'traitor' was quite well telegraphed and couldn't really have been anyone else.

Ward and Leo were so well suited, Leo being the archetypal computer geek...extremely intelligent but pretty awkward socially and Ward?? Well, he wants to control every little thing he can but he can only do so much - his chosen family i.e. the Kings Security guys are everything to him, and he will do all he possibly can to keep them safe and t
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Kelly
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqa
Diamond in the Rough
By Charlie Cochet
King's Book

Arc copy provided courtesy of LesCourt and Charlie Cochet. Reviews are honestly and freely given.


In a society that is supposed to be more tolerant than we are, one needs special dispensation to have a same sex genetic mate. And that's setting aside a community that creates human sex slaves who are sentient. 



Max is a product of his wealthy upbringing and has never had to think of any of this outside of the scientific bubble he lives in, until his f
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Claudia
WOW! I loved the first book in this series. the second was a bit of a let-down but the third was great again.

but this one is I think my favorite. ... although maybe I just have to read the others again. I knew King was a great guy but to see him here with Leo was just perfect.
Leo is such a great nerd and I love him for it

I love this series and especially how the stories develop. I love that we really get to know all of the characters - all of them are in all books, which is great. and I love tha
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Kirk
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m drawn to book where the protagonist is a tough, take-no-prisoners alpha and if it has a military theme, I’m sold. Ward “King” Kingston is certainly an alpha male; Special Forces, Green Beret, Warrant Officer; this guy is tough and accomplished. We know he’s full of heart too. His brothers at Four Kings Security come first, and they all share a brotherhood and a closeness that’s rare. Doing a favour for a good friend, King is asked to protect Leo, and what should be a straightforward assignme ...more
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As always, though I am NOT one to "gush", on very special occasions (like books that are ridiculously deserving of it), I most DEFINITELY WILL!! Always and no matter what!!
I just finished 'Diamond in the Rough' and *sigh* <3!! Guys, it couldn't possibly have been any more PERFECT than it already was <3!! From beautiful beginning to an absolutely glorious end (and super mega stunning HEA ... plus how everything was wrapped up so wonderfully), I ABSOLUTELY ADOR
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Ramona
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 + Sterne
OMG! War das schön ❤ Und spannend und erfrischend und blutig und einfach nur zum Dahinschmelzen. Seit dem ersten Teil habe ich auf Kings Geschichte hingefiebert. Er war immer für alle da, der Fels in der Brandung, der ruhige Typ im Hintergrund, der alles richten kann und alles im Griff hat. Unter all dem konnte man eine Traurigkeit erahnen. Das Ausmaß bekommt man aber erst in diesem Band zu spüren. Da kommt Leo wie gerufen.
Leo ist ein Genie mit ganz speziellen Programmierkenntnissen,
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Viz
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought King will be paired with Jay! But Leo & K is a good pairing!
This book was even better than Ace's HEA.
Amanda Viecelli
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot begin to express how much I enjoyed this book - all the stars! King and Leo are wildly different men who find that despite all the reasons they think they won't work, they might just be a perfect fit. We finally get to know King in a way that has been somewhat challenging so far, and I can say without a doubt he has become my favorite of the Kings. King is layered and complex, accomplished and adept, surprisingly patient and loving, and more than a little heroic - though he would never, ...more
Debra
4.5 stars

Easily my favorite of the series. I adored both King and Leo. King is so gruff on the outside, even with his own men, but he can't pull that off with Leo. While Leo brings out every protective impulse King has, he also brings out other needs that King has ignored for too long. Leo sees through King from the start and while he knows King would do anything had to in order to keep him safe, he never sees King as that big, scary, cold, badass and that throws King so hard.

There was a bit of
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Santy
I’d been looking forward to King’s book since book 1 and I’m glad it was so enjoyable.

Some things were predictable and others not so much but overall the book was great. I liked Leo and his quirky self. King wasn’t bad himself. He was a big softie under all that gruffness.

Apparently there’s going to be a spin-off? I’m so here for it!
Elizabeth
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and probably better than all the other books in this series. Getting to know King was high on my priority list and this book let's us into his world and what makes him who he is. Very good contrast in the pairing between him and Leo. Books can be written about Leo and it wouldn't be enough. Both men together, electric. Very good read.
DTM
Diamond in the Rough: Four Kings Security #4/KU by Charlie Cochet was FANFREAKINTASTIC!! 🥰 Charlie, if you were standing near me right now, I would tackle hug you!!! I love this series, but this book is my absolute FAVORITE!! You absolutely knocked it out of the park woman!! An opposites in every way imaginable, May-December, organic romance with loads of snark, emotion, hanging on the edge of my seat excitement and humor, Leo and King absolutely stole my heart!! It feels like you absolutely kne ...more
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✮4.5 Stars✮ 💗
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“That guy’s an asshole,” Leo growled. “Don’t think I’m going to forget what he said to you. Let’s see how he likes it when he wakes up in the morning and finds himself with several gay porn site subscriptions. His inbox will be flooded with so many wieners he’ll have to change his name to Oscar Mayer.” 1 likes
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