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When the cards are stacked against you, the Kings will even the odds.

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? 

©2018 Charlie Cochet (P)2018 Charlie Cochet

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Next card up - Red of Hearts!

I absolutely loved the narration and story! Red is such a sweetheart, but fierce when he needs to be.
Red and Laz met earlier when Red was part of the security for Colton (Love in Spades), so while this is a standalone, it does refer to book 1 a few times. Honestly, to get the most out of this book I would highly recommend the highly enjoyable book 1, it's really, really good!
Anyway, back to Red and Laz - despite their obvious connection, Laz shies away from Red once he's recovered from his injuries, leaving Red to wonder what happened. They reconnect and Red ends up protecting Laz from attempts on his (Laz's) life. Both men have issues that they're dealing with - Red has PTSD and Laz has been abused, but together they deal with their demons. The other characters are fun, especially Ace and they make up the family both men need to help them heal.
As usual, Greg Boudreaux does a wonderful job bring each character feel like someone you want to meet and hang with. He injects his performances with so much warmth, pain, happiness, heat or any expressed emotion that I sometimes forget that I'm listening to fiction :)
Loved listening to Greg and I really enjoyed the story. Definitely recommend.

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Be Still My Heart

Update to review after listening to the Audiobook...

Audio - Greg Boudreaux is Amazing. I Loved this narration. He does such a fantastic job with every book he is given and this one was no different. His voices for Laz and Red were great, totally perfect for each character. And I cannot wait until we get Mason and Lucky's book next too..

I Love this author and really don’t think it’s even possible that they could write a “bad” book. This book was Awesome, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first book in the series. You should definitely for sure read book one “Love in Spades” before you take a crack at this book though because Colton and Ace’s book is hilariously great as well; and you will get to know and learn some details from that book that will lead you right into this one.

I love all of the Kings we’ve met so far. I’m glad we get to see bits and pieces of each of them in all of these books because learning about them and their pasts and how their lives are so entwined together is so much fun to see, they all are amazing men. This is definitely 100% becoming one of my new favorite series and can see myself coming back and re-reading these books numerous times in the future.

And…. OH. MY. GAWWWDD… Before I even get into these main characters can I just mention… Spencer and Quinn… If you don’t know who they are run and Grab the book “Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts” it’s a really funny and cute short book by this same author. I’ve read and listened to that book more times than I can even go back and count. But… They are mentioned in this book. And when I saw that I Totally kind of freaked out more than a bit... I just love them so much and I’ve always hoped we would get to see more of them at some point… Well… Wish Granted….

Red and Laz….

This book is named perfectly “Be Still my Heart” because omg I felt myself actually thinking that a few times while reading this book. Laz and Red are completely perfect for each other and have crazy hot chemistry together. It’s almost a love at first sight with them, they just have that kind of connection to each other. And wow, ok, Laz’s dirty talking when he and Red got together was completely unexpected and ridiculously hot in this book. The main stumbling block they both seem to have though is Trust. Trust is hard for the two of them because of past relationships and being hurt. Laz is dealing with the repercussions from a previous relationship that we actually see the demise of in book one. And Red is dealing with previous lovers not being able to handle his PTSD and his strong bond to the other kings. I think as long as they can get past all of that and communicate their feelings together it will be smooth sailing from then on. I really liked the storyline and plot we get in this book and I was kind of surprised and taken aback with the ending of this book, I wasn’t really expecting it to play out the way it did so that was a good little twist for the author to throw in.

I am completely and totally ready for the next book in the series and cannot wait to see who is next up, and I honestly don’t really care whose book it is. I just want more of these Kings.

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Wonderful series!

I can’t wait for the next book. Funny well developed characters and mysteries. I laughed and loved and will listen to both books again as Charlie Cochet builds a wonderful world and Greg Boudreaux is a master at narrating these books.

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I loved Laz and Red!!

I just LOVE this series in audiobook format! Greg Boudreaux is sheer perfection, bringing all of the characters to life and literally making me LOL in my car at how perfectly timed all of the snark and humor is.

This is Red and Laz's story, who we met back in the first book of the series. Laz is Colton's friend, a fashion photographer, and is trying to move past his horrible relationship with his cheating ex. Red is one of the main owners of the Four Kings security business, and he and Laz have had that spark between the two of them ever since they first met.

I loved the chemistry between these two characters. When they are first having to spend time together, I loved them learning about each other, how attentive they were, and also how explosive they were in bed together. There was a bit of conflict, naturally, and it almost got to the point where I was going to get upset - I am NOT a fan of the big misunderstanding when characters just won't TALK to each other, but the emotion between the two and how much Red and Laz were already committed to the other so quickly yet so naturally, it wound up being okay for me.

I also loved how great the interactions were between all of the Kings and Laz and Colt. There is a real sense of family and love and support there with how they give each other crap, and Ace is still hilarious and his awful jokes at the end were the best, and I can't wait for Lucky and Mason's story to be on audio.

Love this series! Highly recommend it, and read in order since you shouldn't miss a minute of these guys!

Now I just have to figure out who will be paired up with the rest of the men. Gio has to come into the storyline somehow - with King maybe? And there's Joker, he needs a story with someone. I haven't read the 3rd book yet, I'm hoping it will be in audio this month and I can listen to it then.

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Four Kings Security #2

Love in Spades introduced readers to Four Kings Security, a security company that specializes in everything from armed transport and investigations, to cyber intelligence, and executive protection. Owned by men who served together in Special Forces until they lost half their unit, the "Four Kings" are Ward "King" Kingston, Eduardo "Lucky" Morales, Anston "Ace" Sharpe, and Russell "Red" McKinley.

When professional photographer Laz finds himself needing Four Kings protection after someone tries to kill him during a photo shoot, it's Red, once again, who makes sure nothing bad happens to him. The chemistry between Red and Laz that began in Love in Spades becomes even more palpable, and HOT, in Be Still My Heart! Laz and Red are perfect for one another, but they both have some baggage; Red's PTSD and Laz's trust issues definitely come into play.

Be Still My Heart is told in a dual POV, has a great banter, plenty of action, steam, and suspense all wonderfully narrated by Greg Tremblay, under his sexier Boudreaux brand, to keep you entertained for hours.

This is a really fun series to listen to with Greg giving a great performance with an easy pace, interesting characters voices that are easy to recognize, great accents...it's a treat to listen to!

Be Still My Heart is low angst, sexy, with some action and suspense, has a happy ending, and has terrific narration.

I'm really looking forward to Lucky and Mason's story coming soon to audio.

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  • Jeffrey
  • MILFORD, OH, United States
  • 12-21-18

Be Still My Heart...for sure!

Be Still My Heart was great! Thanks for taking me on another joyride of love, lust, laughter, heartbreak, tears, intrigue, suspense, and sometimes even terror again! I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait for another book! ❤️

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I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!

The first two books in this series have a special place in my heart now. The performance of the reader brought each character to life. I cannot wait for the next book to come out.

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Cool!

I am really enjoying the series so far. T he stories are always surprising and very detailed so that you get to know each character. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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the first book was very good this one not so much I like it but I will not read it again

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So good!!!

I adore this series...and Greg Boudreaux does such an excellent job of bringing these characters to life! This is the first series that I have read by Charlie Cochet and I am very impressed! She does a wonderful job of creating tension and pulse pounding, edge of your seat action while bringing tons of chemistry to the main couple and creating a romance like non other. Cannot wait to listen to the next one!

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  • Book addict
  • 11-30-18

Too much annoying drama

I enjoyed the first book in this series so much more. This probably would have been a solid 3 stars, but the screeching drama and hissy fits got way too annoying.

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  • Meph666
  • 11-28-18

Fantastic, Adorable, Hot! A must listen!

The second book in the Four King's series is just as good as the first, even more cuteness with Laz and Red together.
Both have history and issues that they bring with them into the situation they find themselves in and it's all dealt with so well by the MC's and the supporting characters. The Kings are just as strong and dependable, protecting Laz from a threat against his life with the positive of giving Red and Laz a chance and reason to spend time together.
I love the world's that Charlie builds. It's so easy to fall into and escape into the world she had created for her characters. I laugh, worry, cry and swoon throughout the story right along with Laz and Red.
Greg is fantastic, again giving a voice to two brilliant characters and enthralling me with the story and events going on through the book. I love listening to him, it's easy to tell who's character he's voice with the difference he gives them, and when he speaks Lucky with the Spanish accent, it sounds sooo good. I can't wait for Lucky's book.
I cannot recommend this book and series enough! It's so very enjoyable, and easy to lose yourself to the characters and their love story.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 11-27-18

Amazing!!

I love this story - the writing is excellent, and the narration really brings it to life.
The action, suspense, and drama are all so great.
This book is definitely a must read/listen.

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  • Cassi
  • 11-27-18

Love these guys

After getting a taste of Red and Laz in the previous book I couldn't wait to get started on their story and promptly hit play as soon as I could download it. This book didn't let me down. Red is the epitome of big protective strong teddy bear and Laz was the perfect sweet loving counter part for him. I was so happy to see these 2 together. There were some great twists and turns at the end and never a dull moment! I loved getting to see all the other guys from Kings again too and can't wait for the next one to come out!

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 11-21-18

Fabulous

Red and Laz is the second book in the King series. We get to know both MCs and the other Kings. It a great to listen to audible with the humour you enjoy from this author .Greg Boudreaux really gave it depth and his sense of fun did this justice.

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  • MaryD
  • 11-20-18

Be Still My Heart is such a perfect title.

I must confess that I had not listened to book 1 before listening to Be Still My Heart. It does not affect the story at all but maybe I would have understood the who each of the Kings were. This in no way interfered with my enjoyment of this book. The combination of Charlie Cochet and Greg Boudreaux is heavenly. Reds description of the events causing his PTSD with the emotions proved by Greg Boudreauxs narration brought tears to my eyes. I was pleasantly surprised that there was not as much angst as I thought there would be. Red becomes a bodyguard to Laz after there is a threat to his life. Because of this they live together and their romance naturally develops. Mixed into this is the investigation into who wants to kill Laz. These two strands compliment eachother so well. The twist at the end is great. I also liked how the parings for next books are set up in the epilogue.
The narration by Greg Boudreau is masterful. Each character is so distinctive, not only through their unique voices but their personalities and spirit. I did not want to stop listening until the end of the story. I can not wait for the audiobook for book three.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 11-19-18

Seeing Red?

This is Book 2 in Charlie Cochet's wonderful Four Kings Security series and should be read after Book 1 - Love In Spades where we initially meet the Kings, Colton and Laz, as well as various other interesting secondary characters.
Greg Boudreaux does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life and relating the ongoing tale of Russell McKinley (aka Red, King of Hearts) and talented up-and-coming fashion photographer Lazarus Galanos (Laz) who meet in the first book.
Their tale picks up a couple of months after the end of book 1 in the series where Red was injured on duty protecting Colton Connolly, who is now CEO of Connolly Maritime after his father has finally retired after signing the new security contract with Four Kings Security. He is now just about fully recovered, but Laz has disappeared from his life, so their friends step in and meddle, all but forcing the two to talk.
When the two meet again at a beach fashion shoot, it's a case of ducking flying bullets and running for cover. It becomes apparent that Laz is the target and Red manages to save his life yet again.
The Kings step in to protect the young man who they consider to be family because of Colton's big brother relationship with Laz as well as Red's feelings for the beautiful photographer.
Red is still on leave, so he offers to be Laz's shadow while they work on developing their burgeoning relationship. Both struggle with issues of trust after traumatic incidents from both their pasts surface, and also after failed relationships that imploded due to trust, or lack thereof. Will the two manage to get it together, or will they both be left seeing red?
I recommend you read/listen for yourself and find out.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 11-18-18

Good follow up to book one

After listening to book one I couldn’t wait to see what Charlie Cochet had in store for Red the King of Hearts from Four Kings Security and Laz (Lazarus) Galanos, an up and coming fashion photographer.
Especially after their explosive and dramatic meeting in book one.
It isn’t essential that you read or listen to Love in Spades : Four Kings Security Book One to enjoy or follow book two but I would recommend it to fully appreciate all the characters, especially Laz’s point of view.
Greg Boudreaux is in my top three of all narrators and his narration is as usual flawless. Each character is easily differentiated and his timing and inflection are perfect.

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  • Delano
  • 11-18-18

As Always As nice easy listen

Another fantastic series from Ms Cochet. Have to say didn’t guess this ending on this one(I usually do). Good plot twist, nice to see the rest of the gang and a good set/up for the next book. Greg’s narration as always is brilliant, however I do think he needs a putt more range. Some of the characters sound the same, but still a good easy listen.

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  • KR Phoenix
  • 11-22-18

Oh my want a ride! Be still my heart indeed!

🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 stars
🔥🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 4
🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 4 (Great style and definitely adds to the depth of the characters)

Oh my want a ride! Be still my heart indeed!

I loved the first book in this series and the second did not disappoint! This book follows on from the first and I’d recommend reading them in order. Red and Laz are drawn together in book 1 and in this book they are explosive. Laz’s life is threatened so therefore the Kings get involved. Chaos, drama, and some humour thrown in and you have a compelling story of the “King of Hearts” finding love.

I love Laz’s sass and Red’s big heart, they are a wonderful couple. Charlie writes such wonderful, damaged but totally swoon worthy characters and these two are no exception. A highly recommend series and I look forward to Book 3, Join the Club to see what happens next with Lucky and Mason as I know its going to be explosive.

Thanks for reading 📚!

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  • Kibbit
  • 11-19-18

Be still my heart!

Can I start by saying how awesome the narrator Greg Boudreaux is!! The whole cast of male and female characters each have a very different voice. You never have to wonder which character is speaking. His accents and female voices are faultless and brilliant. Was super impressed. Certainly added value to this action packed, sweet and sexy hot gay romance. Loving this series. Looking forward to Lucky and Mason's story.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 11-16-18

Wow

Loved this book. Didn't pick the person behind hiring the killer to be after Laz but there you go. Greg did a marvellous job with all the players