Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Love in Spades
Author: Charlie Cochet
Narrator: Greg Boudreaux
Series: Four Kings Security #1
Heroes: Ace & Colton
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 20, 2018
Available at: Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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’s 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….
I absolutely loved this story. I loved that Ace was there to protect Colton and how they started off with Colton thinking he didn’t need any protection. I loved that Ace went right into that knowing Colton would be difficult but was up to the challenge of still protecting him. I loved that they were both very strong characters but had a weakness for each other. It was interesting to see how Ace and a few other Kings ended up living with Colton while they were protecting him. It really gave them all time to get to know one another and set home how close Ace was to the other Kings – they were his family and I adored every one of them. But I loved seeing Ace and Colton build a relationship and how close they became in such a short amount of time.
However, while I loved the story itself, I was not a fan of this narrator at all. I could never tell who was saying what unless he specifically said it. There was no distinction between one character and another aside from Lucky and that’s only because he had an accent. Even some of the female characters sounded too close to the male characters, IMO. It really ruined the story for me because I wanted some deviation from the same voice over and over.
All in all, I adored this story but felt it could have been better with a different narrator, one that would have really given each character it’s own voice instead of having the whole story sounding the same. However, I really liked Ace and Colton, their chemistry was off the charts and I loved how their relationship progressed. I hope it’s not the last we see of them and really looking forward to the rest of the series… although I think I’ll actually read them instead of listening to them.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*