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Be Still My Heart

Four Kings Security, Book Two
Written by: Charlie Cochet
Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Romance, Military
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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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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Great second book to this series.

Lots of angst, lots of drama and lots of fun. The author has an unerring talent for blending all three into a great tale. looking forward to the next book. I hope she uses the same narrator. He was excellent.

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  • 2018-11-29

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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  • <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews
  • 2018-11-23

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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  • (Mimi) Johnson
  • 2019-08-29

Good Story

Great listen with plenty of action, sexy times and a tiny bit of drama. Laz and Red are so cute. I can just picture Red as this huge protector taking care of Laz. I especially love the brotherhood between the Kings. Mason is hilarious. His and Colton's story was pretty good. Loved it.

This is maybe my fourth or fifth time hearing a narration by Greg Boudreaux's . I have to say that he has been consistent in each performance and is fast becoming one of my favorites.

I am very much enjoying this series and can't wait to listen to the next two books. It looks like Lucky and Mason is next and if their behavior towards one another in this book is anything to go by it will be an explosive listen.

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  • 2019-07-12

Another Winner for Cochet & Boudreaux

Laz, a fashion photographer, and Red, from Four Kings Security meet at a party where the Kings are providing security, when Red saves Laz's life, after Laz's boyfriend knocks him on the head and into a pool. Despite the draw between the two men, they keep their distance, until Ace, Mason, Lucky and King get involved. Laz and Red run into each other during a photo shoot on the beach, and while there, Laz ends up the target for a shooter. When Red starts providing protection for Laz, the two start to grow closer. But can Laz deal with Red's PTSD from the war? And can Red deal with Laz's past as well?
This book had to be one of my absolute favorites of the series, and Red is my absolute favorite character! It is nice to see a character that is pansexual that is written so respectfully and beautifully. Its nice to show an accurate depiction of a pansexual relationship, that a person is truly capable of loving someone despite what their gender is!
The narration is absolutely perfect! Greg Boudreaux did such an amazing performance with these men, bringing life into their words!
Great continuation of the series!!

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  • SarahH
  • 2019-07-10

Sweet and sexy!

I am loving this series so much! We met both Red and Laz in book one - Red is one of the Four Kings and was a medic in the Special Forces. Laz is one of Colton’s best friends and in book 1 we saw Laz with a very controlling boyfriend who pushed him in such a way that he hit his head and fell into the swimming pool unconscious. If it wasn’t for Red saving him he would have drowned. The connection between the guys was instant and I’ve been itching to hear their story ever since and this book didn’t disappoint!

In this book Laz becomes the target of a shooter and is instantly put under Four Kings protection while they find out who the shooter is and why they’re targeting Laz. I love how much this series brings all the Four Kings main players into every book so you learn more about their stories and become more invested in their characters too and not just the two MC’s. All the guys are amazing and loveable in their own ways. Red and Laz’s connection felt so natural and right and you could feel the love they have for each other jumping off the page. Both men have their own demons to face, Red with his PTSD and Laz from being assaulted, but the love and support they give each other as they battle their pasts is beautiful and helps them start to heal. I love this author, the humour in her books and I adore this series, roll on book 3!!

Greg Boudreaux was a perfect narrator for this book. All the characters have their own unique voices and the depth of emotion he gives Red and Laz is amazing.

I received an arc of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review

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  • Lilmommi30
  • 2019-07-04

Cochet Rocks It!!!!

Another stunning story by Charlie Cochet, I think I found my it couple of the series with the MC's in this book. Red and Las are just the cutest couple ever, Red is the biggest sweetheart and Las is just so lovable. And Ms. Cochet is a sneaky little sneak with her twists on the enemy of her stories😜....

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  • Bjmom09
  • 2019-07-13

Healing Hearts

I enjoyed this book the characters are interesting and realistic with great chemistry. Even though they had their own baggage to deal with they were perfect for each other. The storyline is interesting and well developed with real issues that were developed in a realistic way. The narrator did a great job with this story.

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  • WordNerd
  • 2019-07-12

Boudreaux is fantastic once Again!

PTSD is no joke, it's very hard to write realistically, especially in a romance, but some of the very best writers do it well. Sloane Kennedy is one. Charlie Cochet is another.

Laz may be my absolute favorite thing about this book, but Red comes in a close second!

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  • Belle9995
  • 2019-07-09

So good!!

What started in the first book came to a wonderful conclusion in book two. We were introduced to Laz and Red in book one as wonderful bonus characters. We truly get to know them in this book. The action and suspense are well developed and well written. I really enjoyed the narration as well. Greg Boudreaux's voice is great for these characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book in the series!

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  • kp
  • 2019-07-08

Loved It!

I loved everything about this book. We med Red and Laz in book 1 (Love In Spades). Each is dealing with something difficult. Laz was emotionally abused by his ex. Red is a veteran dealing with PTSD. I really am impressed with the authentic, compassionate way Charlie Cochet handled the real life symptons and treatment for PTSD.

This story is full of intrigue, adventure, romance and fun! I love the chosen family that makes up Four Kings Security. The dynamics between Red and Laz is so much fun to watch. They open themselves up to the possibilities of love and are rewarded with their HEA. I loved listening to Greg Boudreaux give voice to this story. I can't wait for the next book in this amazing series.