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

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’s clear he’s never faced a challenge like this - one that will test his unwavering sense of control.

Leopold de Loughrey is a misunderstood genius whose anxiety and insecurities are sent into overdrive when he is forcefully recruited to work on a top-secret project. Terrified of what his role as "invaluable asset" means, Leo’s stress leads to disappearances, arguments, and blowups that threaten the project and Leo’s future. King’s arrival is a calm in the storm for Leo and his frenetic thoughts.

King and Leo couldn’t be more different, yet as they navigate the dangers of a secret multi-agency operation and face unknown threats, their differences could be what saves them. Neither man believes a happily ever after is in the cards, but their hearts might just prove them wrong...if they can survive a deadly betrayal.

©2019 Charlie Cochet (P)2019 Charlie Cochet

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My first book in the series. I'm in love!

Great story and heart-warming characters. I adore the dynamic between King and Leo, then you throw in the brothers? Awesome!
This is very well-paced, well-rounded, damn satisfying. Narration is excellent! Definitely coming back to this again - that's how enjoyable this book is. Excited to read more of this series!

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  • April Reads and Listens
  • 03-01-2020

Goldfish Crackers!!!

I love this series! It’s a great mix of action, a bit of mystery, a whole lot of witty and sarcastic banters and I love the strong bond of brotherhood and family.

I enjoyed getting to know King through Leo’s eyes. He somehow crumbled the walls of King’s facade and King became a lovable grump instead of just an intimidating force.

Leo’s so adorable and he and King are a perfect fit. They go way back, per sé.

I can’t wait for Jack’s and Joker’s stories. These stories are very well-written and it encourages awareness of social and cultural issues. Charlie is brilliant that way.

Greg Boudreaux breathe life into these men and he’s done it with excellence.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Five Stars for the Four Kings series! ♠️♥️♣️♦️

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  • OJCast
  • 16-04-2020

One of THE best series

Charli Cochet's series is among one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

Greg Boudeaux's narration is, as usual, spot on and extremely enjoyable. I enjoy his narrating so much that I seek out books that he narrates.

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  • Mischief15
  • 17-11-2019

DEAD!

...but in a good way! it kept getting funnier and funnier as Leo and King grew closer together.
I hope we get Jack and Joker's stories as well! I am hooked to this universe.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 07-07-2019

I’m sad to have finished so soon!

This is been one of my favorite series of books to listen to! Over the four books I fell in love with every character and found myself wanting to be part of that family of people! I am a hopeful romantic and all four of these books makes me want to step up my game! I love the technical side the intrigue and the way they all work together!
Greg Boudreaux does a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life! In my opinion he’s one of the best narrators out there! Thanks Charlie for another great book!

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  • Diane
  • 23-05-2019

Perfect wrap up to this story ARC

OMG this was sooooooooo good. I've loved King since day one & couldn't wait for his book. Leo was absolutely perfect for King. Leo is a genus but he is not a people person. King has a favored called in by Leo’s dad asking King to protect his son. As soon as King sees Leo, he falls for him lock stock and barrel, but he isn’t going to give in because he feels that he is too old for Leo. The sexual tension crackles off the pages and once they give in, they totally burn it up. I can't wait to see where the spin-off takes us. As always, Greg Boudreaux knocked it out of the ball park!!

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  • Christopher
  • 22-05-2019

My favorite of the 4 Kings

This is the best one in the series. King ended up being one of my favorites after this book; so different from previous books. Also, how can you not fall in love with Leo. Fast paced and low to mid angst.

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  • Bette
  • 02-05-2021

I Highly Recommend this Awesome Book & Series🎧📚🎧

I have been loving this amazing series, the characters and storylines are entertaining and enjoyable from start to end. Each book in the series featured a different member of the Four Kings Security, four co-owners who are former special ops and green berets. They served together and after a devastating last mission they retired together and stayed together forming a successful and well sought after security company. This book brings us to Ward “King” Kingston’s story, he lead the team while serving and wound up being the unofficial leader of their company. The team is family and King is protective of his family, which includes extended family which he showed while on his self imposed mission at the start of this book. When his former General asked him to safeguard his son, Leopold de Laughrey aka Leo, who is sequestered by the Government while he works on a classified assignment. Leo is a socially awkward nerdy tech guru, he has his quirks and wants what he wants so some deem him as high maintenance. I thought he was absolutely adorable with a brilliant mind. King turns out to be his saving grace, the patient man understand Leo and his mind from the moment they met and he became his fiercest protector. I thought these two were perfect together and for each other. It was great to learn more about King and his past, it was also great to see him get past his inner demons. I loved how everything played out in this book, like the other books the story is cleverly plotted and there is never a dull moment. There is plenty of drama, some angst, humor, twists and turns, thrilling and suspenseful moments, heartfelt and emotional moments and some hot romance. Charlie Cochet that you for this wonderful series, I love this world you created and am looking forward to checking out more of your work.

🎧📚🎧And for the fabulous narration, Greg Boudreaux is a star in my eyes, well actually in my ears but you know what I mean. He is a fabulously talented narrator and an entertaining voice performer. I love how he takes each role and makes it his own. His portrayal of all the characters is spot on, he understand each characters persona and plays the role with perfection. Greg Boudreaux’s performance enhances an already awesome story to another level of awesomeness and I can not give him or Charlie Cochet enough praise or recommend this series enough. Thank you for another amazing listen, it is always a pleasure to listen to your work.

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  • Melissa
  • 10-04-2021

King and Leo

Omg I loved this one soooooooooooo much!!! I laughed, i got teary eyed and it was so so hot!! I am so happy I found this series and this author as well as Greg!! I will definitely be re listening to this series!!

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  • Sam54
  • 07-04-2021

Best in the series

This was good. Better even than the others. Rarely do we find a series with the last book being as good or better than the rest.
Each book is good. I just like the main characters in this one.
Of course, without narrator Greg Boudreaux, it just wouldn’t make the cut.

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  • K MOORE
  • 21-03-2021

My favorite of the series!

I loved this series from the first book, but this one is my favorite! Leo stole my heart right along with King's. Their story heals some past hurts, is full of love and with the whole gang around plenty of laughter.

The performance by Greg Boudreaux was once again flawless. I could listen to that man read the phone book. He's one of my favorite narrators especially for MM because he is really able to give each character their own voice.

Once again Cochet and Boudreaux deliver another audiobook that is at the top of my relisten list.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 04-07-2019

O.M.G. King and Leo are FANTASTIC!!

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O.M.G. King and Leo are FANTASTIC!!

I can’t praise this book enough!!! We finally get to learn all about King and get to know all that is under that gruff exterior! Now Leo…My new favorite book character ever!!! Leo is wicked smart, unknowingly sassy, adorkably sweet and just plain loveable. I love his brain, it that weird LOL. His quirks, sass, and smarts make for an incredible and hilarious read. I will admit to laughing out loud, in public!

King’s surprising connection to Leo is so heartwarming (and somewhat deeper and more unique than originally thought) and we are able to learn more about what all the Kings went through and even a little of why. This is a fantastic ‘conclusion’ to the quartet. Charlie definitely saved the best for last!

This book is the funniest of the lot and has all your favorite characters and couples I just loved the way everyone accepted Leo into the family. He is just so wonderful and I loved that he was never scared of King and really kept King on his toes. The story includes the same awesome action and thrill you come to expect of Ms. Cochet and I loved King’s fierce protectiveness out there on full display.

If you haven’t read this series YOU NEED TOO. I can’t recommend them all enough but King and Leo are definitely my new favs!!!

Thanks for reading!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-05-2019

Another brilliant novel

Charlie has done it again. The enigmatic Ward Kingston finally meets a man who he can't resist. Leo. Computer geek, brilliant mind, socially awkward, yet he gets under King's skin and into his heart. A story chocked full of laughs, heartache, tension and love. A definite five stars.

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  • AL
  • 04-10-2020

Lovely!

Story: The plot the author cooked up for King and Leo fit them both like a glove! The pair was amazing!
I loved how the author tied up the whole group's background into the storyline, making the book a grand finale to a great series! It was pure pleasure to listen to this last part!

Narration: Perfect as always.

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  • N Taylor
  • 10-07-2020

Loved every word!

This is my 3rd or 4th time though this series and I still can't get enough. Would love to see a Joker and/or Jack story and any of the other characters in THE FOUR KINGS universe.

MORE PLEASE😊

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 09-07-2019

I love everything about this

Seriously it's brilliant the perfect mix of humour and romance each of the characters is unique or just plain hilarious everyone of them is genuinely well thought out and the narrator is amazing at portraying the characters

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-2019

Superb Narration!!!

A complimentary audio was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, I could listen to Greg Boudreaux read the phone book. His voice is just so yummy!! And when he started voicing Leo, I was a goner!!! Leo is just too freakin' adorable for words!! I just wanted to hold him and put him in my pocket, such a sweetie!

I read some of my friends reviews and not only did they enjoy it, they said they couldn't wait for King's story. I've not read any other book in this series and can say I see why they wanted King's story, but I wish I had had the same investment/eagerness. I don't know that you need to read the previous books in the story but it would be helpful to understand the connection the characters have with each other. I did like King, I adored Leo!

Ms. Cochet certainly knows how to weave a wonderful tale and I never wanted Greg to stop speaking. This was such a fun story and I know I will be going back to start at the beginning so I can see how these characters developed.

The relationship between King and Leo, hah! I had to laugh at King when he was dealing with Leo. He was NOT expecting Leo to be Leo and King does not know what he is in for. It was such a joy to watch them come together. I don't know if you could call Leo a bubbly person, but compared to King he is. With all that King has experienced it's understandable that he takes things seriously. Leo is a good balance for King.

I do recommend this but specifically the audio. I think Greg really made these characters, at least he did for me and I can't imagine only reading it.

Story 4 stars
Narration 10 stars :)

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 03-07-2019

My favorite in the series!!!

5 Stars!

This was King's story and damn if Charlie Cochet didn't leave the best for last, which is saying something because the whole series was outstanding! King had been a bit of a mystery until we saw him in action on the epilogue for Join the Club (book 3) and since then I've been chomping at the bit to get to know him better and I have to say I loved seeing the usually stoic man getting all out of sorts for the genius, nerdy guy. While I will admit that I was one of the fans that wanted King with his assistant Jay, I will also say that I'm glad that didn't happen. Yes, Jay is fabulous and I can't wait for his story, but Leo is amazing as well and better suited for King. King needed someone like Leo to knock through his defenses, they were so sweet and hot together and I loved that King was very protective of Leo, but Leo was no slouch in the protection department either and was resourceful as all hell when he needed to be. Plus, Leo just fit so well with the group and it was endearing to see how much they all wanted King to be happy. Of course, it didn't hurt that Leo and King had chemistry in spades and threatened to set my kindle (and me) on fire a few times. LOL

As always, it was a pleasure catching up with the rest of the guys and I'm ecstatic that this is not the last we've seen of them!

Greg Boudreaux did such a wonderful job bringing not only the Four Kings but the men they loved and the rest of the team to life. There's a lot of action and emotion in this book and he managed to translate it all into his narration. Even if I had already read the book, he made the book exciting and intriguing and as amazing as the first time around.

Highly recommendable!

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  • choccygrl
  • 03-07-2019

I started out of order but it doesn't matter

Yes I started with book 4. Did it impact on my reading experience? I don't think so. The writing is solid and I didn't feel lost at any point.
I loved this book. Leo and King were adorable together, the UST was off the charts and when they finally came togethe, wow.
Leo's awkwardness, rambling and fast moving thoughts could have been a disaster but in the hands of Cochet made for a cute character. And King was just, yeah, just yum.
Excellent narration.
Can't wait too go back and read the rest of the series.

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  • Fortuna
  • 03-07-2019

A fantastic end to a fantastic series!

I’ve loved this series so I started this listen with some sadness that it was coming to an end. You know how you want to eek out the last Rolo.....

We’ve met King but never got to know him previously, he’s a superb character- tough and loyal with a hidden soft side! Watching him fall in love with Leo was a joy. We all love a Protector and we see that side of him from the off.

Leo, the nerdy genius, is ideal to soften King’s rough edges. He pushed all King’s buttons and I loved the connection.

The narration is perfect, as you’d expect from Greg. He’s a great actor and absolutely nails this performance.

A great tale with thrills and tension and some great laughs along the way. A definite May to December so it hit all the highs for me. I’d absolutely recommend this listen, my favourite in the series. Can’t wait for Charlie’s next book.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 02-07-2019

Great end to the series

What a fitting end to the Four Kings series! Kingston got his HEA with loveable Leo 🤗 For being a geek, Leo really gave King a run for his money!
I enjoyed the story, the little twist at the end and of course, seeing the other guys again, especially Ace! Looking forward to reading the spinoff stories 🤗

As always, Mr. Boudreaux does a wonderful job with King's story. He is such a pleasure to listen to. I love when he voices both MC's inner thoughts - he expresses how the character is feeling so well!
This (and all his perfomances really) is a great way to the story (and series)!

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