Erryn reviews Stacking the Deck (The Kings: Wild Cards Book 1) by Charlie Cochet. The book was published July 28, 2020 and is 267 pages. The audio was narrated by Greg Boudreaux. It was released October 2, 2020 and is 7 hrs and 44 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Ex-Special Forces Communications Sergeant Jacopo “Jack” Constantino heads the cybersecurity at Four Kings Security, working with his tech-savvy team to provide clients with state-of-the-art security systems. But life for Jack is pretty uneventful — despite the exploits with his brothers-in-arms — and he finds himself longing for a little more excitement.
Be careful what you wish for.
Two years ago, Fitz Harlow captured Jack’s heart and walked away with it. Now he’s back.
Fitz spent the last two years picking up the pieces of his life after a disastrous relationship. After much therapy, and ice cream, Fitz leaves the fashion world behind and returns home to St. Augustine to open his own high-end salon, Hair Comes Trouble. Now, Fitz finally has the quiet, peaceful life he’s wanted for so long. There’s only one thing missing, or rather, one man missing, but Fitz has his doubts. With Jack, he’s not just gaining a boyfriend — he’s gaining a boyfriend, his family of mischief-magnet ex-Green Berets, and one highly opinionated Belgian Malinois.
Fitz and Jack discover their connection has only grown stronger over time, thanks in part to meddling friends, but just as they start to pick up where they left off, someone takes objection to their reunion. Danger hides in the shadows, one determined to keep Fitz out of Jack’s life, no matter the cost. With the odds stacked against them, can Jack and Fitz win a battle against an unknown enemy, or will Jack lose Fitz forever?
I missed the Four Kings Security books (gasp) so I had some reservations about stepping into the spin off series. I’ll admit I had a small struggle because there were just so many characters. Soon enough I slipped into the world and the dynamics between the men began to differentiate them for me. Pretty soon I was along for the insane ride.
Fitz and Jack met in one of the previous books and each man left an impression upon the other. It’s two years before their paths finally cross again. Fitz has a successful hair salon – Hair Comes Trouble (brilliant name) – and he’s settled in his life. But when Jack re-enters his life, he’s forced to face his loneliness. Jack is the head of cyber security with the Four Kings security company and he’s got a secure part in the team. He’s always the back up on missions, but he longs to be in the middle of the excitement. He’s also lonely.
There is plenty of activity in this book as it’s clear darker forces are at work. Someone doesn’t want the men together and a stalker emerges. But they are meant to be together and so, in the end, things work out. Plenty of intrigue and action brought me to that point.
And the Belgian Malinois. Gotta love dogs.
This book has set up future books in the series and I can’t wait. A quick note about Greg Boudreaux – he always does a really solid job and this book was no exception. He hit just the right notes for Fitz and Jack while also giving me plenty to go on with the other men. Can’t wait for more books in this new series.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Charlie Cochet is the international bestselling author of the THIRDS series. Born in Cuba and raised in the US, Charlie enjoys the best of both worlds, from her daily Cuban latte to her passion for classic rock.
Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found devouring a book, releasing her creativity through art, or binge watching a new TV series. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.