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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? 

©2020 Charlie Cochet (P)2020 Charlie Cochet

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed everything about this story! The plot was exciting and fun, the connection between the characters was thick and beautiful, and the different characters were fun and entertaining! Greg Boudreaux is a favourite narrator of mine and I of course enjoyed this one immensely. He brings life to the characters, a quirky nature to the story and over all keeps listeners engaged and excited for more.

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Romance, humour and suspense in an audio gem!

This is a sort of spinoff off the 4 Kings, so it's best to have read/listened to those (really good) stories. Jack and Fitz have been pining from afar - when they finally get their act together, all hell breaks loose - with a stalker bent on keeping them apart. I enjoyed the mystery and the hijinks of the Kings and Wildcard members - they are truly brothers in arms; and the partners and friends they've collected along the way. I've really enjoyed the series and this is a fun addition. As always, Greg Boudreaux provides a great soundtrack to the story, overall. There were times when I knew who was speaking, but the voices for Laz, Fitz and some of the females were a little close in tone. Didn't stop me enjoying the narration, though :)

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Great start to the series!

I loved almost every single thing about this book. Jack, especially, he's the perfect book boyfriend. Sweet, generous, resourceful and so damn lovable. Now, while I liked Fitz, the way he reacted certain times made me want to strangle him. And the fact that he allowed Jack to stew for so long after their first encounter, well, it didn't sit right with me. They had chemistry, but I just felt Jack was too good for Fitz. *shrugs* I absolutely loved catching up with the Kings, Joker, and their significant others, though! And the stalker case was intriguing. I so didn't see that coming! Greg Boudreaux is amazing and he can do no wrong in my book. Stacking the Deck wasn't the exception. He has great comedic timing and such a knack to keep voices distinctive, which I'm sure is especially difficult with an ensemble cast book such as this one. If you can pick this one in audio, do yourself a favor and do so. Only listen to the 4 King's Security books first, or you might feel a little lost. I can't wait for Gio and Joker's book.

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A Welcome Return

So glad we get to learn more about Jack, Joker and some of the other side characters mentioned in Kings series, as well as welcoming back some of the Kings, if in smaller roles. Also really, really happy to see Greg back narrating Charlie's books. He's one of the best and one of the very few narrators who actually narrates the story, rather than just reading aloud in an overly deep voice. Not only is his narration of the story spot on in pace, tone and intonation but his characterisation is perfect, he literally acts the dialogue and it's like a whole bunch of actors are in the booth, not just one man. Along with Joel Leslie and Nick J Russo, Greg is in my top 3 narrators because they enhance the story and elevate it, giving the listener a new experience even if they already know the story because they've read it.

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Loved it

I absolutely loved this audiobook. This was such an amazing start to a new spinoff series. I am on the edge of my seat waiting for more.

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Love this book

Thank you. I've love every word. Can't wait to see Jokers story. Brilliantly narrated

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Thrilling

This is a thrilling action pack book to listen and enjoy as we get lost in the world of Kings security.

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OMG so good!

I've missed the King's so much and was so excited for this story! I loved seeing all these awesome characters again and Jack and Fitz stole my heart! Jack is such a sweetheart, half of the wild cards dasterly duo but with a heart of gold. Jack had so much love to give and of course Fitz is just perfect for him! I loved the hints at the next stories and can't wait to learn more about Joker and Gio, and seeing the adorable awkwardness between Joshua and Frank is hilarious, their story is going to be interesting 😉 I loved the thrill and twists in this story and again Charlie surprised me with the "who done it"! Amazing! if you like hot men, heart, thrills and laughs with characters you can't help but fall for this whole series/world/team is a must read! 😍💜

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Great Characters

Stacking the Deck is the first book in the Wild Cards series, a spinoff of the Four Kings Security series. Technically, I suppose you could read Stacking the Deck on its own, but I decided to binge the Four Kings Security series first, and I’m so happy that I did. The book was much better having the background of the previous series, and honestly, these characters are fantastic so spending more time with them is great. The first thing to know about the Wild Cards series is that it is set in a contemporary world very similar to our world, but the rules of the world follow Hollywood and comic book logic. That means that action scenes are over the top and the abilities of the main characters are exaggerated. Think something along the lines of James Bond if he decided to open a security firm. This type of exaggerated realty was something I struggled with getting used to in the Four Kings Security books, but I was ready for it in the Wild Cards series. I think finally understanding and accepting the rules of this fictional world really made this book so much better for me. The second thing to know about the Wild Card series it that it has fantastic characters who make me laugh out loud and cheer them on. Charlie Cochet has a very distinct kind of humor that I just love. The characters are witty, sarcastic, and so loyal and determined. They value friendship and love, and are great at showing it. Charlie Cochet also has a wonderful writing style that makes it easy to read and enjoy her books. The audiobook was narrated by Greg Boudreaux who does a fantastic job. He has to voice a lot of different characters and some extreme action scenes—all of which he does a great job at. I never got lost in the book and thought his character voices were all distinct and clear. The audiobook production was well done which made the overall experience super enjoyable.

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Wild cards for the win.

This is the perfect starting story to the spin off series to The Kings Security. Charlie Cochet has done it again giving us, the readers hot men, a gripping story with plenty of heat and action. All the team and their significant others are back, we are introduced to more members of the business, so this series has room to grow. I really couldn’t wait to read this and once started couldn’t put it down and now listened to the audible file makes me so happy, the bad guy was pretty easy to spot but the rest was such fun that didn’t stop me from enjoying it, especially the office antics and the possible love matches to come. I really am looking forward to what is next

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-10-20

So excited for the next one!

Please note, you will be incredibly confused and probably frustrated with this audiobook if you have not started at the beginning! The beginning starts with four kings security Love In Spades! (Beware of Geeks Bearing Gift is a 2-hour story about Ace and Luckys cousin Quin, but takes place in a different part of Florida and is not necessary to enjoy these books! You never actually meet their cousin, he is just referred to). That being said, I have waited for Jack and Joker's stories! I am so excited for jokers, and I wonder how She is going to incorporate Jay and Ryder, and Joshua and Frank! The story was sweet, sexy, packed with action and everything I could hope for from a Charlie Cochet novel! Greg Boudreaux as always did an absolutely incredible job! Thank you both for giving me a break from real life!

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  • Kashonna
  • 08-10-20

Missed the Kings

This book was so worth the wait! Fitz & Jack are so adorkable. Their chemistry is off the charts & how they tried to fight it was laughable. Like with the other Kings, this story has drama, action and most important Chip! Totally recommend this book. But you should read the 4 before so you have a better understanding of the characters. It was great listening to Greg bring my boys back to life.

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  • Janet Gibson
  • 13-11-20

king guys are great

the entire security agency is neat. A lil fofo romance a bit of mystery !

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  • Sabbath
  • 26-10-20

But this audio!

No, seriously! If you are a fan of the four kings security series-you will love this book! Fitz and Jack have a missed connection for sure, and I love their story. The dynamic is fun and riveting. I can’t wait for more of this series!

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  • Phoenix
  • 25-10-20

Wow

I love first the narrator and the author. They are such a winning team together! This book/audio i have been waiting for patiently as I know Charlie wanted the guys to be just right and man did she succeed. These two characters are wonderful. I always feel like I am inside the book when read or listening to her world that she created. Wonderfully done!

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  • Abrianna
  • 25-10-20

So good

This is one of my favorite Charlie Cochet books and Greg Boudreaux is one of my favorite narrators. He brings Jack and Fitz to life and tells their story in the perfect way. I am so excited for the next book in the series. Not only is this one of the well written series I've read, the narrator is able to bring every character to life and give them unique voices that brings this amazing, tight knit group of people to life.

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  • Reading*Renee
  • 24-10-20

Enjoyable Listen Even When New to "King" Series

I jumped into "Stacking the Deck" without having read/listened to the Four Kings Security series so I was playing catchup early on to make sense of the many characters (let alone their code names!) and their dynamics, and there's probably a lot of series callbacks that sailed over my head. Fortunately, it's always a pleasure listening to the terrific Greg Boudreaux, this being no exception. All told, I was pulled into this story about Fitz and Jack with its blend of suspense, humor and sweet romance, and enjoyed it. I received this free review copy audio book by request and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 23-10-20

Wild Ride

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.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 23-10-20

Great start to the series and my favorite narrator

If you enjoy series where a great group of guys get their HEAs and form couples book after book you will love this new spin off series by Charlie Cochet. Here we have a second chance romance for a security expert and a hairdresser who get another chance to make their relationship work. I liked these two guys immediately and wanted to see how they would get together. When the suspense/stalker plot mixed in, it got even better. If you enjoy the THIRDS series or the Nothing Special series by A. E. Via you will enjoy this one too. There is no finer audiobook performer than Greg Boudreaux. His voices are always distinct, the emotional content is perfection and every aspect of the performance just flows beautifully. He brings out the best in any authors he narrates for.

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  • International Customer
  • 23-10-20

Great story!

I loved this story. It was a great mix between suspence and sweet, and kept me on my toes to hear what would happen next. Greg Boudreaux is a brilliant narrator who gave the story dept and life. Absolutely recomend this audiobook!