Book Reviews

Stacking the Deck (The Kings: Wild Cards 1) by Charlie Cochet

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Romance
Reviewed by nakin1978 on 28-July-2020

Book Blurb

Ex-Special Forces Communications Sergeant Jacopo “Jack” Constantino heads the cybersecurity department 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 exception to their reunion. Danger hides in the shadows, a stalker 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?


The Kings: Wild Cards series is a spin-off of the Four Kings Security series.

Book Review

Charlie Cochet did it again, another incredible start to another equally amazing series. ‘Stacking the Deck’ is the first book in the ‘The Kings Wild Card’ series, a spin-off from ‘Four Kings Security’.


This is Jack’s book. Jack first met Fitz back in ‘Four Kings Security’ when the guys where protecting Fitz’s best friend. When shots rang out, Jack was there to make sure that Fitz was okay. Immediately he felt an attraction like no other to Fitz, but after the incident and making sure he was okay, Fitz pretty much ghosted all attempts at contact between the two of them.


Fitz definitely felt the same connection that Jack felt when they first met, but he also knew that he was in no place to act upon it. Too much had happened up to that point in his life and his heart just could not handle anything with Jack. Now two years later, a newly open salon and Fitz is still avoiding Jack, but for different reasons this time. After not having any contact with him in two years, he is not sure where to start or how Jack would even feel about seeing him again. Seeing each other is inevitable though since they have so many friends in common.


Jack is in charge of the intelligence portion of Kings Security. He loves his job but at times he feels like he is not doing as much as the others. This is not the case but it is just how he feels. When the Kings’ annual charity dinner and auction comes around, both Jack and Joker are put up on the auction block and with Ace being in charge of the auction, both men know they are in for it. 


When it turns out that Colton and all the guys got to together and plotted to push Fitz and Jack back together again, no one is more surprised than Fitz. Colton ends up winning the auction bid for Jack and surprises Fitz with a date. This is all it takes for Jack and Fitz to both get their heads out of their butts and finally face the attraction between the two of them.


Just when both men finally think that they have a chance to explore their feelings for each other, someone decides that they do not like the two of them together and will go to any length to keep them apart. 


As Jack and the rest of the guys work to figure out who is stalking both Fitz and Jack, the danger continues to grow. Will they be able to figure out who is behind it all before it is too late?


I loved Jack and Fitz’s story. These two men are special. I also love how Charlie brought back the guys from ‘Four Kings Security’ and made them each a part of this series. I cannot wait to see who Charlie will write about next. I hope it is Joker’s story! Amazing read!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 267 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-July-2020
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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