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I have to be honest. When I started reading this book I was afraid it was going to be a formulaic love story with a former military hero stoically protecting a delicate genius. I am so happy I was wrong! Even though that is the surface of the characters Cochet makes sure they are much more than that! She has taken time to make sure that King and Leo are fully rounded and well matched characters. It is such an amazing adventure I had to read the other three!

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During all that, your dad would call, usually when I was at my lowest, as if he knew, and he’d talk about you.” King’s voice was so soft Leo had to strain to hear him. “When it felt like the darkness was closing in on me, there you were.”

“I love you, Ward. You are the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m not going to lie. I come with a hell of a lot of maintenance. ‘The Manual for the Caring and Feeding of Leo’ is hefty.

King nodded, returning Leo’s smile. What was it about Leo that made King feel so… light? He never smiled this much, but when Leo looked at him, those pink lips pulled into a soft expression, King couldn’t not do the same. Well damn. Ace was going to give him so much shit.

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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.

ASIN: B07NPZQGTZ



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