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Review: King of Clubs (Aces & Eights #2) by Sandra Owens

Jul 21, 2017

In the second novel in acclaimed author Sandra Owens’s Aces & Eights series, passions—and tempers—flare as one star-crossed couple gets a second chance at love.

Covert FBI agent Court Gentry loves his brothers, his job, and his Harley-Davidson. Once he loved a girl, too, but when she broke his heart, he put his emotions on lockdown…until she crosses his path again.

On vacation six years ago, free-spirited Lauren Montgomery fell hard for Court Gentry. She returned home happier than ever, only to descend into a spiral of abuse by her ex-husband, Stephan. When Stephan threatened to kill any man who touched her, Lauren cut Court from her life—but not from her heart.

When Lauren and Court reunite after her friend marries his brother, Court guards himself against the person who made him feel such intense passion and pain. Except the undeniable spark between them is impossible to contain and heating up fast. Six years ago, it was love. Now, it’s just lust. Keeping it merely physical is a foolproof plan…right?

When Stephan is released from prison, Lauren can’t outrun her past anymore, and Court vows to protect her. But with Lauren in imminent danger, Court must question his heart and risk his life to save the woman he never stopped loving.


Six years ago, Court and Lauren met on Spring Break and spent 6 amazing days together. Making plans for the future, they thought things would continue after they each returned to their home towns. However, when Lauren returns home and her abusive ex-husband comes after her (beating her almost to death) and threatens to kill the man she was with, she vows to protect Court at all costs and calls him to ends things with no explanation.

Now it’s 6 years later and Lauren and Court’s paths cross again. He hasn’t forgotten how Lauren hurt him all those years ago.  She doesn’t know at first that Court is an undercover FBI agent and is still trying to protect him when her ex-husband starts threatening her again from prison through family members on the outside. Her ex is determined to come for her when he gets out, which is very soon. Learning to let Court in on what is going on and trust that he can protect her and not get hurt himself isn’t easy for her, but she hasn’t stopped loving him all these years later and doesn’t want to lose him again.

As things heat up on the danger side and their relationship, Court will do everything in his power to protect Lauren from her ex. But they also have issues in their relationship to work out. Will Lauren be able to be with a man with such a dangerous job? Will Court be able to give up what he loves to do in order to not lose Lauren?

Great chemistry between the characters, action, suspense and a storyline that had me into it from start to finish. This may be the second book in the series, but can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed the first book in the series though, Jack of Hearts (which is about Alex, the youngest of the three brothers and Madison who is Lauren’s best friend). I recommend that one as well!

I’m definitely looking forward to the oldest brother Nate’s story!

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Publisher: Montlake Romance
Pub Date: June 27, 2017

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