Author: Maya Cross
Series: The Alpha Group Trilogy, #3
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: November 18, 2013
Genres: Erotic Romance
Page Count: 202
The breathtaking conclusion to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Alpha Group Series.
NOTE: This is not a standalone story. It is the sequel to Locked and Lockout, which should be read first. Locked is currently available absolutely FREE.
Who is Sebastian Lock?
The heart can lead you to dangerous places. Abandoned by the man she loves, with nothing more than sweet words and riddles for an explanation, Sophia Pearce felt like her life was crumbling before her eyes. And then they came for her. Now, things will never be the same.
Confronted with the truth about Sebastian's identity, she's thrust into a high stakes world beyond anything she could have imagined. A world that threatens much more than just her feelings. Sebastian's enemies will stop at nothing to get what they want, and they want her.
Their passion for one another consumes them, but as the danger mounts, and loyalties are tested, Sophia must answer one simple question. What is she willing to risk for love?
This book is approximately 55,000 words long, or a little over 200 printed pages. It contains erotic content and a dominant man who always gets what he wants in the bedroom. It is intended for readers aged 18 and over.
I will start out by saying I am not always a fan of trilogies. I am instant gratification kinda girl….lol but I would make an exception for anything Maya Cross writes. I was lucky enough to get to read this whole series in one shot but even so I would have waited if necessary.
The series of books is the story of Sebastian Lock and Sophia Pearce. Sebastian is a hot and sexy venture capitalist with an air mystery and intrigue around him. Sophia is hard-working and independent lawyer. She is strong willed and somewhat jaded by love and relationships. She has goal when it comes to her career and she is determined to achieve it.
Sophia meets Sebastian after a night out at a local bar with girlfriends turns into a stealth mission to find out what is going on behind a backroom door. She is amazed by what she stumbles upon. A secret party that is definitely more lavish than the bar she just stepped in from. Trying to fade into the background she meets Sebastian. The spark they have is instant. You can feel the heat coming off your kindle from the start. Their insta-spark is lust not love which I really enjoyed. From there this progresses from what was supposed to be a simple sexual relationship to something so much more. Feelings change slowly and Sophia gets thrown into Sebastian’s secret world than go against many of the things she has held true.
There were many things I loved about this story. I really loved Maya Cross’s writing. She really has a way with words that gets you involved and invested in her story. Her writing truly allows your mind to bring the story to life as you read. She builds some great characters in Sebastian and Sophia. They are both strong, stubborn and driven but they each have their own sets of vulnerability’s. It is fun and interesting to see them change throughout the story. Some of the storyline may be somewhat predictable and you can probably figure some of it out but she does throw some great twists in there that you do not see coming.
The biggest reason to read this…..Sebastian Lock is HOT!!! I mean that man has some skills in the bedroom that makes you wish more than once to switch places with Sophia. Let’s just say there is a scene in Unlocked that involves candle wax, ice and blindfold…..OMG!! My panties melted reading that scene. TMI??? Really guys…how long have you been reading my reviews…hehe 🙂 Sooo…to wrap this sucker up….GO BUY THE ALPHA GROUP 😉 Really it’s worth it, you will love it plus all three are published now so…tada….instant gratification. Have I steered you wrong yet?? God I hope not…I will feel really bad.
I hadn’t expected Sophia to sleep at all, not after what she’d been through. Trauma like that can ruin a person. But somehow she’d drifted off. I had no idea where she found the strength to be that tough. She never ceased to amaze me.
For a while I lay there trying to get some rest myself, but the events of the last two days had thrown my whole world into chaos. It was all happening again. The fact that I’d averted the worst didn’t make the situation any better. I was an asshole. I should never have let it get to this point, but I was weak, and it had nearly cost the woman I love her life. How the hell could I sleep knowing that?
To make matters worse, even now I was still incapable of staying away. She was as secure here as anywhere, but the moment she’d left my sight I began to feel agitated. I still hadn’t managed to shed the mindless terror that had seized me when I first heard she’d been taken. The urge to go to her, to simply hold her and never let go, had been almost overpowering.
I’d tried to distract myself. There was certainly no shortage of work to be done — most of my colleagues were holed up together in the board room, planning things until well into the night — but I was useless there. My mind only wanted to focus on one thing, and soon I found myself propped up against the wall outside her room, nursing several fingers of scotch in a heavy crystal tumbler. I didn’t know why, but just being close to her helped. I made myself vow not to enter. It had taken an immense level of control to cut her off the first time, and every moment in her presence stretched my willpower just a little more. I would keep her safe and solve all this, and then when it was all over, I’d let her go again. It was the only way.
But the moment I heard her sobbing through the door, all sense of self-control fled. Before I knew it, I was on my feet, and then in her bed. I expected her to fight, after all, I had to be the last person she wanted to see, but she didn’t. Instead she just burrowed into me without a word. I hated how perfect that felt, the way her body fit like a missing puzzle piece against mine. I still didn’t understand how such simple contact could make me so damn content, but it did.
And now she slept. I couldn’t help but run my eyes over her again. Truth be told, I’d barely been able to stop staring since the moment I entered the room. She looked so fucking beautiful lying there, her face utterly peaceful, her curves perfectly accentuated by the thin cotton sheet. She’d taken the T-shirt I left her, but not the pants, and now in the throws of sleep she’d managed to knock part of the cover free, exposing one delicate hip. It was a tiny thing, the barest hint of pale skin and black cloth, but the sight took my breath away nonetheless. I felt impossibly low ogling her after everything I’d put her through, but I was powerless to do anything else. Her body was like a drug, a burning rush through my system that was impossible to ignore. I knew how that hip would feel if only I’d reach out and touch it. I had every inch of her body charted in my head; so perfectly soft, so perfectly feminine.
Fuck. I had to pull myself together.
Ripping my gaze free, I eased my arm out from under her. I’d done what I came to do. She was resting. There was no reason for me to stay.
She stirred briefly, and I came within a hair’s breadth of pulling her back against me once more, but after a few moments she settled. Taking one last look, I moved quietly out into the corridor and resumed my watch. I’d be there if she needed me, but anything beyond that was too hard. There was no happy ending here, and letting myself think otherwise would only destroy me more.