Lockout (The Alpha Group Book Two) by Maya Cross
Five out of Five Stars
I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
When I finished “Locked (The Alpha Group Book One)” I became a fan of Maya Cross. After finishing “Lockout (The Alpha Group Book Two)” I officially elevated to straight up crushing on her. “Lockout” is the best kind of story, face-paced, fun, and exciting. There are two solid leads I can’t help but love and the story is a kick-butt blend of romance, hotness, mystery, and suspense. “Lockout” sucked me in early. I finished the story in one straight read, only to decide to read it again the very next day.
“Lockout” picks up right where “Locked” left off, with Sophia running away from Sebastian after intercepting sexy texts from his former secretary. Sebastian makes a fairly grand gesture to prove himself to Sophia and implores her to give their relationship a chance. What originally started as a no-strings physical relationship hits a turning point as Sophia is challenged to give Sebastian the same amount of trust in their day-to-day lives that she gives him in the bedroom.
“Sure, I’d been afraid, but it was fear of pain, fear of the unknown, and in spite of that fear, I’d given myself to him anyway, trusting that he’d take care of me.”
Sebastian and Sophia’s physical relationship is still ridiculously hot (a scene in a restaurant/dance hall definitely altered my breathing, just insanely passionate, intimate, steamy goodness) but “Lockout” spends a good amount of time on the two leads developing stronger feelings for each other. “Lockout” strengthened my investment in Sophia and Sebastian and I found myself cheering for them to eventually find a HEA together.
“As inconvenient as it might be for the both of us, this thing means something to me now, and I want everything that comes with that, including your complications.”
Sexy books are fun but to be truly great I have to see some value in the main characters relationship. Cross achieves that with “Lockout.” She has created perfect foils in Sebastian and Sophia – they’re both beautiful, smart, and successful, but each is slightly damaged. Giving into their relationship and investing in each other, in and out of the bedroom, might be the one true key to happiness for both characters.
“To tell you the truth, I would have been perfectly content to spend the whole night there, cradled in his arms, his fingers gently stroking my cheek. I’d never felt happier in my entire life.”
Though Sebastian promised never to lie to Sophia, he never promised not to keep secrets. Those secrets mount to the point where Sophia can no longer ignore them. As her professional life takes a serious blow, Sophia realizes she can’t tolerate Sebastian keeping her in the dark. Challenging him to open up, her pleas for answers only lead to heartache.
“He gazed at me, his face utterly distraught. It was the look of a man with an impossible choice to make, and it sent a fresh wave of dread rolling through me.”
“Lockout” ends with one whopper of a cliffhanger. Cross has upped the danger level and I’m going to be biting my nails waiting for “Unlocked,” the conclusion to Sophia and Sebastian’s story.
Grab “Lockout,” you won’t regret it. If you’re new to The Alpha Group Book series, you are missing out. Pick these books up!