May 28, 2013

Review: Lockout by Maya Cross

Series: The Alpha Group 2
Format: Digital ARC
Release Date: May 22, 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
Who is Sebastian Lock? 

Sophia had never felt attraction like that before. Raw. Electric. Irresistible. Swept off her feet by the dashing, enigmatic billionaire Sebastian Lock, she was taken on a journey of self-discovery, taken to places she never dreamed she’d go.

But things are never as simple as they appear. Sophia’s trust is a fragile thing, and Sebastian seems insistent on testing it. He has his own demons to battle, and nobody has brought them to the fore like she has.

As their relationship deepens, and Sophia begins to break down his walls, all that greets her are more questions. Why is Sebastian fighting so hard to keep her at a distance? Who is the girl on the background of his phone? And why does the strange tattoo on his chest seem so familiar?

These puzzles plague her, but as Sebastian’s mysteries begin to unravel, she must face an entirely different truth. Staying in the dark may be painful, but finding the answers could be deadly.
The book and the series is recommended to readers 18 and up due to its strong sexual content.

Sebastian Locke, you make my heart pound!

LOCKOUT explores the development of Sophia and Sebastian's romantic relationship. It started as this intense, passionate and sexual thing between them but it quickly and obviously became more emotional as both of them got more and more invested in each other. When Locked ended, I was expecting the story to go full throttle BDSM but Maya Cross held back a bit as things were pretty much vanilla. For the meantime, our lovers are both trying to satisfy their insatiable desire for each other and let me tell you, their smex scenes might be vanilla but it will still make your ereaders steam up from the hotness and urgency of Sophia and Sebastian's attraction to each other.

Sebastian Locke still remains a mystery for the most part but his walls are slowly coming down thanks to, Sophia. We have more information about the man but not enough for us to really have a clear grasp of his character. LOCKOUT is still predominantly Sophia's story, we see her slowly surrendering to Sebastian and consequently, falling in love with him. What really got my attention was how Sebastian's presence easily engulfed Sophia's life to the point where it affected her work/life balance. Sebastian has become the center of her universe and it came with a great cost. I can only hope that Sebastian's got her back and won't leave her out to dry.

I love the pace of this series, the sexual, romantic and character developments are moving in the same speed. The characters are really compelling and it's so easy to get attached to Sophia and Sebastian and get invested in their budding romance. Special mention to Sophia's workmate, Jennifer. I was gritting my teeth over this bitch because she's obviously got some serious beef with Sophia. I hope our heroine can correct that and put her in her place in the succeeding books. The element of mystery is ever present but not too overwhelming that we lose focus on Sophia and Sebastian. My questions pertaining to Sebastian's identity still stands and from the looks of it, it seems that he might be a tortured hero after all. 

LOCKOUT is a great follow up to Locked, it set the tone of the series moving forward and I love how the series is becoming romantic suspense. The plot is as emotional as it's sexual so we really get to dig deep and really discover the characters, their emotions, thought process, etc. as MCross gradually fleshes and layers out the plot and everything else. I'm eager for book 3, Unlocked, because from the looks of it, things are going to get shaken up and I'm excited to see where MCross will take us.

Don't disappoint me, Sebastian!

Read our review of Alpha Group 1
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Maya Cross is a writer who enjoys making people blush. Growing up with a mother who worked in a book store, she read a lot from a very young age, and soon enough picked up a pen of her own. Her previous work spans many genres including horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and she has now started this pen name as an outlet for her spicier thoughts (they were starting to overflow). She likes her heroes strong but mysterious, her encounters sizzling, and her characters true to life.

She believes in writing familiar narratives told with a twist, so most of her stories will feel comfortable, but hopefully a little unique. Whatever genre she's writing, finding a fascinating concept is the first, and most important step.

The Alpha Group is her first attempt at erotic romance.

When she's not writing, she's playing tennis, trawling her home town of Sydney for new inspiration, and drinking too much coffee.

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by Maya Cross

As the first song ended, the music changed. The new tune was slower, more sultry, and Sebastian was quick to adapt. A delicate twist of his wrist and I was spinning away, then suddenly snapping backwards to rest against him once more, this time with my back against his chest. With torturous softness, his hands began to trace their way across my sides and down my thighs, flirting with the hem of my dress. Such intimacy in a public place should have made me balk, but the sensuality in the air was infectious. I was utterly lost in the moment. I could feel his breath hot on my skin as his lips teased the air just above my neck, tantalising but never touching. With every vacillation of our hips my ass grazed against his pants, letting me know that I wasn’t the only one finding this to be a powerfully erotic experience.

Other couples were throwing propriety to the wind too. Several men swept passed us with open shirts, their chests glistening with sweat, their partners slicing the air with their skirts like fans. One woman had shed her top all together and was twisting from side to side in just her bra like a belly dancer. All around the room, people were laughing and clapping and cheering in time with the beat. I’d never been part of such an unrestrained expression of joy before.

“You look stunning,” Sebastian breathed into my ear.

“Do I now?” I replied.

“You do. Although it might have something to do with the fact that everything you’re doing right now, I’m imaging you doing it naked.”

I laughed. “Is that so? Well then, I probably shouldn’t do this.” Slipping free of his grip, I turned once more and began to glide around him in a slow circle, swaying my hips provocatively and dragging my hands slowly up and down my body.

A low, masculine sound escaped his throat. “God, I can only restrain myself so much, Sophia.”

I grinned, but didn’t stop. It was thrilling putting on that kind of show for him in the middle of a crowded room. I could see the outline of his excitement pressing urgently against his pants. The truth was, with all the electricity that was coursing through my veins, I wasn’t sure I wanted him to restrain himself. I’d had the elaborate foreplay, now I wanted what that promised.


  1. I love the teaser and am curious about the series, even though it was tamer, it sounds like she still brings it!

    1. YOu should give it a try. I'm personally a little over BDSM-erotica except for a few series I follow. I guess I'm vanilla through and through.

  2. Oooh sounds really good. lol @ "I was gritting my teeth over this bitch" I hate those types of characters but damn, they always make the story interesting. Great review hun!

    1. LOL yeah they make my blood boil. Thanks Mel!

  3. Sounds like a series to try...loved the review Braine :)

    1. Yes, it's one of those sexy quick reads but with a lot of meat in it.

  4. I'm loving this series too! I liked this one just a bit better than the first so I imagine I will love the next even more.

    1. Yeah I saw you reading it the other day! I agree, I love how it's a romantic suspense story now.

  5. I still haven't tried a book like that, I don't know if it's really for me but I'm glad you liked it.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Melliane. I know, explicit sexual stories aren't for everyone. I too struggled with it at first as far as reviewing it for the blog is concerned.

  6. Oh, I really enjoyed Lockout too! I loved the progression of the relationship between Sophia and Sebastian. I cannot wait to find out what happens next!
    Great review!

    1. Thanks Andrea! I agree 100%! I'm itching to find out who Sebastian Locke is!

  7. I think it's good that they are taking their relationship slowly... I wonder who Sebastian really is... Hmm...

    Thank you for the review!!! Can't wait to read this!!!

  8. OO I have book 1 to read yet! Glad you enjoyed this one hun! Sorry I been MIA. xx


    1. Now you can binge on it! Perfect series for After Dark.


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