LOCKE by Harper Sloan – Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

The Corps Security series is fantastic and Locke and Emmy’s story has been a long time coming….

WHAT I RATED IT

4.5stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Darkness is the only thing I see. Ever since the day my life changed. The day that everything and everyone I held close to me ceased to exist. The day I lost it all and the demons of my past consumed my every waking moment.

I tried to keep others at arm’s length. Tried not to let my darkness taint them. Ruin them. Harm them. And whether I want to admit it or not, as much as I wish I could keep them locked out, they refuse to leave. Refuse to let me suffer alone.

If I hadn’t been so focused on keeping those demons from flying free, I wouldn’t have missed how one perfect angel was able to sneak her way under my skin—refusing to let go. Making me want things I don’t deserve.

She consumes me. Her beauty knows no end. The love she promises tempts me every time she’s near. But that pure heart that makes her MY Emmy is the one thing I’m convinced I’ll destroy if I ever let her close.

I’m a broken man. A broken man with too much darkness in his soul to ever let her light shine upon me. But even that doesn’t stop me from craving her with every single breath in my body.

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JENN’S REVIEW

*While Locke is a standalone, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you read the entire series before Locke. Locke is not the start of Emmy and Maddox’s story, and there will be huge spoilers from the other books.*

Having been a huge fan of the Corps Security Series since the beginning, I am sad that Locke is the last story to be told, but Harper definitely saved the best for last. We have been treated to glimpses of Maddox and Emmy since the beginning and knew that they were battling their feelings for each other, with Maddox never giving Emmy what she wants. That is all about to change. After the conclusion of Beck, Emmy takes off and Maddox decides it’s time to bring her home.

Both Maddox and Emmy come from horrible childhood homes. Each abused in different ways, they each grow up thinking the outcome won’t be any different. Emmy loves Maddox with such abandon, but Maddox is terrified of loving Emmy. Having been told he destroys everything he touches, the last thing he wants ruined is his precious Emmy.

“I’ve pushed and pushed her away. Every bone in my body has screamed to take what she’s been offering for years. I’ve seen her, I know what she wants, but I won’t let me demons hurt her. Not my Emmy.”

Maddox is fiercely protective of Emmy and while he wants nothing more than to make her safe, Emmy is not some weak damsel in distress. In the previous books, I always thought of Emmy as meek, spouting off one liners here and there, but DAMN! Emmy is one kick a** heroine! She has HAD IT with Maddox and his pathetic attempts to deny his feelings for her. She is going to pull out all the stops and force Maddox into admitting his love for her. Maddox fights her as long as he can…but the pull he feels towards Emmy is strong, and maybe, in the long run, she can show him that it’s not worth fighting against.

“We all have baggage Maddox. I wish that you could understand that I’m not asking for perfection. What you fail to realize is that I have two arms just begging for you to let me help you carry that baggage”

Locke has all the components we have come to love in the Corps Security Series. There is action and suspense, scorching hot sex scenes (Maddox has a seriously delicious mouth) and laugh-out-loud moments with the guys. I have enjoyed watching the group grow over the years and while it is sad to have it all coming to an end, fans of Harper and those that have read the epilogue know that this is definitely not the last time we are going to see these characters. 🙂

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