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UNLOCKED (The Alpha Group #3) by MAYA CROSS

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SYNOPSIS

The breathtaking conclusion to the USA Today best selling Alpha Group Series.

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, or about 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.**

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Reviewed by Gitte

The conclusion we were all looking forward to finally came and I’m not sure about you guys, but I was literally dying to know just who Sebastian Lock really was. I’m very conscious not to give anything away as this is the third and final book in a trilogy so I’ll keep this short with no spoilers.

I have to say all questions were answered and I really loved how this instalment wasn’t over in a flash like the previous books. However, I’m still of the same opinion as I’ve been from book one that this should have been one book. Because, what ultimately happened with three smaller instalments is that the character and story developments resulted in a bit of a disjoined storyline and abrupt character changes. Well, in my opinion anyway. However, read back to back as if one whole, I’d definitely say this series is a four star read. Splitting the story up resulted in sudden cut off endings that affected the momentum of drama, angst and emotional build-up, as well as the character development like I said. So, if you haven’t started this series I’d read all three books straight to get the whole effect of the story, which is definitely one I’d recommend.

We learn so much more about Sebastian, so many secrets are revealed and man does this guy have a lot of them. His persona changes quite dramatically, I suppose you could say we see beyond the controlling bad arse alpha exterior and get a more human and vulnerable snap shot of Sebastian. He never lost that protective ‘mine’ quality though.

“His touch was soothing. His presence washed over me, filling me with that primal sense of security…” – Sophia

I’d say Sebastian changes his demeanour in some ways. Some were for the better, some not so much. However, perhaps this was the intention. No matter what though I still love him.

“Nothing worth having comes risk free.” – Sebastian

Sophia loves this man, despite everything that’s happened, the predicament she now finds herself in. No matter what, he’s the one for her. She knows this. His presence in her life has turned it upside down and brought danger knocking on her door but she absolutely loves Sebastian. Even though he infuriates her at times.

“He felt like home, and for just that night, I pretended like he still was.” – Sophia

Sophia, you’ve got to give it to her, her strength is immeasurable and this girl keeps her sense of humour going even under intense adversity. I really do love her character!

Unlocked had loads of drama and action. It was the pinnacle of the crescendo from book one and two. Did I think this drama came at the expense of the passion and romance?  Yes, a little bit if I’m honest, however there were still quite a few heart melting moments and of course some of those ‘hot flush’ ones too! I have to say though, that I didn’t think it was necessary to tame the naughty side of Sebastian. He should’ve kept that, this disappointed me, as I don’t think it would’ve interfered with the secrets coming to light nor the drama. Or even us seeing the vulnerable side of him!

The secrets….well they both intrigued me, broke my heart and made me swoon and I have to say that overall I really did enjoy this series and I’m happy to say that I finally know who Sebastian Lock really is!

“No matter what I do, no matter how sure I am, you say just the right thing to make me question myself.” – Sebastian

Gitte: 3.5 Stars

ARC supplied by author in exchange for an honest review

 

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Series Reading Order and Links to purchase

Locked (The Alpha Group Trilogy #1)

Lockout (The Alpha Group Trilogy #2)

Unlocked (The Alpha Group Trilogy #3)

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LOCKOUT (The Alpha Group #2) by MAYA CROSS – REVIEW

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SYNOPSIS

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.  

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Review by Gitte

This review will be kind of hard to write because I don’t want to give any spoilers for new readers of this series.  I was looking forward to this second installment of Sophia and Sebastian, mainly to learn more about him, as he intrigued me in Locked. What I will say, is that we follow their “relationship” as it moves into that dangerous territory of becoming something more….something that involves more than sexual attraction.

“There was no way I was misinterpreting that. Ending this frightened him as much as it did me.”

“It’s not just me is it?” – Sophia

“He gave a tiny shake of his head.”

“Of course it’s not just you.” – Sebastian

Okay, I’ll start with Sophia. I loved her in book #1; she was strong, sassy and didn’t take any nonsense. She knows what she wants and she goes for it. Did I love her in book #2?  Yes, however, I found that some of her spark got lost. She adopted a bit of a defeatist attitude all of a sudden.

Now, I can understand it to a certain extent, because of what she went up against in this one.  But….I can’t help think that her character would have benefitted from this being a two-book series rather than three. Right at the end she does get some of her spirit back and she begins to question and fight for what she wants. She needs answers and becomes confident enough again to confront Sebastian despite what it’ll ultimately cost her.

“Why are you so afraid, Sebastian?” – Sophia

Now, as for the man that is Sebastian, well he truly is alpha cockiness personified. What woman could possibly resist him? Not me, that’s for sure. We learn some of his background which explains his reluctance to get too involved with a woman; why he goes for the un-defined and why he never lets feelings be part of the equation. He’s still reluctant to share and give himself completely; yet he shows a bit of a vulnerable side and reveals more than he intends. There are a few scenes that melted me, where the underlying emotion was so strong that I would have forgiven him anything.

“Have you ever lost someone?….Someone important?” – Sebastian

However, when the pursued becomes the pursuer….surely he should not be surprised when answers to all the secrets are demanded? So yes, still so much mystery and suspense as well as steamy moments and passion.

Overall I enjoyed Lockout very much.  Yet again, the writing is great and this Author had me wanting more. I do think though that the length was my main issue again. In my opinion these books are too short; by the time I was completely caught up in the story again, it was just about done. Lockout is longer than Locked yet I just didn’t feel satisfied. I can only compare it to getting quick sneak peeks into someone’s life. If I could have done this journey over I think I would have preferred to wait and read all three in one go and treat it as one book.  Oh and there’s one hell of a cliff-hanger…yeah it’s made me real antsy for the final installment. I can’t wait to find out how it all ends! Bring on book #3!

Gitte: 3.5 Stars

ARC Supplied by Author for an honest review

 

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