Author: Maya Cross
My Copy: Purchased
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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.
I wish Lockout was one of those novellas you could easily pick up and read from that particular moment, but alas it is not. If you haven’t read Locked then read it before proceeding to Lockout otherwise you’ll be lost.
Maya Cross’ Lockout picks up right where Locked left off, with Sophia walking away from Sebastian after the text she sees he receives. When Sebastian wakes the next morning, he’s stunned to find her missing and attempts to make thing right. Sophia doesn’t want anything to do with him, but against her better judgment she relents. A majority of the novella takes place with Sebastian traveling, but he leaves her with a gift and specific instructions that she follows. Sebastian is training her to become his sub and she willingly complies. During their time together, Sophia stumbles upon a mystery regarding a missing man. Added to the mix, Sophia is dealing with work problems. Slowly she realizes things aren’t just what they seem and doesn’t know she’s in danger.
Like Locked, Lockout is written in first person narrative from Sophia’s perspective. This time we get to know more about Sebastian and why he’s reluctant to enter a relationship. I won’t go into details regarding his past because I do feel it would be a spoiler and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. I liked getting to know Sebastian, but grew frustrated with the lack of answers. I’m not sure if it is the way Cross set it up and that way she had something to work on for the third book or if it’s the way Sebastian is. I like to think it’s Sebastian trying to remain in the shadows. You do feel sympathetic toward him and his past and that’s part of his appeal. As for Sophia, she’s willing to cut her losses if need be and I really do like that we have a strong female character who isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes and wants.
Lockout is a little kinkier than Locked and therefore I do issue a slight warning. If you aren’t into BDSM plots, you might still be interested in reading Lockout since it is a fast paced read filled with intrigue. Just like Locked, it ends on a cliffhanger, but readers will get their answers with regards to the Alpha Group and of course, we finally get to know who Sebastian Lock really is in the final installment, Unlocked.