Author: Maya Cross
Rating: 4– out of – 5
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Release Date: 3/25/2013
Recommended Reading: AGE+ 18 (This is an Erotic Fiction title containing strong language and descriptive sexual circumstances)
OVERALL THOUGHTS: I found this “novella” length erotic story on one of those “read me” sites so I thought I’d check it out (marketing really does work, who knew). Anyway, after my last experience with this particular site I was not getting my hopes up, thankfully I was pleasantly surprised. Locked by Maya Cross is the first of her Alpha Trilogy and although it ended with a bit of a cliff hanger, the hike to get there wasn’t so steep. Cross balanced the story and the sex well, neither being overbearing. It seems the “read me” site has redeemed itself.
SYNOPSIS: The bar Sophia Pearce is in doesn’t look like much. The wine is bad and the decor worse. But when a sudden attack of curiosity leads her to sneak past security and into the back room, she discovers something unimaginable. The most lavish party she’s ever laid eyes on, in the most unlikely of places.
But that’s nothing compared to what comes next, to the man she meets back there. Sebastian Lock. Gorgeous, commanding, and radiating charm, he is exactly the sort of silver-tongued rake Sophia has sworn to avoid. Unfortunately, he doesn’t care much for her promises.
Every instinct tells her to run, but the chemistry between them is as inescapable as gravity. Soon, he’s opening her eyes to a whole new world of pleasures, pleasures she never thought she’d enjoy.
There’s just one problem. Sebastian is more than he seems. Between the famous company he keeps and the almost paranoid secrecy of his employers, he’s a puzzle Sophia can’t quite solve, and his insistence on keeping things casual forces her to confront the demons of her past.
Can she learn to trust again? Or will Sebastian’s privacy tear them apart?
THE LOWDOWN: So the story starts out like so many erotic fiction novels do, in a secret club. This one is a bit different though, instead of the female lead being invited or curious about a change in her sexual lifestyle, Sophia just wants to see what’s behind a door that she has only seen open for a hunky movie star. Sophia has a wild streak but it’s not over-the-top crazy. Cross definitely played the beginning of the book out well and was able to keep an element of surprise I don’t think most will expect.
I’m not going to ruin anything for other readers, so Sophia’s name is the only one I will use but her counterpart in the book is, of course, handsome, rich, and mysterious. The kind of dude that makes an erotic novel tick (if only all real men were like them). Sophia ends up finding herself in a bit over her head but comes around in the end only to be jilted… or was she? This was where Cross made sure to keep the balance. The characters grew, they learned and lived through the plot and the sex.
Cross has written a book that slowly edges into the realm of BDSM, keeping it light and yet not so fluffy. This is a great book for those who aren’t sure if Erotic fiction with BDSM elements is something they would enjoy. It crosses the line but just barely, even less so than the popular bdsm erotic Title. Unlike that novel, Cross doesn’t necessarily give readers a sense of sweetness in her main female. If you need rainbows and butterflies at the end of a book then this isn’t the one for you BUT if you’re into a little intrigue then download, download, download. I was pleasantly surprised and you will be too.