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 54,000 words long, 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.
Nicole’s Review Book #1 LOCKED: 4.5 Stars
When I read the synopsis for Maya Cross’ Locked, my first thought was “this sounds an awful lot like FSOG and the Crossfire Series.” You know… beautiful, independent woman meets extremely hot millionaire man with some strange affinities in the bedroom. I was not disappointed. Sophia Pearce is a spirited, witty successful lawyer. She can take care of herself and isn’t afraid to say what she thinks. Sophia is straight as an arrow by day, but at night hanging with her girlfriends and having a few cups of courage…well let’s just say she becomes a bit more daring. Celebrating a girlfriend’s engagement in a seedy bar, Sophia notices many well dressed and some famous people moving through the bar to an apparent back room private party. With the cups of courage (i.e., glasses of cheap red wine) coursing through her veins, Sophia decides to crash the party. This is where things get interesting!! Enter the enigmatic, utterly sexy Sebastian Lock. Wow, is he hot!! He is smart and funny. He oozes sex and power. And there is an air about him that makes the reader feel like there is more to him than meets the eye. The first time Sophia and Sebastian meet, the chemistry between them is palpable!!! The second time they meet…WOW!!
Locked has many of the same elements that FSOG and the Crossfire Series have. Interesting, relatable characters, a realistic storyline and crazy freakin’ hot sex!! The similarities end there. Locked has an additional element that completely sets it apart from other books in its category…intrigue; real intrigue. Sebastian is involved in something. He is very vague about what he does for a living. He speaks in generalities. I don’t know, but something is going on.
I have to say I loved meeting Sebastian and Sophia. Their story is an easy one to follow and keeps the reader engaged. I rate it 4.5 stars. I will warn you now that the ending is a cliffhanger! It’s meant to be. Locked is the first novella in Maya Cross’ The Alpha Group. Having finished Locked in a day, I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment, Lockout!
Locked (The Alpha Group Book One):
Nicole’s Review Book #2 LOCKOUT: 4.5 Stars
Before I started Lockout, the second novella in Maya Cross’ The Alpha Group series, I had to reread the ending of Locked, the first book. Why? Because I was looking for clues as to what the cliffhanger might reveal in the next book. I am one of those people who look for hints, clues, anything just to see if I can guess what is coming next. The reread was not at all necessary because Lockout picks up the story literally hours after the first book ends. It was so seamless that I felt like Cross just stopped the 2 books between chapters. I love that. I sometimes get frustrated when an author spends time in future installments retelling the story. I already know!!! I read the first book!! 🙂 Anyway…Cross’ intention is for the reader to read the books in order and now I see why. You have to. So, if you haven’t read Locked, finish this review of Lockout and go read Locked (I rated it 4.5 stars!). Otherwise, you will be lost!!
Lockout is a continuation of Sophia and Sebastian’s story. We see how their relationship develops, the challenges they face and how keeping the relationship simple is going to be anything but simple! And of course, there is more of the smoking hot passion between them. I love that both Sophia and Sebastian really put themselves out there to meet the other person’s needs or expectations. Sophia isn’t afraid to call Sebastian out when he isn’t giving her more depth in their relationship. And Sebastian will admit when those needs are far outside his comfort zone.
In addition, we are treated to more intrigue and some more coworker backstabbing. (Truly, I love me a backstabbing bitch of a coworker. I have to have someone to get pissed at!!) The intrigue has me totally lost! I still have no idea what Sebastian is up to. I think I have it figured out and then something happens and I find myself lost again!!
I rate Lockout 4.5 stars. I am warning you now that the ending is a HUGE cliffhanger…like I never saw it coming!! Thank goodness Unlocked (The Alpha Group Book Three) is coming out soon! I am dying to know what happens next!!
Review copies provided for honest review.
Lockout (The Alpha Group Book Two):
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. She’s tried her hands at a whole variety of genres including horror, science fiction, and fantasy, but funnily enough, it was the sexy stuff that stuck. 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.