{Review} Locke and Key by Cristin Harber


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{Review} Locke and Key by Cristin HarberLocke and Key by Cristin Harber
Series: Titan #8
Publisher: Mill Creek Press (Self-Published) on May 2, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult), Romantic Suspense (Adult)
Pages: 312

Our Rating

5 Stars

There’s only one person to blame for darkening the last years of Locke Oliver’s military career: Cassidy Noble. And damn if he doesn’t have to save her from the side of a frozen mountain.
Even after the job is done, he can’t shake the woman from his thoughts. He blames her for the deaths in his Army unit so many years ago, and he’s not ready to let that go. It’s driving him to the point of distraction, and now his Titan Group boss says to get his act together or get out.

Cassidy is a disgraced journalist, once accused of treason—Or she’s an American hero. It depends on who you ask. She’s on a mission to rebuild her name and started with a simple question but discovered a complex web of spies and possible human trafficking.
Titan Group believes in her.
Locke does not. Until he can’t deny the truth any longer about the past or what she’s uncovered in her investigation.

Cassidy volunteers to go undercover. Locke would do anything to stay by her side as she slips into the network and is sold to the highest bidder. All is going right until everything goes wrong. Nothing is as they expect, including falling in love with the woman he thought he hated.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Locke and Key by Cristin Harber

The Verdict: I’m not even all that sure where I left off in this series, but I sure wasn’t going to pass up an ARC from Cristin Harber.   The Titan group I fell in love with (in the wrong order, starting with Only for Him) is back and just as incredible as ever.

Locke’s still carrying around a lot of damage from when all hell broke loose in the Middle East, and he knows exactly who’s at fault for all the men who died there.  Coming face to face with Cassidy on snowy mountain in Russia is the last thing he expected, and it takes all he’s got (not to mention all his team’s got) to keep him in check.

Journalist Cassidy is still burdened with the judgement of most of the country, an America who put her on trial and sent her to prison for refusing to give up her source.  She knows most everyone has the wrong idea about her, especially Locke, but she’s not letting that stop her from getting her career and her life back.

When these two first meet, it’s nuclear.  But while Locke’s rage might be understandable to anyone who knows his background, the Titan team members aren’t in the know and step in to make sure he (barely) keeps his cool.  But back on home soil, he’s forced to face some unbiased facts, and while they don’t completely absolve Cassidy, they do make it harder to judge without knowing more.  Cassidy, on the other hand, is more level-headed, probably in part because she’s used to the negativity.  But she’s got quite the backbone as well, and she doesn’t cow under Locke’s glare.  Locke’s hesitant curiosity and Cassidy’s impressive ability to understand and even forgive a bit have them meeting by chance.  But as soon as Locke realizes Cassidy could be putting herself in danger, he can’t stay away, and the more time he’s around her, the more he can’t get her out of his head.

Their relationship surprised me (as Harber’s characters often do).  It was fast, it was a quick spin in the other direction, and it felt so natural that I didn’t question them for a second.  But of course, their story is about more than getting passed tragic history, and Cassidy is soon up to her neck in the kind of drama and danger that could get her killed.  Locke’s true character really shines when she’s in trouble, and it just made me fall in love with both of them more.  I really hate not saying more than this; there’s so much I loved about the story, but I don’t want to give it away.  It’s just so good that you have to read it yourself!

Cristin Harber has proven once again that she’s an expert on hot alpha romance, and Locke and Key is an awesome step back into an amazing series that I’ve missed since the last book of the series that I read.

The Breakdown
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About Cristin Harber

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense, military romance, and new adult. Fans voted her onto Amazon's Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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