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Lockout (The Alpha Group Trilogy #2) (edition 2013)

by Maya Cross

Series: Alpha Group (May 2013 - Book 2)

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Swept off her feet by the dashing, enigmatic billionaire Sebastian Lock, she was taken on a journey of self discovery. But things are never as simple as they appear. Sophia's trust is a fragile thing, and Sebastian seems intent on testing it. He has his own demons to battle, and nobody has brought them to the fore like she has. As Sebastian's mysteries begin to unravel, she must face an entirely different truth. Staying in the dark may be painful, but knowing the answers could be deadly.… (more)
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weaker than the initial part of this trilogy I kept going but it had better improve. Then again I often feel this about the mid book in a trilogy so it might be that I struggle once the characters start behaving in unexpected ways for me. Looking forward to the conclusion ( )
  Felicity-Smith | May 29, 2016 |
"It was one of those slow realisations that happens a fraction too late. An unexpected sight, a dumbfounded stare, and in the blink of an eye it’s over."


Lockout takes place immediately after the events of book #1. If you haven’t read Locked yet, you definitely have to read it first These books do not stand alone. This book is also a little longer than the first book, so a lot more ground is covered in this second installment. But be warned, this book ends on a major cliffhanger. Luckily it won’t be long until the final book releases, so it’s not all that bad.

Sophia and Sebastian’s relationship begins to grow more complicated in this book. Well, perhaps I should say that it begins to transcend the boundaries of the arrangement they had agreed upon. Sebastian is away on business for the first part of the book, so it’s a good way to see how they keep their interest and connection going without being physically together. Wicked as Sebastian is, he has a few tricks up his sleeve for Sophia. As if her job doesn’t already keep her engaged enough as it is, he has a few demands for her and wants her to play along while she’s at work. When he finally returns, all the pent-up passion makes for a very rewarding welcome home. Sebastian even lets her into his world by taking her to a work function where she meets some of his colleagues. Not only is she warned about wanting more from Sebastian, but she also learns a few personal things about him.

Where the story really picks up is when a random news broadcast about a murdered British government member niggles at her memory about Sebastian’s tattoo. Then there’s the increasingly underhanded behavior of Sophia’s nemesis, Jennifer, at work. When Sophia has a particularly bad day, she calls on Sebastian to cheer her up. What follows is a strong shift in their relationship. One that Sophia didn’t see coming but could definitely get used to. Without thinking she voices her thoughts and Sebastian changes.

What I love about the author’s characters is that she gives them room to grow. Sophia is confident and I love her voice. She says what she thinks and what she feels even if she knows she could end up being hurt or rejected. She’s a woman who would rather know where she stands rather than get caught wearing rose-colored glasses. That’s usually rare in stories such as these. She isn’t naive. As for Sebastian, I never expected him to seem so vulnerable. We finally get a little history on his past – where he came from, how he grew up, and the unspeakable tragedy that has left him fearful of falling in love again. The story moves at a good clip, never slowing down with “fillers”. Each event is a revelation and serves a purpose to build and tear apart.

The climax of the story is steeped in mystery. For the first time, The Alpha Group sounds more intimidating than titillating. When Sophia realizes that Sebastian has been holding something back from her, she confronts him without realizing that it could mean the beginning of the end.

I CAN.NOT.WAIT. for the final book!

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  MsRomanticReads | Jan 22, 2016 |

It was one of those slow realisations that happens a fraction too late. An unexpected sight, a dumbfounded stare, and in the blink of an eye it’s over.

Lockout takes place immediately after the events of book #1. If you haven’t read Locked yet, you definitely have to read it first These books do not stand alone. This book is also a little longer than the first book, so a lot more ground is covered in this second installment. But be warned, this book ends on a major cliffhanger. Luckily it won’t be long until the final book releases, so it’s not all that bad.

Sophia and Sebastian’s relationship begins to grow more complicated in this book. Well, perhaps I should say that it begins to transcend the boundaries of the arrangement they had agreed upon. Sebastian is away on business for the first part of the book, so it’s a good way to see how they keep their interest and connection going without being physically together. Wicked as Sebastian is, he has a few tricks up his sleeve for Sophia. As if her job doesn’t already keep her engaged enough as it is, he has a few demands for her and wants her to play along while she’s at work. When he finally returns, all the pent-up passion makes for a very rewarding welcome home. Sebastian even lets her into his world by taking her to a work function where she meets some of his colleagues. Not only is she warned about wanting more from Sebastian, but she also learns a few personal things about him.

Where the story really picks up is when a random news broadcast about a murdered British government member niggles at her memory about Sebastian’s tattoo. Then there’s the increasingly underhanded behavior of Sophia’s nemesis, Jennifer, at work. When Sophia has a particularly bad day, she calls on Sebastian to cheer her up. What follows is a strong shift in their relationship. One that Sophia didn’t see coming but could definitely get used to. Without thinking she voices her thoughts and Sebastian changes.

What I love about the author’s characters is that she gives them room to grow. Sophia is confident and I love her voice. She says what she thinks and what she feels even if she knows she could end up being hurt or rejected. She’s a woman who would rather know where she stands rather than get caught wearing rose-colored glasses. That’s usually rare in stories such as these. She isn’t naive. As for Sebastian, I never expected him to seem so vulnerable. We finally get a little history on his past – where he came from, how he grew up, and the unspeakable tragedy that has left him fearful of falling in love again. The story moves at a good clip, never slowing down with “fillers”. Each event is a revelation and serves a purpose to build and tear apart.

The climax of the story is steeped in mystery. For the first time, The Alpha Group sounds more intimidating than titillating. When Sophia realizes that Sebastian has been holding something back from her, she confronts him without realizing that it could mean the beginning of the end.

I CAN.NOT.WAIT. for the final book!

Favorite lines:

The longing in his movements dwarfed everything else. That I inspired such lust in him set me soaring. “God Sophia, you’re so tight. You feel amazing.”

“I’m tight because you’re big,” I said, my voice broken and quavering.
~*~
He f*cked me with the desperation and ferocity of a man with one day to live.
~*~
“You terrify me, Sophia. I’ve never felt so consumed by another person before.”
~*~
“Just curious really. It’s been a while since you brought out the heavy artillery in the bedroom. It’s enough to make a girl think you’ve gone soft.”

He returned my smile. “I believe I showed you exactly how hard I can be just a few minutes ago.”

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  MsRomanticReads | Feb 27, 2014 |
That Sebastian is a mystery to say the least. Their agreement was sex no strings but who can really keep their heart out of it ? Sophia certainly couldn't . This left Sebastian with a choice to dive in or walk away from Sophia . Things were finally on track to a wonderful blissful future with Sebastian when Sophia wanted answers . Things go from wonderful to unbelievably crappy in a matter of mins .
Some hot juicy sex scenes .
Cliff hanger ending.
UnLocked coming in July .
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  iloveladyporn | Dec 6, 2013 |
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. ( )
  winterlillies | Aug 18, 2013 |
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Swept off her feet by the dashing, enigmatic billionaire Sebastian Lock, she was taken on a journey of self discovery. But things are never as simple as they appear. Sophia's trust is a fragile thing, and Sebastian seems intent on testing it. He has his own demons to battle, and nobody has brought them to the fore like she has. As Sebastian's mysteries begin to unravel, she must face an entirely different truth. Staying in the dark may be painful, but knowing the answers could be deadly.

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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 intent 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 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 knowing the answers could be deadly.

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