Darkness is the only thing I see. Ever since the day my life changed. The day that everything and everyone I held close to me ceased to exist. The day I lost it all and the demons of my past consumed my every waking moment.
I tried to keep others at arm’s length. Tried not to let my darkness taint them. Ruin them. Harm them. And whether I want to admit it or not, as much as I wish I could keep them locked out, they refuse to leave. Refuse to let me suffer alone.
If I hadn’t been so focused on keeping those demons from flying free, I wouldn’t have missed how one perfect angel was able to sneak her way under my skin—refusing to let go. Making me want things I don’t deserve.
She consumes me. Her beauty knows no end. The love she promises tempts me every time she’s near. But that pure heart that makes her MY Emmy is the one thing I’m convinced I’ll destroy if I ever let her close.
I’m a broken man. A broken man with too much darkness in his soul to ever let her light shine upon me. But even that doesn’t stop me from craving her with every single breath in my body.
Review by Amanda
I feel like have been waiting for this book in the Corps Security Series for FREAKING EVER! I can happily say that it ABSOLUTELY did not disappoint. We always knew that Locke was more broken than bent based on what we picked up in the other books of the series, but wow – we had no idea just how damaged he really is. We find out exactly what happened to make him the man he is, and Harper Sloan is pure EVIL when you come to find out exactly what happened to make Maddox Locke the man he is today.
The book begins with Locke chasing down Emmy – he follows her to her parents in Florida, and what he discovers there is beyond shocking. We see Emmy back working in the profession Coop saved her from. We also discover just how deep her friendship with Coop was and why she is so wracked with guilt from his death. She blames herself for him rescuing her not once but twice and struggles to deal with the emotional overload of him taking the bullet meant for her.
Locke convinces Emmy to move to a location where they will be looking after a friends house, as Emmy has made it clear she cannot go back to Georgia as yet. She fears that all her friends will hold her accountable for Coop’s death. At the cabin the sparks of passion ignite and they spend a month in each others arms at night, but very much separate during the day. It is almost painful to read how desperately they want to be with each other, but at the same token to know that neither one can capitulate because of all the deep seated issues they still carry with them.
Locke insists on Emmy telling him that she loves him during every coupling. This serves to confuse her and make her wish that what is between them could be real, but Emmy knows that he is dealing with things that are greater than either of them – and has to hold out that eventually he will see that what she offers is worth putting his demons out permanently for.
Eventually, it is time to return to Georgia, but Emmy refuses to be swept up her old life, she keeps herself separate from everyone – and moves in with Locke. Locke starts sleeping at the office which leaves Emmy more and more to her own devices. Emmy starts dealing with Coop’s death and realises she is not to blame. Emmy also promises herself to start honouring Coop’s life by living out his mission “YOLO” – this made me laugh out loud.
A night at Chelcie’s and Asher’s is a breaking point for Em, and after declaring her love to him in front of all their friends she finally leaves Locke. She manages to convince Sway to help her get to a hotel so that she can start to mend her broken heart. After a “Come to Jesus” moment with his Corps friends, Locke realises he cannot let the best thing that ever happened to him get away and he rushes home only to discover Emmy gone. He tracks her down to the hotel where Sway took her.
“Its’s not going to be easy for me, this whole getting words out, when I’ve spend so long training myself to keep them in. For you though…. For you, I’m going to try, yeah?” – Maddox Locke, “Locke” by Harper Sloan
“No Em, I don’t expect you to just believe me like that. But let’s get one thing straight – it doesn’t matter if you have any fight left in you because I am going to fight hard enough for both of us now, angel. It’s time for you to hand over all of that strength and maybe give me a few pointers, but it’s time…time to let me fight for us” – Maddox Locke, “Locke” by Harper Sloan
Emmy tells Locke she needs more time and he gives her what she asks. Someone from Emmy’s past arrives at the hotel and what transpires next is enough to give anyone the horrors.
It is up to Locke to save his princess and hope that he gets there in time. Will Locke be able to slay his demons and prove to Emmy for once and for all that this time he is serious and wants her in his life for always and ever.
Well, what can I say, after waiting for this book for what feels like FOREVER, I finally devoured it in one mammoth sitting. Harper Sloan did not disappoint, in fact this book surpassed my expectations. WOW – she wrote some fucked up character in Maddox Locke, you couldn’t help but feel your heart break for everything he endured in his childhood and part of his adulthood. He was such a broken character and all I wanted was for him to be put back together and realise that Emmy is the girl for him.
I loved how this book dealt with real issues facing many men in America today. How they deal with coming back home after being to war and seeing everything they have. How they deal with their injuries, as well as how they see themselves as a result of their injuries. It is heartbreaking at best and soul destroying at worst. I loved how Harper Sloan made all of these things so real. She is a magician of words and you really cannot help but sympathise with the pain of Locke and all he has been through.
The book was written in dual perspective, and although usually I am not a huge fan of this style of writing, I can honestly say – You ROCKED it Harper! Locke was a tough, badass and broken alpha that was all man, and Emmy was feminine but tough. I love that the man still sounded like a man.
One of my favourite things about your books is giving us the glimpse into the future of these characters, and the way this book ends will leave you giggling. I cannot wait for your next book Harper. I am a fan for life.
I am giving this book 4.5 stars.
Locke, you were everything I was expecting and more.
Meet The Author
Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husbands chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!
Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.
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