Series: Corps Security #5
Published by Self-Published on 29th September 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Issues, Romance
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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.
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
One smile from her made me fall. So I pushed her away. I told her that she would never be what I need – that I would never want her. God, if she only knew. I crave her and everything she keeps trying to hand me. I crave her and everything she could give me. My very being calls out to her, and I work daily to refuse it.
So I pushed.
Until she ran.
But that ends right now.
And it’s over. I can’t believe it. Finally got to read Maddox’s story…the story I’ve been waiting for since I read Axel and now I don’t know what to think or do with myself haha.
Locke started with Maddox trying to find Emmy after she ran away, which also happened during the previous book, Coop. Well apparently, not only did Maddox have a shady past, but so did Emmy and that was exactly what Maddox found when he caught up to her. Anyone who has read the previous four books in the series knows that Emmy was in love with Maddock since she pretty much met him. Maddox was always pushing her away, but now that she ran from him, he was determined to get her back and home. Easier said than done now that Emmy decided to let Maddox go. Lucky for us Maddox doesn’t get the memo.
Going into this book I was really excited. To me, Maddox was the most interesting guy plus hearing bits and pieces of his story and his relationship with Emmy intrigued me. And the ending of Coop when Emmy dropped that bomb about Maddox left me with my jaw dropped. Basically, the anticipation was killing me. So when I finally did get it, I ended up reading the first 70% in one night and then finishing the rest quickly after that. Let me tell you, the book just flew by! I don’t know if it was a shorter book or I just read faster but I felt like I got to the end really fast. I definitely did not want to put it down. Very addictive read!
The beginning of Locke was mostly flashbacks to Maddox and Emmy’s past before they met and wowza was it intense! I knew it would be bad for Maddox since he had so many trust issues and man did it deliver. But Emmy’s past threw me for a loop. I guess I was so focused on finding out Maddox’s past that I never considered hers and boy was it heartbreaking. Let’s just say I had a lot of tears during the beginning of this book. There was also a lot of overlap with the previous book during the beginning, which was great because Maddox and Emmy were gone for a lot of that book and I really wanted to know what was going on with them during that time. And let me tell you, it was great. I couldn’t read it fast enough.
“We all have baggage, Maddox. I wish that you could understand that I’m not asking for perfection. What you fail to realize is that I have two arms just begging for you to let me help you carry that baggage.”
All new stuff that happened after Coop actually didn’t happen till a little after 40% into this book and let me tell you I was on the edge of my seat for part of it. Plus all the relationship stuff was great. Seeing Maddox and Emmy trying to figure out their relationship was awesome. Definitely the highlight of the book for me. Then again, I think Harper just writes great relationships because I feel like I say that for every book.
The one slight downside to this book was that I felt like all the demons that Maddock and Emmy had were figured out or solved fairly fast. There was so much build up and pain from it that I felt like the healing part should have taken longer. Plus a lot of the resolutions were just told to us and that took me by surprise. I expected to see it as a slow process so I was a little shocked that we didn’t get to see it play out. When I think of the book as a whole, it just felt like so much of the focus was on the relationship between Maddox and Emmy that the past issues they had were overlooked a little. But, I could also argue that getting Maddock and Emmy to the point where they could actually talk about what haunted them was the big thing so the actual healing part wasn’t as significant as them acknowledging that they needed to.
As a whole, I really enjoyed this book and am sad that it is over. The build up of Maddox and Emmy was definitely worth the wait. I just loved them and loved them together. With this series over, I am sad that I don’t have another hot Corps Security guy to read about. But, I am excited that we get to see the next generation starting with Cohen especially after the way this book ended ;).