19 August 2013

Unlocked Release Blitz!!!

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.

I hadn’t expected Sophia to sleep at all, not after what she’d been through. Trauma like that can ruin a person. But somehow she’d drifted off. I had no idea where she found the strength to be that tough. She never ceased to amaze me.

For a while I lay there trying to get some rest myself, but the events of the last two days had thrown my whole world into chaos. It was all happening again. The fact that I’d averted the worst didn’t make the situation any better. I was an asshole. I should never have let it get to this point, but I was weak, and it had nearly cost the woman I love her life. How the hell could I sleep knowing that?
To make matters worse, even now I was still incapable of staying away. She was as secure here as anywhere, but the moment she’d left my sight I began to feel agitated. I still hadn’t managed to shed the mindless terror that had seized me when I first heard she’d been taken. The urge to go to her, to simply hold her and never let go, had been almost overpowering.

I’d tried to distract myself. There was certainly no shortage of work to be done — most of my colleagues were holed up together in the board room, planning things until well into the night — but I was useless there. My mind only wanted to focus on one thing, and soon I found myself propped up against the wall outside her room, nursing several fingers of scotch in a heavy crystal tumbler. I didn’t know why, but just being close to her helped. I made myself vow not to enter. It had taken an immense level of control to cut her off the first time, and every moment in her presence stretched my willpower just a little more. I would keep her safe and solve all this, and then when it was all over, I’d let her go again. It was the only way.

But the moment I heard her sobbing through the door, all sense of self-control fled. Before I knew it, I was on my feet, and then in her bed. I expected her to fight, after all, I had to be the last person she wanted to see, but she didn’t. Instead she just burrowed into me without a word. I hated how perfect that felt, the way her body fit like a missing puzzle piece against mine. I still didn’t understand how such simple contact could make me so damn content, but it did.

And now she slept. I couldn’t help but run my eyes over her again. Truth be told, I’d barely been able to stop staring since the moment I entered the room. She looked so fucking beautiful lying there, her face utterly peaceful, her curves perfectly accentuated by the thin cotton sheet. She’d taken the T-shirt I left her, but not the pants, and now in the throws of sleep she’d managed to knock part of the cover free, exposing one delicate hip. It was a tiny thing, the barest hint of pale skin and black cloth, but the sight took my breath away nonetheless. I felt impossibly low ogling her after everything I’d put her through, but I was powerless to do anything else. Her body was like a drug, a burning rush through my system that was impossible to ignore. I knew how that hip would feel if only I’d reach out and touch it. I had every inch of her body charted in my head; so perfectly soft, so perfectly feminine.

Fuck. I had to pull myself together.

Ripping my gaze free, I eased my arm out from under her. I’d done what I came to do. She was resting. There was no reason for me to stay.

She stirred briefly, and I came within a hair’s breadth of pulling her back against me once more, but after a few moments she settled. Taking one last look, I moved quietly out into the corridor and resumed my watch. I’d be there if she needed me, but anything beyond that was too hard. There was no happy ending here, and letting myself think otherwise would only destroy me more.

HOLY SHIZ MAN!!! This book is just off the walls crazy with all the action and drama that takes place had me staying up late just so I could finish reading. Everything that I had hopes for during the first two books in the series came into play during this book and answered any questions that I had from the previous books.

We find out A LOT of Sebastian in this book, more than I had thought that he had hidden. I don't want to give too much away about this book but I will just say this, things aren't always what they seem. Sometimes the actions of others can affect you in ways that you didn't even see. With the way that the last book ended we are left wondering what will come between Sebastian and Sophia.

Things between Sebastian and Sophia go back and forth during this book, but I was really happy about that. I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't a quick forgiveness and they both had to give to make their relationship, or whatever it is between the two of them, work out.

One great thing that about this book is that we are able to see things from Sebastian's point of view. He takes over quite a few parts of the story and it ends up adding to the story in many ways. I do like the fact that when Maya was writing things from his POV, you could tell that it was a different character completely. That shows a great writing talent on Maya's writing ability.

Overall, I am completely glad that I have read this series and it is a complete MUST read from me!


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.

Who is Sebastian Lock?

The bar Sophia Pearce is in doesn't look like much. The wine is bad and the decor worse. But when a sudden attack of curiosity leads her to sneak past security and into the back room, she discovers something unimaginable. The most lavish party she's ever laid eyes on, in the most unlikely of places.

But that's nothing compared to what comes next, to the man she meets back there. Sebastian Lock. Gorgeous, commanding, and radiating charm, he is exactly the sort of silver-tongued rake Sophia has sworn to avoid. Unfortunately, he doesn't care much for her promises.

Every instinct tells her to run, but the chemistry between them is as inescapable as gravity. Soon, he's opening her eyes to a whole new world of pleasures, pleasures she never thought she'd enjoy.

There's just one problem. Sebastian is more than he seems. Between the famous company he keeps and the almost paranoid secrecy of his employers, he's a puzzle Sophia can't quite solve, and his insistence on keeping things casual forces her to confront the demons of her past.

Can she learn to trust again? Or will Sebastian's privacy tear them apart?

When I first read the blurb for this book, I think that I had the same 'fear' as many other people, that this book was going to be just like all the other erotica books that are out there right now. But after reading it, I am completely glad that I read this book! While it does have some aspects that are in other books out there, this book has it's own sense of originality about it that makes it stand out from all the others.

Sophia is a character that is willing to do whatever she wants, without care of the consequences. She shows that part of her personality many times throughout the whole story. Sebastian is a completely mystery, which usually bugs me when it comes to the main male character in books because that seems to be the trend. But Maya was able to pull of his mystery in such a way that it kept me interesting.

One thing that I did completely enjoy about this book was that although it is an erotica book, it was not just sex. There was more to the story than them getting 'jiggy wit it', we were able to learn more about Sophia. Unfortunately, we didn't get to learn more about Sebastian but I have hopes that we will learn more about him in the next book.

All in all, this is a really good book, a great start to the series and a complete recommendation from me!

Who is Sebastian Lock?

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. 

 After reading the first book, Locked, I had hopes that Sebastian would become less of a mystery, but that didn't happen a lot during this book. His character confused me more than ever! While he was very much a strong man, he doesn't seem to have all his ducks in a row to me.

Sophia was also confusing to me at times, she says how she wants to be with Sebastian it appears that she is more concerned about everything else but him. I do have to say though, seeing as what she was going through at work, I can understand why she was stressing out.

This part of the series I did enjoy because we were able to learn a bit about Sebastian's past. You could tell the battle that he was dealing with when it came to sharing parts of his past with Sophia. Once again though, one thing that I enjoyed about this book was that it wasn't overtaken with sex. We were able to spend more time with the two of them.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing Unlocked and the giveaway. Sounds great. evamillien at gmail dot com