Friday, May 12, 2017

Review ~ LOCKE AND KEY by Cristin Harber


Locke and Key (Titan, #10)
by: Cristin Harber
Series: Titan Series
Genre: Military Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Mill Creek Press


THE STOIC SPECIAL FORCES OPERATOR
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.

THE FEISTY, FALLEN REPORTER
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.

BECOME AN INSEPARABLE TEAM
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.


Locke and Key is the 10th book in Cristin Harber’s Titan Series that centers around a well funded American Black Ops organization that is very good at getting the job done at all costs.  And somehow, there is always a love connection.  I have read several books in this series and they are by far the best military romances that I have ever read.  I would attribute my affinity for this series to the fact that they always play out like a well-scripted movie with just the right amount of sex, guns, and violence.  However, the missions are always of legitimate significance and have some deeper meanings either for the team or the world.

In this installment, we find newer Titan team member Locke Oliver at odds with his emotions after he and the team rescue two people from the Russian Tundra.  Locke immediately recognizes one of them as a whistleblowing investigative reporter named Cassidy Noble who he blames for getting several of his former military associates killed in Afghanistan several years ago.  The other person turns out to be a man named Alexander Gaev with ties to a Russian crime family.  Somehow Locke runs into Cassidy later on in the states and becomes her protector as she tries to figure out her suspicions regarding Alex based on what happened while they were working in Russia.  The more time Locke and Cassidy spend together, the closer they become.  Locke soon learns that all of his hatred towards Cassidy was based on false information.  Once the barriers come down, the clothes come off and things get really steamy.  In addition, they both soon figure out that Alex has a bunch of secrets that may be connected to human trafficking.

The main theme of Locke and Key is that things are not always what they seem.  There are a lot of layers to everyone and sometimes you have to dig deeper to see the real person.  I can appreciate that there is a message to be learned while bullets are flying and lives are on the line.  Plus, the Titan team also function as a family and they have some funny banter between them.  Locke and Key can be read as a standalone so don’t feel like you need to read the other 9 books as I have not read them all.  Eventually, I will definitely have to fill in some of the small details by reading the books I missed.

**Received a copy from the tour company and voluntarily reviewed the book.**

Rating: 5

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Winter’s Heat ~ Review
Garrison’s Creed ~ Review
Westin’s Chase ~ Review
Gambled ~ Review
Chased ~ Review
Savage Secrets ~ Review
Hart Attack ~ Review
Black Dawn ~ Review

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers 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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