Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Review: Locke by Harper Sloan

Publication Date: 9/24/2014
Series: Corps Security #5

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Official Blurb:

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.

While Cooper is my #1 CS guy, Locke is #2. This broken man nearly killed me just as much as Cooper did in this book. He’s been the quiet in the background CS guy from the very beginning of the series. Harper was very careful at how much exposure we got from him. Her careful keeping of Locke kept him wrapped in mysterious bliss until his book.  When Locke’s life was laid out before us,  I knew instantly why this man shied away from the limelight. He should have been loved and well taken care of as a child, but he was used and abused from the very first day he was born into his so called privilege world.  Disappointment after disappointment wrecked his world and left him a broken hull of a man.  His shame and brokenness continued throughout this entire life until an angel, whose own wings were singed and damaged, fell into his life.  Emmy was again one of the female characters of this story that I felt I never really got to know until this book. Her surprising past left me shocked and let relieved that she was the ying to Locke’s yang. These two characters are beautiful broken and need each other to put their demons to rest and find peace and harmony in the future. Harper Sloan cemented the greatness that is the Corps Security series with the final page of this book.  Knowing that my CS guys will be coming back in a much different way with the Hope Town series gave me a better conclusion to the story than anything I’ve ever experienced. While the adults of the CS story came to their HEAs, the children of these couples were a bit of a enigma going forward… I can’t wait to read about adult Cohen!!!

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