Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
Locke and Key is the thirteenth addition to bestselling author Cristin Harber's romantic suspense series, Titan, which also happens to be one of my all-time favorite series. This latest book centers on Locke Oliver, one of the newer members of the Team Titan and known to be quiet yet more than adept at doing his job. However, when the team is sent to Russia to extract a teacher named Alexander Gaev, Locke comes face to face with the person he blames for the deaths of the twenty-six men who were part of his team while in Iraq--reporter Cassidy Noble. He shocks everyone with his aggressiveness towards Cassidy, creating waves of tension and apprehension among the rest of the team. He pointedly told to make peace with it all, but it isn't until he finds himself working overtime to keep Cassidy out of trouble as she seeks to learn what Alex Gaev is hiding that Locke starts to see the fiery and fierce redhead in a whole new light. He's always known Cassidy as being tough and tenacious, but as she gets closer to the truth, both Locke and Cassidy--along with Team Titan--will have to work together to make it out alive.
This was an enemies to lovers romance that didn't have either one of the main characters with some hidden feelings of adoration for the other while pretending to dislike one another. Locke was intense but I liked getting to see a different side of him once he became more open and comfortable around Cassidy. It's difficult to find anything about Cassidy I didn't like. She was her own woman who went all in when it came to ferreting out the truth. The action and suspense kept the story intense, but don't discount the sex and romance because those were topnotch and in spades as well, as has always been the case when it comes to Cristin Harber's Titan books. The secret that Alex was hiding is the kind that makes you better understand why he felt the need to do what he did, and it certainly brought an interesting twist to everything that was happening in the book. From start to finish, Locke and Key is quintessential Harber and is further proof as to why her books are as popular as they continue to be. This series is like a gift that keeps on giving and I can't wait to see who's up next! Locke and Key gets five stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Titan series:
Winters Heat (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Sweet Girl (prequel novella) - four stars - My Review
Garrison's Creed (book two) - five stars - My Review
Westin's Chase (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review
Gambled (book four) - four stars - My Review
Chased (book five) - four stars - My Review
Savage Secrets (book six) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Hart Attack (book seven) - five stars - My Review
Sweet One (sequel novella) - five stars - My Review
Black Dawn (book eight) - five stars - My Review
Live Wire (prequel novella) - four stars - My Review
Bishop's Queen (book nine) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Locke and Key (book ten) - five stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 12 May 2017
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