Saturday 19 March 2016

Review ~ Locked Box by Eve Dangerfield

Book Description:

Julia Bennett isn’t having a great day. Funding for her video game is low, her day job is sucking her dry, and to cap it all off she’s locked in a police station with the very handsome, extremely married guy she’s been avoiding at all costs. Max Connor isn’t having a great year. He’s getting divorced, his best friend is squatting in his house, and his inappropriate crush on the IT girl is getting way out of hand. And that was before he locked the two of them in an evidence room. Surrounded by three decades’ worth of drugs, guns, and floppy disks, Max and Julia are forced to confront the heat that lies between them with dangerous, funny, and occasionally toe-curlingly sexy results.

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 stars

“What if love at first sight wasn’t bullshit?”

This book was a recommendation and first of all I was pleasantly surprised that it was set in Australia, so we have some hot Australians to swoon over for a change. This book is a little angsty, with some great sexual tension and actually had a kind of unique back story that was revealed during the read. But I have to say all this tension and angst was perfectly balanced with some great wit at times and I found myself laughing out loud, as well has hiding behind my hands in mortification. Such was the character connection that I found myself empathising, sympathising and just willing these two to just get it on.

This is an age gap book, one where in the beginning it could be construed as too great but when these two cross paths once again their age gap is irrelevant. Well to me it was, to Julia it was but Connor was still wary. For Connor, Julia was the one that got away, even though they only had a “moment” once he found out Julia’s age he ran like the wind. Being a police officer he had a reputation to uphold and while she was legal, he was in his mid-twenties and for him he felt like a cradle snatcher.

For Julia, Connor was the one that got away, for years she has pined over their “moment.” She is a tech geek and has been working for the local police as their computer technician, however in her spare time she designs computer games. Her leading male in her game funnily enough looks like Connor such is the hold he has over her every thought. Working at the same police station as Connor has been hell, especially as now he is married. Every day is torture but for Julia the job is a means to an end until she can get her game funded.

These two find themselves in the most awkward of circumstances, locked in the evidence room for a whole weekend. With only themselves for company these two have to talk and it is a talk that is well overdue. Truths and secrets are revealed, the past is uncovered and the sexual chemistry is tangible. There is no cheating in this book so don’t panic, but when these two get it on it is seriously hot. These two are intense, both are dirty talkers and are burning up the pages, the sheets, the carpet and anywhere else that takes their fancy. While the sex scenes in this book are intense, at times I thought less is more but that in no way detracted from my enjoyment.

“Seriously, Connor…how d’you ever get your horse-dick inside anyone?...I’ve come three times tonight. I’m like a water park down there and this still feels like a reverse sword in the stone situation.”

This was a quick, fun, hot read that I thoroughly enjoyed, it kept my attention throughout and I found myself willing these two on like a crazy person. I did feel that Julia became a bit of a doormat at times but I could understand why she was the way she was. Connor fighting with his morals was hard to take, I just wanted to give him a slap at times, however, him reeling himself back in with the dirty talk was totally endearing and would once again have me laughing out loud and loving him once again.

“I miss him.”

Totally enjoyed this one.

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