DAMAGED LOCKE ~ VICTORIA ASHLEY & JENIKA SNOW
My Rating: 5
Genres: Romance, Dark, Suspense
Published: April 14, 2017
Read: April 17, 2017
POV: First-person dual perspectives
Series: Locke Brothers
Whispers of the Locke brothers fill the town, facts and reality twisted to fit what these motherfuckers believe they know about us.
That we’re sadistic bastards, incapable of any real emotions or fear.
Maybe they’re not wrong about that.
That is, until I set my sights on Kadence King, getting just as drawn to her as I am the darkness. It’s the first time I’ve felt anything in a long time.
But would she really be scared knowing the depth, the lengths I go with my brothers to make any fucker who crosses us pay?
I need a woman who can accept me for who I am.
For what I am.
I’m hoping like hell it’s her, because I want nothing more than to claim her as mine…
I know Aston’s dangerous, know people fear him. But I want him. I’m drawn to him, just as he’s drawn to the darkness.
I should be afraid of him, should turn the other way, but I can’t. I’ve gone mad and let him in my room, in my life, allowing him to consume me.
He possesses me, dominates me. Aston Locke shows me what it means to want to be claimed by him and only him.
And when he tells me I’M HIS, I have no doubt that’s the truth.
Because in the end it’s what I want too.
No matter how dangerous he is…
WARNING: Damaged Locke is a short co-written, kind of twisted love story from NYT Bestselling Author Victoria Ashley and USA Today Bestselling Author Jenika Snow. If you like it hot and a little rough… this is the book for you. 18+
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Aston and Kadence…….
When any book is co-written, you always wonder if it will flow as nicely as if it were singularly written, or will you be able to tell there are two different writing styles. Victoria Ashley and Jenika Snow are both authors I have read before. Since I liked both authors, I wasn’t concerned in the least. I actually loved this book. The writing was smooth and steady paced. Since this book was short, I read it quickly. In fact, I devoured it and can’t wait for Sterling and Ash’s books next.
Damaged Locke is NOT a sugary sweet romance. There is a dark element to the Locke brothers. But when you learn the truth about why they are the way they are, you just can’t help but to love and admire them.
Aston Locke has darkness inside of him in which he has lived with for years. His lifestyle is violence, causing fear among those that would even think of causing trouble with him and his brothers. Aston is not afraid to cross the boundaries of illegal and he is definitely not to be messed with. In a way I would call him a vigilante. But still, don’t ever cross the Locke brothers!
Kadence is not a violent person. That said, she is not afraid to fight for herself or for those she cares about. I liked her character a lot; she was not only brave but loyal and independent.
When Aston and Kadence first set eyes on each other, there is an instant connection. One that literally pulls them together. Once they are together; there is no pulling them apart. Kadence is Aston’s ‘happy’ place. Her relationship with him was his light in the usual darkness he existed in. Aston realizes very quickly that he needed Kadence in his life, by his side. Even before he claimed her as his own, he was protective AND possessive wit Kadence.
This story moves pretty fast. We get to know Aston’s two older brothers, Ace and Sterling as well as Kadence’s best friend Melissa. These secondary characters were witty and likable. Despite how gruff, mean and violent the Locke brothers were, I loved them. Even Melissa has a protective side despite her fears of the brothers. I really admired her for that. And despite the violence in this book, there was humor too.
Aside from some violence, there is a bit of suspense and drama in this book. I have to say that for such a short book, Damaged Locke has a lot going on. I am so excited to read the next book in the Locke Brothers series which will feature Sterling.
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. My opinions are honest and unbiased.*
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Victoria Ashley grew up in Rockford, IL and has had a passion for reading for as long as she can remember. After finding a reading app where it allowed readers to upload their own stories, she gave it a shot and writing became her passion.
She lives for a good romance book with tattooed bad boys that are just highly misunderstood and is not afraid to be caught crying during a good read. When she’s not reading or writing about bad boys, you can find her watching her favorite shows such as Sons Of Anarchy, Supernatural and The Walking Dead.