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Review: Locked Box by Eve Dangerfield

on April 10, 2017

Locked Box
Eve Dangerfield
Liquid Silver Books
2016, eBook
Free on Amazon Kindle

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

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.

Ok so this was fun!

I downloaded this based on a tweet from Kat @ Book Thingo, master of all things romance. Despite having approximately one zillion and one books to read, I couldn’t resist this one because it has some of my favourite things. I am a one-click demon for a story that involves the hero/heroine being forcibly stranded or locked in somewhere together.

Locked Box is a smart, well written story about Julia, a 24yo IT worker who works at a small police station. Asked to organise some confiscated computer paraphernalia in the evidence room, some mistakes lead to her being locked in there for a long weekend with Max Connor, the sexy cop she’s had a crush on. Although Max is in the process of getting a divorce, somehow Julia has managed to miss hearing this piece of office gossip and she’s determined not to act on the attraction – she doesn’t want to be that person, even if it’s going to prove almost impossible in such tight confinement.

Julia has some commitment issues – she was raised by an alcoholic mother who had a succession of boyfriends that drew police attention. Her dad left when she was young and hasn’t played a role in her life since. She’s never had a real relationship and thanks to her proximity to her sister’s bedroom, she also knows that she’s never had really good sex in her whole life.

Max is 33 and kind of stuck. He’s still at the same small station, his marriage has ended and his best friend, a 16yo boy in a 32yo body has crashed his place apparently to provide “company” but mostly to just provide a mess. He’s been fighting an attraction to the IT girl for the longest time – way too long and it makes him uncomfortable because she’s younger than him. Faced with not being able to remove himself from any temptation, Max discovers that Julia is a perfect match for him in more ways than one.

This book is pretty hot – Julia aggressively owns her sexuality and once it’s established that Max is no longer married and is getting a divorce, it’s really only a matter of time until the chemistry wins. I enjoyed their banter and their game of ‘two truths and a lie’ which they play whilst hocking into some contraband moonshine-type stuff. I really liked that the author took time to construct ways in which to explore their characters, get them to share things about themselves prior to giving into the sexual attraction. It’s obvious that the chemistry is off the charts between them and that they both are interested in similar things but this gives the reader a bit of a chance to see just how something deeper could be established. Max is greatly interested in Julia’s work outside of her IT job – she and a friend are trying to get enough funding to get a first person female-oriented shooter game made. It sounded pretty awesome and I would’ve liked to hear a lot more about it. Julia does talk about negative backlash from male gamers and trolls online which you can apply to women attempting to do pretty much anything considered by males to be a “male dominated” industry, profession or past time. It’s nothing I haven’t seen towards feminists on twitter etc and I think it was an important thing to address regarding her secondary profession, which is something she wants to become her primary source of income at some stage.

If I had any criticism, it’s that the dialogue is a tad bit cringy at times (Max’s ginormous dick makes up most of those) and the fact that the bdsm element wasn’t really needed or desired on my part. The sex scenes were hot enough and I didn’t mind the fact that Max was super bossy during sex but quite a bit different when they weren’t interacting in that way but I just get bored of so many books I pick up having that bdsm element to them that’s almost like bdsm by numbers. They all pan out the same way with the same kind of scenes and triggers and it just feels really repetitive. The whole “say my name” is really porny and it just kind of makes me laugh and pulls me out of the moment. I understand that it gave Max some conflict in his marriage and the fact that Julia not only accepted that part of him but also complimented it with her own desires, I’m just over reading about that same thing so often. I also didn’t think the age gap was that big a deal but it was something Max freaked out with a lot and it went on for a bit. But they are just little personal preferences really and probably would only add to the story for some.

There’s a book featuring Julia’s sister Ashley, who features in this story and I think I’d like to read that, especially as Max and Julia appear too. Think I will add that to my wishlist.

8/10

Book #66 of 2017

Locked Box is book #22 of the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017

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One response to “Review: Locked Box by Eve Dangerfield

  1. Lauren K says:

    I really liked the sound of this book until you mentioned the BDSM… such a shame!

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