Blog Tour: Locke and Key: Cristin Harber

CristinHarber_LockeAndKey_2500pxLOCKE AND KEY (Titan #11)
Cristin Harber
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Release Date May 2, 2017


There’s only one person to blame for darkening the last years of Locke Oliver’s military career: Cassidy Noble. And damn if he doesn’t have to save her from the side of a frozen mountain.

Even after the job is done, he can’t shake the woman from his thoughts. He blames her for the deaths in his Army unit so many years ago, and he’s not ready to let that go. It’s driving him to the point of distraction, and now his Titan Group boss says to get his act together or get out.


Cassidy is a disgraced journalist, once accused of treason—Or she’s an American hero. It depends on who you ask. She’s on a mission to rebuild her name and started with a simple question but discovered a complex web of spies and possible human trafficking.

Titan Group believes in her.

Locke does not. Until he can’t deny the truth any longer about the past or what she’s uncovered in her investigation.


Cassidy volunteers to go undercover. Locke would do anything to stay by her side as she slips into the network and is sold to the highest bidder. All is going right until everything goes wrong. Nothing is as they expect including falling in love with the woman he thought he hated.

Locke Oliver is one of the newer Titan guys along with Bishop and Jax. We have seen more of him in recent books, and I was looking forward to his story. He is seen as dependable, and even a gentleman. But when they run into the one woman he has sworn to hate during a rescue op, a new side of him emerges. The wounded and angry side still suffering the after effects of  casualties in Iraq and the woman that he blames for the attack.

Cassidy Noble was a world class reporter and is now just trying to get her career back. She suffered effects from the same incident, but Locke never really knew the whole story. She's feisty, brave, and determined to show the world the truth about bad situations. And she will protect her sources to her own detriment.

When they are thrust back together it starts out in a shocked, antagonistic, and disruptive manner. The Titan team is worried about their usually stable team member and sets out to help him understand the entire truth of their shared past.

And  due to a series of coincidences, Locke and Cass are thrown together a few more times and Locke is pulled into her new investigation as her self appointed protector and partner. He runs hot and cold. He is still strongly affected in various ways from the past, but so is she. But he keeps mixing her in with the negative stuff from before and has mood swings. She is good at evading and not really listening. There is push and pull. Fight or flight. Intense interactions and cold withdrawal. But working with Cass is really a form of  therapy. He realizes there is more to the story than he knew and that things are not black and white. He is sure he is broken, but Cass could be the key. But is she the key to the past or his future without nightmares?

And as they begin to share more and understand the past, they realize that they make a pretty good team now. The story Cass is uncovering is bigger, broader, and more significant than either of them thought, so they need to ask for support of Titan and Delta.

Their mission is dangerous and pulls in many of the guys and Cassidy herself. It is unpredictable, unstable, and could have dire consequences. Locke has never had so much to lose before, and Cassidy has more at stake than just her career. Titan + Delta + a reporter + Russians = a hinky situation that will require strategy, strength, finesse, and teamwork.

I liked this one, but will admit that it had a slower start for me. There is some mystery in the beginning as the reason for the prologue comes in later and we only gradually learn of Cassidy's full story.  And Locke was off the rails for a while so he was not being exactly warm and cuddly. So it took a bit for all of the story elements to gel for me. But I enjoy spending time with all of the men and women of Titan and Delta. I love their camaraderie, banter, and general bad-a__ness. It did find its stride and turned into an action packed Titan/Delta op and a passionate love story. And it even hinted at the next Delta book for Ryder. I know Jax's story will eventually be coming too, but he acts like such an unfiltered jerk at times, his downfall should be serious.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.  
Locke Oliver is one of the newest Titan members. He is still finding his footing within the organization, but is hindered by dark memories from his past. Facing his grief head on isn’t something he expected to have to do while on a mission, but that is exactly where he finds himself: facing the woman he blames for the loss of 26 lives.

Cassidy Noble is a reporter who has fallen from the top. At one time she was highly sought after for interviews and prime time assignments. After refusing to name her source, she has a black mark so dark on her career that all she can do is fluff pieces that don’t satisfy her need to dig into a story.

The animosity Locke holds towards Cassidy is immense, and trips him up when they come face to face again unexpectedly. But Cassidy has her reasons for keeping tight lipped about her information and won’t spill, even to a man who was there.

As they find themselves in coincidental proximity time and time again, they are forced to also face the attraction building between them. Ultimately they have to confront not only their feelings, but the danger that keeps pulling them in the same place from opposing directions.

This is an enemies to lovers, as Locke and Cassidy have to figure out how to work together as Locke sorts through new information about their shared past. Their past clouds so much of each of their present situations and serves as the source of conflict for the first half of the book.
I love the way the Titan family rallies to make Locke see things he had avoided for so many years and create situations where he *has* to face the past. Each unexpected turn of events tests Titan’s plans and requires quick thinking on the ground. The next Delta book, Delta: Redemption, gets a bit of set-up at the end of this book and looks like there will be some dirt to dig through.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Titan Series:

Series info on GoodreadsAmazonB&NiTunesKobo, and Author's WebsiteEach Titan and Delta book can be read as a standalone (except for Sweet Girl and Sweet One), but readers will likely best enjoy the series in order.

Book 1: Winters Heat (Colby Winters) FREE!
Novella 1.5: Sweet Girl (Prequel to Garrison's Creed) FREE! 
Book 2: Garrison's Creed (Cash Garrison)
 Book 3: Westin's Chase (Jared Westin)
Novella 4: Gambled (Brock Gamble)
Novella 5: Chased (Asher McIntyre)
Book 6: Savage Secrets (Rocco Savage)
Book 7: Hart Attack (Roman Hart)
Novella 8: Sweet One (More Cash and Nicola )
Book 9: Black Dawn (Parker Black)
Novella 9.5: Live Wire 
Book 10: Bishop's Queen (Bishop O'Kane)
Titan World Novella 10.5 : Deja Vu (James Tuska)

Spin off Series:  

Delta Series

Book 1: Retribution: (Trace Reeves)
Book 2: Revenge (Javier Almeida)
Book 3: Delta: Redemption (Ryder) Coming soon!

Delta Rescue (
Luke Brenner):
Delta Novella in Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie Family Collection:

Only Series: 
(Grayson Ford)

Only For Him
Only For Her

Only For Us
Only Forever

Titan World Novellas

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon's Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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