Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Locked by Parker Witter

Locked by Parker Witter
Release Date - August 19, 2014
Publisher Website - Poppy/Little Brown
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages - 96 pages
My Rating - 4/5
**received in exchange for an honest review**

Here is the Goodreads synopsis
"It had always been the three of us, and then it was the two of us-Ed and August. There was not, nor had there ever been a chance of a Noah and August. And that was fine. Because the truth was I had known Noah forever but I still had no idea who he really was. Especially not now. "
In this sizzling novella, one girl must choose between loyalty and love.
August had the two best guy friends a girl could ask for in Noah and Ed. Then Ed confessed he felt more for her - and their new relationship changed everything. She had hoped it would be Noah that she'd end up with someday, but it's clearer than ever that Noah's just not interested in being a one-girl guy.
When the small seaplane the three of them are on crashes, August finds herself injured and marooned on an island with ... Noah. Unsure of what's become of Ed, August and Noah do their best to not lose hope as they fight to survive on an island that is not as deserted as they first believed. But fighting the elements - and their attraction to each other - becomes a losing battle.
Soon, a secret from Noah's past that could bind them to the island forever is revealed, and August must choose between giving into her feelings for him, or struggling to make it back home. 
A cute guy/girl, and a secluded island would qualify as paradise for a lot of people. In Locked that sexy scenario is given a magical twist, and a young woman has to make a tough choice in the name of love.

A novel within a novel is always intriguing. As I was reading Famous In Love I found myself wanting to be able to read Locked, the hit novel that is being turned into a movie during the events of Famous In Love. I was thrilled when I found out that this was an actual possibility.

Locked is easy to get swept away in. The mythology of the 'magical elements' of the island was intriguing, but it's the romance that shines. The pull between Noah and August is undeniable. The back story, and how they were friends first, adds a realism to their feelings. It makes it seem natural, and unhurried. On the other hand, even though you don't see Ed for much of the novel, you still feel their connection. The history that bonds them. The feelings that are there. It creates a love triangle that works, and one that feels like it's only beginning.

The element of the love triangle that adds something extra to it is the relationship between the two boys. They are friends. Friends who actually care about each other. It's something that pulls at your heart because you know that none of these three individuals wants to cause the other pain. It's these types of love triangles that work for me. All parties involved have something to lose and gain, and everyone is connected to each other.

A surprising amount happens in this rather short novella. However, it feels like a tease. A taste. I wanted more. I already love Noah, and August, and I want to fall in love with Ed, too. I want more of these characters. My only complaint would be that I didn't get enough here. I want to know what happens next.

A novel that added a richer element to Rebecca Serle's Famous In Love. A blend of romance, magical realism, and the beginnings of a delicious love triangle. I can only hope that we get more with each subsequent installment of Famous In Love.

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