Review: Locked Hearts by T.L. Smith

Locked Hearts
(Keir & Sailor Duet #2)
by T.L. Smith
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication date: Nov. 16, 2021
Genre: Dark Romance

When the king of the underworld wants you.
You have no place to run.
No matter how hard you try, no matter where you go.
He will find you.
It’s just a matter of, do you want him to find you.
Or do you want to run.


This story picks up right where Chained Hearts ends. So, without giving away the big plot twist in the first book, it’s hard to really talk about this book without giving anything away and spoiling it all. So I will say this, this book was BANANAS! I mean, I thought the previous book was messed up, Keir on a mission with love mixed in is a whole other ball game of delicious insanity.

I mean, what do you expect when a Mafia boss falls in love with some random chick. Especially when theirs a contract upheld for generations that their spouses are chosen for them upon birth. Keir is supposed to marry someone’s mafia linked daughter. It’s been ingrained into them that this will happen. He will marry her and she will produce him an heir. However, when Keir goes and takes Sailor and ends up developing feelings for her, his entire view on his lifestyle is questioned. I mean, first of all, for someone who is so quick to shoot anyone, he’d even shoot his brother without thinking twice about it, all because he looked at him funny… the fact that he develops feelings at all is just mind boggling. It’s one thing to have a mistress on the side and still keep true to the expectations, but when he completely deviates from it, well, let’s just say that things do not go smoothly.

I really liked that we got to see a softer side of Keir in this book. You see him start to change little by litter when it comes to Sailor. He’s more quiet with her. He’s gentler. Now, that’s not saying he’s still not scary, because he is, but you see that there’s just something about Sailor that makes him change and become more family oriented. I really liked seeing that subtle shift in him. I also liked seeing Sailor start to stand up for herself more. Before she would say no but then just go along with whatever. This time, when she says no, she means it and I actually liked that Keir usually respected that.

I really wish I could go into so much more on this book but I do not want to ruin it for anyone who decides to read it. When I finished the first book with the bombshell dropped in my lap, I had a huge grin on my face because I knew it had just gotten a whole lot more interesting and I immediately bought the next book. So, if you are up for a dark mafia romance, get these two books. You will not be disappointed.


Previous reviews from Keir & Sailor Duet
Chained Hearts




3 Thoughts on “Review: Locked Hearts by T.L. Smith

  1. Great review, Kristin! I’ve not read Smith yet but from the sounds of it, this series is definitely something I’ll enjoy.

  2. I do have a soft spot for a good mafia romance, so I am definitely wanting to pick this one up here. Its always an adventure to read a “bananas” book lol

    Great review

  3. So is this a romantic saga? It looks good. I’ve not tried this author yet.

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