Best Stand Alone: Under Locke by: Mariana Zapata

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Title: Under Locke
Author: Mariana Zapata
Rating: 4 Teacups / 4 Handcuffs


He was my boss, my brother’s friend, a Widower, an ex-felon, and a man I’d seen casually with a handful of women. But he was everything that gripped me, both the good and the bad. Worst case scenario if things turned awkward between us, I could go somewhere else. I’d gotten over epic heartbreak before, one more wouldn’t kill me.

After moving to Austin following six months of unemployment back home, Iris Taylor knows she should be glad to have landed a job so quickly… even if the business is owned by a member of the same motorcycle club her estranged father used to belong to. Except Dex Locke might just be the biggest jerk she’s ever met. He’s rude, impatient and doesn’t know how to tell time.

And the last thing they ever expected was each other.

But it was either the strip club or the tattoo shop.

… she should have chosen the strip club.

“Babe, I’ve handpicked everythin’ and everyone in here. I know what I want and I get what I want,” he breathed. “And I keep what’s mine.”

Our Thoughts:

  • This novel is the perfect intellectual porn genre marriage: a sexy bossy biker, who owns his own tattoo parlor. There is a lot of action and a huge focus on family both blood ties and friends. Everything we love in a novel!
  • Iris is a very independent women how can take of herself and those she loves. She has a deep aversion to asking for help, and doesn’t like to be told what to do by a tyrannical bikers. As the novel progresses Iris grows as a character, she learns to lean on those who love her and to ask for help, even if the men are demanding bikers.
  • Dex is a very Mr. Darcy like character. When he first meets Iris he is rude, demanding, and just obnoxious. His ungentlemanly behavior masks his real feelings of attraction. When he finally admits to the powerful pull Iris has over him, he turns into a knight on a white horse and helps save the day.
  • Dex may be an ass in the beginning, but by the end he’s a lovable ass.
  • We wouldn’t mind if the story of the WMC (Widow Motorcycle Club) continued and this standalone became a series.

 Happy Reading!

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