Review: Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

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Review: Under Locke by Mariana Zapata four-stars
Under Locke by Mariana Zapata
Published by Mariana Zapata on January 19, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 497
Format: eBook
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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.

Mariana Zapata is the Queen of High Tension/Slow Burn and she broke me with this one. Though I have to say that the blurb for Under Locke was not well done. It does not really explain that Under Locke is a safe MC book and that Dex is a member of said MC. The blurb makes it seem as if Dex was widowed not in a group called “Widowmakers.”

Under Locke is normally not the kind of book I’d pick up…but I loved The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and I totally wanted an Aiden for my very own. So when I saw Under Locke available via Kindle Unlimited, I grabbed it and settled in for a good read.

Under Locke is good. And boring. And stressful, lol. I loved Under Locke BUT it is very much a “slice of life” kind of book. There’s not a lot going on and not a lot of action – it’s really about the day in and day out interactions between the two MCs. At the same time, Ms Zapata ratchets up the tension between the hero/heroine so it’s both boring AND hard to put down at the same time.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and Under Locke are very, very similar in a lot of ways and I would not want to read them very close together. Both Dex (Under Locke) and Aiden (Wall of Winnipeg) are douchebags in the beginning but I felt that Iris (Under Locke) was less forgiving than Vanessa.

The reason I say Ms Zapata broke me on this one was…the tension was so high at one point that I totally skipped to the end of the book around chapter 32 and then proceeded to read backwards, lol. I haven’t done that with a book I actually wanted to read in years and years.

Under Locke has a whole family related plot line in addition to the romance that I felt was rather well done and realistic but the romance is what held my attention the most.

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