Blood & Rust (Lock & Key, #4) by Cat Porter

Tuesday, July 19

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The bad boy.
The fuck up.
The thief.

That was me.
Once a king,
Now a wanderer.

I’d thrown the best parts of me away, over and over again.
I was reckless.
Still am.
I’d been exiled.
I did my time.
I’ve cleaned up.
Well, sort of.
I got plans.
Yeah, good ones.

Then I ran into her.

A bolt of lightning
Out of reach.

The woman I once scorned years ago
is now the woman I can’t live without.
I need what I didn’t think I’d ever need again.
I want and want and want.


She’s the epicenter of the war I’ve triggered,
of the battle in my rusted heart.
I may be as reckless as I ever was,
but I’m determined as fuck.

To hell with it.

I want it all.


Sweet baby Jebus, Cat Porter.

What I loved:
- Butler redeems himself so fully, grows so much, gives so openly of himself to Tania, that I couldn't bear for anyone to ever talk shit about his character. I adore him.
- That being said (and despite me thinking that I should probably marry Butler), only Cat Porter could give him someone as wonderful as Tania. CP painted Tania with all the depth, maturity, character and passion that she painted Grace in Lock & Key. Tania was loyal, generous, passionate, vulnerable - yep, I'm a fan.
- The calibre of writing had me highlighting lines breathlessly. CP writes beautifully.
I slid my hand over his heart. "I'm clawing my way in there deep."
"I can feel it, Scarlett. Make it hurt."


"Yeah, remarkable is the word."
My pulse ratcheted at his words, at the firm tone in his quiet voice that seeped under my skin, like it wanted to play there.

- I also loved all the Gone with the Wind references.
- And the backstory. I cried for Butler's brother.

What I didn’t love:
- Butler's mother was an asshole.

- I've been lemming this book since I first knew it was going to exist, one day. I googled, I searched, I read every question on CPs profile to try and squeeze out as much info on Butler as I could. I felt like if I could just read this one book, I would have closure and never ever act like book junkie again. Just this one book, that's all I need.

My feelings lied to me.

I knew they had lied to me when, 30% into this book I thought: What about Finger? Surely Cat Porter can't leave him out. Then at 50% I thought: No way. Finger definitely needs a story. Then at 80% I thought: Swear to God. If Finger doesn't get a book, I'm breaking shit.

CP didn't let me down. Between the Author's Note and the Acknowledgments: Coming next: Finger's story in a standalone novel.


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