Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

Thursday, July 21
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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.


What I loved:
- Iris was a strong, independent woman with a lot of love to give. She was quirky, dorky, and MZ didn't waste a lot of time talking about the clothes she wore if they weren't relevant. Iris made me laugh, and that was a welcome break from the weak heroines who make me want to scream and cry and break something.
- Dex. Swoon. Loved everything about him, once I stopped hating him for being such an alpha asshole in the beginning. But, seeing how MZ did such an amazing job of making me hate him in the beginning, who am I to complain?
- The depth of the storyline. Loved the loyalty of the characters, the pain of their pasts, and the way things unfolded without too much OTT violence and darkness.
- The slow burn, enemies to friends to lovers arc. Books like this one have made me realise insta-love is not for me
What I didn’t love:
- The use of the phrase 'until he wasn't.' 'Until it wasn't.' 'Until they didn't.' You don't need to say that. We can all safely assume that whatever he was doing - driving / walking towards someone / studying someone's face - he didn't do it forever.

When Iris and Dex first hook up, she's a virgin and she bleeds when they are getting it on. It's the 21st century... if a woman is getting her annual pap test (which this one even alludes to in the book), she won't be bleeding her first time with a guy. It's physically impossible to get a pap smear without breaking your hymen, what with a pap smear scraping the opening to your damned cervix and all.

Loved this one, though. And thanks to the rec's I've seen on here, I'm off to read Kulti next.


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