TITLE: Under Locke
BY: Mariana Zapata
GENRE: Romance, Contemporary
PUBLICATION: January 19th 2014
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.
Last week when I read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, I was left with a strong book hangover, I knew the only way to get rid of it is to read another book written by this author. And i was wrong. Now my hangover was worse and I want to read more from this author. And that’s saying a lot considering I rated this book only 3.5. Low rating yet I want to read more from Mariana Zapata.
Translate my first paragraph as “Mariana’s Zapata’s writing is as good as drugs. it’s addictive.” Not that I’ve ever had drugs before, but I’ve tasted coffee, and that’s kinda same thing. hehe.
Although I found some things I dislike a bit in ‘Under Locke’, it still has plenty of amazing things to offer. The plot was well constructed. I like the way Zapata threw some suspense in the story, which really helped the plot move in an amazing pace and turn the boss-employee relationship between Dex and Iris into the next level in a realistic way. Though I wouldn’t have mind if the story only revolves in them just being boss and employee. I’ve always loved boss-employee romance especially if the boss is a swoon biker who have tattoos (he owns a tattoo shop, duh?) and call the heroine ‘babe’.
I mean, I’m dead.
The character development was fine. With Dex, I love him from the start, my only complain was that sometimes he became too bossy that Iris appear like no backbone at all. I won’t blame that to Dex entirely, because really my biggest complain in this book why I rated it low was Iris. She’s not a complete doormat, she was just timid and well, she’s just like the strongest of the heroines I’ve read. It’s not that she’s lame, she’s not just a badass. But considering what she’d gone through and still going through, you’ll understand her just letting others, Dex and her brother Son, sometimes make the decision for her.
She did have a great development so hurrah to that. And mind you she didn’t give in to Dex so early. And she’s funny. I love reading her thoughts. In her mind, she calls Dex as ‘Dex the D*ck’ and at first, her work days are spent like:
1.) Ignoring Dex
2.) Avoiding Dex
3.) Getting to know her coworkers slowly.
Speaking of coworkers, I like Blake, Blue and Slim. Especially Slim. I also love the Bikers gang. Note that this isn’t like other biker romance with lot of swearings. I love the bikers, especially Trip. Trip who I met again in another book by the same author. Told you, hangover.
Mariana Zapata instantly became one of my fave contemporary authors. And though I’m positive her writing is not for everybody, some might find her stories really boring or too slow, I still recommend this book and that you guys might try her books. If you love slowburn romance, her books are for you.
Happy reading guys.