Under Locke by Mariana Zapata
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.
Title: Under Locke
Author: Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: January 19th, 2014
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (497 pages)
The funny thing is that this was my last read of Mariana Zapata’s books and even though I caught a glimpse of Dex and Iris from other book, I had a feeling that maybe I should read her the rest before Under Locke. Well, let me tell you how this book, with bikers and tattoos and all drama became one of my favorite reads of all of 2018. I know I am late to the party, but I know some of you might envy me because I know the feeling of it when other people read books I love for the first time.
Again, I say Mariana Zapata is a must read to me and a must buy whenever she has something new. I love it that much that I don’t even read the blurb before, I just dive right in without any safety nets because I know for a fact that I will be very happy after finishing it and I am never disappointed.
Iris Taylor moves from the safety of her home to live in with her half-brother, after having such a hard time to find employment. Even though she is “royalty” to the gang that her father formally had a part in, her brother still is an active member. She was kept in the dark about them and her mother wanted to protect her from that life, but now she has no choice and go to Austin.
She is being employed as a favor to her brother, but Dex is not a easy person to have around. She will figure out the world of the Widoemaker’s Motorcycle Club and soon start to be a part of it, because she will need to be kept safe due to some troubles being brought to her by her dead-bit of a father. Dex has a tattoo shop and she will be the front desk for customers.
I related a lot with Iris because she is a cancer survivor and that for me is too close for home. I love strong characters, even if she is at first shy and nervous, but soon we can see her true self and so does Dex.
Dex, oh my God, Dex Locke is my all time male bad boy – love to death trouble maker / perfect husband material. I enjoyed myself the course it took to love him so much, especially since in the beginning he was so arrogant and bossy that you wanted to just knock him out.
“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.”
What I did not enjoy is the virgin thing, really, I kind of grew tired of it, especially in the world we are living now, when I really enjoy and root for bad-ass females who know who they are and love their body and take what they want to reach a point in life where you know what you are looking for. Except for that, I understand the struggles that Iris went though and can pass that out.
“Knew the moment I saw you, standin’ outside the shop, scared, that you were an innocent little thing. So sweet. So good.” He lowered his head to take my chin between his teeth. “You got no idea what it’s like for you to give me your trust, Ritz. If I was a good man I’d tell you to find somebody better, somebody that won’t lose their shit over an asshole eye fuckin’ you.” His tongue traced the oval shape of my chin. “But I’m not a good man, and I’m gonna take everythin’ you want to give me and everythin’ you don’t.”
And on a serious note, I found some interesting things about tattoos and how to people relate to them.
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