MC Club Books

Book Review – Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

He was my boss, my brother’s friend, a Widow, 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.

“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.”

4 stars

I was so excited to see a new MC book on the market, so I knew I had to read it.  And I was not disappointed!

Under Locke is the story of Iris Taylor, or Ritz or Ris as she’s called.  Ris is 24 and kind of down on her luck, so she moves to Austin from Florida to live with her older half brother, who is a member of the Widow’s Motorcycle Club.  Ritz gets a job at “Pins and Needles”, which is a tattoo parlor run by her brother Sonny’s friend, Dex.  Dex is a gorgeous motorcycle guy that is kind of dick to Iris in the beginning.  He fully admits that he “says stupid shit when he’s pissed” and he says some hurtful stuff about Iris in the beginning.

Iris was kind of a wuss for much of this book, especially in the beginning, but she grew more of a backbone as the book progressed, especially toward Dex.  As their friendship grew, they had some light and funny moments.  I loved Dex.  He was a great character.

There was a backstory of Iris and Sonny’s “sperm donor” getting into trouble, which eventually ended up with them.  This was interesting and believable.

My only complaint would be this book was kind of slow at times.  Like really slow.  And it took a really long time for Iris and Dex’s relationship to bloom.

There were a lot of fun characters in this book, especially the guys from the tattoo shop, and I hope this series continues with one of them next.  This was a fun read.

Happy reading.

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