Book Review – Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

Posted January 25, 2017 by Geybie in Book Review / 3 Comments

Under Locke by Mariana ZapataGenres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Published on: January 19, 2014
Pages: 497
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4.5 STARS
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My first introduction to Mariana Zapata’s writing was through The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. Later at the end of last month, I devoured her Wait For Me and Kulti, and I was again hooked. I’d fallen head over heels in love with her writing, characters, and stories. That is the reason I decided to read her previous books, started with Under Locke. Guys, she is amazing!!! I got the same feelings. A lot of people can write, but Mariana Zapata CAN WRITE and an amazing story-teller.

What is the story about? It follows the journey of a girl named Iris who has to move from Florida to Austin because she is broke. Her step-brother offers her a job at his best friend’s tattoo shop. The problem is that his step-brother and her new boss are the members of a Motorcycle Club where his father was once a member of and the kind of place her mother had not wanted her to be part of before she passed away. It is also the last place that she wants to be part of. However, since she does not have a choice, she has to accept the offer. She then finds out that her problem is not just because the owner is a member of MC, but he is a jerk as well. He has a bad temper and is a bad talker, but super attractive on the outside. 😉

Let me tell you first what I don’t like. I had a problem with her in the beginning. I did understand she was hurt by the way he’d treated Her at first and had a valid reason to feel that way, but holding it for weeks especially after he had apologized many times is too much. It is not reasonable. At those moments I had a hard time to connect with her and had to frequently yell at her to get her out of her stupid mind. But the more I get to know her, the more I understood why she was feeling that way.

What do I like from this story? This is a long book, let me warn you in advance, but I didn’t feel bored or lose any interests even for a minute with the way it was presented. It is well presented. Each page is written with a purpose in mind. It provides a lot of details, even the ones that I didn’t anticipate and hope before. This characteristic is apparent in Miss Zapata’s previous books (the ones that I’ve read so far). They are presented with extremely details that allow us, readers, to see the growth in each character, the intrigues and the storyline as a whole. These things are what made me addicted to her writing.

Another thing that I love is that it is a slow-burn romance. Their relationship progresses really well. I got to know them and had time to connect with them first. The anticipation when their relationship changed to be something more felt more real that allowed me vividly visualize the inner-conflicts that the main characters had been experiencing. It made me not just connect with them but become part of the story as well.

Another one that I love is that it is written from her point of view. It made me not only connect with her but become one with her. I could experience things from her, made all her feelings and thoughts become more real. I could feel the anticipation and the mystery of not knowing what would happen next, through her point of view. What would he do next? What was he feeling? What would they think if I did this? Those thoughts made my heart beating fast that put me on an emotional roller coaster with her. And because I was experiencing things only from her, he became a mysterious character that piqued my curiosity.

I also love the way Miss Zapata describe the characters, from their unique main characteristics to how they grow throughout the story. With the details and brilliant explanations made the growth of each character happen naturally. No questions left unanswered on why they felt and did that way at the end. In addition to that, I love how the story progresses and ends.

If you hope for the real MC life that you experienced in other MC books, unfortunately, this book is not it. Even though the background story is in the MC environment, full of alpha males, bad talkers, and bad guys, this story presents a reformed MC life. And it presents it really well with a great combination of romance, MC life, and characters’ growths. I highly recommend this book if you are in the mood for this kind of story. Trust me, you will fall in love with Dex!! Yep, I’m a sucker for great book-heroes. 😉

“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.” 

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