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Under Locke

Written by: Mariana Zapata
Narrated by: Callie Dalton
Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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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 and impatient, and he doesn't know how to tell time. And the last thing they ever expected was each other.

Contains mature themes.

©2014 Mariana Zapata (P)2014 Tantor

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Abusive Relationship

The male love interest is verbally abusive and its not okay. I also noticed an issue with concent. The story tries to redeem him but it did not work for me. I couldn't ship the love interests even if I tried. I couldn't wait to finish the book. I love Mariana but this one was a miss.

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Truly awful

I liked The Wall Of Winnipeg and thought this would be another fun, if formulaic romance. Wrong. It doesn’t even seem as though it was written by the same author. The writing is appallingly, floridly, repetitiously bad. So bad. Did I say it was bad? The same tired phrases repeated over and over, until I was able to mildly amuse myself by predicting the sentences. The heroine, who might with different treatment be appealingly innocent, is rendered unbearable by the language attributed to her. “Oh frickin’ hell” is a frequent internal exclamation meant to show how enchanted she is with the cartoon-noble-biker-cutout Dex. And there are constant references to how her ovaries are affected by him. It may be a misguided attempt to represent her as a approachable and realistic but it fails catastrophically. The “love” scenes are cringingly, trashily pornographic without a trace of sexiness. I skipped through most of them, and I’m not a prude. I felt actually sympathy for the narrator who tried so earnestly with this stinking garbage fire of a novel. I might have rated her higher but it was hard for me to be impartial when I hated the material so much. Eventually I was listening only because I have returned too many books recently and I kept expecting the plot to develop, which I now realize was stupid of me. Please save yourself the self hatred that you risk by reading this book.

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  • Yvette
  • 2015-01-28

ALL ABOUT THE BODY LANGUAGE IN THIS ONE!

This was a really fun and enjoyable audiobook! I thought Callie Dalton did a great job narrating and representing the heroine, Iris Taylor well. The story is told through Iris's POV and she is an interesting character. Iris has her own story filled with heartache and tragedy, but OMG she's definitely got fight in her, and I loved that! Iris's thoughts are funny because she can be so crude and tends to hyper-focus on the feeling of throwing up or passing gas during stressful situations...a bit immature, but so funny! I liked the hero, Dex Locke, he had great sex appeal...masculine, brooding, moody, but very interested.....I loved how Iris and Dex clashed at first, but that's where all of the body language came into play. When Iris describes Dex you can't help but feel that his body language was screaming for her. The romance developed very nicely...it felt natural and each moment built off of the previous. When they finally come together, the reader is as fully invested in the romance as the leads because there was so much depth that had been created before they decided on making it a "forever" kind of love.

The plot, conflict, and build-up was nicely employed throughout this book. There was never a time where I was bored or felt that it slowed down. In this book you get a great brother-sister relationship, nicely developed steamy romance, great action and plot filled with ominous bikers, and fun and meaningful, surrounding characters. It's true this is not a traditional biker story, but I'm not complaining. Mariana Zapata did a great job! Her writing was fun and lively. Great audiobook!

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  • Ndulgent Bloggrs
  • 2015-01-01

An Unusually Sweet MC Romance

The story was far from what I've read of other MCs but it was just as enjoyable. The sharp edges of bikers has been smoothed in this book so there's not so much roughness. Characters were nice and the love story progresses naturally. There was some time lapses / transitions that were confusing in audio. Other than that, the narrator performed well.

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  • Kimberly
  • 2014-12-30

Great book!

This was a well written and thought out story. It's long but every second was worth it. I laughed and cried. I wish the book was even longer and told a little more in the epilogue. I'm going to listen to the book again.

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  • Scotty
  • 2014-12-26

A WINNER! This was a great one.

What is not to like about this book. It has all the right components. Dex and Iris are the couple! Loved the way the they grew in their relationship. Now, this is a long book. Let me tell you, in no way did it seem long. I actually hated for it to end. The narrator was spot. Love listening to her. Great job. Only one problem. Audible only has one book of Ms. Zapata. Come on Audible, let us have more!!!!! Please!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-03-09

eh.. not my favorite

sure, who doesn't want a smokin' HOT biker with a temper but loyal and fiercely passionate lover - a.k.a Dex Locke. for the male lead, all i can imagine is Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy. the bad boy with a bike. need i say more?

as for the female lead, Iris.... at first, I liked her. Sweet, considerate, gentle and someone who loves her family very much. but after a while, she just became annoying. being meek is bearable but every time she got butt hurt, she just became such a cry-baby. every single time. A bit immature for her age like she's a teen who pouts around and holds grudges every time her feelings got hurt.

I like a strong, independent, mature heroine who knows how to defend herself and kick ass either verbally or physically and Iris ISN'T it. i really don't know why there was a need for her to explicitly explain every single thing (monologue) before she just gets to the point. it got tiring towards the end about her blabbing about everything.

overall, it was ok. I love KULTI and LINGUS better than this.

but 2 thumbs up for the narrator Callie Dalton. awesome narration as always

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  • Laurie
  • 2015-01-27

Great book!

Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. Loved how it brought in the Reaper's MC from Joanna Wilde's Reaper's MC series. The only disappointing part is that there isn't another book to follow it up. Fingers cross there will be soon.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 2014-12-28

FIRST WAR, THEN TERMS OF SURRENDER & FINALLY LOVE

When timid, virginal and naive Iris first meets Dex, the sexy and drop dead gorgeous owner of Pins and Needles the Tattoo Shop she hopes to get a job in, she couldn't stop drooling at his flawless face, 6' 3" smokin hot body and colorful tattoos. But as soon as he opened his mouth his arrogant, rude, impatient and alpha personality came out and she hated the jerk. He, along with other characters, are members of the Widows MC but this isn't really an MC listen. However, and after a lot of arguing, they slowly learn to trust each other but the poop really hits the fan when The Reapers MC comes to collect on a debt that her dead-beat Dad owes (who she hasn't seen for years) and he has run off with the money..... so they're threatening her and her brother for the cash.

Told from Iris' POV this is a long long listen with a lot of her internal thoughts and feelings but it's got witty banter, interesting secondary characters, a bit of angst, romance and sex (eventually) and a Hero that is so sexy with his six pack, piercings and tattoos who (thankfully) undergoes some character growth to become thoughtful, possessive, kind and loving too. There's also a very close and tight relationship with her brother which comes across really well and you feel their bond.

My only negative would be that sometimes Iris came across as immature in her thoughts and some of her 'off the scale' stupid actions. But hey, she had endured a lot in her life so I'll cut her some slack and she did learn from her mistakes.

Worth a credit? Very enjoyable and entertaining but don't expect the usual bad-ass biker book as this is loosely based around a 'milder' spin-off MC with it's alpha members all doing legitimate jobs. Yes, there's the bikes, the cuts, the attitudes but it's a tamed down version which doesn't make it bad but just different. A HEA ending with a great Epilogue. All this makes it, IMHO, a well narrated creditworthy listen.

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  • barrotsmom
  • 2015-02-19

Yummy!

I love the cliche stories of the virginal good girl and the sexy asshole biker!! I also like that there is a somewhat exciting yet sad backstory. Plus the author provides a nice build up with the chase and conflicting feelings instead of having the characters jump into bed within the first 2 chapters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-08-15

YA Romance

Any additional comments?

This books seemed more aimed for the YA crowd than 25 and up crowd since the leading female character is immature in mind if not in body..a lot of indicision and lack of self-esteem and self-confidence that she exhibits, crys a lot everytime Dex says harsh words to her or yells at her. I'm not sure I'd enjoy listening to this again.

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  • BeeMee
  • 2015-07-09

Amazing!

Loved the book and this audio brings it to life. Narration is spot on and depicted Iris's voice to perfection.

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