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.
I love me a good MC story but this isn’t really your hard core MC. Don’t get me wrong, there are some scary biker dudes but man, there is also Dex. Dex is all male. That alpha male who doesn’t take any shit, says what’s on his mind and gets what he wants.
Iris is a survivor. She has fought pretty much her whole life. I admire her strength and her stubbornness. She is beautiful, smart and quiet. Her working for Dex at his tattoo shop was the icing on the cake. Although she sticks out like a sore thumb, she fits right in.
Iris and Dex and their budding frienemie-ship, is hilarious, heartbreaking and intriguing. I love how she is able to put him in his place without really trying. It makes for some serious sexual chemistry.
This is a slow burning romance and I loved every second of it. Mariana Zapata is the QUEEN of slow burn. The anticipation and the buildup of their romance makes it so worth every angsty and frustrating moment.
This isn’t your typical biker story but it is definitely a top favorite of mine.
Under Locke is a story that you must read.