- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 48 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 6, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MRLDMR1
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Lock & Key: Lock & Key Series, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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For sixteen years Grace has been on the move. Once known as the most famous biker’s old lady in South Dakota, she's been on her own since the murder of her husband. She never expected to get sucked back into club life with the One Eyed Jacks. She never expected to find love again.
This book was intense and stirred up a range of emotions for me. I don't normally care for or read books that make me cry. When Grace visited her husband's grave for the first time, I sat and sobbed. The backstory and chapters telling of her love and life with Jake "Dig" Quillen were moving. I also enjoyed her developing relationship with Miller "Lock" Flies as Eagles, the half Native American man she met on her way home.
There were parts of the story that I hated and parts I skimmed through because they made me cringe. I kept reading anyway and by the ending, I understood why some of the less appealing parts had been included. Ultimately, I did not care for the way the club "used" Grace, but it was necessary to achieve their objectives, and I understood why they felt they had to handle things that way.
This was a moving read. It’s definitely the type of book that will stay with me. I've already downloaded book two in the series, the story told from Grace's late husband, Dig's point of view.
Lock is the Road Captain for the One-Eyed Jacks MC in South Dakota. He keeps things close to the cuff and doesn't let anyone get to him. That is, until he meets Grace Quillen. Grace is not like most woman he's met. She's the former and infamous Old Lady of one of the club's most beloved presidents, Dig. Tragedy in Grace's personal life draws her back into dangerous territory, forcing her to break a promise she made a decade and a half ago, and risks her very life by coming back home but she has no choice. The thing about family is that they never go away, and what Grace doesn't realize is that she's the key to her own happiness, and saving the MC she once loved and belonged to.
Lock and Key took me by surprise in many good ways and in some ways I could have done without but for the most part, this is a very engrossing read. For one, the MC life in this book is actually presented with more realistic authenticity rather than as mere dressing, safe and pedestrian. Bikes and riding bikes were actually part of the character's lifestyle and in more detail than I've ever read in MC books and I enjoyed it a lot. Either Ms. Porter did a lot of research or she's a rider herself. Either way, I was impressed.
Let's get to Grace--she is a kicka$$ female lead. I was really pleased that she wasn't the typical damsel and predictable heroine that are in most MC books in which being 'sassy' is considered 'tough'. Grace is actually a tough chick and I liked and respected her a lot but she was also soft and vulnerable. Never childish or over the top dramatic. Thank god. Lock was an interesting character. Unexpected, which I appreciated. None of the characters read like any other character I'd read and there was a lot of grit and authenticity. Lock and Key offers a darker and dirtier side of the MC world that most books dumb down and gloss over. Cat Porter does not shy away from that and I liked it. She gave us depth, intrigue, mystery, thriller, romance, erotica and so much more. It was so refreshing if not very heady. And the plot--holy cow--it did not give up or quit for a breath. I did a lot of wide-eyed, 'whoa, did that just happen?' and 'oh my god...'
A few of the things that had my head spinning was the plot--there are literally about six different plot threads. Flashbacks. A whole lotta of 'em. And like, four endings. To be honest, too many plot threads can get confusing and I generally dislike flashbacks when it's not done properly. CJ Roberts and River Savage are one of the few that have attempted it and did it brilliantly. While still not my favorite, the flashbacks were intelligently used to re-inforce the present moments that Grace was experiencing while giving us some back story from her younger years and how it related to the current situation. It didn't take away from the emotional journey Grace was having with Lock but it inherently does but it made sense and it came together quite nicely. Her plot is so complicated that it's amazing she kept such diligent track of all the threads and left nothing dangling. That's a huge achievement and it floored me but it was also mentally exhausting at some points but again, stitched together very nicely.
Some have commented on these characters being in their 40s but a lot of KA's books are in this age group so it wasn't anything new for me. There were a few other things that snagged at me but I tend to read as a reader/beta reader/editor all in one go but not enough to bother me at any great length. The writing style was hard for me to get into and it took me past the 40% mark to really get into it but I'm glad I did. It will stay with you long after you read it. Can't wait for Random & Rare!
Cat has given us two characters who bare the scars of a life hard fought. They both have wisdom that only comes with age. The young still believe that love will conquer all. The mature knows this isn't quite true. Sometimes love takes as much as it gives. I love that these two were so honest and upfront with each other and played no emotional games, so refreshing
The back drop of the story was nostalgic for me, as I grew up in the Black Hills of SD. Cat did a beautiful job of describing and giving the reader a good feel for this very unique area.
The beginning of this book had me flipping the pages like crazy but I didn't feel like the second half quite lived up to the promise of the first half, hence the 4 stars. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series. There were so many side characters that I want to see have a story.
LOCK & KEY, by Cat Porter, breaks the mold with three of the most interesting leading characters I have read in a while. The characters, their behavior, and the story line is complex enough to hold your attention. This was a straight-through read for me with both smiles and tears.The proof that I really enjoyed it was that I immediately downloaded Book 2 - RANDOM AND RARE.
Write on, Ms. Porter!