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- 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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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!
~~My lips brushed over the arrow charm and bead on the leather cord he wore around his neck. The arrow. . .protection, defense, power, force, movement. My vision clouded. I would need all those virtues tonight.~~
Dig ...oh my Dig ...he's just something special...
Miller (Lock) and Grace (Little Sister <~~~that's not what it sounds like lol) are magical together ..mature characters ...LOVED it.....the way this MC read is all woven together ...It's EPIC kind of stuff folks ...Highly Recommended Read!!
This story of one woman's search for not only a way to help her dying sister but also to heal old wounds that have kept her running for the past 15 years was simply incredible. I hung onto every word of Cat Porter's book and did not want it to end. I loved that it featured an older heroine who could still kick a bit of arse and well I might add. Her sacrifices for not only the sister that she can't stand to let go and the MC club that ultimately became the family she had always wanted was nothing short of amazing. I admired Grace's style, her loyalty and the love she still had for not only her adopted family but for the husband she lost so long ago.
Gone was "Little Sister" and in her place was the grown up but surprisingly never bitter woman who not only is loved by her long lost family but is quickly taken by the man she meets by chance who forces her to feel again. Miller LeBeau, aka Lock, becomes more than just an escape from her past. He wants to be her future but past events threaten to end something between them that didn't Webb really get started.
Oh my, what a book. The intricate storyline never felt overwhelming nor did it bore me. It is so well written I am in awe that this is the author's first novel. The characters are well thought out and it felt like by the end I was a part of this crew! And I didn't want to say goodbye.
A huge 5 stars with the hope we hear more from the One Eyed Jacks and the extended crew you can't help but love.