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Lock & Key: Motorcycle Club Romance Kindle Edition
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"Cat Porter NAILED it. This was a great, great book. So well written" - Lorelei James, NYTimes & USA Today best-selling author
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- Lock & Key
- Random & Rare
- Iron & Bone
- Blood & Rust
- File Size : 746 KB
- Publication Date : June 20, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 436 pages
- Publisher : Wildflower Ink, LLC; 2nd Edition (June 20, 2014)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00L6HNQMA
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,264 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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!
Grace was my kind of heroine. She’s strong, independent and could hold her own amongst a group of bikers. Even in the sections that detailed her past as a sweet and innocent girl...she held on to that goodness while time in the biker life only made her stronger.
Miller aka Lock was strong, artistic and gentle. His first encounter with Grace got under his skin and spoke to his soul. He’s one of those strong silent types that hold in his anger and lets it out when the times arises, but it’s controlled and could be scary if you’re in the receiving end. His character just spoke to me on such a deeper level. I don’t know what it was about him that resonated with me. I just fell for him the moment he approached Grace.
This was such an incredible story. It had all the MC style drama but it wasn’t the drive of the story. Cat Porter did an amazing job of giving so much life to not just the main characters, but the supporting characters as well. This is my first experience with her work and anxious to get started on the next book in this series.
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.
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However, the ending was a little disappointing, I was hoping for something with more grit or perhaps the new president and his Mrs manipulating the situation to get the gold themselves and making our heroine a pawn and expendable.
I wanted more, I wanted the bad ones to be punished, as both biker gangs used and manipulated her and her sister, the worst being her own husband. She needed to come to that conclusion and screw them all over, including Miller who threw her under a bus.
She deserved better because of them she lost everything, very frustrating.
I am not usually a fan of “MC” books. I’ve read a few but it’s not my favourite genre. So when I was recommended this series by someone whose opinion I trust completely, i decided to give it a go! Boy am I glad I did!
This is a story about love; old and new, and about family; through blood and through circumstance. I fell in love with so many of the characters, but from this moment on, Dig and Miller will always have a place in my heart.
Cat Porters writing is absolutely amazing. She writes so beautifully, even when the situation she is writing about is ugly. I can confidently say that I will be reading the rest of the books in this series!
Grace returns home after her16 year self imposed exile after her husband was brutally murdered and she nearly lost her life, because her sister is dying.
She meets Miller (Lock) just before she gets home and their attraction is off the charts; however when she realizes in the morning he is from her dead husbands MC club she runs off.
I really enjoyed the story through to about halfway then I kinda lost the thread of the players & who was who a bit. There was an epilogue of sorts but some things were still left up in the air, and now I find there is another book that involves Grace. I'm not sure whether I'm interested enough to invest money in another book in the series to just tie up a few loose ends.
1. It's beautifully written - Grace and Miller, plus all the other characters you will meet are considered, well crafted, substantive and alive. Written in the first person it's very easy to immerse yourself in to them.
2. It's grown up. Maybe it's my age but it was refreshing to read about people in their early forties, rather than just twenty something's. These people have lived, loved, laughed and suffered loss and because of that you really believe in them.
3. It's an emotional roller coaster! The story is surprising, with twists and turns and the flash backs allow us to slowly unwrap the plot at a pace that's tantalising and entriguing.
4 FInally it's a love story - Both past and present.
I have just downloaded book 2 but hope there are more to come from this Author.
I loved Dagger In The Sea by Cat Porter and decided to give Lock and Key a whirl.
Widowed Grace returns to her roots because her sister Ruby is ill and needs her. On the way home she meets Miller aka Lock. They share an intense night of passion but when she realises he’s a biker she’s out of there like a bat out of hell.
The plot is usual biker fodder. Gang versus gang. Bad blood. Cross and double cross.
It was ok but not my jam.