Lock & Key by Cat Porter
Series: Lock & Key #1
Published by Self-published on June 23rd 2014
Genres: Biker / MC
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I suppose some of us have to get really dirty before we can become truly clean.
I was allegedly South Dakota’s most famous old lady.
Sixteen years ago I survived my old man’s murder
Never again will I surrender my heart.
Never again will I sacrifice to the Club.
But that all changed in one night.
I came home and crashed into him,
and my past and present blew up in my face.
Both of us lonely, running on empty, and unwilling to admit it.
Now I feel things I’d forgotten about, want things I’d cut out of my insides.
Love not only stings when you lose it, when it’s ripped away from you.
When it first sinks its teeth in you, it can cut just as raw and sting just as deep.
I’d forgotten that.
Who holds the keys to betrayal? To suspicion? To trust?
To brotherhood? To family?
To redemption and a bleeding heart?
Right now, I just might.
Holy. Shit. That pretty much sums up my thoughts on Lock & Key. But let’s take it a step at a time.
This is a gritty kind of story. It’s raw. It’s dark. It’s freakin’ fantastic. It’s so engagingly written that you can’t stop reading even when you are hating what’s happening and don’t really want to read anymore.
An Old Lady in her previous life, Grace aka Little Sister left her home and never looks back after tragedy left her broken on the side of a road. When her sister falls seriously ill, she has no option but to go back and be there for her. On the way, a couple of hours away from her hometown, she meets a stranger in a bar. Their chemistry is unbelievable and Grace and Miller share a steamy hot night together. Unbeknownst to her, Miller’s road name is Lock and is a member of the MC she left behind 16 years before. Thrown back into that life, she’ll have to face new hardships and consequences that have been brewing since the heartbreaking end of her happiness. As the author takes us on a back and forth journey of Grace’s life we see how her former life influences and shapes her present and how she must struggle to rise above and not lose herself in the process.
This is not a heart and flowers story, it’s rough and twisted and even though I hated many of the choices they made I simply couldn’t stop reading. There is a warning I’d give as this might be a turn off for many people (it usually is for me) View Spoiler » our couple has sex with other people in more than one instance. It is not cheating per se, as they are not in a committed (or any other kind, really) of relationship. It all makes sense in the end, but still, they were already together more than once when this happens and it’s a tough pill to swallow « Hide Spoiler As I said, even when you don’t agree with their choices, and you want to slap them, in the head, with a chair, you just have to keep on reading.
I can’t say this book was lovely, but I did love it. I was completely into the story, I connected with the characters, and you can feel they are real people, with real people’s faults, vices, struggles and difficulties.
It is still a love story, and I was overjoyed at how after everything is worked out. The author gives us time to see the couple settle and just be together and then she gave me that epilogue (the girls don’t call me the Epilogue Nazi for nothing). It was perfect, because after that rough ride you just need a bit of sweet, and you are left with a smile on your face.
Ms. Porter, I am now a fan, and I’m sure I’ll be as amazed and horrified and engaged and speechless and in love with everything you write.
Rating: 5 Love Hurts Stars
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