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Under Locke Audiobook

Under Locke

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Publisher's Summary

He was my boss, my brother's friend, a widow, 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 and impatient, and he doesn't know how to tell time. And the last thing they ever expected was each other.

Contains mature themes.

©2014 Mariana Zapata (P)2014 Tantor

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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 01-28-15
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 01-28-15 Member Since 2016

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "ALL ABOUT THE BODY LANGUAGE IN THIS ONE!"

    This was a really fun and enjoyable audiobook! I thought Callie Dalton did a great job narrating and representing the heroine, Iris Taylor well. The story is told through Iris's POV and she is an interesting character. Iris has her own story filled with heartache and tragedy, but OMG she's definitely got fight in her, and I loved that! Iris's thoughts are funny because she can be so crude and tends to hyper-focus on the feeling of throwing up or passing gas during stressful situations...a bit immature, but so funny! I liked the hero, Dex Locke, he had great sex appeal...masculine, brooding, moody, but very interested.....I loved how Iris and Dex clashed at first, but that's where all of the body language came into play. When Iris describes Dex you can't help but feel that his body language was screaming for her. The romance developed very nicely...it felt natural and each moment built off of the previous. When they finally come together, the reader is as fully invested in the romance as the leads because there was so much depth that had been created before they decided on making it a "forever" kind of love.

    The plot, conflict, and build-up was nicely employed throughout this book. There was never a time where I was bored or felt that it slowed down. In this book you get a great brother-sister relationship, nicely developed steamy romance, great action and plot filled with ominous bikers, and fun and meaningful, surrounding characters. It's true this is not a traditional biker story, but I'm not complaining. Mariana Zapata did a great job! Her writing was fun and lively. Great audiobook!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ndulgent Bloggrs Virginia, United States 01-01-15
    Ndulgent Bloggrs Virginia, United States 01-01-15 Member Since 2010

    I'm one of the reviewers at the Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I am always reading - I don't go anywhere without an ebook or audiobook!

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    "An Unusually Sweet MC Romance"

    The story was far from what I've read of other MCs but it was just as enjoyable. The sharp edges of bikers has been smoothed in this book so there's not so much roughness. Characters were nice and the love story progresses naturally. There was some time lapses / transitions that were confusing in audio. Other than that, the narrator performed well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Walworth, NY, United States 12-30-14
    Kimberly Walworth, NY, United States 12-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!"

    This was a well written and thought out story. It's long but every second was worth it. I laughed and cried. I wish the book was even longer and told a little more in the epilogue. I'm going to listen to the book again.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scotty 12-26-14
    Scotty 12-26-14

    jdk

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    "A WINNER! This was a great one."

    What is not to like about this book. It has all the right components. Dex and Iris are the couple! Loved the way the they grew in their relationship. Now, this is a long book. Let me tell you, in no way did it seem long. I actually hated for it to end. The narrator was spot. Love listening to her. Great job. Only one problem. Audible only has one book of Ms. Zapata. Come on Audible, let us have more!!!!! Please!!!!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie 01-27-15
    Laurie 01-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. Loved how it brought in the Reaper's MC from Joanna Wilde's Reaper's MC series. The only disappointing part is that there isn't another book to follow it up. Fingers cross there will be soon.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "YA Romance"
    Any additional comments?

    This books seemed more aimed for the YA crowd than 25 and up crowd since the leading female character is immature in mind if not in body..a lot of indicision and lack of self-esteem and self-confidence that she exhibits, crys a lot everytime Dex says harsh words to her or yells at her. I'm not sure I'd enjoy listening to this again.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 12-28-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 12-28-14 Member Since 2016

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "FIRST WAR, THEN TERMS OF SURRENDER & FINALLY LOVE"

    When timid, virginal and naive Iris first meets Dex, the sexy and drop dead gorgeous owner of Pins and Needles the Tattoo Shop she hopes to get a job in, she couldn't stop drooling at his flawless face, 6' 3" smokin hot body and colorful tattoos. But as soon as he opened his mouth his arrogant, rude, impatient and alpha personality came out and she hated the jerk. He, along with other characters, are members of the Widows MC but this isn't really an MC listen. However, and after a lot of arguing, they slowly learn to trust each other but the poop really hits the fan when The Reapers MC comes to collect on a debt that her dead-beat Dad owes (who she hasn't seen for years) and he has run off with the money..... so they're threatening her and her brother for the cash.

    Told from Iris' POV this is a long long listen with a lot of her internal thoughts and feelings but it's got witty banter, interesting secondary characters, a bit of angst, romance and sex (eventually) and a Hero that is so sexy with his six pack, piercings and tattoos who (thankfully) undergoes some character growth to become thoughtful, possessive, kind and loving too. There's also a very close and tight relationship with her brother which comes across really well and you feel their bond.

    My only negative would be that sometimes Iris came across as immature in her thoughts and some of her 'off the scale' stupid actions. But hey, she had endured a lot in her life so I'll cut her some slack and she did learn from her mistakes.

    Worth a credit? Very enjoyable and entertaining but don't expect the usual bad-ass biker book as this is loosely based around a 'milder' spin-off MC with it's alpha members all doing legitimate jobs. Yes, there's the bikes, the cuts, the attitudes but it's a tamed down version which doesn't make it bad but just different. A HEA ending with a great Epilogue. All this makes it, IMHO, a well narrated creditworthy listen.

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    BeeMee 07-09-15
    BeeMee 07-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    Loved the book and this audio brings it to life. Narration is spot on and depicted Iris's voice to perfection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A4153 Lexington, KY USA 05-13-15
    A4153 Lexington, KY USA 05-13-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Kept Waiting...."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it seemed to drag and drag with not much really happening. The main character is supposed to be 24 but acted like a young teen. Maybe she was supposed to be stuck at that level of development because of the tough life she had led.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mariana Zapata? Why or why not?

    No, too dull. I would have quit listening but I was doing yard work so I didn't need a great story to keep me interested.


    What didn’t you like about Callie Dalton’s performance?

    It was okay.


    Could you see Under Locke being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    Not really sure where this book was going for most of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    barrotsmom 02-19-15
    barrotsmom 02-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Yummy!"

    I love the cliche stories of the virginal good girl and the sexy asshole biker!! I also like that there is a somewhat exciting yet sad backstory. Plus the author provides a nice build up with the chase and conflicting feelings instead of having the characters jump into bed within the first 2 chapters.

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    "Even better when read to you!"

    I absolutely love this book. I have both the audio and the kindle version. The kindle version is on my favourite page, to read when the urge strikes and I need a lift. The audio version will blow you away. Callie Dalton brings Riss, Dex and the rest of Pins and Needles to life. Stunning story and very believable. Me I love it, please try it too....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mogster
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    "Enjoyable read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoy books by this author. Kulti , another book by this author is one if my favourites. The story is engaging and several times I found myself smiling


    What did you like best about this story?

    although this story is similar to many if this genre, the story is well written and narrated.


    Have you listened to any of Callie Dalton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Kulti and Jet ( one of the highly enjoyable Marked Men series) were both narrated by Callie Dalton both of which I loved


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Unfortunately I attempted to listen in one sitting but at the same time feeling that I would be sad for the story to come to an end.


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  • Jen
    10/13/15
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    "a great way go enjoy an exceptional story."

    I am new to audio books and I have been avoiding this book as it is one of my favourite books and I was worried I wouldn't like the performance. After a few minutes of adjustment I can happily say that Iris and Dex were better than I hoped. It is a great slow burn story of romance, friendship and family. I love Iris as a character, she is strong through necessity but she isn't perfect and owns up to it, or blames her hormones. Dex is a beautifully flawed grump who you would definitely want on your side anytime and also in your bed. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who likes the alpha guy, laughs at their own family's antics and likes a full story packed with detail.

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  • Helen
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    "Ok..."

    Overall the book was fine, I struggled with Iris's character, she seemed immature and her 'that's what she' said joke funny the first time but after that no so much. The author has a tendency to exaggerate things such as iris was eavesdropping on a phone call and apparently she waited for a few minutes to see if anything else would be said when it's quite clear the conversation is over. I know it's not much but this sort of writing seed to occurs regularly and I found myself rolling my eyes and getting annoyed. If those little bits of stupid were removed Id have given the book 4 stars.
    The narrator did a good job, was pretty good at getting the pace and emotion right. 4 stars for the narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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