03 July 2014

Title: Lock & Key
Author: Cat Porter
Publisher: (June 20th, 2014)
From: the Author
Format: eARC
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Order a copy: Amazon, Barnes and NobleAmazon UK, iTunes, Smashwords

NOTE: This is a Adult novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Love not only stings when you lose it, when it’s ripped away, but when it first sinks its teeth into you, it can cut just as raw and sting just as deep.

Unfortunately, I had forgotten that.
I was allegedly South Dakota's most famous Old Lady.
Fifteen years ago I had survived my Old Man’s murder
and swore to myself never again.
Never again surrender my heart.
Never again 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.
Until now.
I feel things I'd forgotten about, want things I had cut out of my insides.

Who holds the keys to betrayal? To suspicion? To trust?
To brotherhood? To family?
To a bleeding heart?
Right now, I just might.
I suppose some of us have to get really dirty before we can become truly clean.

Review: 3 Stars - Lock & Key is an adult title from author Cat Porter. The story centers on a Motorcycle Club and its members old and new. With flash backs to cover both past and present, Porter gives readers glimpses into where main characters Grace and Lock came from and what lead them to where they are today.

Grace hasn’t stopped running until she’s called to return home to help out her sister who’s sick. She’s been moving around for years and wants stay away from the hurt and trouble from her past. She’s not happy but does her best to keep her life on track. Now she has no choice but to return to the one place and a group of people – the One-Eyed Jacks MC – who she’s wanted nothing more than to keep out of her life.

One thing about this title that I wasn’t expecting was that this is set around characters that are older. Not that it’s a bad thing; it’s just not what I was expecting. I was thinking this was more of a “New Adult” title, which was more an assumption on my part than anything else. The flash backs did take on more of a “New Adult” feel so that was welcomed and did shed some light on Grace and the MC and I was thankful for having the story told in past and present.

Grace as a character has many secrets and she’s been dealing with some pretty crappy hands which don’t stop coming throughout her story. I hated some of the things she had to deal with and go through and without a doubt didn’t give Porters MC a fluffy feeling in the least. And then Lock, he’s the shining light to Grace’s story. He’s a rough and tough biker for sure, but he’s so much more than that. His character has layer upon layer that starts to peel away during the book. However I felt like the author didn’t even touch the surface for him and I wonder if we’ll learn more about Lock in any future titles?

The two characters work well together…. I mean when they are together. There’s a lot of ebbing and flowing throughout and without a doubt enough pushing and pulling to keep readers interested, but isn’t that what makes a book good? Or one of the things that makes a book good? So I bet you’re wondering why I gave it three stars. Well, I do have a few reasons. One being that it’s a good story but not the best, at least in my opinion. It has interesting characters but nothing new with what’s out there or what I’ve read before. I did enjoy it but nothing had my emotions running or had me holding my breath or giddy with excitement.

So, in the end it was okay. It did keep me entertained during the read but it lacked that something extra, something special that made it a great memorable read. Would I recommend this title? Sure. Readers are loving MC titles and this one I could see being a favorite to others or at least other readers enjoying it as I have. It’s without a doubt an adult title, so younger readers should be aware of this before purchasing. If you’re a fan of MC titles give this one a shot!

About the Author:

I'm Cat Porter. I daydream all the time, 'what if' way too much, and am an incurable romantic. And I don't want to be cured of any of those. Ever. I've always loved to read, and always needed to write. I like to explore what bonds a man and a woman together- the very small things and the sort of epic, the glory and the mess. Oh yeah, plenty of crazy mess. Don't you think?

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