Under LockeUnder Locke by Mariana Zapata

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First Read: April 5-7, 2015

Second Read: March 26-27, 2015

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As many of you know, I’m a HUGE fan of Mariana Zapata’s writing and story-telling.
After reading
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
, I had one of the worst book hang-overs I’ve ever had.
In an effort to “cure” myself of this unfortunate situation, I went out and bought all of Mariana’s audio books and re-read them.
I’m sad to say that I’m on the last of her books (so I hope she releases another book soon 🙂 )

This book…
I enjoyed it so much more the second time, so much so that I changed my rating from a 4 star to a 5 star rating.
As soon as I heard the description of Charles Dexter “Dex” Locke, I couldn’t get the image of Chris John Middleton out of my head.
To me, he is who I envisioned Dex as looking like throughout the whole story.

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Ms. Zapata tells a wonderful story about two people who have come from such incredible circumstances and survived, a little broken but a whole lot stronger for it.
Both are extremely closed off, and have major trust issues.
This is a beautiful journey of how Dex and Iris (Rissy) start out not liking one another AT ALL; to gradually tolerating one another; to friends – and eventually trusting and loving one another with their whole being.
One of my favorite lines in the book by Dex is, “Your the best thing that I never knew I wanted”.
And from Iris, “Your the best thing that’s ever yelled at me”.

This story still holds all the great elements of a MC story, without all the angst (Thank God!).
The story is also a slow-burn romance, but once you “get there” (sweet baby Jesus, probably MORE so because I was listening to the dialogue and description **wags eyebrows**) -it’s incredibly erotic.

LOVED this story!

**Side note: One of my favorite things about Ms. Zapata’s stories, is that she usually incorporates or mentions her characters from her other books into her stories. She didn’t do that in this story, but it is Dex’s shop in Austin that Kulti goes to and has his tattoo work done. Nice!

About the Author:

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Mariana Zapata began writing love stories soon after she learned how to spell. She probably shouldn’t admit that she started sneaking romance novels from her aunt’s bookshelves way before she was old enough to even understand what it meant when a man flipped up a woman’s skirt. (Don’t tell her mom.) Luckily, she learned to love the process of two people falling in love instead of all the other juicy stuff.

Mariana is a native Texan living in a small town in Colorado with her husband and two beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Danes, Dorian and Kaiser. When she’s not pretending to write, she’s reading. You can usually find her burning somewhat edible experiments in the kitchen or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.

She also loves to hear from her readers!

About the Narrator:

Callie Dalton is an actor and voice artist who loves feisty heroines and brooding boyfriends. She lives in Los Angeles with her own brooding (but not always) boyfriend and her schnauzer, Ella.

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