REVIEW: Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

20613920He was my boss, my brother’s friend, a Widower, 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, impatient and doesn’t know how to tell time.

And the last thing they ever expected was each other.

But it was either the strip club or the tattoo shop.

… she should have chosen the strip club.


There is nothing like a Mariana Zapata slow burn romance! The way that Mariana weaves stories is absolutely magical and keeps my interest despite it being over 400 pages long!

Iris has been to hell and back in her very short life. She has dealt with illness (both her own and family), abandonment, and poverty. However, this girl keeps her strength and keeps moving forward in life. I loved Iris’ strength and her innocence. I just wanted someone to swoop in and take care of her so that she no longer had to lean on herself all of the time. Her loyalty and sense of family was also something that I really enjoyed reading in her character.

Dex is the man who, from the outside, is the man your momma warned you against, but his insides are warm and gooey. He is a beautiful man who strives to protect those he loves. Iris was a breath of fresh air for him because he learned to let go of his anger easier and laugh again.

These two together were beyond perfect. It was amazing to read how their relationship changed over the course of the book. They went from sworn enemies to something indescribable. My favorite thing about slow burn romance is that there is a solid story alongside the romance. Mariana gives us a story of suspense as well as a steamy romance.

Mariana will always be a auto-buy author for me because she is just fantastic!

Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars!

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