Lock & Key by Cat Porter
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.
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.
Elizabeth- 5 Crowns
This is positively one of the best MC books i have read!
The story of Locke and Little Sister is EPIC...
Cat Porter takes us back to when they were young, while still taking us through their present... there is no whiplash feeling, it is smooth as silk. You get major understanding of their lives... not just their childhoods, but also as they became the people that are in the present in the story... Beautiful...
I have not read an MC book with this much depth before... I love the craziness of most MC books, and this one has it as well... but along with it is a very emotional story... very deep, and twisted... I shed tears.. both sadness, anger and happiness...
I can not recommend this book enough.. if you love to connect, really get to know characters, and still have the insanity of an MC book... this is the perfect one for you!
Emma - 4.5 Crowns
Book 1 in The One-Eyed Jacks MC series.
I am such a sucker for an MC book, so when this was recommended to me by my fellow Princess I jumped at the chance to read something new in a very popular and rich genre. I have to say the synopsis had me hook, line and sinker and I had incredibly high hopes.
This is story of Grace Quillen's (otherwise known as Little Sister) return to South Dakota; following a 15 year absence. Grace was once the most famous "Old Lady" in South Dakota, until her Old Man Dig's murder. Needing to leave her past behind, she has floated around ever since, never staying in one place long enough to set down roots or emotional attachments. It's time to head home though as her beloved older sister Ruby has cancer and needs help not just to help with her young son but to give her a chance and beating the deadly disease that she is in the grips of. It also means confronting the ghosts of her past, to live without looking over her shoulder and finally move forward.
Before tackling what she had avoided for 15 years she stops at a road house to drink whiskey and forget for one more night. She soon meets Miller and they share a very hot and steamy night together, connecting in a way that she hasn't since Dig's death. It isn't until the morning that Grace realises that Miller isn't just any guy, oh no, he is the Road Captain of The One-Eyed Jacks; the club her husband died for. Making her escape, she knows they will soon have to meet again.
What an emotionally charged book. Wow, this is unlike any MC book I have read and that is a good thing. Now don't get me wrong I love a good bit of blood, grit and violence in my MC reads and in some it works, some less so. This book isn't swapped my unnecessary violence to fill the pages or endless sex scenes. This book is an emotional journey for a person haunted by the past. The story shows Grace confronting her demons to move onto a brighter future, to find love a second time around and to finally say goodbye to the man she adored. Cutting to the chase, it's moving and poignant but with just enough MC life, grit and steam to make it a fabulous read.
You will love Grace, she is loyal and loved by everyone around her. You will feel her pain at the loss of Dig, who became her world at such a young age. Miller or Lock as he is known in the club is someone that she can move on with, but club politics and loyalties make sure that the course of true love will not be an easy ride.
For a debut novel, I have to say I am mighty impressed. Cat Porter hasn't let the usual MC formula influence her vision for this book. She has written a very different and balanced book and I applaud her for her bravery. I think too often when author's decide to tackle this genre, they follow the same path. It means that you have a plethora of similar books that fall into either the very good or okay piles. Lock and Key stands out, it's memorable and it's different. Well done Cat, you should be proud of the amazing book you have shared with the world.
If you are looking for an MC Romance with depth, light and shade and a storyline that will touch your heart, I highly recommend it!