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497 pages, Kindle Edition
First published January 19, 2014
There it was. That fierce loyalty. He didn't have a clue how that was the most attractive thing about him. It trumped his face, his ink, his body, everything. Dex Locke was true. He was grounded.
It started as a whisper, a hiss, a pssssssssst.
And then it grew progressively louder before the smell hit me.
“Oh my God," I wheezed, smothering my mouth with my hand. "Did you crap your pants?"
"Then again, I always wanted to cry. I cried when I was happy, sad, excited and frustrated with life. And I hated it. Especially now."
"You like Firefly. That's pretty nerdy."
"But you," his nostrils flared, "my sweet, sweet baby, have gotta be my favorite by far. I think you win first through one-hundredth place."
His teeth nipped at my jaw. "Love you like this," he murmured. "All soft and wet for me, baby." Dex thrust hard, making me cry out. "My own sweet little pussy… all mine… isn't that right, honey?"
"You're doin' so fuckin' good, baby—squeeze—shit, squeeze me a little harder, honey. Just like that—yeah."
His tongue traced the oval shape of my chin. "But I'm not a good man, and I'm gonna take everythin' you want to give me and everythin' you don't."
"You’ve gotta be the best thing I never knew I wanted."
"The urge to fall to the ground, rip my heart out of my chest and hold it out like a sacred offering was overwhelming."Under Locke is another complex story with lyrical writing, action, and slow burn romance at its finest! Iris and Dex are complete opposites and yet together they make a perfect match. Although both main characters carry a great deal of baggage, together they are able to overcome so much! As always, Ms. Zapata's writing is fluid and beautifully constructed with a cast of unforgettable characters, passion, and beautiful romance!
"Baby, just ‘cuz you’re cute doesn’t mean I wasn’t bein’ serious about spankin’ your tight little ass for doin’ dumb shit, Ritz. You do it again, and you’re gonna get it."Overall, Under Locke would appeal to MC Romance fans or slow burn romance lovers! I highly recommend any and all of Mariana Zapata's work. Her writing is deliciously addictive!