Review: Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

Review: Under Locke by Mariana Zapata
Under Locke

3 Stars

Book Info

Released: January 19th 2014

“It wasn’t that bad. In fact, I would even say I enjoyed it. ”
~ Under the Covers

Another day, another impulse read. Under Locke isn’t normally the kind of book I would pick up. But, I am trying to find new things this year so, on a whim, I decided to put my feeling of dread aside and give it a read. Why the dread? I don’t know, maybe because it involved bikers, something I’m not a fan of, or maybe because it seemed like it would have ridiculous new-adultesque melodrama. All of which are aspects that other people love, me not so much (which is how I have managed to rule out 50% of romance books of late!). However, maybe I was a little harsh in my pre-assessment.

It wasn’t that bad. In fact, I would even say I enjoyed it. Mariana Zapata gave me a very pleasant surprise with Under Locke. Yes, there were bikers and he was part of a club, however, that was mostly in the background so it mostly didn’t bother me. And yes, perhaps there was a little drama, but it would have been pretty boring without it.

So, what changed my mind about this book? I really liked the slow burn romance between Dex and Iris. Their relationship has an antagonistic start, due to Dex being rude and obnoxious i.e. an asshole and Iris not really standing up for herself and instead taking the passive-aggressive tack i.e. being an asshole. We are on Iris’ side though, she may not have handled his behaviour very well but MAN was he a dick. What I liked about Zapata’s book was that there wasn’t just a magical transformation from idiot to ideal, instead as Iris and Dex get to know one another their understanding changes. And, okay, what I will always remember about this book? A fart. And yes I normally hate toilet humour in books, but Zapata shows that one well-placed fart can open up a whole new side of a relationship. It was hilarious.

I went in with fairly low hopes for this book, but I found I did really enjoy it. Was it my favourite book of the year? No. But, would I read Zapata again? Definitely. This was a great romance, with a sexy as hell tattooed and pierced (yes ladies down there) hero, with a little suspense, a little humour and a little sexy all rolled in. If you haven’t given Zapata a try then I recommend you at least give her a try.


About Mariana Zapata

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 stuck to stories about princesses and princes for a while.
In her teens, she wrote boy band fanfiction (there’s still a website up somewhere on the internet with those masterpieces), and in her early twenties, she picked it back up again with Sookie Stackhouse and Twilight. Eventually, her significant other finally told her to do what she wanted to do and she began working on her original work. Her novels tend to include potty humor, bodily functions, and bad words.
Mariana lives in a small town called Pagosa Springs, Colorado with her husband/best friend, Chris Letchford, and their two well-beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Dane children, Dorian and Kaiser. When she’s not pretending to write, she’s reading sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk or historical romance novels. You can usually find her harassing her dogs, being a hermit at home or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.


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Thanks for the review.

Kathy Valentine

Great review!!! I do so love a pierced and tatted hot guy!!!! Shared on my socials!!!


Glad you gave her book a try. One of my favorite authors and I just read it for a second time. I like that Iris discovers her self-worth with a man like Dex.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts Suzanne


I find Marian Zapata’s books hit or miss, but I liked Under Locke a lot. Dex was just so smoking hot.

Amy R

I’ve had this book on my TBR pile forever but I have to admit I’m not a fan of slow burn books because they don’t usually hold my interest.