Lock & Key Author: Cat Porter - Review Post

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Title: Lock & Key
Author: Cat Porter
goodreads-badge-add-plus-d700d4d3e3c0b346066731ac07b7fe47 The fabulous Cat Porter has reissued Lock & Key with a brand spanking new cover, a few edits to the manuscript and a surprise or two for her readers (hint: an additional scene may be included!) About Lock & Key: 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. Until now. 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.  

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  Q&A with Cat Porter:

  When and why did you begin writing? I’ve been writing short stories and poems since I was ten. I was an obsessive reader as a child, and being an only child I had an intense imagination. Journal writing has been essential to my sanity throughout my life as well. It was and is the only way I could make sense of things and feel centered. About three years ago I started writing full time again. We live in Greece now and when the political and economic situation began to crumble here I had an extremely emotional, gut wrenching reaction, and I realized I had to keep centered for my children and myself. Focusing on writing again and writing love redemption stories and continuing my children’s stories kept me sane and engaged in the positive and also helps keep me full of hope for a better day. I do it every day without fail. Like working out and taking my vitamins. No question. Ever.

When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively? I have the beginning and I have the end. Those two are always very clear. But then I have no bloody idea how to get from A to Z. That’s where the fun and the madness begins. Both L&K and Wolfsgate were written without formal outlines, I just kept thinking, what do I need to see here...what will bring me there...how can I connect this and that....My work in progress, the new One- Eyed Jacks book has an outline.

  Can you share a little of your current work with us? After having abandoned her hometown fifteen years ago upon the murder of her husband a club officer, former old lady Grace Quillen returns and immediately becomes ensnared in betrayals, suspicion and ancient club rivalries along with club member Miller or “Lock”, a man intertwined with her past. Both Grace and Lock struggle with their shared emotional past, unexpected desires of their demanding present, and an overwhelming yearning for redemption and a better future. Risky schemes, explosive secrets, and flawed decisions force past and present into an inevitable, volatile confrontation for Grace and Lock within a bike club that is fighting for its own survival.

  Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I want to thank my readers for their support and all their good wishes, they mean so very much to me! I very much appreciate that they took a chance on “Lock & Key”, and I hope they take a chance on my historical. I really enjoy hearing from them and being in touch. Social media never ceases to amaze me as an immediate gratification outlet for our enthusiasm. xxoxx !!

  About the Author: Cat Porter was born and raised in New York City, but also spent a few years in Europe and Texas along the way. As an introverted, only child, she had very big, but very secret dreams for herself. She graduated from Vassar College, was a struggling actress, an art gallery girl, special events planner, freelance writer and had all sorts of other crazy jobs all hours of the day and night to help make her dreams come true. She has two children’s books traditionally published under her maiden name. She now lives in Athens, Greece with her husband and three children, and freaks out regularly and still daydreams way too much. She is addicted to the History Channel, her iPad, her husband’s homemade red wine, really dark chocolate, and her Nespresso coffee machine. Writing keeps her somewhat sane, extremely happy, and a productive member of society.



Princesses Reviews


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!


Giveaway:
Includes a very special necklace that inspired the new cover of Lock & Key. This handmade antiqued silver plate necklace featuring a double-faced carved skull is an original Blue Bayer exclusive design made in NYC. (And by the way, Johnny Depp owns one!) Blue's unique jewelry has been featured in Vogue and many other fashion magazines.
Lock & Key Necklace
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