Review Tour & Sale Blitz: January 30, 2019 – February 5, 2019
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Who holds the keys to trust? To loyalty? Redemption? A bleeding heart?
Sixteen years ago I barely survived my old man’s murder, and I promised myself that never again would I surrender my heart. I left my hometown of Meager, South Dakota and never looked back. I didn’t want a second chance, but that all changed in one night.
Forced to return home, I crashed into Lock—a sexy, brooding stranger I allowed myself to indulge in. No risk. I’d never see him again. But I was wrong. He was no stranger, and the past and present blew up in both our faces. Caught in the crossfire of two bike clubs’ ages old rivalry, our one night of beautiful and delicious turned bitter and ugly real fast, leaving both of us more lonely than before, running on empty, and still unwilling to admit it.
Now I feel things I’d forgotten about, want things I thought I’d cut out of my insides. Love not only stings when you lose it, when it’s ripped away, when it first sinks its teeth into you, it can cut just as raw and sting just as deep. You can’t fight it.
Real life is messy and strange, and our ride through it left plenty of bruises, slashed hearts, a few lifeless bodies, and blood and smoke in its wake. But it’s our story, this rather mangled tale.
Destiny brought me back to South Dakota, and destiny is showing me that I held those keys all along.
One of my top favorite MC romance series EVER! And the box set includes a bonus story which will lead to a new spin-off series!!
LOCK & KEY:
Once in a while, a book comes along that absolutely throws you for a loop and knocks your socks off and I’m happy to say LOCK & KEY is one of those books. A story about a 42-year-old heroine who has sacrificed her whole life to the One-Eyed Jacks MC, LOCK & KEY is hot, sexy, thrilling, perfectly written and filled with characters that I won’t soon forget.
Grace and Lock meet right at the beginning of the story and sparks fly. They are both damaged and not looking to connect with another human being on any kind of meaningful level. They spend an incredibly HOT night together ((hello, ice cube scene!!), thinking they’ll never see each other again, but boy, are they dead wrong.
I fell in love with Lock, he is one bad-ass biker but he knows a good thing is right in front of him. The problem is, will he realize what a treasure Grace is before she slips away?
“I had my dream on my hands and in my mouth, and I never fucking realized.”
This story is perfectly told in both a combination of flashbacks and alternating POVs. The book unfolds like a flower petal, layer by layer peeled away until the reader is left incredibly satisfied at the end. This is a long and meaty book, filled with plenty of drama and scorching hot sex scenes, but I literally could not put it down until the very end. Ms. Porter has created a world of memorable characters, Alpha bikers, strong and feisty women and a solid story that will stay with me for a long time to come.
I highlighted half the book but instead I am “borrowing” the author’s teasers. This is an original and very creative story so I don’t want to give any of the plot away. Add Lock & Key to your TBR list immediately! This is a must-read book for all fans of strong writing, characters with backbone and beautiful stories about the importance of family and second-chance love. Ms. Porter deserves a place among Joanna Wylde, Madeline Sheehan and dare I say Ms. Kristen Ashley with her absolutely incredible debut MC romance book. Go meet Grace and Lock. I know you will be as captivated as I was.
RANDOM & RARE
How can that rare beautiful be rendered irrelevant, intangible when I still feel so damn much?
I can’t even find the words to describe how much I loved this book. Random & Rare is one of those “rare” books that I actually read slowly because I just didn’t want the story to end. Sexy, incredibly thrilling, creative, emotional, uplifting – this book has it all. I really didn’t think anything could match the power and beauty in Lock & Key but the author did it again.
Cat Porter is the real deal. She really touched me with this book. The first part of this story is told by Dig. Yes, that is Grace’s husband. I never imagined that he could have so much to say, and that his story would get under my skin in the way that it did. Dig and Grace are quite literally soul mates, destined to be together and fiercely loyal to each other always.
You might think you know Grace and Dig’s story from Lock & Key, but there is so much more to their history! I thought that I loved Miller, but Dig, oh my God, he stole my heart forever. I do not often cry during books (I read a LOT), but Random & Rare reached right down into my heart and squeezed tight.
“My hand stretched out over the warm skin of her stomach. Grace’s body was our temple, our bit of holy, where both of us connected and exploded together in some sort of glorious, furious symphony. Her skin was still flush with the pleasure I’d just given her, and my mark stained the skin on her sweet ass. Forever.”
Dig’s life is not easy. He is a member of a rough MC and he is a trusted officer of the club. But nothing is at it seems and every action has a reaction and a consequence. Cat Porter is a gifted storyteller and all the threads of both books are woven together here into a beautiful, sexy, satisfying and explosive conclusion.
“You’re in my bones, Grace. Can’t stand straight without you, baby. Can’t.”
Dig is a fatalist, and his life is a very gritty one. But he loves Grace with all his heart and tries his best to shield her from his violent world. Trust me, their story did not end in Lock & Key and if you love MC stories, Cat Porter is an absolute one-click author. You will fall in love with the characters from these books and will not soon forget them.
“But everyone else’s random would never be rare for me. My random was a demon that kept attacking me, gorging itself on my entrails like the unsatisfied feral beast it was, dancing his grotesque dance on the road before me.”
IRON & BONE:
Cat Porter has written a magical, intense, sexy and incredibly satisfying story. Boner made my heart race and captured my soul!
“You reminded me that there’s still magic,” he whispered roughly. “That there are things of wonder still left to experience.”
I am a HUGE fan of MC Romance books and Cat Porter is at the top of my list of favorite authors in this genre! Lock & Key, the first book in this series, remains one of my all-time favorite books. Random & Rare contented the experience of her absolutely flawless writing and now we have the third book in the series, which is Boner and Jill’s story.
Boner is a total bad-ass, who has been attracted to Jill for a long time but won’t act on it. He’s too old for her; she isn’t sure she wants to go back to club life again; etc. etc. Jill had been with Catch, another biker and the father of her child, and it ended badly. But who can resist Boner, the sexy biker with a painful past? And how he got his road name…well, you’ll have to read for yourself! It’s not what you think. I fell in love with him and hoped that Jill could help him overcome his demons.
“Was I only pieces patched together by a leather vest?”
Even though Boner think Jill is off-limits, he offers her his protection and let’s just say things progress from there. At first, their “relationship” is just for show but since this is a romance after all, they both quickly come to realize they have real feelings for each other. And the Victoria’s Secret scene? Oh my God!!! My favorite.
I loved reading about Boner’s painful past and the action scenes are fantastic. While this doesn’t knock out Lock & Key as one of my all-time favorite books, it is a fantastic, sexy, fast-paced and passionate story which I enjoyed immensely. The Epilogue was superb! All in all, Iron & Bone is another must-read book from the incredibly talented Cat Porter.
BLOOD & RUST:
“You see something in me you think is worth cleansing, polishing, making shiny. Worth preserving, like one of your antiques. I’m an antique all right. Broken casting, rusty insides, faulty wiring.”
BLOOD & RUST is one of those books that I read slowly because I didn’t want it to end!! The fourth book in the Lock & Key series is a gorgeous, very adult and very sexy story of two souls who are looking for redemption and happiness. Cat Porter is hands-down one of my very favorite writers and she has bought yet another beautiful story to life.
I can’t recommend this series highly enough. Filled with memorable characters, lasting relationships and incredible writing, each book is a treasure. So you could read BLOOD & RUST as a standalone, but these books are fantastic and intricately written so you will get a real flavor of the history of each character and of club life.
Tania and Butler are both looking for a fresh start in South Dakota. Butler has led a rough life, filled with terrible mistakes and tragedy. He is much older now, and is trying to rebuild the loyalty and trust of his brothers, He will do anything to work his way back into the good graces of the club, even if that means giving up his chance at love and happiness. He is a tragic figure, and he broke my heart!! One of the things I adore about Cat Port is that her protagonists are older and have lived a very full life.
Tania had a brief but unforgettable encounter with Butler years earlier. Now they are both trying to start new in Meager, South Dakota. Tania has left an empty and soulless marriage behind, and is finally pursuing her passion. She knows she behaved badly with Butler all those years before, but will he be bale to overcome his past demons and give her the love she deserves? Will Tania be able to overcome the alomst-insumountable obstacles that stand in the way of her happiness?
“We kissed like enemies clanging swords on a battlefield littered with our dead. We were the only survivors locked in the final battle, both of us knowing there would be no victors.”
I absolutely fell in love with Butler!! No one writes a tortured hero like Cat Porter. He is very complex and truly believes that real love is outside his grasp. He has put aside his own personal happiness for the sake of the club. This is a slow-burn romance which only makes things all the sweeter when Butler and Tania finally get together. These are two very mature adults who know what they want and Butler is ALL about pleasing his queen Tania.
He still had that rugged rough and tumble exterior, but now, he was…intriguing. The kind of intriguing that was making my toes curl and my purse jump at this very moment.
The banter in this book is priceless and no detail is overlooked!! I loved how the setting of South Dakota is almost another character in the book. The scenery is described in very vivid detail. The ending for these characters was just perfect. If you are a fan of MC romance, then this entire series is a must-read!! Now I will wait impatiently for more stories from this incredible storyteller.
One of Ten ARC’s for Lock & Key (The Complete Series Books 1-4)
About the Author
CAT PORTER was born and raised in New York City, but also spent a few years in Europe, Texas and the suburbs 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, a SoHo 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 those dreams come true. She has two children’s books traditionally published under her maiden name. She now lives on a beach in Greece with her husband, three children, and huge Cane Corso, and freaks out regularly and still daydreams way too much and now doesn’t give AF. She is addicted to old movies, 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. If you enjoy emotional, character driven epic tales, her books are for you.
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