Lock & Key by Cat Porter

A Contemporary Romance - Motorcycle Club
Releasing June 23, 2014

Book Description:
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.
I had forgotten that.

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.
At least that’s what I always believed.
Then I had to come home,
and my past and present blew up in my face

Who holds the keys to betrayal? To suspicion? To trust?
To brotherhood? To family?
To a bleeding heart?
Right now, I just might.
Some of us have to get really dirty before we can become truly clean.

About the Author
I'm Cat Porter. I daydream all the time, 'what if' way too much, and am an incurable romantic. And I don't want to be cured of any of those. Ever. I've always loved to read, and always needed to write. I like to explore what bonds a man and a woman together- the very small things and the sort of epic, the glory and the mess. Oh yeah, plenty of crazy mess. Don't you think?

Author's Take on Miller from Lock and Key
by Cat Porter

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Miller LeBeau is all about the quiet to me. He’s very contained. I loved connecting

him and Grace through high school. They had never spoken, but he stood out to

her for a variety of reasons- his looks, his unusual artwork. From the beginning

of the story she appreciates him in a way few people do. His inner world is full of

color and life as seen in his artwork that he pretty much keeps to himself. He needs

to be very self-controlled, organized, orderly, from having lived with an alcoholic

father who was absent most of the time. His experience on a Native American

reservation is what gave him a sense of identity and pride, and then his stint in the

army was good, but it was also soul searing. He is a bastard son and deep down

feels that disconnect, that displacement. That also ties into his being part Lakota

Sioux. Although his cultural identity is a deep source of pride and honor for him,

it’s intensely private. When Miller loses Wreck, his beloved half-brother who had

saved him from his abusive father, that’s when he transforms into “Lock” the biker

outlaw pushing society away and living on his own terms. The night he meets

Grace at the bar, though, it’s all caught up with him, how fed up he is with his

personal life, his work. At that point he is at a crossroads, everything is routine, so

much has lost its meaning.

I really enjoyed the irony of Miller and Grace both having done a lot of their

growing up in the club, but at separate times, so they never officially met. They

had always heard a lot about each other from their mutual friends though. I love

that moment when they both realize who the other is, especially for Miler. For

years he’s been fascinated by Grace, attracted to her through photos and the stories

he’s heard. That’s it for him, he’s done. She’s IT for him.

It was a lot of fun to write how Miller is always calling Grace out on her bullshit.

He’s a mature Alpha and a nurturer, like his Grandmother and Wreck were to him,

and utterly unlike his parents who were users and takers. Although he’s a tough

guy, he’s very tender with his woman. One of my male reader pals pleaded with

me not to make Miller the cliché “perfectly gorgeous” hero. That’s how I came up

with the idea that Miller had a painful souvenir from the time his dad abused him

and broke his nose. Actually, I gave Miller the same broken nose disfigurement

and scar that Marlon Brando had from a backstage fight during his Broadway

run of “ A Streetcar Named Desire” early in his career (much to the actor’s

satisfaction), forever marring his until then picture-perfect handsomeness.

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