Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged by Sarah J. Pepper

 

finalcoverWhat it’s about:

Gunned down by the hottest killer in the history of the Badass Archives wasn’t exactly Rapunzel’s end-game. But when her reputable extraction skills fail, she uses unorthodox methods to gain her freedom from the Mercenary, whose icy blur eyes have serious panty dropping capabilities. Even though most girls wouldn’t fall for their would-be assassin, Rapunsel isn’t like most dames. Her major girl-boner for the Mercenary is so pathetically intense it verges on cliché.

Regardless, Rapunzel’s hands are tied. Love chooses its victims, not the other way around. She isn’t the stereotypical Damsel in Distress. Her Bad-Boy Prince Charming is a renowned mercenary and her “Happy Ending” plays out like a bad movie. However, she is determined to find her freedom – love be damned – and she’ll do it in a fabulous pair of heels.


Review:

Before I start, I’d just like to say how thrilled I am to have organised the blog tour for this book. It has been one of my most anticipated releases of 2014 and you always run the risk of a book falling flat when you put too many expectations on it but after months of waiting, when I finally read Locks, it was everything I hoped it would be.

Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged is your dark and twisted take on the original story of Rapunzel and although it sticks with some of the main themes of the story, don’t let it fool you for this version definitely isn’t for kids! Rapunzel is trapped in her tower by Taryn – the most powerful sorceress of all time. She’s takes the powers of others ultimately making her unbeatable. However, she has one weakness – Rapunzel. After a meagre failed attempt at escaping from the Spire, Rapunzel gets caught by the Mercenary also known as Flynn although things start to heat up when she finds out that Flynn has a hidden agenda of his own and those that she knew may not be who she thought they were. In an action packed story of secrecy, passion and finding out who you really are, will Rapunzel ever get her happy ending?

The thing you must know is that Rapunzel, or ‘Zel’ is not your typical damsel in distress – far from it. She is a complete badass. Anything you thought you knew about fairy-tales throw that right out of the window because Zel completely challenges your perception of what a fairy-tale princess should be like. Written in her POV, it’s easy to capture the essence of her character – what she’s like and why she’s like it and although she is the epitome of different, she craved a simple life which indicates that she still has some innocence about her. Flynn is hot, hot, hot! He is so dominant, controlling and powerful whenever he was in the scene I fell weak at the knees. He says what he thinks and doesn’t sugar coat anything and some of his flirtatious one liners are enough to have you jumping in a cold shower. Well done Sarah for taking sexual tension to a whole new level.

Sarah’s writing is so different from anything else I’ve read – she draws you in straight away and leaves you hanging on every last word. It was just, effortlessly fantastic. The scenes flow into one another that you’re not even aware of a change of setting. So much research and planning must have gone into the settings and scenes of this book because every aspect and element of the story had a place and a purpose and you can see it as clear as day in your mind. In the mere 3 days in which I was reading, I lived and breathed this story. I didn’t want to put it down and didn’t want to let the characters go – especially Zel who was beginning to feel more like a friend that a fictional character! She teaches you that being perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and being different and standing up for yourself is what really matters. Although very much it’s own, unique story, I loved the similarities between this and the original story of Rapunzel. It was almost like there was still some sort of innocence to it even though this is far from your typical fairy-tale.

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About SarahDSC_4976

I specialize in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted dark chocolate centre. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly describes in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming  is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?

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