Length: 6 hours 18 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Benton, LA
Narrator: Lidia Dornet, Mason Lloyd
Also by this author: Execution Style, Charlie Foxtrot, Coup de Grace, Right to my Wrong, Shock Advised, Hail No, Beard Mode, Lights To My Siren, Fear the Beard, I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie , I'm Only Here for the Beard, Dragons Need Love, Too , Oh, My Dragon, Kevlar To My Vest , Life To My Flight , Hissy Fit, Talkin' Trash, Lord Have Mercy, Hide Your Crazy, How About No, I'd Rather Not, Make Me, Sinners are Winners
Loki's life was a lie. Everything he'd done for the last eight years was under an assumed name for the Benton Police Department. He'd lied, cheated, and stolen all in the name of the law. He wore himself thin, and not even the open road could take away the pain anymore. Then his little next door neighbor moved in, and suddenly, he had a reason to get out of bed every morning. Except he was an officer of the law and a member of a prominent motorcycle club in the area, The Dixie Wardens MC. Neither of which she could deal with.
It wasn't the scars that covered her new neighbor's body that scared Channing. It was the badge. The fact that he belonged to The Dixie Wardens MC was only icing on the cake. She should be running away as fast as her legs could carry her. But there's something about Bryce "Loki" Rector. Something that eased the unreasonable fear she felt every time she came into contact with something that reminded her of her past.
They say love isn't easy, and it definitely isn't for the two of them. Loki has to learn to feel again, and Channing has to learn to live. Their road isn't an easy one by any means, but Loki makes two promises. One, he'll never let anything hurt Channing again. Two, it'd be over his dead body that he'd ever let her go.
Contains mature themes.
Keys to My Cuffs continues the Dixie Warden MC series but you can read them out of order. Channing, our heroine, is beautician to the dead. Our hero, Loki, is a detective who starts out under cover trying to bust a rapist. This leads to their meet cute: Channing has asthma and tries to mow her own yard; Loki saves the day when she has an attack. But, Loki is under cover so nothing can happen. Right….
The overall plot arch is about the guy Loki is trying to put in prison and this guy is a slippery creep who just keeps causing issues. Channing and Loki are forgettable. I didn’t dislike them, but I won’t remember them. Honestly, it often seems like all of Vale’s characters are interchangeable. Channing and Loki’s relationship was nothing different from anything else I have read in any of Vale’s series. Again, it isn’t bad. The plot is fine, the characters are fine, but overall, the effect is forgettable.
Dornet and Lloyd are great narrators! This series is well narrated and since the books are relatively short for audios, they make for great binge reads.
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: police, secret identity
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with epilogue « Hide Spoiler