Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley

20622381Rating: ★★★★ stars
Date published: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Penguin
Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Katie Ashley revs up the danger and sexual tension in her brand-new Vicious Cycle romance series.

Deacon Malloy’s life is dedicated to the Hell’s Raiders motorcycle club. Tough, hard, and fast with his fists, he serves the group as sergeant at arms. But his devil-may-care approach to life is thrown for a loop when the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed lands on the club steps.

Alexandra Evans is devoted to all her students—but there’s always been something about Willow Malloy that tugs at her heart. There’s an aura of sadness about her, a girl in need of all the love Alexandra can give. When Willow stops coming to school, Alexandra’s search leads to a clubhouse full of bikers…and a father hell-bent on keeping his daughter always within sight.

The moment Deacon sees Alexandra, he has to have her in his bed—and he’s never met a woman yet who couldn’t be persuaded. No matter how attracted she is to Deacon, Alexandra refuses to be just another conquest. But it’s Deacon himself who could be seduced—into a brighter future for himself, his daughter, and the woman he’s falling for against all odds.

What I Thought:

I know Katie Ashley can write some amazing romance so I was super excited when I first heard she was writing a motorcycle club (mc) romance. I may or may not have jumped this book to the front of my gigantic reading queue. It was worth it. Katie writes a sensational romance with twists that will leave you with your mouth gaping (I speak from experience). 

I fell in love with Willow Malloy first. The very first pages of the story are heart rending and I'm not ashamed to admit I had tears running down my face as I read it. I only fell further in love with her as the story progressed. Alexandra Evans was another character who stole my heart almost instantaneously. I loved how much she cared for Willow and was willing to go out of her way to do things for the little girl who needed her. Alexandra was one determined woman and I admired her.

Deacon was somewhat of a surprise.  He wasn't father of the year material, but he couldn't help it. Willow's existence was a total surprise to him and as the carousing second in command of a mc he was not remotely prepared for her. However it was how soon he came to care for Willow that won me over. Of course it doesn't hurt Alexandra is there to help smooth his transition from single guy to doting father, or that he lusts after her. The two had great chemistry. I enjoyed seeing them going back and forth. I must say when they finally gave in to the attraction they were feeling, I was surprised by how enthusiastically Alexandra dropped her proper teacher facade. 

The story is certainly gripping. There's so much going on and I almost forgot about the crisis that was coming. When things came to a head, I was shocked, but riveted in my seat. I couldn't stop reading. There were more moments of unchecked tears, some of even uncontrolled laughter, and plenty of disbelief. Honestly, this story is one ride you're going to have to read to experience. I can't wait to read more about the Hell's Raiders. I have a feeling a lot more laughter, swoons, and tears are in store for me.

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About the Author
Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo. 

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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