New Review – VICIOUS CYCLE by Katie Ashley

The first book in Katie Ashley’s biker series is now available! Check out my review below.

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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.

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Biker books are my crack! If there’s a book involving a motorcycle club in my sight, I cannot resist! And having been a fan of Katie Ashley’s rock star series, I was so excited when I saw she was releasing an MC book! Bikers + an author I like? Yes, please!!

I had one huge problem with this book. I don’t remember the last time I hated a main character as much as I hated Deacon Malloy. First off, his threat of raping a child at the beginning of the book nearly made it an instant DNF. Whether he would actually do it or not, that is NEVER ok. Ever.

After the initial disgust, the book got going and it wasgood. It was an easy read and though not original, I enjoyed the storyline. I liked Alexandra; how she had an instant connection to Deacon’s daughter, Willow, how she accepted the MC life so easily, and just the way she was in general.

I really liked Deacon’s mom and his brother’s Rev and Bishop. They were really caring and great with Willow, and to be honest, if Alexandra had of ran off with Willow and Rev or Bishop, I probably would have liked this book a lot more.

While the first half of the book was ok, I didn’t really like the second half all that much at all. Deacon appeared to hate having anything to do with his daughter and only did things when Alexandra asked him to do it “for her”, and any other time, Willow faded into the background. The book lacked the raw and grit that you usually find in biker books, and the two big, dramatic, over the top twists were both predictable and unrealistic.

What was supposed to be a book about a biker finding love with his new found daughter and her teacher, actually turned out to be a story about a waste of space, deadbeat dad whose only interactions with his “brat/rugrat/kid” happened when he is coerced into it by his girlfriend.

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*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

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VICIOUS CYCLE – Out Now!
Goodreads | UK eBook | UK Paperback | US eBook | US Paperback

REDEMPTION ROAD – Out October 6th!
Goodreads | UK eBook | UK Paperback | US eBook | US Paperback

LAST MILE – Out February 2nd, 2016!
Goodreads | UK eBook | UK Paperback | US eBook | US Paperback

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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.

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