Also by this author: The Proposition, The Pairing, Last Mile (Vicious Cycle, #3), The Hard Way
Published by Penguin on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, General, Motorcycle Club Romance, Romance
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 Hells 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.
Vicious Cycle has been one of my most highly anticipated books this year. I have been dying to get my hands on it since the first whisper that Katie Ashley would be writing an MC series. And she does not disappoint! Whether she is writing wealthy businessmen, hot rockers, and now bikers, Ms.Ashley knows how to make the reader fall for her sexy hero and root for the couple to get their happy ever after.
The world of MC Romance is gritty, raw and dark. Katie Ashley manages to capture the romance and keep the reader focused on the love story rather than club business. Don’t get me wrong, Ms. Ashley paints a provocative tale of illegal activity, danger and rivalry. But the heart of Vicious Cycle is the growing relationship between Deacon and Alexandra when their world’s collide with an unexpected blast from his past that brings them together.
“Angels…beautiful angels with dark hair are coming for you. They are your only salvation.” ~ Preacher Man
David ‘Deacon’ Malloy is a walking, talking sin. Dangerous, lethal, sexy as hell, he is trouble personified. But there’s something good and sweet about him. As he learns his way with Willow, one can’t help but fall hard for him. As does Alexandra Evans, Willow’s teacher. It doesn’t start that way, though the chemistry can’t be denied, in fact the tension is palpable, however, both appear to be blind to it or simply in denial. The world of MC clubs is foreign to Alexandra and if not for Willow, she’d never have gotten involved. But, there’s something about Deacon that pulls at her, too.
The push / pull adds to the intensity of the story. Katie Ashley uses dual POV to let the reader get inside her characters’ heads. I love this type of writing because it really allows the reader to understand the characters and their motivation. It helps us see the reasons they do what they do, why they make the choices they make. And Katie Ashley does a wonderful job developing the characters through this style of writing.
Vicious Cycle is fast paced and kept me engaged from cover to cover. There were twists and unexpected turns that had me holding my breath. Yet, beyond the action, drama and violence, the beauty of this story is the romance between Deacon and Alex and the love of family. It’s a story of two unlikely people coming together and complementing each other. It’s swoon worthy for sure. Did I mention that Deacon is HOT?! Panty melter!!
“I would die a thousand deaths just to see you like this. Just to have another chance to bury my c**k deep inside you.” ~ Deacon
The secondary characters add so much to the story. Deacon’s brothers, mother and fellow club members add humor and depth. I loved Rev and Bishop! In fact I can’t wait for Rev’s story!! This is the beginning of what’s sure to be an amazing series by author Katie Ashley. If you like a good romance and enjoy the MC genre, you’ll love Ms. Ashley’s take on it. I did.