Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley
Series: Vicious Cycle #1
on June 2, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
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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.
I’m currently on vacation staying in a cute little beach house with just a handful of family members (and one extra friend of my son’s). The house is in a fairly remote area for a beach house, literally on the beach with no condos in sight. The waters fine, the temps in the low 80’s, I have a shade umbrella, a lounge chair, and endless supplies of sweet tea and cold beer. It should have been glorious but…. the first three books on my reading list sucked.
The good news is the 4th book on my list was Vicious Cycle. I loved the fact that this wasn’t an insta-love story. In fact, at one point Deviant was trying to get his brother Rev to take Alex out. I also liked that it was a gritty MC read (so be warned if that kind of thing isn’t your thing).
At the beginning of the book, Deacon comes off as a big old douchewaffle. In fact, my very first comment was “This is definitely not some pansy-assed MC but damn that was harsh”. To go from the man we found in the opening scene, to the man at the end of the book showed some serious character growth that I loved “witnessing”.
Alex was a fairly strong character and there was a lot to love about her. She her best to hold her own and I adored how she took to little Willow and was willing to go to bat for her. She didn’t just let Deacon roll over her and she did her best to stand up to him. She also wasn’t too proud to enlist aid when she felt out of her element dealing with an alpha biker. She had a couple of moments that I though bordered on TSTL, but in the end, she had a plan, albeit a stupid one, but one that I could see the reasoning behind her actions. I did find myself muting my bullshit alarm at her personality change at the end, but again, I saw her reasoning and she did enlist help.
There were also some great side characters that I hope to see in the future. Rev deserves an HEA and Bishop needs to find the woman who will give him some payback courtesy of all womenkind (I liked him, but he is quite the manwhore).
I did think some things were too easily resolved like Alex’s father’s reception to Deacon. I was a little disappointed on how this little plot point just kind of fizzled out. A few other small things bothered me but not enough to dim my enjoyment of the book.
Overall, I really am glad I read this book.
Rating: 4 very relaxed stars.
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