Friday, March 24, 2017

"Vicious Cycle" by Katie Ashley


SERIES: Vicious Cycle #1
PUBLISHER: Headline Eternal
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Borrowed

Tough, hard Deacon Malloy has dedicated his life to the Hells Raiders motorcycle club. So he's thrown when the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed appears. Alexandra Evans is devoted to her students—but the aura of sadness around Willow Malloy truly tags at her heart. 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, sparks fly, but she refuses to be just another conquest. Instead Deacon finds himself being seduced by the prospect of a brighter future—for himself, his daughter, and the woman he's falling for against all odds.


Katie Ashley was an author whose books I meant to try a long time ago and, since I heard good things about her works from a few fellow bloggers, I was really excited to read this book. However, I might have just picked the wrong title to start with...

While the plot is intriguing and it has the potential to put you on edge—and out of your comfort zone—the characters don't do the job. The book opens with quite the crude scene, one that got me in and made me turn the first few chapters worrying about the five-year-old girl, Willow, and curious to see her trying to make a connection with her father. Nevertheless, I constantly felt like the sexy and dangerous Deacon was off, and his love interest was all over the place. Alexandra—who can be truly naive and annoyingly makes a big scene at times—goes Alex 2.0 just like that, completely changing her character and becoming the bad-ass of the story. Also, members of her family are unbelievably understanding, considering their background.

I was expecting a thrilling, sexy, and intense read but, in the end, I found the book disappointing. Oddly enough, the hero of the second instalment is the character I'd be curious to know better, but I still have to make up my mind if/when to go for it.

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