by Katie Ashley
Published: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group/Signet
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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 e’s falling for against all odds
My Thoughts: I seem to be in a biker romance phase, as several of the last books I've read have been about bikers and motorcycle clubs. When the opportunity arose to read Vicious Cycle, I, of course, couldn't resist. In Vicious Cycle, you have your badass biker dude whose name is Deacon. There are also quite a few other badass bikers in the story, all of which were intriguing to say the least. The female main character is Alexandra. I really loved her. Deacon, however, had to grow on me. He had the hot factor going for him, but he was also kind of a jerk in the beginning. Then there is Willow, sweet little Willow, and she was a doll. She was also the main reason Alexandra Evans wound up in this world. Alexandra is Willow's school teacher, and when Willow misses a few days, she goes to check on her. From that point on, her life completely changes.
As the romance between Deacon and Alex blossomed, the chemistry between them was sizzling. Despite her being the good girl, she could throw down with Deacon and gave as good as she got. I was really impressed with the way she dealt with certain issues with him and how she handled his hardheadedness and temper. She was also wonderful with Willow.
It took me a while to get into this book, but when I did, I was hooked. I think it was because I didn't like Deacon in the beginning, but as the story progressed, I grew to like him more and more, especially when Alex would give him a taste of his own medicine. He did really care for her, I will give him that, and by the end of the book he had totally redeemed himself. The story is full of danger, action, and suspense. There was also a wonderful epilogue, which left you feeling happy for Deacon, Alex, and Willow, but also highly anticipating the next book in the series. Contemporary romance fans will definitely want to add this to there TBR list.