Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley
1st in a new MC series, can stand alone
I enjoy MC books, but I try not to read too many, because I have noticed that even my favorites tend to run together a bit in my mind. But I really enjoy Katie’s smile inducing stories, so I was eager to see what the southern sweetheart would do with an MC book.
Katie’s writing was great in this, but the subject matter just wasn’t very new, quite frankly, but MC books just can’t really be unique anymore. After a gripping prologue, Vicious Cycle lost a bit of the uniqueness of the story and became very familiar. The thing that made it a bit more unique was that Katie’s sense of good and sweetness shone through despite her trying to suppress it with very, very brutal scenes. And Katie did not hold back on the brutality of the hero’s sergeant-at-arms position.
Vicious Cycle began with a brutally vicious scene in which young 5 year old Willow sees something horrible happen to her mother. She is then brought by a friend to live with her father, Deacon, who knew nothing about her, except that she hasn’t spoken a word since her mother’s death.
Deacon is in the Hell’s Raider’s motorcycle club. As we meet the members of the club, I had a super-hard time keeping them all straight, because they all had church names…Preacher, Deacon, Reverand, Bishop (I think I’m missing 1-2). Deacon vehemently denies he could have a daughter, but since she’s the spitting image of him, he can’t deny it for long.
“As I held my daughter in my arms, I realized how life could change on a fucking dime. Today mine had done a one-eighty.
I was a father. And even if it fucking killed me, I was going to be the best damn one I could. No one was ever going to hurt Willow on my watch.”
You would think he’s be an awesome dad after that quote, right? WRONG. He was a dick to his daughter. His soft side came out for a minute or two here or there, but in general he was still angry and brutal.
When the club gets caught up in a war, they pull Willow out of school for her protection. This causes her teacher, Alexandra, to ride over her house and speak with her dad. Bam. Instant attraction. When Alexandra realizes the dire situation, she offered to tutor Willow at her home, the compound.
Suddenly Deacon turns sweet. But not really to his daughter, which really bugged me, but certainly to Alexandra.
- I love books with kids, and Willow was adorable.
- Katie did write the brutal MC world well.
- Her sweetness and motherly light shone through the whole book, even the brutal parts.
- It was a fast read I couldn’t put down after the first 20%.
- I loved Rev, and I look forward to his book.
- It just wasn’t very unique.
- All of the names were church names, and the introduction of all the characters at once was overwhelming.
- I didn’t like the way he treated his daughter.
- The end was ridiculously sweet and tied in a neat little bow.
Rating: 4 stars, 4 heat
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