Release Reviews: Last Mile: Katie Ashley
Last Mile (Vicious Cycle #3)
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Expected May 3, 2016
Katie Ashley, the New York Times bestselling author of Redemption Road and Vicious Cycle, returns to the dangerous and seductive world of the Hells Raiders motorcycle club…
After her father was murdered in the line of duty, ATF agent Samantha Vargas is determined to take down the scumbags of the drug trade. When her partner takes on a case to infiltrate the Hells Raiders MC, Samantha agrees to go undercover as his old lady but is surprised to find herself drawn to the very man she is investigating.
Benjamin “Bishop” Malloy has worked hard to carve a place for himself both in and out of the MC world. Working days as a mechanic, he spends his nights rebuilding motorcycles with the hope of one day owning his own shop. After taking one of the club’s new hang-arounds under his wing, Bishop is conflicted over his growing attraction for the man’s girlfriend.
Even though she’s determined to bring down the Raiders, Samantha discovers their world isn’t as black-and-white as she thought. And as the stakes grow higher, she’s in danger of losing more than her heart.
Samantha Vargas is a tough, smart, sassy ATF agent. Her past shaped her choices in life and one thing she has little tolerance for are MC clubs. But when she and her best friend/partner are sent in undercover, she finds herself involved in a life she never wanted a part of and unexpectedly attracted to the man she is supposed to be using for her investigation.
A situation occurs that changes everything, but also ends up bringing her and Bishop closer. And the more she gets to know him, the more she sees he has principles and a conscience. He does not fit her profile for a MC club member. But that also means he is confused and feels guilt and remorse even though the situation was not directly his fault.
She has her secrets and lies she is keeping. The lines between good and bad are blurred. The more she gets sucked in, she is not sure if she is in bed with the enemy or if he is really as honorable and The Raiders are as legit as he is claiming. For a woman with demons, loss, and sadness associated with MC clubs, can she be truly impartial? And when her womanly feelings begin to overshadow her need for justice or revenge, which part will win out?
I loved Bishop. He's a bit like his brother Rev in that he has honor and a moral compass, but is also like Deacon in his younger player days. He has a bit of a wild streak, but is also not afraid of being tamed. He's a strong alpha, but has a heart and conscience. He has his own dreams and plans, but is also loyal to his family and brothers. He's tough yet tender, and he's got a good sense of humor.
Sam is strong willed and determined. Her background has made her resilient, but she is also loyal and caring. She is conflicted between perception and reality. And she has to come to terms with what is most important and right in a world that is not black or white.
I loved their chemistry and their banter. They were both flirty, stubborn, and sarcastic. They came from different worlds, but also managed to find common ground. But there are secrets and lies that could destroy it all.
Bishop believes strongly in loyalty, what will happen when he finds out Sam is not who she appears to be?
And even with their desire to get out of the illegal components of MC life, some danger is harder to escape from. Can the Raiders manage the difficult last steps into becoming a truly legitimate club without succumbing to pressure, violence, or legal ramifications?
I loved getting more with Deacon, Alex, Willow, Rev, Annabel, Mama Beth, Kim, Breakneck and all of the Raiders. This is more than a club... it is a family. They stick together and love hard. I enjoyed getting to see a bit more into the future with the other couples. I like that the men are rough and tough, but also have big hearts and are protective of those they care about. The women are equally strong and able to handle the challenging men and the lifestyle.
I felt like this wrapped up this trilogy really well and tied up loose ends. This is a MC series, but at the heart of it is family. And it is not just about club business, but about close bonds, friendship, connections, and love. It has the danger, excitement, and suspense of a MC series, but also the humor, steam, romance, and drama of a contemporary romance with multi-faceted, likable characters and an interwoven story line that has kept my attention through all three books. This is a perfect series for those that want to try out a MC book, but also need to feel like the characters are real, have emotions, and have a sense of humor. I am really going to miss these characters since it feels like we have been through so much with all of them.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Benjamin “Bishop” Malloy, sergeant at arms for the Hells Raiders MC, has a dream he wants to pursue if the MC can turn legitimate. When he takes a new hang-around under his wing, he also brings the man’s girlfriend, Samantha Vargas, into the club’s circle.
Samantha Vargas has her sights set on taking down MCs. After the death of her father, she is determined to seek justice and vengeance for his death. When she is assigned to go undercover and reveal Hells Raiders illegal activities, she never expected to find herself drawn to the man she is investigating.
These two were such opposites -- the ATF agent and the MC sargent at arms -- that is was almost Romeo and Juliet in nature at times. I loved the tension from her secret, as she tried to come to grips with falling in love with her target and everything she had spent the majority of her life hating. I couldn’t help but wonder when her true identity would be revealed and if she would find the evidence she was so set on finding.
It was great revisiting all the old characters I have loved from this series. The updates from each previous couple, as well as Kim & Breakneck, were fun to read. I especially loved the storyline that included Rev and Annabel. It was a perfect way to end the series as well as tie in with Bishop and Sam.
This was a great conclusion to the Vicious Cycle series. I love the lessons each of the Malloy brothers and their women have learned along the way, the families they have created, and the brotherhood they cherish.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
“More than ready. What happened while I was gone?”
“Bishop got me a beer on the house and told me to have a seat. I thought he was coming over to talk, but then he got called away.”
My eyes narrowed in suspicion. “Some backdoor meeting?”
With a chuckle, Gavin replied, “More like some hot piece of ass with her tits hanging out of her top asked him to dance.”
I rolled my eyes in a huff. “Men. Don’t you ever think with anything besides your dicks?”
“Nope,” Gavin replied with a wink.
Turning away from Gavin, I focused my gaze on the dance floor. It only took a second to spot Bishop through the crowd of other bikers. Gavin had adequately described the woman Bishop was with. At the moment, they were bumping and grinding to where they might as well have been having sex on the floor. Out of nowhere a flush of warmth spread over me the same way Bishop’s hands ran over the woman’s body. It seemed to get even hotter when I watched the expert way his hips pumped against hers.
Leaning forward in my chair, I continued to study my target. The pictures the bureau had shown me didn’t quite do Bishop justice. Although it should have been the last thing on my mind, I couldn’t help thinking he was far more good-looking in person. He certainly appeared more built—his muscles more defined, his chest broader, and his thighs thicker. His body exuded power and strength—two things that came in handy for him as a boxer and the sergeant at arms. I couldn’t help snorting at how I felt like an airhead sorority girl with the lustful thoughts running through my mind.
“He’s completely fuckable, isn’t he?” Gavin asked, in a low voice.
Oh hell yes. Very, very fuckable, I thought as I fought the urge to squirm in my seat. Needing to hide my illicit thoughts from Gavin, I said, “Just what the hell are you talking about?”
Gavin waggled his eyebrows. “Don’t think I didn’t notice the way you were just looking at him.”
“I was assessing the target, smart-ass.”
“Bullshit. Your panties were getting wet as you thought about what it would be like if you were that woman.”
What woman wouldn’t? “You’re out of your fucking mind,” I countered.
Leaning in to whisper in my ear, Gavin said, “I may bat for the other team, but I still know when a woman is hot for a man.”
Rolling my eyes, I shoved him away. In a low voice, I growled, “He is the target in our case, not to mention the enemy.”
“Yeah, and hate sex can be hot as hell.”
“You are impossible.”
Gavin grinned wickedly at me. “Even though it’s frowned upon, I see nothing wrong with getting a good fuck or two out of him to gain information.”
“I would slap the hell out of you right now if we weren’t supposed to look like a loving couple.”
After bestowing a kiss on my cheek, Gavin winked at me. “There’s nothing more I love in life than to irritate the hell out of you.”
“Asshole,” I replied, although I smiled in spite of myself.
Nodding at Bishop, Gavin asked, “When he finishes humping that chick, you want me to get the ball rolling and introduce you?”
When I cocked my eyebrows at him, he held up a hand. “I meant the ball rolling for the case, not for you to actually get busy with him. Jeez, Vargas, I can be serious when I have to be.”
“Yeah, and part of you really enjoyed the double meaning in all that.”
Gavin grinned. “Maybe.” The song started to wind down. “So, do we make a move now?”
My gaze once again returned to Bishop. “No. Not yet.”
“You got something in mind?” Gavin questioned.
I finally tore my gaze from Bishop to look at Gavin. “I need to unsettle him a bit before I make my move.”
“Sounds like a good plan.”
“I wouldn’t exactly call it a plan.” Looking back at Bishop, I smiled. “It’s more like a game. One that I know just how to play to win.”
With a wink, Gavin said, “You know your game, Vargas. Go roll the dice.”
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David aka ‘Deacon’ Malloy has devoted his adult life to the Hell’s Raiders motorcycle club. Plucked off the streets as a teenager for his fighting ability, he willingly embraces the violent life-style of his new family. After his adoptive father’s murder during the last club war, he slid into the vacated role of Sergeant at Arms. His world is thrown for a loop when a former club whore dies, and the five year old daughter he had no idea he had fathered is deposited on the club steps.
Alexandra Evans followed in her parents’ footsteps by going into education. As a Kindergarten teacher, she loves helping her young students learn to read and write. At the start of the school year, one little girl stands out to her above all the rest. With an aura of sadness about her, Willow Malloy is someone who needs all the tender loving care Alexandra can give. When she suddenly stops coming to school, Alexandra goes in search of her. What she finds is a clubhouse full of bikers, and a father hell bent on keeping his daughter always within his sight during a turf war.
The moment Deacon lays eyes on Alexandra he knows he has to have her. He doesn’t give two shits about the fact she’s a naïve civilian or that she has no desire to become another one of his conquests. He’s never found a woman he couldn’t have, and he wants nothing more to persuade Alexandra into changing her mind.
Will Deacon seduce Alexandra into his dark world, or will she help him embrace a brighter future for himself and his daughter?
New York Times bestselling author Katie Ashley plunges readers into a world of danger and desire in her Vicious Cycle motorcycle club romance series.
Looking for a walk on the wild side, Annabel Percy, the daughter of a powerful politician, becomes involved with a biker she knows is completely wrong for her. But she finds herself living a nightmare when she’s kidnapped and transported into a hell on earth she never could have imagined.
Born and bred into the Hell’s Raiders MC, Nathaniel “Reverend” Malloy lives and dies for his brothers. But when he becomes the unlikely savior of a rival club’s captive, Rev makes it his personal mission to nurse Annabel back to health—and to shelter her from the nightmares that torment her.
Once Annabel heals, she’s stunned to realize she is falling for the seductive man who saved her. Faced with their impossible attraction, can she accept the life he leads, or will Rev walk away from the only life he’s ever known for the women he was never supposed to love?