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Redemption Road (Vicious Cycle #2)
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Expected October 6, 2015

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?

My trembling arms came up to wrap around him. I burrowed deeper into his chest, into his warmth. Closing my eyes, I pressed my face against his skin, searching out the sound of his beating heart. I marveled at the thought that a relative stranger could provide the comfort I so desperately needed.
“You want to talk about it?” Rev asked.
Only with him would I allow myself to go there. I swallowed hard. “It was about that last night with Mendoza . . . how he wanted to kill me.” The tremors ricocheted through me again like I was being shaken by someone.
Placing his hands on each side of my face, Rev pushed my head back so I could look into his eyes. “Believe me when I say that you never have to worry about Mendoza hurting you ever again.”
“How can you be so sure?” I whispered.
“Because I will put a bullet between his eyes before he ever has the chance.”
My heartbeat skipped erratically, as if it was playing a manic game of hopscotch. For a moment, my instinct was to recoil from him with disgust by what he had just suggested. I couldn’t fathom how the compassionate and caring Rev could also be a coldhearted killer.
Rev stared down at his hands. “I’m sorry if I disappoint you, but that’s who I am. I will protect what’s important to me. You need to understand that.” From the look of determination that was etched across his handsome features, I knew he spoke the absolute truth.
I shook my head. “Regardless of what you say you are, I could never let you do that. If you got caught, you would go to jail because of me.”
“It would be worth it to end the life of such an odious creature. Mendoza doesn’t deserve to live.”
Although I wanted Mendoza dead even more than Rev did, it was still hard hearing him say the words. Anxiety ricocheted through me, and before I could stop myself, I blurted, “But if you went to jail, then I wouldn’t get to be with you anymore!”
Rev’s smile once again sent my heart skipping, and it amazed me how quickly he could shift from intimidating to sweet and tender. “I’m not going anywhere.”
“But if you—”
“I won’t get caught.”
“How can you possibly believe that?”
“Just trust me.”
“Because I’ve done it before.”
My brows furrowed in confusion.
He shook his head slowly back and forth as if he were trying to get me to see the light. “I’ve killed before, and I’ll kill again.”
A shudder ran through me at his words. My savior couldn’t be so soulless. He saved lives; he didn’t take them. He dried my tears and comforted me, which wasn’t part of a killer’s profile. With my stomach roiling in revulsion, I argued, “No . . . no, you’re not like that.”
“But I am.” He exhaled a breath that sounded tormented. “Right now, in your current frame of mind, it’s easy for you to think of me as only a knight in shining armor. But that’s just make-believe.

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Deacon's brother, Nathaniel "Rev" Malloy is the new President of the Hell's Raiders MC. He is strong, intelligent, and takes control when needed. But he has harbored a secret for years that changed his entire life and affected those that did not even realize it. 

When one of their own needs help, he and his brother, Bishop take off on a mission to save a man's daughter. When women or children are threatened, Rev will stop at nothing to offer assistance. Even if there will be retribution for it. But Rev also finds himself saving someone else.

Annabel Percy is the girl who had everything going for her---a rich, affluent family, a job she loved, and a future ahead of her. Until one night changed everything and spun it all into a nightmare that left her broken and lost.

Rev and Annabel are two people tethered by an intense situation and pain. They find empathy and understanding for each other as they begin to open up. But Annabel needs a lot of time and care to heal. Rev is uniquely qualified not only to protect her, but also to understand and relate to her. They are two people from opposite worlds, who find a bond in their own experiences. It is obvious that Annabel needs time and patience, but Rev still needs to deal with his past demons as well. 

I loved Rev in Vicious Cycle and even more so in this one. He did not hesitate to be the White Knight or at least the Black One. A savior in leather and boots, but with a gentle, good heart under his tough facade. No one knew the torment and guilt he harbored until Annabel. 

Being around a MC Club is a whole new experience for the uptown girl. But it is a life and a group of people that show her more love and respect than she has known in her whole life. And with the new found support, Annabel begins the long process of healing and trying to move on.

Annabel and Rev's tentative bond grows into a friendship and both begin to feel something more. But Rev has definite opinions on how things should proceed...or not proceed. He is stubborn, fearful of pushing her or impeding her healing, and has his own feelings of unworthiness holding him back.  He thinks his reasons are right and noble, but he only succeeds in pushing her away and feeding on her own insecurities. Sometimes I wanted to smack sense into him even though I could understand some of his reasoning.

And Annabel does not want to be seen as damaged or fragile, so it is difficult for her to be treated as such. She is tenacious, smart, and a survivor. So despite their connection, attraction, and growing feelings, they are living in a kind of limbo. Eventually,  the man who is used to fighting for anything he needs to is going to have to make a choice about whether to fight for her or let her go. And with all of his confusion and fear, it is not a given that he will make the right decision for either of them.

And there are still threats and issues lurking in the background that could rear their ugly head at any time and put them both in extreme danger. They are two people from diverse backgrounds brought together by horrible circumstances, but trying to find a chance at happiness.

This is a story about survival, coping, opening up, trust, hope, and healing. 
It is told in both points of view allowing us full access to their complex feelings and fears. It is traumatic, emotional, heart breaking, suspenseful, humorous, sweet, and heartfelt with a rough edge due to the MC club and cartel involvement. 

I loved being back with the Hell's Raiders. It was fun catching up with Deacon, Alexandra, and precocious Willow and to see how their little family is progressing. And to also visit with Bishop, Mama Beth and the rest of the Raiders. This is a tight knit group that stands together and is trying to go more legit in business matters. I love the rapport and banter between all of them. I am looking forward to Bishop's book Last Mile and more with all of these characters.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rev and Annabel had me feeling everything from horror and sadness to laughter and mirth. This was a much darker, more brittle story than Vicious Cycle, but it was one that absolutely fit the characters, and fit the situations in which they find themselves.

From an affluent, privileged family, Annabel had it easy until one decision, one night, found her world completely warped. Annabel experiences unspeakable horrors and nearly doesn’t survive her ordeal. But surviving is only the first part of her battle.

Rev is haunted by the ghosts of his own past. A secret he has kept for 16 years that destroyed his family, though they didn’t know why things were falling apart, is responsible for his own broken, as hard as he tries to hide it. When he makes a spur of the moment trip to Texas to save a friend’s daughter, he finds himself saving another girl in the same situation. He is always quick to jump in when women or children are in danger, and his tendency to act like a knight fits him perfectly.

Their common experience was both the thread that initially tied them together and the piece that allows Annabel to begin her healing process. But that thread does not mean they see eye to eye, especially with their vastly different backgrounds. I loved the way Rev had to confront his own past in order to help Annabel in her healing.

But the threat Annabel had escaped hovered in the background. I couldn’t help but wonder about her family as more details came to light. They gave me the creeps in a Stepford, picture perfect kind of way, but it seemed as if there was just something not quite right.

This was not an easy read, but it was a fantastic one. Rape, aftermath, healing, time. This story continues the Malloy brothers’ stories in a similar style established in Vicious Cycle (as in, not full on gritty, graphic MC) but kicked up a notch with the themes touched here. With the Raiders determination to turn their business practices legal, the violence levels are lower than other MC books, but the darkness is definitely there in this one.

With Bishop remaining as the last single brother, I am looking forward to his story in Last Mile. Each of these brothers is so different that it is no surprise the first two books have each had their own feeling and I can’t wait to see what Bishop has for us.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Vicious Cycle (Vicious Cycle #1)
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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?

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.

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with Olivia and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter,Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

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