Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley

I have read many a romance novel, featuring many a different kind of teacher. I think I can officially say that when it comes to sex, kindergarten teachers are the kinkiest.

What’s it About? 

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Deacon Malloy’s life is dedicated to the Hells 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 he’s falling for against all odds.

First Impressions

I actually listened to this novel as an audiobook, and I must say as far as narration goes it was done very well. There are two different narrators who alternate back and forth between Deacon and Alex’s points of view. Definitely a unique feature which I thoroughly enjoyed. Especially because the narrator for Deacon had a deep and sexy voice that went really well with Deacon’s bad-boy biker image.

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Sense of Reality

The plot behind the novel might seem a bit far-fetched, but there was also a sense of reality to certain aspects of the story. For example, Deacon is sort of thrust into fatherhood, having never known that he had a daughter. Unlike most romance novels, Deacon doesn’t exactly fall right into the role of suddenly being a dad, and has trouble balancing his biker life with a new daughter. He’s sort of uncomfortable talking with her, playing with her, and doesn’t really want to read to her at night. I know, it makes him sound like an ass-hole, but I think it would have been unrealistic for this bad-boy to suddenly become father of the year right away.

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There were other scenes in the novel which seemed exceedingly realistic, to the point where it could be uncomfortable to read. The book starts off with Deacon’s daughter, Willow, saying goodbye to her mother as she is about to be killed by drug dealers. A very difficult scene to read. There are other scenes of torture throughout the book which kind of make your stomach uneasy, but I must say they were written quite well.

Of Course

No biker romance novel would be complete without a rival biker gang that has a long-standing feud with our hero. Personally, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with how the story came to a close. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say it was unique, but almost too easy of a conclusion. That being said, the epilogue of the novel definitely sets up a sequel to the story featuring Deacon’s brother, Rev, who was an extremely dynamic character. Might be worth reading.

SONS OF ANARCHY -- Pictured: (Top, L-R) Theo Rossi as Juan Carlos 'Juice' Ortiz, Maggie Siff as Tara Knowles, Tommy Flanagan as Filip 'Chibs' Telford, Charlie Hunnam as Jackson 'Jax' Teller, Mark Boone Junior as Robert 'Bobby' Munson, Ryan Hurst as Harry' Opie' Winston, Katey Sagal as Gemma Teller Morrow, Kim Coates as Alex 'Tig' Trager, Ron Perlman as Clarence 'Clay' Morrow -- CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

*A copy of this book was provided by Recorded Books for an honest review*

Series: A Vicious Cycle, book 1. I won’t necessarily rush out to read book 2, but I might pick it up in the future.

Should you read it? It might be categorized as a romance, but there is a lot of violence to the story, as well as a hero who is far from perfect. If you like biker books, you’d probably enjoy it.

Smut Level: There is a lot of bickering back and forth between Deacon and Alex, which often translates into rough and angry sex. The best scenes though are when Alex makes him jealous, such as when she gives him a dance at a strip club. It brings forth his inner alpha male.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $5.99 Kindle Price. Penguin Group LLC. 328 Pages.

 

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