Author: Katie Ashley
Series: Vicious Cycle Series #2
Publisher by: NAL
Published on: October 6, 2015
Page Count: 336
Related Books: Strings of the Heart
Looking for a walk on the wild side, Annabel Percy, the daughter of a powerful politician, gives in to an attraction to a sexy biker she meets one night. 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 Hells Raiders MC, Nathaniel “Reverend” Malloy lives and dies for his brothers. But when he becomes the unexpected 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 woman he was never supposed to love?
I have been a fan of Katie Ashley since her book The Proposition and I fell in love with Aiden. I was so excited to learn that she decided that enter the MC world. One of my fave worlds and her Vicious Cycle series has another set of characters that you cannot help but be drawn too.
Redemption Road is Rev’s story and picks up where Vicious Cycle ends. Nathaniel “Rev” Malloy is the president of the Hells Raiders MC. It is the club he has grown up with his brothers, Deacon and Bishop. The MC is trying to go legit after everything that happened with Deacon and his now wife Alex and daughter, Willow. They have had some great losses because of “no rules” world of an outlaw MC and are looking to bring some normalcy to their world.
Everything unfortunately changes when Rev gets a phone call from one of his club brothers that his daughter has been kidnapped by a rival MC and needs help to save her. Rev does not even think twice about helping but doing so puts the club in a very bad spot that has some serious blowback. Rev must decide if doing the right thing is worth the blowback that will follow, not to mention this really brings up some secrets that Rev has spent the majority of his life hiding from his family.
Annabel Percy came from a world of wealth and privilege but it was never what she wanted. So when she decides to go against her family and become a veterinarian everything changes. Sadly, one bad decision in trying to be more outgoing leaves her at the hands of pure evil. But Rev saving her from her hell is only the beginning of her healing journey. She has so much to overcome from all the awful things that were done to her. Rev has this attraction to her and need to make her whole again.
Katie Ashley does in this book what she does in all her other books, she invests you in her characters. She has a way of writing her characters that makes them real and relatable even though they may be in this fictional world. Rev and Annabel have connection that no other wants to have with someone but it makes their relationship so pure and heartfelt. I hurt with them and when they grew through their pain to seal up another emotional scar — my heart swelled. I was invested in their happiness.
You also get more of the Hells Raiders MC which really is a great group of characters. I am so excited to see what happens in Bishop’s story. He is the least likely of the brothers to want to settle down so it’s going to be so much fun to see meet his match.
“Getting you into the shower.” At what must’ve been my skeptical expression, he added, “It’s the fastest way to get you warm.”
“I see,” I murmured.
He made quick work of turning on the water and testing it with his fingers. When it seemed to his satisfaction, he turned back to me. I still sat on the toilet, shivering and trembling.
We stared at each other for a moment. Rev jerked a hand through his hair. “Yeah, uh, I guess I better let you get in now.”
When he started to go, I grabbed his arm. “Wait. I need help getting out of this dress.”
His eyes flared at my request. It wasn’t a come-on in disguise. I had needed the help of one of our maids earlier tonight to get it zipped. Instead of asking me to stand up, Rev bent over my back, bringing his hands to the zipper. Slowly, he tugged it down.
As the front gaped open, I didn’t bother trying to cover myself.
Rev’s hands momentarily faltered, and when I looked up, I met his gaze, which was staring at my bare breasts. I hadn’t needed to wear a bra because of the tight-fitting bodice. He cleared his throat several times, then tugged the zipper the rest of the way down.
There was not a doubt in my mind, heart, or body about how much I wanted him. I knew he expected me to want to take things slow in the sex department, but that’s not how I felt. Regardless of the ghosts of the past, I wanted him more than I had ever wanted any man. I wanted him to be the one who proved to me that sex was physically and emotionally safe. That it could be a loving act between two consenting people.
But with the roller coaster of feelings rocketing through me, it was more about an all-consuming lust and desire.
When Rev stepped back from me, I rose to my feet. The dress slid down my body and pooled at my feet, leaving me in only my panties. Both empowerment and vulnerability raced through me.
“Rev, I want you to look at me.” He shook his head and kept his gaze on the floor. “I said I want you to look at me,” I repeated.
“That’s not what this is about. It’s about you getting warm before you catch pneumonia,” he countered.
“I could care less about getting sick. Right now what I care about is seeing the man I love want me sexually. To look at me like he wants to devour me.”
His eyes, which burned with lust and unfilled desire, snapped to mine. “How can you ever doubt even for a second how I feel about you?”
I threw my hands up. “Because I’m standing practically naked before you and you won’t fucking look at me!”
“We’re both teetering at the edge of uncharted territory. After everything you’ve been through, I would rather die than hurt you.”
“You hurt me more when you won’t look at me or touch me,” I protested.
With an agonized sigh, Rev finally allowed his gaze to rake down my body. There was no feeling of embarrassment or inadequacy. Just the look on his face warmed me from head to toe. “You’re so beautiful,” he murmured.
Tears stung my eyes from his adoration. “I am?” I questioned.
He smiled. “Every inch of you.”
Other Books In The Vicious Cycle Series
Last Mile (Vicious Cycle Series #3)
Releasing May 6, 2016