Vicious Cycle: Vicious Cycle, Book 1

Vicious CycleAuthor: Katie Ashley
Book Name: Vicious Cycle
Series: Vicious Cycle
Order: #1
Genre: Romance
Rating:  Good


Blurb:  Deacon Malloy’s life is dedicated to the Hell’s 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.

Review:  This is pretty much your standard MC club romance that falls slightly on the darker end of the spectrum without being all out ugly.

A couple of things kept this from being a higher rated book by my standards.  The story line and connections seemed just a bit too contrived and convenient for my taste.  It is all just a little bit too far over the top convenient and perfect to work for me.

I like Alexandra.  She seems like a solid, strong personality, but it was kind of hard to buy the fact that she would so easily fall for, trust and except such a seriously bad guy with what we know of her.  There is no reasoning based on her personality and background that she would ever be interested in the bad guy.  Sure, she has her share of not so pretty in her history, but nothing that would indicate that she had a true wild side or interest in the bad boys.  It made it hard to make her relationship with Deacon believable.

I’ve read enough MC books to get the culture and the lingo.  I also get that someone new to this genre might not.  It still kind of bugged me that the beginning of the book kind of felt like a primer for MC books the way it introduced terms by immediately and, in some cases repeating, the explanation.  A little creative writing could have presented opportunities for the characters to explain these things without making it feel like you were reading and MC dictionary.

While this was a decent book, it definitely wasn’t great.