on May 3rd 2016
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Series: Vicious Cycle #3
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.
Also by this author: Drop Dead Sexy, Running Mate
Books 3 in the Vicious Cycle series. You do not need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one, however it does contain spoilers for both the previous books.
Benjamin ‘Bishop’ Malloy is the youngest of 3 brothers and is an officer in the Hells Raiders MC. Happy with the new direction the club is heading in and now starting to think about his future and what he wants to achieve, he soon makes friends with a hang-around Marley. But along with Marley comes his girlfriend Sam, and Sam makes him feel things he shouldn’t for a friend’s woman. Little does he know how much Sam will change his life in more ways than one.
ATF agent Samantha Vargas has a hate for bikers. They bring back horrible memories of her childhood. So when her partner goes undercover to infiltrate them she is happy to play his girlfriend and help bring down yet another lawless club who deal in drugs and guns. But as Sam digs a little deeper and get more attached to the man she should be investigating, she soon finds things aren’t always what they seem.
Will Sam bring the club down or will she lose her heart to a man that should be the opposite of everything she thinks she wants?
Book 3 in this series and as with its predecessors it was a really enjoyable read. If you are a hardened MC romance fan, then this maybe on the lighter side of the genre, but it is still a good read about family, values and above all loyalty.
I have liked Bishop throughout the series. A ladies man, he rarely goes back for seconds. Enter Sam and he is blown away. The turmoil he faces because of her relationship with his friend was a great way to show of a softer, emotional and loyal side to him. As for Sam, she has a lots of demons that still haunt her and taint her views on bikers. She however, cannot hide from the instant attraction she has to the biker she is specifically trying to investigate. He makes her question everything she has always believed and she soon learns that you should judge a book by its cover. Will she sacrifice her career for the love of a biker? I will leave you to read it and find that out yourself.
So if I was being overly picky I would say that the final 20% of the book felt rather rushed. I won’t going into it too much as I don’t want this review to contain spoilers, however I just wanted more reaction and more drama and it felt like Katie just ran out of pages. What it doesn’t mean though is that the first half of the book was slow; it most certainly wasn’t. I just would have liked her to explore the drama in the latter part of the book a little more that’s all.
So I believe this is the end of this series and I can honestly say I have enjoyed reading it and getting to know the Malloy brothers. If you are new to this genre, this series is a great and slightly gentler place to start. I now look forward to read what comes next from Katie Ashley.