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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Katie Ashley
Released: June 2, 2015
Series: Vicious Cycle #1
Published by NAL Trade
“I know most MC books have violence in it but this one is steeped in it. That being said, I don’t think this book is right for everyone.” ~ Under the Covers
In the first of a brand new series by Katie Ashley, VICIOUS CYCLE takes the darker side of motorcycle books and runs with it. I feel like I should warn people that this is heavy in violence. I know most MC books have violence in it but this one is steeped in it. That being said, I don’t think this book is right for everyone. If you don’t like reading about violence against women and children then this book might not be for you.
To be honest, I had a hard time liking the hero. Deacon Malloy is the sergeant at arms of the Hell’s Raiders motorcycle club. As a man of authority, he has a lot of responsibilities on his shoulder but I found that his attitude was crass and to be honest, he came across as an asshole in his very first scene. I especially didn’t like the fact that he was threatening another person by telling him that if he messed up his shipments again, he was going to rape his twelve year old daughter in front of him and the club and when he was done with her, he’d let the other boys have at her. The author then tries to make it okay by saying that he wouldn’t actually do that and that he was only trying to scare the guy but when is raping a minor ever NOT SERIOUS?
Shortly after that Deacon learns that he has a daughter that he never knew about. When little Willow gets dropped off at the clubhouse, he wants her to be put up for adoption immediately. He knows that he doesn’t live a life that could raise a small child but the fact that he doesn’t even try at all annoyed me. Katie Ashley really painters her characters in a bad light and I found it very hard to find myself invested in them, especially when they didn’t seem to have any good in them.
The rest of the book is swimming with violence and it’s not the kind that I think furthers the plot in anyway. I feel like it was used just to create shock and that is typically not my favorite use of it. That being said, I almost didn’t finish the book because of it.
Ashley is one of the indie authors that I used to follow. I’ve enjoyed her writing in the past but was disappointed in this one. I feel like the writing is still strong in this book but the plot suffers with too much emphasis on club violence and I found none of the characters to be likeable. If you’re a fan of Susan Fanetti’s books, then you might find the violence tolerable but I definitely don’t think everyone can handle it.
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