Monday, October 30, 2017

Vicious Cycle

I bought this book at my local Barnes & Noble solely for the cover. It's been on my shelf for.... alright, it's been there awhile. But I'm on this mission to really get through the books I already have before buying new ones. Noble, right? Just know I'm failing because I already bought the next two books in this series.

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.

This book is advertised as being a good read for folks who are fans of Sons of Anarchy, and I suppose I get it. It's got a motorcycle club, we've got the good girl falling for the bad boy, we've got the bad boy wanting to be a little better but knows he's held by the balls by the club, and we have the loyal side kicks (who get their own books).

At first, I almost put this book down and didn't look back. It's starts with little Willow seeing her mother be murdered at the hands of a biker. Next chapter is Deacon murdering a fellow biker who double crossed the club. It's fairly graphic and that just isn't my thing, so it was kind of tough to stomach. (To be fair, I really loved the Sons of Anarchy show but there were a LOT of times I suddenly had laundry to do). We soon get into the meat of the story, white bread good girl Alexandra is teaching Willow at a public school and once Willow is missing a few days, Alexandra does a home check. Turns out, Willow's dad is a bad guy biker and new to the whole parenting thing. Alexandra offers to home school Willow (because there's a threat against Willow and it's a whole safety thing) otherwise she would call CPS, who would be a headache for the club. Deacon reluctantly agrees and insanity ensues.

Deacon and Alexandra fall in love (no shocker there, right?) and out of nowhere Alexandra actually has balls! Not literally, but she fights other bikers, shows Deacon two can play the game, and puts Deacon in his place. Tit for tat.

Overall? It was pretty great. I rushed through the book and I ordered the next two before I was even done with this one because I'm desperate to know how this series ends. If the sexy scenes are half as good, I'm going to be a happy girl. I'm giving this one a solid 4/5 stars. Some of it is a little hokey but I don't even care- Deacon's character surprised me in the end and made this a pretty fun read.

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