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Vicious Cycle (A Vicious Cycle Novel) Paperback – June 2, 2015

4.3 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Vicious Cycle Series

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Praise for Katie Ashley’s Novels

“Steamy, romantic, swoon-worthy!”—Smitten’s Book Blog

“You know how much we loves us a HOT read, and there is plenty of heat here, ladies.”—Flirty and Dirty Book Blog

“A mixture of funny, sweet, tender, and sexy.…[Ms. Ashley’s] got me good and hooked.”—Fiction Vixen

About the Author

Katie Ashley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Proposition series and the Runaway Train series. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Harry Potter, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo. She has spent the last eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, but is now a full-time writer.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Vicious Cycle Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (June 2, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451474910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451474919
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a huge Katie Ashley fan, but this one fell a bit flat for me. She came out of her comfort zone to write something different and I think it showed. A lot of the content reminded me of tv shows and other biker reads. It followed the cliché mold and while I know bikers probably do similar things... I would have liked to see some twists that made the story stand out from others.

The characters were a touchy subject for me. While I loved Willow and her tiny spirit... Alexandra was not one of my favorites. When she was first introduced I thought she was going to be awesome. She was strong willed, smart, and sweet... However, somewhere near halfway she started to change. She became desperate for Deacon's attention. She went out of her way to throw herself at him and as a reader, that took away the appeal. Near the end she did start to redeem herself. Unfortunately by that time everything was in a rush to an HEA.

Overall, I thought this story had all of the ingredients to be a five star read, but unfortunately just lacked the confidence to execute and was a bit scattered. It was a dark read concept wrote as a contemporary mc read. You will see in the beginning Deacon says some vulgar things and than there is a huge description about how his club would never do what he threatened. To me, this just made him come off as unsure. I say if you're going to go mc dark, go mc dark. Let the actions do the talking.

I applaud the Author for trying something new and I am sure biker fans will devour this read... It just didn't work for me.
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Unfortunately, Vicious Cycle was not for me. The only way I can think to explain it is like watching a little girl playing dress up in her mother's clothes and high heels. All the bits are there but things just don't fit quite right. This one was trying to be a motorcycle club romance but it just couldn't quite figure out how to get there and ended up being a pretty flat rendition of one. The words might have been right, the set up right but it lacked the grit, depth and believable flavors of an MC.

I was actually doing okay with this one for the first little bit. It was no where near the levels of Sheehan or Joanna Wylde's MCs but none the less it was entertaining. A single daddy who was new to the job raising his daughter, her life being in danger and her school teacher snooping around and getting involved in their world. It had some great elements that were working for me. But then slowly bit by bit it fell apart and kept getting more outlandish and unbelievable.

The club members were very much p-whipped by the women in their lives. They tried to act tough--they threw around swears, postured, slept around--but one little pout from the women and the men would cave and apologize for thinking anything else. They just weren't believable as badass bikers that are involved in illegal trade despite a handful of violent scenes thrown in. And then at the end that was taken to the extreme when they go 'clean'.

I did like the hero overall. Decaon's a new-found daddy and struggles something fierce with that but he did come around and it was sweet and touching watching his love for his little girl develop. The little girl was adorable as well and I don't typically think authors do a great job of portraying children but Ashley did a very nice job in that regard.
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Vicious Cycle is not for the faint of heart. There are no pretty hearts and rainbows in this story. I would even venture to say this might just be Katie’s grittiest book to date. What I can say is that if you are looking for a cocky, non-filtered MC hero look no further then David "Deacon" Malloy.

I am a seasoned reader of Katie’s so when I tell you this book is gritty for her, I mean it can get downright raw and descriptive. I was so not expecting the story I got from Katie. I am used to either her softer, sweet stories that pull at your heartstrings with their angst, or the ones that have you swooning over hot rockers. Therefore, when I opened to the prologue I was blown away. Katie had my attention focused on her characters, and by the end of the first chapter, my blood was also boiling. I found myself completely and utterly hooked. Line and sinker.

Deacon is our resident bad boy, and we’re going to start with him since he is the main player in this wild game of love and hate. I honestly did not know what in the world to think of him at first. Hate/love…these lines had a way of blurring. And boy did they blur. Katie introduces us to the hero with one hell of an alarming scene. A scene that left my mouth hanging open and my friend assuring me that David wasn’t the biggest d**k I had ever met.

I’d like to say, I was immediately soothed by this; however, it took me a bit to warm up to this poignant and threatening man. I just could not wrap my mind around him. And even less so when he meets Willow (his daughter). I think because he was so different from what Katie normally writes that it was hard to picture her writing someone so…I don’t even know how to properly describe him. Over time, I began to adjust to his dominating and crude ways.
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