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Review: Redemption Road by Katie Ashley

Redemption RoadTitle: Redemption Road

Author: Katie Ashley

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Vicious Cycle (Book #2)

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451474929 (Signet/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451474926 (Signet/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Looking for a walk on the wild side, Annabel Percy, the daughter of a powerful politician, gives in to an attraction to a sexy biker she meets one night. But she finds herself living a nightmare when she’s kidnapped and transported into a hell on earth she never could have imagined.

Born and bred into the Hells Raiders MC, Nathaniel “Reverend” Malloy lives and dies for his brothers. But when he becomes the unexpected savior of a rival club’s captive, Rev makes it his personal mission to nurse Annabel back to health—and to shelter her from the nightmares that torment her.

Once Annabel heals, she’s stunned to realize she is falling for the seductive man who saved her. Faced with their impossible attraction, can she accept the life he leads, or will Rev walk away from the only life he’s ever known for the woman he was never supposed to love?

Quick & Dirty: Sex trafficking, and motorcycle clubs, can they save each other before it’s too late?

Opening Sentence: “The whirring sound of his mother’s ancient hand mixer drew Nathaniel’s attention away from his homework.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Rev is back and the focus of this second installment of the Vicious Cycle books. He and his brother’s are planning a raid on Mendoza’s compound to rescue Sarah from sex trafficking. Annabel was kidnapped from the University of Texas A&M several months ago. When Rev kicks in the door and finds her, he feels he has no choice but to rescue her even though she isn’t who they are looking for. Breakaway is devastated when he finds out the building that was holding the girls including his daughter Sarah was rigged to explode killing all inside.

Breakaway is also the club’s doctor and he has to work on Annabel to save her life from the trauma that Mendoza inflicted upon her. When she wakes up and finds out she will never be able to physically carry her own child, she loses it and attempts to kill herself. Rev saves her by telling her his secret and the trauma he has carried for years about his own rape, and his father killing the man who did it to him.

Annabel decides she can’t go back to her life, so she makes the trip with Rev to Raiders compound in Georgia. As she starts to fit into his life and they fall in love, will she be safe from Mendoza or will he find her and kill her in the end?

I like the first book, Viscious Cycle, but I actually liked this one quite a bit more. I feel like the author handled the trauma and the aftermath in a great way. I almost felt myself in tears a time or two and that isn’t my normal reaction to a romance read. So is this book heavy? Oh yes, it is but I really feel like you connect with the characters and their experiences. You find yourself cheering for them and hoping it all works out in the end.

I am not going to lie, I loved Sons of Anarchy, but I feel like motorcycle romances tend to kind of make it appear that the lifestyle is better than it is, so I am not always a fan of that. However, I do like that the author shows them as rough men, ready for violence but always willing to make changes due to all the violence in their lives to make the lives of the people they love better. So I have to say, I am really digging this series, the books just keep getting better and better and I can’t wait for Bishop’s story in the third book, The Last Mile.

Notable Scene:

“He had been desperate since three nights ago a personal tragedy within our club allowed him a tiny glimpse at my long-buried secret.”

“As far as suffering from PTSD, the lifestyle I had known before I went into service had prepared me to deal with the horrors of war.”

“But a the moment, money, status, prestige, didn’t mean shit.”

“As I closed my eyes, I wished that Rev had never found me, and instead had allowed me to die on the floor of Mendoza’s compound like the worthless trash I was.”

Viscious Cycle Series:

1. Vicious Cycle

2. Redemption Road

3. Last Mile

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FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of Redemption Road. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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