Redemption Road by Katie Ashley (Vicious Cycle #2)

Redemption Road by Katie AshleyAvailable: October 6, 2015 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Signet

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Looking for a walk on the wild side, Annabel Percy, the daughter of a powerful politician, starts dating a biker she knows is completely wrong for her. 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?

Leader of the Hells Raiders, Rev, has been summoned by another member for a favor. A favor he can’t deny because the circumstances are so dire. Go into a drug cartel compound and return with a members daughter. When things don’t go as planned, he emerges with someone else entirely yet just as badly damaged.

Living a nightmare is what Annabel’s existence boils down to these days. Trafficked, beaten and left for dead in a pool of her own blood she’s unsure if the man standing above her is a savior or a dream. Now she’s living with a motorcycle club, recovering and learning to live again.

Rev knows he shouldn’t encourage Annabel’s growing attachment to him but they share something she’s not even aware of, and the need to keep her close is stronger than it should be. When her safety is threatened yet again, Rev will do whatever is necessary to ensure the only place she goes is into his arms.

I’m really loving this series and its tough bikers who are more emotional than most. The title is very appropriate in this one because of the circumstances surrounding Rev and his past. Without giving anything away, it’s heartbreaking and made me angry for the boy he was. However, the man he grew up to be couldn’t have been gentler (in his own gruff way) with the damaged Annabel. He stepped up and took responsibility for her healing and stood his ground when his brothers questioned him about her being around.

Annabel had every right to be a broken, fragile female but her spunk could not be snuffed out and her strength was a highlight of the book. She is rightfully cautious after her horrific ordeal but her compassion for those who did not survive felt real and unforced. Her upbringing was one of wealth and privilege yet she was down to earth and compassionate to everyone around her.

The sense of brotherhood between these men is strong and unflappable. Some share blood and some have just spilled it, but they are a tight knit group who may be rough and tough but they have no problem listening to their momma. They are even brought to their knees by one adorable little girl that has them all wrapped around her finger.

I really enjoyed Redemption Road and Rev’s journey to self acceptance and healing. While Annabel’s wounds were new, his were past wounds that had forged him into the man he was. It takes two wounded individuals walking their paths together to heal and finally find acceptance and love. The world and theme didn’t feel over the top, the writing wasn’t rushed and the emotions felt genuine and real. Katie Ashley gives readers a superb experience with Redemption Road!

I give Redemption Road by Katie Ashley 4 stars!

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