Last Mile by Katie Ashley (Vicious Cycle #3)

Last Mile by Katie AshleyAvailable: May 3rd 2016 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Signet

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

After her father was murdered in the line of duty, ATF agent Samantha Vargas is determined to take down the scumbags of the drug trade. When her partner takes on a case to infiltrate the Hells Raiders MC, Samantha agrees to go undercover as his old lady but is surprised to find herself drawn to the very man she is investigating.

Benjamin “Bishop” Malloy has worked hard to carve a place for himself both in and out of the MC world. Working days as a mechanic, he spends his nights rebuilding motorcycles with the hope of one day owning his own shop. After taking one of the club’s new hang-arounds under his wing, Bishop is conflicted over his growing attraction for the man’s girlfriend.

Even though she’s determined to bring down the Raiders, Samantha discovers their world isn’t as black-and-white as she thought. And as the stakes grow higher, she’s in danger of losing more than her heart.

Katie Ashley has been a surprising find for me with the previous books in this series. I loved books 1 and 2 and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. I’m not sure if it was the anticipation or if this book was just the one in the series that I’m bound to dislike, but Last Mile was definitely not my favorite.

Bishop Malloy, the youngest of the three Malloy brothers, longs to make something of himself that neither of his brothers ever wanted. He dreams of running his own garage while still being a prominent member in their MC. Although he has never let on what he wants for himself, he finds himself confiding in a new prospect’s girl, the gorgeous and completely, 100% off limits, Samantha. Against his better judgement, he’s falling hard for the black haired beauty. When tragedy strikes will he convince her  that in his arms is where she was always meant to be?

Getting the biker to confide in her was easier than Samantha anticipated but actually liking him was never in this undercover cops plans. A law breaking, gun toting, motorcycle riding bad ass is not someone Sam wants anything to do with, especially after her father was murdered by a man eerily similar. Or so she thinks. The more time she spends with Bishop the more she’s starting to understand that not all MC members or clubs are alike. And the more she understands that, the easier the lines start to blur in her case. When a shoot out threatens to end her case, Sam has to decide if she’s trying to prove this MC’s innocence or send them all to jail as she originally planned.

The characters of Bishop and Samantha were okay as separate entities but I’m also not sure I ever bought these two ending up together. It might have had something to do with the fact that Samantha had such hard ideas about Bishop and his MC at the beginning, and it took a long time for her to get to a point of understanding his true intentions. I mean, sure she wanted to get in his pants, but actually understand what he was all about? That took quite a while. She was a very strong heroine and because of that, there were times she came off as bitchy and judgmental.

I also thought the entire book just dragged a lot more than the previous two books. It did, in the end, bring the story arc to where it needed to be, I just felt it took a lot longer than normal to get there.

I give Last Mile by Katie Ashley 3 stars!

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