by Katie Ashley (Goodreads Author)
The New York Times bestselling author of Vicious Cycle plunges readers into a world of danger and desire in her newest in the Vicious Cycle motorcycle club romance series.
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?
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of NAL Trade | Penguin Group
Genre: Adult MC Contemporary Romance
Part 2 of an ongoing series
My Redemption Road Review . . .
The socialite vet student and the president of a MC. Hmmm, how is this going to fair out?
The works of circumstances had brought us together, but some of the greatest loves in the world were born of tragedy.
I fell for Nathaniel “Reverend” Malloy in Vicious Cycle, so I could NOT wait to get his story. And what a story it was. Poor Rev, such a past for a young boy, but that tragedy is what has helped shape Rev into the man he is today. He's compassionate, he's empathetic, he's sweet, he's loyal, and he's fierce when he needs to be. You couldn't ask for a better person to save you when you need it the most.
Annabel may have been raised in a socialite political family but it didn't define her. Instead she had goals and ambitions to carve her own path. This desire to want to be different however lead her astray. One wrong choice gave her devastating consequences. Now living in the pits of hell, and on death's door, the last thing she expected was to be saved from an avenging angel.
After being saved, Annabel feels lost except when it comes to her savior, Rev. From the beginning she feels safe with him.
"I'm not going to hurt you, I swear. As long as I have a breath in me, no one is ever going to hurt you again. You're safe."
Not knowing what she wants to do, she turns to Rev, because the last place she wants to go is back to her parents, and now her college life isn't safe any more. The only choice she thinks she has is to follow Rev back to Georgia.
"Now tell Annabel you're sorry that you were a selfish prick and you would be happy to have her visit us in Georgia."
These two pasts have damaged them, and now they are left with some choices. To move forward or let the damage eat them whole.
"You know what a wise man once said? That by showing true repentance for what you have done, you can find redemption. All one has to do is ask for forgiveness to whatever higher power or being you believe in."
They both have to battle their own demons, but together there's hope for something more. Gah! Rev is such a softie. I love him.
"Rev Malloy, I think someone would have to try very, very hard to find a man with as pure a heart and as kind as soul as yours."
"Thank you! I promise I'll do all the work. You won't ever realize it's there."I snorted. "I think a baby deer living in my house will be hard not to notice."
The battle between right and wrong is a tough one and sometimes we make decisions we think are right but in the end are very, very wrong.
"He should have known keeping secrets never does any good. Maybe things could have been different if he had only been honest." She glanced up at me. "Maybe you'll learn from his mistakes."
" . . . I never wanted to do anything to hurt you, but all my fucking good intentions just got in the way. I've never been so wrong about trying to do what I thought was the right thing."
Happiness is not easy in most worlds, but especially the world of the MC. But Rev and Annabel will fight for what they both want, need and deserve.
"Sometimes you don't have to have a dick to come up with the best plan."
I absolutely adore Rev. Sure he may be a bit too soft within the MC world but I still loved him.
Somehow two broken people had found the other half that completed them and made them whole.
Annabel was strong, when her tragedy could have made her weak. Instead she chose to move forward and live. She didn't let her past define her. Yes it changed her, but she adapted with the new Annabel. With this new version of herself, she got so much more.
Did I adore this book? Yes! Was it super dark and gritty? No, it had darker elements but it was a nice balance between dark and light. Favorite character? Tie between Rev and Willow. Will I continue to read this series? Hell, yeah I can't wait for Bishop's story.
4 Redeemed thumbs up!