October 2015 BOTM

Meet Rev in Redemption Road...

October Book of the Month

 

CHAPTER ONE

Rev

THE PRESENT

 

I came awake to find someone shaking the hell out of me. Flipping open my eyelids to escape my tormented unconsciousness, I stared up into the concerned blue eyes of my brother Bishop. His hands gripped my shoulders so tightly I figured there would be marks. “What the fuck, man?” I questioned, slinging him away.

He tumbled back on the mattress. “You were having one hell of a nightmare.”

I sighed and rubbed my shoulders where his hands had been. “Yeah, well, that doesn’t mean I want to wake up to your ugly mug with morning breath in my face,” I replied, trying to ease the palpable tension in the air.

Bishop didn’t laugh. He didn’t make a move to get off the bed, either. He continued staring at me like he hoped he could somehow will me into talking. He’d been giving me the same stare for the past few days while we’d been on the road. Whenever we’d stop for food or to gas up our bikes, I would find him staring at me, chewing his bottom lip like he wanted to say something. He had been desperate since three nights ago, when a personal tragedy within our club allowed him a tiny glimpse at my long- buried secret.

Breaking the silence between us, I asked, “What time is our meeting with the El Paso Raiders?”

“Seven.”

I glanced over my shoulder at the glowing digital clock on the nightstand. “That doesn’t give us much time to make it across the state. Better get crackin’ and hit the road. You want the shower

first?”

“Nah, you can have it.” As I rose off the mattress, Bishop said, “I’ll go grab us a quick breakfast.”

“Thanks, brother.”

When I started across the threadbare carpet to the bathroom, Bishop’s words froze me. “Rev . . . you know it doesn’t matter to me what the fuck happened to you—it ain’t gonna change a damn thing about the way I feel about you. No matter what, you’re my big brother and my prez.”

Since I was both too emotionally conflicted and too stubborn to respond, I ignored him and pushed on into the bathroom. After locking the door behind me, I gazed at my reflection in the mirror. Two days of driving across Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana with minimal sleep had taken its physical toll. That, coupled with emotional stress, had left dark circles under my eyes. We’d packed up to leave so abruptly, I hadn’t bothered with a razor, so my beard was growing in. I looked like the hell that raged inside me.

Turning on the water full blast, I stepped into the shower. I placed my palms flat on the tile and stood with my head under the stream. Rolling my shoulders, I tried to ease my tense muscles.

Two days ago felt like two years and another world ago. It was hard to imagine just forty- eight hours ago I’d been dancing and drinking at my brother Deacon and sister-in-law Alexandra’s wedding. Then one phone call from the Raiders’ unofficial doctor, Bob “Breakneck” Edgeway, had changed everything.

Whenever I closed my eyes, one of two faces would haunt me. It was either the sinister visage of my rapist or the fresh- faced, innocent countenance of Breakneck’s daughter. It had been five years since I had seen Sarah at any of the Raiders events. She’d been an awkward thirteen-year-old girl in braces who had spent most of the BBQ fawning over Eric, the teenage son of our then- president, Case. Now she was a freshman at Texas A& M. From the picture Breakneck had texted me, I could see she’d grown into an auburn- haired beauty with an innocent smile.

The kind of girl that low- life traffickers were always jonesing for.

The criminal profiling of the scum who bought these women indicated they didn’t want fake- breasted, slutty types. They could pay for those any day on the streets or at the strip clubs. No, they seemed to want the unattainable female—the one who would never give them the time of day, unless she was forced. And sadly, Sarah fit that bill.

We didn’t have much to go on other than that it was the Highway Henchmen who took her and were making financial demands on Breakneck to get her back. Apparently, she had spilled the beans that her old man was a biker. Usually, girls kidnapped for trafficking never got a chance of being ransomed back to their families. Instead, they were sold to the highest bidder, into a life of sexual slavery. The thought that Sarah now faced that future turned my stomach and enraged me.

After scrubbing off yesterday’s grit and grime with the hotel’s cheap soap, I made fast work of rinsing. The moment I turned the water off, I heard my phone ringing in the bedroom. Throwing a towel around my waist, I hurried out of the bathroom to grab it. When I saw who was calling, I grimaced. “Yeah?”

“Where the hell are you?” Deacon demanded without even a hello.

“I’m touched that you thought to call me while you’re on your honeymoon.”

Deacon’s low growl came in my ear. “Don’t fucking change the subject, asshole.”

“I was just trying to be nice.”

“Yeah, you’re just being a prick is what you’re doing. Now I want a fucking straight answer.”

“Last time I checked, big brother, I wore the president’s patch.” I knew my words were the equivalent of poking a rattlesnake ready to strike. Regardless of whether I was the president of the Hells Raiders, I still owed Deacon an explanation.

“Fine, motherfucker, then answer me as your newly patched vice president, why my two brothers bailed on my reception to hit the road and are now in Texas.”

Defeated, I leaned back against the counter. I knew I couldn’t evade his questions anymore. “It’s complicated.”

“I’m listening.”

Slowly, I began unraveling the story of Sarah’s abduction, and how we were going to get her back from the Henchmen.

When I finished, Deacon merely muttered, “Fucking hell.”

“Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.”

Deacon exhaled a long sigh into the phone. “Man, I can’t believe you just left here without taking it to the table. You’re the president, for fuck’s sake. While it’s admirable of you to do this for Breakneck, this situation isn’t just about you. It involves the entire club.”

“You’re not telling me anything I don’t already know. Just tell the guys I’ll deal with any repercussions when I get back.”

“I just hope it doesn’t get any worse.”

 

REDEMPTION ROAD, the second book in in Katie Ashley's Vicious Cycle series, is out now!

Look out for LAST MILE, book three, in May 2016!

 

Headline Eternal

Vicious Cycle: Vicious Cycle 1

By Katie Ashley

For fans of Sons of Anarchy, Kristen Ashley, Madeline Sheehan and Joanna Wylde. New York Times bestselling author Katie Ashley revs up the danger and sexual tension in her Vicious Cycle biker romance series.

Deacon Malloy's life is dedicated to the Hell's Raiders motorcycle club. Tough, hard, and fast with his fists, he serves the group as sergeant at arms. But his devil-may-care approach to life is thrown for a loop when the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed lands on the club steps.

Alexandra Evans is devoted to all her students - but there's always been something about Willow Malloy that tugs at her heart. There's an aura of sadness about her, a girl in need of all the love Alexandra can give. When Willow stops coming to school, Alexandra's search leads to a clubhouse full of bikers...and a father hell-bent on keeping his daughter always within sight.

The moment Deacon sees Alexandra, he has to have her in his bed - and he's never met a woman yet who couldn't be persuaded. No matter how attracted she is to Deacon, Alexandra refuses to be just another conquest. But it's Deacon himself who could be seduced - into a brighter future for himself, his daughter, and the woman he's falling for against all odds.

Want more sexy, gritty biker romance? Return to the dangerous and seductive world of the Hells Raiders motorcycle club in Redemption Road and Last Mile.

I was blown away. The tension. The suspense. The romance. The twists and turns ... Katie Ashley's ability to bring characters to life are incomparable ... I never thought I could care about anyone like I do the Vicious Cycle series characters. They are so complex, so alive! ... This book reveals a different side of Katie. Tough. Bold. Badass. Intensely beautiful and heartbreakingWhat does Katie Ashley do well? She writes beautifully sexy love stories. What she does really well is she writes wonderful men who are ready-made to fall in love withYou know how much we loves us a HOT read, and there is plenty of heat here, ladiesFull of everything I love in a romance book. A sexy, scared-of-commitment leading man ... a very relatable, beautiful woman ... drama to last for days, and a scorching love story that left me wishing this book would never endIt was all fabulous. Steamy, romantic, swoon-worthy[Ms. Ashley's] got me good and hooked"Wow" is all I can say ... If you are new to Katie Ashley, treat yourself. I promise that you will not be disappointedThe first in a sensationally sexy and gritty biker romance series from the New York Times bestseller.

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Harry Potter, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she has spent the last eleven years teaching both middle and high school English. As of January 2013, she is a full-time writer.

Find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/katieashleybooks, on Twitter @KatieAshleyLuv or visit her website for news and updates: www.katieashleybooks.com

THE HOTTEST TREND IN ROMANCE: Biker romance is a hugely popular trend in romance, following the success of Sons of Anarchy and authors such as Kristen Ashley, Madeline Sheehan and Joanna Wylde who thrill readers with their gritty stories of irresistible bad boy heroes who worship their motorcycle club and their women.STAR AUTHOR: New York Times bestselling author and self-publishing sensation Katie Ashley has won rave reviews for her steamy contemporary romance series The Proposition and Runaway Train and the news of her sensational new venture into biker romance has been met with huge anticipation and excitement.HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.
Headline Eternal

Redemption Road: Vicious Cycle 2

By Katie Ashley

For fans of Sons of Anarchy, Kristen Ashley, Madeline Sheehan and Joanna Wylde. New York Times bestselling author Katie Ashley revs up the danger and sexual tension in her Vicious Cycle biker 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?

Want more sexy, gritty biker romance? Return to the dangerous and seductive world of the Hells Raiders motorcycle club in Vicious Cycle and Last Mile.

I was blown away. The tension. The suspense. The romance. The twists and turns ... Katie Ashley's ability to bring characters to life are incomparable ... I never thought I could care about anyone like I do the Vicious Cycle series characters. They are so complex, so alive! ... This book reveals a different side of Katie. Tough. Bold. Badass. Intensely beautiful and heartbreakingWhat does Katie Ashley do well? She writes beautifully sexy love stories. What she does really well is she writes wonderful men who are ready-made to fall in love withYou know how much we loves us a HOT read, and there is plenty of heat here, ladiesFull of everything I love in a romance book. A sexy, scared-of-commitment leading man ... a very relatable, beautiful woman ... drama to last for days, and a scorching love story that left me wishing this book would never endIt was all fabulous. Steamy, romantic, swoon-worthy[Ms. Ashley's] got me good and hooked"Wow" is all I can say ... If you are new to Katie Ashley, treat yourself. I promise that you will not be disappointedThe second in a sensationally sexy and gritty biker romance series from the New York Times bestseller.

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Harry Potter, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she has spent the last eleven years teaching both middle and high school English. As of January 2013, she is a full-time writer.

Find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/katieashleybooks, on Twitter @KatieAshleyLuv or visit her website for news and updates: www.katieashleybooks.com

THE HOTTEST TREND IN ROMANCE: Biker romance is a hugely popular trend in romance, following the success of Sons of Anarchy and authors such as Kristen Ashley, Madeline Sheehan and Joanna Wylde who thrill readers with their gritty stories of irresistible bad boy heroes who worship their motorcycle club and their women.STAR AUTHOR: New York Times bestselling author and self-publishing sensation Katie Ashley has won rave reviews for her steamy contemporary romance series The Proposition and Runaway Train and the news of her sensational new venture into biker romance has been met with huge anticipation and excitement.HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.