Thursday 5 May 2016

Review & Excerpt ~ Last Mile by Katie Ashley

Title: Last Mile 
Series: Vicious Cycle #3
Author: Katie Ashley
Release Date: May 3, 2016

Katie Ashley, the New York Times bestselling author of Redemption Road and Vicious Cycle, returns to the dangerous and seductive world of the Hells Raiders motorcycle club…

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.

A heart-wrenching start to a great read…

I love this series about bikers, family and love! There are many MC stories to choose from but this series always bubbles up to the top for me. Bishop Malloy has his turn at the love wheel this time around, and Samantha Vargas is going to give him a run for his money…

This story opens with a heart-wrenching turn as Samantha learns young that not always the good guys prevail. Her need to keep chipping away at the bad buys follows her every choice and, as she goes undercover, she realizes that the black and white world she lives in is much greyer than she thought, or wished for.

I love the dynamic between the two as the situation they find themselves in does not open up a smooth path to even thinking about romance. They each, in their own way, are trying to do right, and don’t realize that they really are on the same team. At the same time the characters are winning over each other, they’re doing the same with me. 

Bishop is sweet and sexy and protective in a way that made me sigh and sigh some more. Samantha is a great match for him with her strength and compassion. She needed convincing but Bishop has all the right stuff… 

“I will always put her life before mine.”

The path was rocky—Samantha is already taken and Bishop is a man on the wrong side of the law—but as their attraction only deepens, their truths start to surface. At turns funny and heartbreaking, this is another story in the series that gave me everything I wanted…

Now, if only I could take Bishop home… 
~ Review by Diane

Last Mile is the last book in the Vicious Cycle series and it was definitely an interesting ride. The blurb of this book had me intrigued, but also questioning how it would end… 

Samantha has had a bad opinion of bikers ever since the death of her father, so when she goes undercover in a biker club, she has to face her demons—and realize that her view may not be correct.

Bishop is a player and likes women very much. Though, when he sees Samantha, he can’t help but want her, despite the fact that she is his friend’s girlfriend. 

Samantha, Bishop, and the Raiders go through quite a bit in this book. There are a lot of twists and turns, along with good and bad things. Samantha’s life is turned upside down and so are her feelings, while Bishop’s philosophy on women is changed—and Samantha helps him realize his dreams for the future are something he should be proud of, and tell people about.

While this wasn’t my favorite book in the series, I still really liked it. It was an interesting plot and an interesting set of characters who fall for each other despite the odd. I think the ending to this book, and this series, was a good one. Being able to catch up with the rest of the bikers and their women was great to read about. 

I am looking forward to reading more books by Katie Ashley in the future. 
~ Review by Leah

I rose off the picnic bench. As I set my longneck down, I could feel Bishop’s eyes burning into my back. When I glanced at him over my shoulder, his eyebrows rose questioningly. Slowly, I turned around. As I met his blazing baby blues, I held out my hand. His body shuddered slightly before he leaned up to put his hand in mine. I tugged him up off the bench, pulling him close to me.

His warm breath against my cheek, causing me to shiver with building anticipation. “What are you doing, Sam?” 

Without a moment’s hesitation, I replied, “Getting you to take me somewhere we can be alone.” 

He pulled back to look at me. Both longing and regret flickered on his handsome face. “You gotta know that nothing good is gonna come with me being alone with you right now.”

“I know.” 

“And you’re okay with that?” 

It was the same question raging through my mind. Did I want to fuck Bishop to get in even deeper with him because of the case or was it because I was starting to feel more for him than I should? In the end, I tuned out the voices in my head. “Yeah, I am,” I responded, my voice resonating with certainty. 

With a brief nod, Bishop tugged on my hand and started leading me away from the others. We went around the back of the clubhouse and then passed the pawnshop. As we continued walking, the lights grew dimmer and dimmer until we found ourselves in shadowy darkness. Bishop stopped us in front a tall chain-link fence that ran the length of the property. 

After gazing around, I swallowed hard. I’d never had sex out in the open before, and I could feel my once firm resolve slowly fading. “Here?” 

“It’s really the only place we can be alone with all the brothers being in from out of town. I gave up my room in the clubhouse.” A lustful gleam burned in Bishop’s eyes as he pulled me against him. I could feel the hardened length of him through his jeans. “But if you want, I’ll put you on the back of my bike and take you anywhere you want to go.” 

Deep down, I knew it was right here and right now, or I was going to lose both my nerve and my buzz. I brought my arms up to wrap around his neck. “I just want to be with you.” I drew his head down to where our lips were almost touching. We stayed like that for a few seconds, both of our chests heaving and our bodies trembling. This was our figurative cliff, and we were just inches from free-falling off it. Before we could think any more about it, Bishop crushed his lips against mine.

For such a hardened, tough guy, his lips were so very smooth. They felt as soft as velvet as they moved against mine. I tightened my arms around his neck, drawing him as close to me as I could. My breasts strained against the bulging muscles of his chest. 

I couldn’t seem to get close enough to him. I had to fight the urge to jump up and wrap my legs around his waist and grind myself against him. As his warm tongue entered my mouth, I moaned. He proved within seconds he was one hell of a kisser. He was also one for multitasking, because as his tongue caressed mine, his hand palmed my breast through the fabric of my dress. My nipple pebbled under his fingertips, and I gasped when he pinched it between his thumb and forefinger. While one hand continued to knead my breast, the other dipped below the hem of my dress. I sucked in a breath when it skimmed against my thigh before journeying farther upward. It had been too damn long since a man had touched me, and as Bishop’s hand cupped me, my head fell back, banging against the fence.

“Fucking hell. You’re drenched,” Bishop said in a ragged voice.

“I know,” I groaned. Gazing up at him, I said, “Please, don’t stop touching me.” 

“Hmm, I like the sound of you begging.” His fingers began to work me over my panties, but I wanted more. I wantonly kicked my legs apart, spreading them as far as I could for him. Bishop read my mind by jerking my panties to the side and thrusting two fingers deep inside me. 

“Oh yes!” I cried, moving my hips against his hand. At that point, I didn’t give two shits if anyone at the party could see or hear us. I just wanted to come.

Katie Ashley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Vicious Cycle Novels, including Redemption Road and Vicious Cycle, as well as the Runaway Train Books and the Proposition Series. She spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English but is now a full-time writer.

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