Book Review: Redemption Road by Katie Ashley

Genre: MC Romance / Contemporary Romance / Bikers

Synopsis:

Looking for a walk on the wild side, Annabel Percy, the daughter of a powerful politician, gives in to an attraction to a sexy biker she meets one night. 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?

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Katie Ashley sets the pace almost immediately in the first chapter of Redemption Road.  After the first chapter I had to take a moment and go back and read the synopsis and what I was reading! The author does not sugarcoat anything, and as a reader I am grateful. It didn’t deter me in any way. The raw emotion, and tragedies spilled on the pages allows the pace of the book to flow perfectly.

Redemption Road is about a man and a woman, both coming from tragedy, and the power that holds fate in their hands. Through redemption, it’s love that should be able to bring them together. But will it be enough? One of my favourite moments happens just after the middle of the book when Rev ‘the big bad biker dude’, really doesn’t understand what’s happening after he’s rescued, ‘the girl’:  

“Deep down, I imagined I could fall in love with Rev Malloy with all my heart and soul, regardless of the length of time that passed or the circumstances that had bought us together. That revelation caused tears to well in my eyes. Rev’s eyes widened. “Oh shit. I’ve really fucked up, haven’t I?”
I shook my head vigorously and hurried to tell him, “No, no. You’ve done everything right. I swear.”

The chemistry and relationship between the two main characters, Annabel and Rev, is so well written that you’ll be sucked into their lives and eagerly awaiting fate to deal them a good card. Redemption Road is a great addition to the MC genre.  I’d sum this book up as a precise blend of gritty raw MC culture, and second chance romance after life has dealt you a crappy hand.

I have not read the first in this series, and appreciated that the author has written a ‘stand alone’. It’s great to be able to be drawn into an established world without feeling like you’ve missed out on something by not reading the other novels (yet!).

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~I was invited to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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