Monday, August 25, 2014

Joint book review of It Ain't Me, Babe (Hades Hangmen #1) by Tillie Cole

Sinning never felt so good...

A fortuitous encounter.

A meeting that should never have happened.

Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…

Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.

Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.

River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.

Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.

Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…

WARNING: Contains sexual situations, violence, taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*

Betsy: As mentioned above- this book contains mature content that is not for everyone. It is definitely dark but not the darkest I have read.

Melody: When I first started this book I really had no idea what to expect.  Then I read the author note and was immediately intrigued.  I recommend that if you do read this book, that you read the author's note.  It gave the book an entirely different feeling because while it was fiction, it was still based on some events that have actually happened.  I also never realized how amazing the cover really is and how it matches what I imagined the scenery to look like!

Betsy: I LOVED THIS STORY!!!!!!!! I read this one in one sitting. It was nearly impossible  for me to put this down. It was so raw, sweet, and thrilling! The feels were all over the place with this one and the pacing and flow were on point.

Melody: This book took me everywhere.  It took me to places I didn't want to go to and made me feel every feeling you can think of.  The world Tillie has created has it's typical Motorcycle Club element but also SO MUCH MORE.  Tillie has quickly become a one click author for me and I love ALL HER BOOKS! 

Betsy: Everything was going great and then:

AND THAT PLOT TWIST! I seriously had no words. I just sat there:

I had to put my phone down for a moment to process.

Betsy: I loved Styx and Mae. They were two amazing characters who had real depth to them. Individually they were great but TOGETHER they were da bomb dot com! You know when you're reading something and the characters are good but you can't get past certain decisions they make or how they deal with things? With these characters I never once felt that way. And I also felt connected to them right from the start.

Melody: Sometimes I feel like authors force characters to act a certain way after they go through a traumatic experience.  I didn't feel that at all with Mae, everything she did felt natural from someone who had gone through what she went through.  This book was one of my favorite reads this year.

Oh, and BTW!!!!
Can we discuss when Styx mentions the song Closer?!? ::no words::

I cant wait for the next stories!!! GIVE IT TO ME, TILLIE!

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