Published on: April 18th 2017
Published by: Self Published
Series: Hades Hangmen #5
Genre: NA Romance
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(summary from Goodreads)
Even the broken, through love, can find grace…
Secrets never stay hidden.
The burden of guilt never lifts from the heart.
Born and raised in The Order of David, Sister Phebe knows nothing but cult life. Head of the Sacred Sisters of New Zion, Phebe was groomed from childhood for one purpose: to seduce. Prized as a harlot, as a New Zion whore, Phebe is taken from the doomed cult by Meister, the notorious leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. Taken as his possession. Taken to be the woman who will obey his every sexual demand. Under his heavy hand, Phebe finds herself in a place much worse than she could ever have imagined… with absolutely no one to help. And no glimpse of hope.
Xavier ‘AK’ Deyes is content with his life as Sergeant-At-Arms of the Hades Hangmen. Leader of the infamous ‘Psycho Trio’ and ex-special ops sniper, AK knows how to fight. Experienced in warfare and schooled in military operations, AK is vital to the Hangmen. When his Vice President needs help retrieving his missing sister-in-law, Phebe, from a Klan-funded trafficking ring, AK volunteers to go in. AK remembers the redhead from New Zion. Remembers everything about her from the single time they met—her red hair, blue eyes and freckled face. But when he finds her, heavily drugged and under Meister’s control, her sorry condition causes him to remember more than the beautiful woman he once tied to a tree. Saving Phebe forces hidden demons from his past to return. A past he can never move on from, no matter how hard he tries.
As AK fights to help Phebe, and in turn she strives to help him, they realize their secret sins will never leave them alone. Kindred broken souls, they realize the only way they can be rid of their ghosts is to face them together and try to find peace.
Despair soon turns to hope, and damaged hearts soon start to heal. But when their deep, painful scars resurface, becoming too much to bear, the time comes when they must make a heavy choice: stay forever damned; or together, find grace.
*Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for age 18 and over.*
I’m seriously running out of words to describe how amazing this series is. Just when I think I’ve read the best of Tillie she gives us another book that’s right up there with the rest of them and to try and pick just one Tillie Cole book to read for the rest of my life would be complete torture!
No spoilers in this review at all. You’ve gotta go into this book blind, it’s the only way. So basically this is just a massive fangirling moment by me.
“Just when I believe I could not love you even more, you go and prove me wrong.”
This book steps away a little from some of the characters this series has focused on previously (notably Styx) and I have to admit to being a little unsure when I first started reading it of how I was going to cope with less of some of my most favourite characters. However within about 10% of this book I was so in love with our Psycho Trio of AK, Flame and Vike that I totally forgot I was meant to be missing Styx!
“In the comfort of his safe embrace, I let sleep pull me under. And for the first time in my life, I lay in bed with a man and just slept.
My body protected in his arms…
…and perhaps my soul too.“
AK is a character who has been around int he background since the beginning and we got some more of him in Souls Unfractured (Flame’s story) but until reading this book I had no idea how tortured AK’s story is. We’ve already had glimpses of Phebe’s story in previous books but believe me when I say that you’ve got no idea how heartbreaking her story turns out to be. There is nothing I love more than a broken man and a broken woman and a healing romance and this book more than gives it to us in the form of AK and Phebe.
“My heart is now in your hands. You have honor, and pride, and the kindest soul in existence.”
Having read all of Tillie’s book I am pretty used to the darkness that comes with them and have actually got to the point that I worry it’s effecting me less than it should. But then there was this book and geez, it got very very dark. But in a good way (ok, that sounds a little creepy). What I mean to say is that it’s darkness and drama but not just for the sake of putting it in there. These things cannot have been easy for Tillie to write about and as a massive fan of the book it’s not easy to read about my favorite characters being put through these things. But having this book with even the tiniest bit of the darkness missing would take away from the realism and the powerful emotional response that we get from this incredible book.
“She didn’t push me. She didn’t ask what I might be hiding. No, she just ripped open my fucking chest, bared my soul, then left it out on display for her ocean-blue eyes to see“
As I mentioned above, we get a whole load more of Flame and Vike in this book as two thirds of the psycho trio and I loved the relationship between these three men. Sure they are violent, crass, dangerous and scary (at times) but you can see the brotherly love that they have for each other and how deep their bonds go. AK and Flame especially have a whole history that we learn about in this book and I loved seeing these men in a different light. Also, Vike has got to be the most hilarious brother ever and I can’t wait to see (if he gets a book) what kind of woman is going to be able to tame him!
“And there was only one man to thank for that: the devil’s man with angel eyes.“
I loved this book and the only downside to having read it is that I now have to wait for the next one. Luckily we have a novella, I Do, Babe, on the way in the next few days to help us through.
Re-Readability: HELLS YEA!
I would recommend this book to: Tillie Cole fans, fans of dark romance, fans of guys who fight a lot, fans of bad but also vulnerable boys, fans of a totally intense read.
Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.
Check out my reviews for Tillie’s other books:
Sweet Home . Sweet Rome . Sweet Fall . Sweet Hope . Sweet Soul
It Ain’t Me Babe . Heart Recaptured . Souls Unfractured . Deep Redemption
Raze . Reap . Ravage . Riot
A Thousand Boy Kisses
A Veil of Vines