It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole

Hades Hangmen, Book 1

Synopsis: 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…

Review: Here is a new series about bikers that I was curious to discover. I heard about Tillie Cole and her romances and I was curious to discover one of her stories. The idea of mixing sects and bikers was very intriguing and I really wanted to see how the whole thing was going to be brought.

Younger, Styx had discovered, while out with his father, on a large fence a young girl who looked distraught. Under her charm, he tried everything to find this place and this girl again although everyone thinks it was only his imagination. She was the only girl with whom he had managed to speak outside his family. Now become the leader of the Hades Hangmen, arms traffickers, he is known for his particularity of being mute. But then, while he had forgotten about this little girl after all these years, a young wounded woman is found in front of the club and it seems that she is the one that he always sought. Salome has always lived in a sect in which she has suffered terrible abuse. But after the death of her sister, she could no longer stay any longer and narrowly escaped this place. Gravely wounded and never in contact with the outside world, she will try to seek refuge. It is with surprise that she finds the little boy she met many years ago.

It was touching to witness their reunion, to see the bond that had grown between them developing and strengthening. Yet, nothing will be simple, Styx has to deal with the problems of the club that are increasingly present in addition to his feelings that he has difficulty controlling. We thus discover Mae who learns to understand the world that has been hidden to her, she also understands that all that it has been told is false and it is a thing hardly to accept. I admit that I was somewhat surprised by how she “flirted” as quickly, especially after everything she suffered. The situation with Rider, another member of the Hades Hangmen is also ambiguous and I wondered if we would have a big love triangle.

It was a nice reading with different themes from what we used to see. The end makes me quite curious about how the author will continue her story and I wonder how Rider will get out of it all.




27 thoughts on “It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole

  1. Ooo I really like the cover for this, the black and white with the pop of red is always a favorite for me. Glad this tugged on your emotions in the right way and I hope the next book will be even better!

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