Author: Tillie Cole
Series: Hades Hangmen Series #1
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: April 28, 2014
Page Count: 466
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…
Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel.
WARNING: Contains sexual situations, violence, taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*
Omg, Tillie Cole you have made a fan girl out of me! I downloaded the sample and I was hooked. I absolutely loved this book and I couldn’t put it down, I devoured it in one night.
This story was so uniquely different from any biker book that I’ve read before. These characters were not your typical characters. Styx and Mae first met 15 years ago when he was 11 and she was 8. Styx has a speech impediment and it limits his speech. Other than his dad and best friend Ky, Styx doesn’t speak to others. He’s uses sign language to communicate with most people. When he sees Mae alone, crying, scared, and hurt, he wants to comfort her. Even at his age he knows she’s beautiful. Her dark hair and blue eyes always stuck out to him. He struggles to comfort her and but he’s finally able to get his words out and actually speak to her. It was only a brief conversation, a brief innocent kiss, but it stirred something in them both. It was a moment that stuck with them both for years to come.
15 years later, Styx is the president of the Hades Hangman MC. Styx is known as the Hangman Mute. All dark hair, muscles, and height, he may not be known for his words but he’s known for fists. He’s ruthless and he’ll take down who he needs to but underneath all that there is a softer side to him. He never forgot the little girl he met years ago until she’s shows up at his MC, bloody and severely injured.
Mae grew up in the in a religious commune. She was abused, held captive, and the ones closest to her were hurt. When the unthinkable happens she flees for safety. Her plan for escape leads her to the Hangman. The Hangmen are everything that she has been taught is wrong, but she’s scared and has nowhere else to go. When she sees Styx for the first time, she recognizes him as the boy she met all those years ago.
I can’t even begin to explain how much I loved these two. Mae and Styx were complete opposites but they brought out a different side to the other. It seemed unconventional but it worked. Mae grew up so sheltered and naïve and everything outside of the commune was so new to her. Even though she struggled at times with what she was taught and the new things she was learning, she was still sweet and strong enough to stand up for herself. Styx, I loved this man. He was rugged and raw but he really did care about Mae. He struggled at times because he didn’t feel he was good enough for her. He was so rough with everyone else but Mae calmed him and healed him in a way.
From beginning to end I loved this book. Tillie Cole sucked me in. These characters were not what I’ve normally seen in books but it worked so well. They were unique and I truly felt for them. There was drama and angst and when I thought I figured out what would happen next, Tillie completely surprised me. I could not get enough of this book. Plus I loved, Ky and Flame’s characters. I need them to have a book. I need more Hangmen! <3