Monday, April 28, 2014

Review: It Ain't Me Babe 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…

Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel.

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

4 Angst Filled Stars
Review by Jen Hagen
Mae has been raised in a cult/order all her life.  She is a beautiful woman now, 23 years of age, and has been destined since she was a young girl to become the seventh wife of Prophet David, a man in his 70’s.  This marriage is crucial to the people of the order as it has been considered the way her people will get to paradise.  On the day of her marriage, Mae manages to escape the confines of the heavily guarded compound.  She is battered, bruised, bleeding and unconscious by the time she is discovered in The Hangmen’s motorcycle club compound.   

Styx is 26 years old and is the president of the motorcycle club, inheriting the position after his father died a year ago.  Styx is a six foot four, 230 pound mute.  He may not speak but everybody fears him and his Hangman Mute reputation.  He is silent, but deadly.  There have only been 3 people in his life that he has been able to speak to:  his father, his best friend in the club, and the girl he met behind the fence 15 years ago. 

Fifteen years ago Styx was accompanying his father on a body disposal when he stumbled upon a fenced compound.  A young girl with eyes resembling a wolf captivated his interest as she was looking at him through the fence.  He has never forgotten about her and has always dreamed of finding her again.  The compound was so heavily disguised that he was never able to find its location in his searches.

Twenty-six, bagged lots a’ sluts, no old lady prospects, but a constant pair of wolf eyes constantly haunted my dreams since the age of eleven. 

Styx is completely shocked that the girl who is barely hanging on to life is the girl of his dreams.  He wants to offer the life of an old lady to her, but realizes that she is too good for this life.  Mae was confined all her life and is na├»ve and has no understanding of civilization outside the compound walls, let alone understanding the life of a motorcycle club.  But first things first…club business.  Nothing is to distract him from club business and club business is calling. 

While Styx is away on a long run he places the care of Mae into the hands of Rider.  Rider is a gentle man, probably too gentle for a motorcycle club as he doesn’t drink or take women to his bed.  Rider and Mae develop an easy friendship as Mae feels comfortable talking to Rider and he seems to understand what Mae has escaped.   Of course spending that much time together the lines of friendship begin to blur and that makes for a very unhappy president upon on his return.  One man will claim Mae’s heart and the other will take his heart with him on the road. 

“I can’t deal with it, Mae.  I can’t stand that you’re with him.”  His low voice was broken and pained. 

The secondary characters in this book fit their road names perfectly and add depth to the club.  I especially like Flame and would love to know his back story.  You should be aware that the content in this book is for mature readers only and the subject matter may be too graphic for some, with a few instances of adolescent rape being retold.  

I did find it difficult to become immersed into the story until about 30%.  It was hard for me to fully understand the cult order as I have not delved into that foray of content before.  Once I reached 50% I was fully engrossed into the story and could not put it down…80% made me pause in my reading to say “what the heck…how did I not see that??” and from there on out it was a nail biter.

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