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Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen #5) by Tillie Cole

Damnable Grace Book Cover Damnable Grace
Hades Hangmen #5
Tillie Cole
Fiction, Dark Romance
April 18th, 2017

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.
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Val’s Review

5++++ Gazillion Stars

Holy.

Fucking.

Shit.

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The is the BEST fucking Hangmen book to date in my opinion, people, I shit you not.

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Seriously, I can’t WAIT for all you ladies to get your hands on this thing.

All I can say is, Tillie Cole is one talented bitch.

And yes, I can call her “bitch.”

Because that’s, like, a compliment in Hangmen-Land, after all.

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Now, Tillie has been very clear that she doesn’t want ANY spoilers in any of the ARC reviews.

Such is her right and I shall abide. So in order not to chance her righteous lady scribe wrath and risk being damned by the ARC gods, I am going to keep this brief in the details department.

I will say this, however…there is a quote in here that I really wanted to include in this review – although, now that I actually think about it, I am glad I can’t so you can all enjoy it for yourselves.

Let’s just say that it relates to Phebe and her freckles, and, AS a fellow freckled person (freckles run in my family)….

See:

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*That’s me and my sister. I’m the far less attractive sister on the right, for those wondering…

…it (the quote moment mentioned above) especially made my heart melt.

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Personally, my freckles have never bothered me like they bother some people. In fact, I’ve always liked them. They are almost like built-in camouflage for any complexion blemishes.

But, regardless, I know a lot of people who have freckles and hate them or just feel different because of them – and it’s so rare to have the heroine in a book be so freckled – and have those freckles constantly mentioned as part of her character – that I just found it really refreshing.

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But, anyspeckle, as I said, I am going to keep this brief because, quite frankly, I don’t want to accidentally include anything spoilery and – in my excitement – I’m scared of myself.

Now being scared of my schizo filter-less self is nothing new per se, but…well, you know…consequences this time.

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So all I will say is this:

There are definitely moments in this book that will have you cringing in your La-Z-Boy.

Personally, I’m pretty heartless and jaded when it comes to dark shit. My reaction to something someone else might think is really heinous is more like this:

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But this book had a few moments in it that had me reacting like Joe Rogan watching the Two Girls and a Cup video.

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(If you have no idea what that is – don’t worry about it. And whatever you do, do NOT google it at work. TRUST me.)

Regardless, as with all of Tillie Cole’s books, I feel like these moments add an even deeper sense of realism to the story – and not in a “just for the sake of needless tragedy” way like so many other authors these days.

Above all else though, there was just such a palpable connection between Phebe and AK.

They were just so amazing together. I think they have tied if not beaten out Styx/Mae and Ky/Lilah as my favorite Hangmen couple, actually.

Also amazing was the more in depth connection we got to see between the Psycho Trio, namely that between AK and Flame.

In fact, just thinking about it and writing all that made me realize that AK might be my favorite Hangmen Hero to date.

Period.

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About the Author

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.


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