4 stars · Abuse · Childhood Friends · Dark · Motorcycle Romance · New Adult · Panty Melter · Pierced/tattooed

It Ain’t Me, Babe (Hades Hangmen #1) by Tillie Cole

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Hades Hangmen #1
Tillie Cole
Dark Romance
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
April 26th 2014

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…

** A Dark Contemporary MC Romance/New Adult Novel. Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up**

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Nancy’s review

“I thought you said, ‘it ain’t you who’s meant for me’?”
“Oh it’s me, babe… Ain’t no other man for you… but me.”

I am kicking myself because I took way too long to read this! It ain’t me, babe is dark and gritty. It isn’t for everyone. I’m not going to lie, reading about what Mae and her sisters went through was disturbing and heartbreaking. But even with all the dark themes, there was enough romance and humor to make it that much more enjoyable!

Styx is the prez of the Hades Hangmen MC. He’s also known as ‘the Hangmen mute.’ Styx and Mae meet when they’re just kids. Styx is immediately drawn to her long black hair and blue wolf like eyes. Years pass, him trying to find her again, but each time he fails. Eventually he gives up, assuming he will never see her again. Not once does he ever forget her. His first kiss. The third person he chose to speak to. The girl with the wolf eyes.

Their paths cross again when Mae is found bleeding to death on his club property after she has run away from the religious ‘cult’ she was raised in. Instantly Styx recognizes her and is relieved to have finally found her after all these years.

“I-i-if you c-can hear m-me, p-p-pull through. W-wake the f-f-fuck up. I’ve b-been w-waiting on you coming back to me for f-f-fifteen fuckin’ years. No d-dying on m-me now, you hear me?”

Styx is a total alpha male. He’s completely protective and possessive of Mae the minute he sees her again. He’s rough and edgy but with Mae, gentle and caring. The things she endured as a child was devastating. Their worlds are entirely different yet they do everything they can to make it work.

We were alway fated to be together. He is my everything. He is my entire world…
…Styx is my salvation.

I could go on and on about how much I loved this but I don’t want to bore anyone to death. I’m just going to recommend you read the book if you’ve yet to read it because you are seriously missing out, people!

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