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

It Aint Me Babe

It Ain’t Me, Babe (Hades Hangmen #1) 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…

Dark Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel.

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



4 out of 5 stars

I don't even know where to start but I really, really liked it! Super intense with some really messed up stuff going on but I was addicted to finding out all the details.

I found the characters extremely interesting. I wanted to get into their heads and find out and understand everything about them. This is told from dual POVs and I really loved that. Salome/Mae and River/Styx come from completely different worlds. Mae was just so sheltered but had dealt with so much violence and pain. Styx grew up with a lot of violence, fighting his own personal demons thanks to a speech impediment. Their two worlds coming together was emotional, sweet, and sometimes gripping. I liked the story of how they met and reconnected. They were drawn together, it was really sweet and it could be hot and passionate as well. Mae figuring everything out and getting stronger was awesome. Sometimes she was so naïve, I just wanted to smack her but it was hard not to like her because she didn't know any better. Styx was awesome! I liked him a lot, even with all his gruffness. He was so caring for Mae, it was touching. The moments he struggled with his personal issues and how he overcame some of it gave me a moment of happiness and I got completely teary eyed.

All the men in the MC were just really intriguing and I like how the foundation was laid for the next two stories. Ky seems like such a player but oh my goodness Flame, I want to know all about this guy and his psychotic ways! That man was like a train wreck I couldn't look away from. I also liked the Old Ladies in the story and the friendship they forged with Mae. Mae had some interesting moments that made me shake my head and smile because so many things were foreign to her. Even in the midst of all the intenseness, there was a slight bit of entertainment happening even though it wasn't necessarily funny (if that makes sense). I really liked Mae's sisters, Lilah and Maddie. I am excited for the next stories to see how everything plays out with them. I loved the dynamic with Ryder and everything that went on with him. I loved him, hated him, and loved him again. I had a big ol' I didn't see that coming moment, which was awesome because it made for a nice twist. 

I liked this story so freaking much! The drama throughout kept me on my toes. This story was just intense, emotional, and gritty with some really sweet, loving moments mixed in. I was caught up in everything! Mae and Ryder are so great together!



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Other books in the HADES HANGMEN series

Heart Recaptured

Heart Recaptured (#2) – Available now.

Souls Unfractured (#3) – Flame and Maddie’s story. Coming in early 2015.

Deep Redemption (#4) – Rider’s Story. Coming in 2015.



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