Review: It Ain't Me, Babe by Tillie Cole ♥

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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**

My Review:
The thing I love about Tillie Cole's book is that there is always a story behind the story. In this case, that story wasn't pretty. It was downright disturbing, but I loved how the author wrote about it and shined a light on this issue that I was never even aware could be an actual problem. Things got really deep really fast with this book. The prologue alone was just nuts. I was so intrigued about these two characters; where they came from and why they behaved the way they did.

Mae had to endure things no woman or person for that matter should ever have to endure. She was such a beautiful, easy-to-love character. Mae was my baby- I wanted to cuddle her up with some chocolate and teach her all about what's good in the outside world (because let's face it; she has already faced a lot of bad shit a a child). This book blew me out of the water. I couldn't believe how strong Mae was and how someone who was forced through so much could still hold such a beautiful heart of gold within her. She loves fiercely and truly and it was beautiful to read about her character developing and experiencing a whole new set of things once she escaped the hell she was imprisoned in.

River (Styx) was just- I have no words. First of all, I really loved his name. I don't know why but I found myself grinning like an idiot whenever Mae called him by his name. He is cruel and a walking legend to so many people. The Hangmen Mute. What. A. Badass. He is one of those characters who doesn't have to say a single syllable to have you shaking in fear. But with Mae? Ugh my heart sang when he was with her. He was so gentle and he made sure everyone knew how much she meant to him. He had no problem fighting for her. They stood by each other throughout the whole book and taught each other so much.

This book had plot twists that left me with my jaw on the ground. Plot twists I refused to believe and when they would sink in- I would want to cry. I loved the Hades Hangmen. They were crude badasses but they were hilarious. I couldn't help but laugh so many times in which it might've been inappropriate. Especially with Flames angry outbursts that I found so amusing I would re-read over and over just to laugh again. It was just great. I could talk about it for a long time but I have a feeling you guys get my point. Tillie Cole never fails to disappoint in her books- I am a sucker for them.


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