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

Good Reads Synopsis:

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**

Chick and Brain Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

So my Smut Soul Sister has been trying to get me to read this book FOREVER, and I kept putting it off. I am not a biker gang person. Okay, so I am lying. I loved me some Sons of Anarchy, it just took me almost 3 season and constant pestering from my husband to sit down and watch it.  I have been stuck in a Smut Rut for a while, so she gave me this saying “Read it Bitch! Now! Not later Now! I promise, no more rut when you are finished.” Damn her for being right! I wont tell her… she may read this but I sure as hell am not going to text her and tell her she was right. It will make her Smut filled head entirely too big lol.

Now to the review… Styx, dear god in heaven I am in love! My favorite part about Styx is the fact that he has a hard time speaking. I do not know why, but it makes him more endearing to me. Not just some hard ass biker dude, but a soft and cuddly bear. Yea I know, I have issues but just think about it. You want to snuggle him and tell him everything is okay. You also want to hear him cuss, drink, and beat the shit out of everyone that has ever done horrible things to you in your life. I know you are as messed up as me in the head, I won’t hold it against you I promise.

Then there is Mae, she is also not perfect. I love that she has the background she does. She can accept Styx for who he was and who he is. She can become a person within herself and the world of the Hangman. Mae is probably one the very few female characters I can picture myself as in this type a genre. Not the crazy bible thumping cult, but the shell shock that it is being brought into this world. All Mae knows is that she unconditionally loves Styx. That she will do anything to be with him, to protect him, and to make him happy. The rest is all just superficial.  That is the type of love we are all looking for. That is the way we all want a man to make us feel. Now him being unbelievably gorgeous and wanting to have us 6 ways from Sunday wont hurt either. Love and respect between the two of them is amazing. That is what draws me into this book, the amazing sex and hotness of it all is just added bonus!

One thing Cole did that I love is tie up loose ends! Man I do not hate a book more than when I am left with questions. I could stop right now and be fine with the way things have been wrapped up. I sure as hell am not going to but I could if this series turned out to be my cup of tea. I can not tell you how many times I have continued reading a series I hated just because I had to many questions left unanswered to be able to leave it alone. Only to finish and still have a million questions! Cole gives us, as readers, the options to find out what happens between Mae’s two sisters and their Hangman or to just be happy with the ending Styx and Mae were given.

More books need characters like Styx and Mae. Minus the explicit nature of the story, the characters are real. Their love is real. Their situation is real. More authors need to write characters like Cole. I honestly hope that people are able to see past all of this and see the wonderful job Cole did shaping her characters and creating a story that us, as reader, are able to place ourselves into. A story that all of us can wish to be a part of, or more importantly a love that all of us have dreamed of having all of our lives.


Until next time,



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