Review: Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen #3) by Tillie Cole

Goodreads Synopsis:

“For fractured souls are like magnets.
Drawn to collide into an impossible bliss…”

Labeled a ‘Cursed’ woman of Eve from birth, Maddie has endured nothing but pain and repression at the hands of The Order’s most abusive elder, Moses. Now living with her sister in The Hangmen’s secluded compound, finally, Maddie, is free. Free from the suffocating faith she no longer believes in. Free from endless years of physical and mental torment.

Just… free…

At age twenty-one, the timid and shy Maddie is content to live within the confines of her new home—safe from the outside world, safe from harm and, strangely, protected by the Hangmen’s most volatile member; the heavily pierced and tattooed, Flame.

Flame.

The man who ceaselessly watches over her with his midnight dark and searing eyes. The man who protects her with a breath-taking intensity. And the man who stirs something deep within her numbed heart.

But when circumstances conspire for Flame to need HER help, Maddie bravely risks it all for the broken man who has captivated her fragile soul.

The Hangmen’s most infamous member, Flame, is ruled by one thing—anger. Plagued by haunting demons from his past, an all-consuming rage, and isolated by an abhorrent hatred of being touched, Flame’s days are filled with suffocating darkness, pierced only by a single ray of light—Maddie. The shy, beautiful woman he cannot purge from his thoughts. The woman he has an overwhelming need to possess…
… the only person who has ever been able to touch him.

Flame’s mission in life is to protect Maddie, to keep her safe. Until a trigger from his troubled past sends him spiraling into madness, trapping him in the deepest recesses of his disturbed mind.

His Hangmen brothers fear that Flame is beyond saving.

His only hope of salvation: Maddie and her healing light.

Dark Contemporary Romance.
Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and very mature topics.
Recommended for age 18 years and over.

 

Chick and Brain Rating: 5 out of 5

Yea, like you thought I was going to give this any other rating than that. However, I would rate this higher than 5 if I could. Flame and Maddie are by far my personal favorite Hangmen couple at this point and I do not anticipate that changing any time soon. The connection between these two is stronger that any of the other couples thus far. We are taken to places in this narrative, that we would not choose to go but must in order to better understand these characters. It is a place of understanding that brings these characters together, but also the deep connection that have to one another that neither one of them are able to explain.

Flame, just wow who would have thought this is what made Flame into the man his is. Ugly cry moments during this book are unavoidable. We go through most of the other narratives believing Flame to be some crazy man, but eventually we have the “Ah Ha” moment when we realize what Flame has been through and our hearts break for him.  We are all unable to fathom how he has dealt with all of this through the course of his life, but he endured. Just like Maddie, Flame was able to find strength in his circumstance and with Maddie’s help is able to finally over come his demons. By leaving those demons behind, Flame is still the same badass MFer we all know and love, but he is able to embrace the love  he has for Maddie and another special someone we find along the way. In doing this he is finally able to learn the most important part of love, loving yourself.

Maddie, being a cursed sister is the worst of all experiences. She was the baby of the sisters and has always been taken care of. We are able to see a different side to Maddie in this book. Maddie is finally able to be the caretaker and in doing so she finds her strength in the process. Maddie has always seemed to rely on her sisters for guidance, for strength, and even in some cases direction. However, when it comes to Flame, this is the first time she has made a choice to go against her sisters. She goes against everything that everyone sees on the outside, and is able to see the hurt that resides within Flames soul and that is where Maddie is able to find  her strength. Cole chose Maddie to be Flame’s salvation, but in doing so she also allows Maddie to grow as an individual. By helping Flame deal with the pains of his past, Maddie begins to deal the pain of hers so that the two of them can grow and become new together.

We as readers are treated to an emotional roller coaster in this narrative. We have ups and down, damn sometimes we do not even know which was is up or down. Cole does an amazing job of leading us on this journey of salvation for both Maddie and Flame. However, they do not find their salvation in the church, the club, but in their love for each other.

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