Title: It Ain't Me Babe
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.
Author: Tillie Cole
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Ravage, Raze, Reap, Ravage
Series: Hades Hangmen
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Heart Recaptured, Souls Unfractured, Deep Redemption
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: April 26, 2014
Genres: Dark Romance, Motorcycle Theme
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I recently decided I needed a break in a genre and figured a change was necessary. Somehow I ended up moving to dark romance. It Ain’t Me, Babe is not as dark as the other Tillie Cole books that I’ve read. I’ve enjoyed what I have read by her so when I moved into the Hades Hangmen series I went ahead and purchased all five that are currently published. I’m glad I did. I’m ready to move on to the next.
I was also very leery about this series. I ride a Harley. I put a lot of miles on my Harley’s. Motorcycles in books usually drive me insane. It Ain’t Me, Babe seemed to focus more on the romance between Mae and Styx, and club life. Only a couple of motorcycle things made me shake my head. It wasn’t torture, they were little things. I do have to point out that I ride a bigger Harley than Styx. As for motorcycle club life your guess is as good as mine if this one stayed true to what goes on. It seems plausible and worked for the book so overall I’m okay with this motorcycle romance.
Salome has lived her whole life in a religious commune hell. She has been told her whole life that she is of the Cursed. That she is the reason for the original sin. She has been abused in the name of religious worship. She has faced hatred simply because she is beautiful and told that that is her life as a Cursed. Through all of the abuse she has one thing they were never able to take from her, a will to live. Once Mae reached her breaking point she ran. She didn’t know where she was going but she fled the prison she had lived in her entire life. She ran until she fell at the gate of a whole different kind of compound.
Young for a 1% motorcycle club prez, Stxy had ran his club the way he was taught by his father. He has not let his lack of speech hinder his abilities. He has killed in his past, he knows he will continue to do so in the future, and sometimes he has enjoyed the killing. It’s his life, it’s in his blood, it’s how he was raised from when he was just a club brat. When readers meet him he is dealing with a possible mole (rat) within his club. He’s losing business that has always belonged to the Hangmen. The ATF is watching his club 24/7. And then the battered body of the female from the fence turns up on his doorstep to turn his life upside down.
I enjoyed Mae. Reading her grow into herself after her escape was entertaining. I wanted to knock some sense into Styx a few times but Mae handled it just fine. Mae handled a lot just fine especially for someone so new to living her own life. Some of that could be because of the protection that was given to her within the walls of the motorcycle club compound or it could have been the steps necessary for the story to progress. If it was the latter I have to applaud the author because this story never felt rushed.
Tillie has created one of my favorite types of characters and I cannot wait to get to his book. I love the anti-hero. He was a good guy within the club. He’s done his big evil and it’s really big. I don’t get his reasons but I know he does. He even did a small thing that helped someone in the end. Everyone is going to hate him as much as he hates himself. So much angst, gimme!