ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Souls Unfractured’ by Tillie Cole.
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Title: SOULS UNFRACTURED
Author: Tillie Cole
Series: Hades Hangmen Series – Book #3
Publisher: Independently published (Review based on ARC copy – early review)
Publishing date: August 11th, 2015
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“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.
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.
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.
Content warning: Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and very mature topics.
Recommended for age 18 years and over.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘SOULS UNFRACTURED’ (Hades Hangmen Series book #3):
*May contain Spoilers if you haven’t read the first novel of the Hades Hangmen Series.*
This is the third installment of the Hades Hangmen Series by Author Tillie Cole titled “Souls Unfractured.” This is my honest review for this novel that I was gifted an ARC in order to share my true feelings on this book. I’ve been very anxious to read Flame’s story simply because his character is so raw and different but there’s just something about him that draws readers in. The story continues where the 2nd novel left off. Two very different worlds, one being a motorcycle club that deals in dangerous and illegal business and the other, a secluded cult of people now ruled by the newly chosen Prophet Cain, a former infiltrator and brother of the MC, formerly known as Rider. The story is told in three character’s P.O.V.’s(point of views): MC brother Flame, former cult member Maddie, and former MC brother Rider now known as “Prophet Cain”.
We were introduced earlier in the series to a violent and different character named Flame, who is known for his love of knives, cutting and bloodshed. He is a brother of the Hades Hangmen MC and will do anything to protect his brothers no matter how crazy it may seem. Flame’s history is a secret, even to his closest brothers in the MC, AK and Viking. Even though they have no idea about what kind of dark and sordid past Flame lived, they accept him as one of their own. What they don’t know is that Flame’s backstory is truly dark, heartbreaking, violent, and horrible but somehow he’s found a way to survive past it in his own twisted way. Being a part of a sometimes violent biker MC is the perfect fit for a guy like Flame.
When Mae and the Hades Hangmen MC charged into the horrendous cult grounds to rescue her biological sister who is younger than Mae by a few years named Maddie and also Lilah who is their cult-sister through their cult life. All three were referred to as “The Cursed” because of their natural beauty, they were always treated differently in disgusting ways. This was accepted because of the twisted beliefs that were instilled into them through their cult lifestyle. Maddie was treated the worst by Brother Moses because of his cruel views and practices. Now that she has been rescued from Brother Moses, who took pleasure in her pain and his control over her, who was finally dead at the hands of the silent MC brother named Flame, she felt like she owed him so much. Flame released her from the nightmarish control of Brother Moses and even though most people steer clear of Flame, Maddie is drawn to him. Something about him makes her feel safe and cared for when she is near him. And something is driving Flame to be completely protective and want to make sure to be near her and keep her safe. Maddie and Flame have a strange yet interesting connection but there’s definitely something beautiful, raw and intense between these two.
The cult has revived itself in a new land that is huger and more progressive in it’s ways under Prophet Cain, formerly known as “Rider” of the MC. Prophet Cain was chosen as the cult’s new leader after the death of their former leader. He takes on the duties but still seems to find himself torn between the lifestyle he lived when he infiltrated the MC and the lifestyle of the cult he comes from. It begins to make Prophet Cain(Rider) question certain rules and practices within the cult, which seems to make his most trusted cult-brother(his twin brother) Judah begin to wonder about his brother and his position as their leader. Cain(Rider) can’t seem to completely get passed his old feelings for Mae, who was supposed to be promised to him through their cult even though she left the cult and is now with Styx. Prophet Cain will be faced with difficult decisions and questions of where his loyalties lie.
There are so many strong emotional moments and tough situations that will make readers truly hope to see some real sunshine after the storms for these characters. Will Maddie and Flame get passed their strong connection or will they get sucked into each other completely? What will Prophet Cain do when he comes face to face with Mae again? How will Cain handle it when he finds out other aspects within the cult he has been chosen to lead? What secrets await for Flame and the past that still tortures and haunts him? Can Maddie ever truly trust a man again and will she ever find peace? This series continues the dark and raw tones that captivate you with well-written characters and brutal depths that tug at your mind and heart. Tillie Cole never disappoints. This is very powerful and compelling while being very unique with the dark tones of the MC world and the cult’s twisted lifestyle dynamics. I definitely recommend this novel and look forward to the next novels coming in this amazing series! This is a Must Read for sure!
Content warning: Contains explicit sexual situations, abuse, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and very mature topics.
Recommended for age 18 years and over.
★★‘SOULS UNFRACTURED’ is the 3rd novel of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’. What else is in the series:★★
IT AIN’T ME, BABE– Book #1 of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’ – The first novel of the series follows the story of Styx and Mae (Available Now – 2014)
HEART RECAPTURED– Book #2 of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’ – The second novel of the series follows the story of Ky and Lilah (Expected release date: December 14th, 2014) *ARC Review Posted Above!*
SOULS UNFRACTURED– Book #3 of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’ – The third novel of the series follows the story of Flame and Maddie (Expected release date: Early 2015)
DEEP REDEMPTION– Book #4 of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’ – The forth novel of the series follows the story of Rider/Prophet Cain (Expected release date: 2015)
DAMNABLE GRACE– Book #5 of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’ – The fifth novel of the series (Expected release date: TBA)
CRUX UNTAMED– Book #6 of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’ – The sixth novel of the series (Expected release date: TBA)
DARKNESS EMBRACED– Book #7 of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’ – The seventh novel of the series (Expected release date: TBA)
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘SOULS UNFRACTURED’ 4 1/2 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the characters while reading ‘SOULS UNFRACTURED’. 🙂
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘SOULS UNFRACTURED’★★★
Flame and Maddie: Eleven.
I’d gone past eleven.
The little bitch’s arms tightened around my waist and I looked down in shock.
“Thank you,” she whispered and pressed her cheek against my chest. “Thank you so very much.”
My lungs froze as she thanked me. And I didn’t understand. Like always. I didn’t fucking understand anything.
Why wasn’t she hurt from my touch?
Why was she fucking thanking me?
Maddie and Flame: “I couldn’t stay away.”
My pulse raced at his response and I whispered, “Why?”
“I couldn’t stop thinking about you. And I…” Flame trailed off.
“And what?” I pushed.
“I needed to be near you. I needed to know you were safe.”
Maddie’s thoughts: But what took my breath was the fact that his looming presence did not fill me with dread and fear. Because this man before me, the one my soul loved, was my safety. The man with whom I could only ever be this free and trusting. The man who was mending my fractured soul.
“Prophet Cain’s” thoughts: “I am Prophet Cain. I am the destined Prophet of The Order. And I have a war to prepare for.”
Flame and Maddie: “But I fucking want you, Maddie. I want you as mine. Fully fucking mine.”
She kissed me softly, then promised against my lips, “We will find a way, Flame. As I need to belong to you too. If it is possible to belong to you more than I already do.”
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