Series: Hades Hangmen #4
Published by Self-Published on July 10th 2016
Genres: New Adult Romance
Also by this author: Raze, It Ain't Me, Babe, Heart Recaptured, Souls Unfractured
ONLY THROUGH BLOOD CAN THE DEEPEST REDEMPTION BE FOUND…
He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.
Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.
Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…
But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.
As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…
… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.
There wasn’t much I was expecting from Deep Redemption by Tillie Cole for many reasons. One of the main ones being Rider’s character was one I didn’t really care for nor wanted to read about. But now that I’ve put this installment of the Hades Hangmen series behind me I can admit that I was surprisingly shocked by how much I actually didn’t hate his story.
The melodrama of the twin brother stealing the other brother’s identity to take over their position didn’t do much for me as a reader. I didn’t care what happened to The Order one way or the other, or what happened to Rider one way or the other. But, it was the story of another Cursed found that I began to feel as if Deep Redemption wasn’t going to be filled with flowers and butterflies for Rider.
The new Cursed (I can’t think of her name right now) was walking into a situation she’d never encountered before. (Well, when we learn her back story we find out that she’s dealt with her share of cruel and demented personalities). Since she was another beauty like Mae, Lilah, and Maddie she knows that she’s the hope that those in The Order have been waiting on. Sadly, she was one of those noble types who wanted to help the members of The Order achieve redemption by marrying the devil instead, aka Prophet Cain.
At the end of Souls Unfractured we find out that Rider, or the real Prophet Cain and not the Prophet Cain his brother is imitating, has been duped by his twin brother and is now a prisoner of The Order for going against their teachings. In Deep Redemption though, we find out that not only is he a prisoner but he’s the key to saving the Cursed, Phoebe, and Grace from continuing to live in an environment that condones child abuse, racial discrimination, and prostitution all in the name of their faith. (Well of course he’s their saving grace because otherwise what would a whole book about Rider be without him being someone’s hero).
Long story short, once the big thing happened within this story I was slightly entertained and annoyed. Deep Redemption is probably the only book that made me loath the Hades Hangmen. Matter of fact, I think with this book Tillie Cole made me both distrust and love her writing.
Rider was a character that for three books we have seen both side of his struggle as well as the effects his actions have had on those he’s wronged. But, in Deep Redemption Cole placed a human lens over his character and made you sympathize and understand his character, which is what a great author is supposed to be able to do – doesn’t mean that I have to like it. What made me distrust her writing a little was the stance that Mae, Lilah, and Maddie took on the side for Rider.
After everything these character have gone through and the justice they’ve accepted from their men on their behalf, they choose this moment to ask for forgiveness. Because it was explained and proven that Rider wasn’t a part of the child abuse practices of The Order he was all of a sudden a character that qualified for mercy. Did they forget that because of his obsession with Mae they each endured beatings and more abuse, and he was still the proud leader of polygamous and sex cult?! I would’ve been content with the Hades Hangmen booting both Rider and his wife out of the club and far away from the state of Texas instead of letting him go only to allow him to still reside on club property.
I have a lot mixed emotions about Deep Redemption, but like I said I didn’t hate it like I thought I would’ve. I have a few more books in this series to read so I’ll be back to talk about the aftermath of the actions in this book as well as what the character dynamics are.