Series: Hades Hangmen #1
Published by Self-Published on April 26, 2014
Genres: New Adult Romance
Also by this author: Raze, Heart Recaptured, Souls Unfractured, Deep Redemption
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…
Dark Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel.
Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*
I don’t know what spurred on this Hades Hangmen series re-read-athon, but I’m slightly glad that I took on the task.
When It Ain’t Me, Babe first hit the indie book scene I wasn’t well-versed in the ins and outs of what made a book popular within this community. I was just a fledgling in what made MC romances so different from the other stories that dominated the romance genre. At the time of my reading this book for the first time, I didn’t know I was being introduced to a beloved sub-genre. (It Ain’t Me, Babe would later help shape my preference when it came to the heroes of the stories I read).
Throughout It Ain’t Me, Babe, we follow the two main character’s as they seek to reconcile with one another. They face many challenges and numerous villains before their HEA is achieved, but the journey is one you shouldn’t miss if you love stories that drag you in and takes you for a ride.
The hero, River ‘Styxx,’ has a speech disability and the heroine, Salome ‘Mae,’ we learn, is a victim of a religious sex cult. Both characters are both different from the rest of the world and those around them, Styxx as the Hades Hangmen MC President, or the ‘Mute Hangmen,’ and Mae encountering life outside of the fence that surrounded The Order commune she escaped from. When these two meet as adults things appear chaotic and as if their reconciliation wouldn’t be possible, but we quickly find that in more ways than one they complete each other.
It Ain’t Me, Babe carried an unconventional take on religious cults and the turmoil that a person goes through when their convictions are filled with false teachings. Along with the story’s premise residing on The Order and their influence over the character’s lives, there were so many nuggets I found this time re-reading It Ain’t Me, Babe. The main one that stood out the most to me was how Mae’s faith, regardless how skewered it was, was placed before a mirror and she was forced to acknowledge the imperfections and disguises that permeated her life. (Along with the romance this was an intriguing transformation that I enjoyed reading about too).
There’s not really much detail I can give about the world that started with It Ain’t Me, Babe . You can tell while reading that Cole did her research because she wrote with an authority that is rarely seen in fiction today. The authentic feel that I was able to pick up from each page turn, made me feel and believe its story. Authenticity is a sure way an author’s works will appear again on my shelves.