It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole

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Posted April 12, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Book Reviews, Books / 2 Comments

It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie ColeIt Ain't Me, Babe by Tillie Cole
Series: Hades Hangmen #1
Published by Self-Published on April 26, 2014
Genres: New Adult Romance
Pages: 466
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Raze, Heart Recaptured, Souls Unfractured, Deep Redemption, Sweet Hope, Reap, Sweet Soul, Ravage
Also in this series: 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*

When It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole 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).

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.

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 by Tillie Cole. 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.

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About Tillie Cole

Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, Tillie Cole, is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie, at age nineteen, moved forty miles north to the ‘Toon’, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. Tillie, regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven ‘proper mint’ and ‘lush’ years.

One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on her much loved and treasured Kindle, Tillie turned to her husband and declared, “D’you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book.” Several months later, after repeating the same tired line at the close of another completed story, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and “just bloody do it!” For the first time in eleven years, Tillie actually took his advice (he is still trying to get over the shock) and immediately set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination.

Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!). She also has a serious side (believe it or not!) and loves to immerse herself in the complex study of World Religions, History and Cultural Studies and creates fantasy stories that enable her to thread serious issues and topics into her writing — yep, there’s more to this girl than profanity and sparkles!

After six years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have finally given up their nomadic way of life and settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap wearing, Stetson-sporting cowgirl… Ye-haw!

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