I'm a big fan of Tillie Cole's work. I loved her other three books, the humor, the banter and glittery sidekick. Cherry on top: hot strong alpha male character (each time I'm a gonner ...).
Well It Ain't Me babe is really different but still very, very good. It's deep, violent, sometimes awful with atrocities commited within the sect (rape of children). But above all else is the desperate need of a boy/man to find and protect his girl. Strong alpha male here I come!
The plot: Mae (Salome) has only known a reclusive life in the midst of Prophet David's sect. Under pretense of saving the world and atoning for women's sins, the elders use and abuse women. The most beautiful are no better than sex slaves since childhood.
When Mae meets River (Styx) she is eight and has been deeply shocked by what's been done to her. It all happens in that moment, when two opposite worlds collide. And she fall hard for the mute biker boy. Fifteen years later, she escapes the commune in tragical circomstances. Dying and unconscious, she is saved by Styx aka River. Stix is now the Hangmen's President an outlaw MC. Hot as Hell and merciless, he has sinned in many ways all his violent life and knows no other way to live. Feared by all, the Hangmen Mute is putty in Mae's hands. She is the girl with the Wolf's Eyes, never forgotten, his impossible dream. All muscles, tatoos and testosterone, Styx is ready to kill anyone threatening Mae.
But here comes the crux: how could a girl like Mae fit in his world? Mae is like an innocent newborn child in so many ways. She does not know what a TV or a bike is and has sex slave conditioning. Torn, Styx does not want to taint her but is desperate to be with her.
Mae is beautiful and pure. She has always bend in her life until running away but she has an impressive inner strenght. Wanted by all for her beauty, she is determined to fit in Styx world and become his old Lady.
From the on, many difficulties, conspiracies, twist and turn await the reader. Enjoy the ride!
Indeed this book is blurring the lines. What really is evil ?
*** Careful : some (limited) spoilers ahead ***
You have this self-called "pure" cult where people are brainwashed, women are used and abused particularly the "cursed" ones, not allowed any will of their own and no education.
You have the Hades Hangmen MC, using a figure of hell as their patch, were women are also used but in a consenting way, or so we are told, although frankly in the case of Lois I wonder whether she ever had a choice, where all "lines of business" are illegal, where a prospect is killed by other members in a matter of minutes and in an extremely brutal way without spending much time listening to what he says for his defense or questioning the "evidence".
And yet in this brutal MC you find true brotherhood (and sisterhood), and the ability to still be awed by purity and innocence and shocked by what they find in the "Order". And you find Styx, such a complex man : he is the dreaded Hangmen mute, but he also is the boy, River, who recognized utter beauty and utter pain when he first met Mae, and could never forget her.
What made this book such a good one is the fact that the author didn't try to sugarcoat either side, she manages to tell us about the dark sides without sending us running into the hills.
And what makes it a really good book is Mae and Styx together. The way they are so different and yet so obvious together.
This was a great book with a unique, well-executed plot. While there were definitely some aspects of the MC lifestyle that made me cringe, I found myself completely enthralled with the relationship between Mae and Styx. I was instantly hooked from the prologue. The world Mae came from was unimaginable. I was sick to my stomach reading about what she had endured her entire life. There were some great twists and turns in this book, one in particular that I absolutely did not see coming. I know I will probably be one of those rare people, but even though Cain, was a backstabbing jerk, I still love him. I dunno why, maybe I feel for the underdog, but there's just something about him that I can't shake.
L histoire est originale et bien écrite, les personnages sont attachants. On découvre 2 univers différents celui des bikers et celui d'une secte où la vie y est remplie d horreurs. Le héros apparaît comme le chevalier qui vient sauver la belle et les sentiments entre les 2 personnages principaux sont magnifiquement décrits. On ne s'ennuie pas en lisant ce roman et on y apprend des choses. A lire absolument!