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Jointly Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
J&G: ✯✯✯✯✯ Stars
“You are my unattainable dream come true.”
There’s no doubt about it,Tillie Cole is a remarkable storyteller. The sheer brilliance and versatility of this author ensures we drop everything to devour her next read. Never one to rest on her laurels, she pushes herself emotionally to bring us her story and Heart Recaptured only cemented our passion for her work even further. First off we must applaud Tillie Cole on the research she carried out to bring this story to fruition. It must have been exhausting!
When Heart Recaptured arrived on our Kindles, the ‘do not disturb’ sign was up, takeaway was ordered so we could immediately lose ourselves in the world of the Hades Hangmen and again, Tillie Cole did not disappoint!
Did we love Heart Recaptured? YES WE DID! Was it everything we’d hoped? For the most part, ABSOLUTELY!!!! Tillie, you did Ky and Lilah proud!
‘She may have thought she was devil-created, but she was flawless. I was pretty damn sure if there was a devil, he had nothing to do with what I was seeing. That was all good, a goddamn fucking blessing.’
We were bursting to hear Ky’s story. Apart from the fact he has a filthy mouth, loves shagging, is a loyal best friend to Styx and possesses a fierce loyalty to his MC brotherhood, we didn’t really know much about him. Just who was Kyler Willis?? We certainly looked forward to finding out!
“I’m gonna make you feel beautiful, baby. And you’ll never be made to feel less than anyone else.“
This story was at times tough. Bloody tough! It was evident Tillie Cole dug deep to tell Lilah’s story. Some scenes were particularly harrowing causing our hearts to ache and many tears to be shed. Tillie Cole, you broke us and we can only imagine how difficult it was to bring some parts of this story to life.
“We are all fallen in some way, Lilah.”
We first met Lilah in It Ain’t Me Babe when she was forced to leave the Religious Cult when mayhem erupted. The self-loathing and suffering this woman endured at the hands of those who should have protected her left us heartbroken. She was such a beautiful character who, despite the pain and torment she had suffered, maintained an innocence that was so endearing. A fragile young woman who found safety in the arms of a rugged, handsome, tough biker. Ky is her unlikely saviour.
“I want to be unnoticed. I want not to exist in men’s eyes.”
Ky is completely entranced and captivated by Lilah. This man has never known love, thought women were to be bedded and discarded, a view he acquired courtesy of his father. Lilah elicits such intense feelings in him. A mere smile from this woman can bring him to his knees and there is a desperation a need between them that is palpable. Watching Ky step up to protect Lilah had our hearts beating madly.
“You are caring. You are loving. You are my teacher, my protector. You keep me safe. Ky, you are my safety.”
Unlike Mae, Lilah never questioned her religious teachings and so a significant portion of Heart Recaptured is centred on the religious aspect of the Cult. At first we found this an interesting development, however there was a moment in the middle we began to feel as though the religious aspect was beginning to overshadow Ky and Lilah’s as well as Ky’s own story but being the talented author Tillie is, she pulled us right back, giving us an explosive second part that left us utterly breathless and reeling!
“Psalms are poems; you are mine. You are the embodiment of every divine word that could slip from my lips. I adore you, Ky.”
Ky and Lilah’s story was a gripping, passionate, unforgiving, heartbreaking and deeply emotional page turner. Tillie Cole is able take us right into her story to a point where we feel, breathe and experience word! She doesn’t shy away from the difficult moments, doesn’t compromise her story nor does she wrap it up in cotton wool. She goes hell for leather, sending us on an emotional journey leaving us exhausted and reliving moments of of her stories again and again. An extraordinary author who constructs her stories and characters in a way that never fails to grip us, enthrall us and keep us coming back for more!!! Bravo Tillie Cole! You brought it lady!
“Get those fuckin’ lips on mine, baby..”
Now bring on Souls Unfractured next year!!! Flame and Maddie’s story promises to be a cracker and we know it’ll be one hell of a ride with the fucked up but utterly luscious Flame….
**Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by the author with thanks**
THE HADES HANGMEN SERIES
Contemporary Dark romance – Must be read in order