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DEEP REDEMPTION (Hades Hangmen #4) by TILLIE COLE


5 STAR REVIEW :: DEEP REDEMPTION by TILLIE COLE

12th


Dark contemporary series to be read in order – ongoing storyline

SYNOPSIS

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.

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Deep Redemption

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“A pure soul always finds love. Even through hate, they will always find the ability to claim love.”

How is it possible to still be completely and utterly compelled by a series, by characters that have become like family and a world so at odds with itself? How can you still be as consumed and addicted by the end of book four and experience every emotion all over again, as if new, despite a continuing storyline which develops into something you never saw coming rather something more sinister and heart-breaking? How can you still be surprised by twists and revelations? Tillie Cole tells a tale that is so overwhelmingly disturbing yet has such strong elements of realism. A harrowing realism we know is a possibility in the society we live in, a misguided and destructive element of human behaviour and extreme beliefs tweaked to fit.

“You have been perfectly created for a single sinful purpose- to tempt pure and God-fearing men. Your name is nothing, just as you are nothing.”

Once again Tillie Cole shows us her unique and masterful story-telling. Her vivid imagery and extreme depth of character once more astounds us. Whilst you could argue that many of her characters possess a similar emotional aspect and character detail you cannot argue that they each bring something so different to this epic journey.

‘The pure prophet with the conflicted heart. A heart I believed could be saved. Even if mine was already damned.’

As each book comes to be, you’re taken deeper and deeper into the world of the Hangmen and Zion and you sit and read with tears in your eyes and a pain so deep in your heart you’re left wondering when will it all end. Where will it all end?

“You arrived when I needed a friend most. Someone to trust, when I believed there was no one out there that I could ever let in again.”

After everything that has come to pass in this series we knew this was going to be a hard one to read emotionally, after all this is Cain. Cain who’s stood for everything we’ve hated and despaired at. A man who’s brought evil and forces hands, people and devastation. We knew where we started with him and we knew how we’ve felt throughout so far.

“I’m lonely,” I said brokenly. “I’m so damn lonely that I can barely breathe.”

A gifted storyteller takes a much hated character and shows you a man riddled with moral imperfections and unjust behaviour- then she shows you his heart. The heart is what truly tells a story with every beat. We knew part of his journey and the tragic shadow of a man that he is and Deep Redemption truly was- a redemption. So much so we were left feeling incredibly torn on what we’ve stood for and those we’ve loved, and faltered at the words we had to swallow, as moments of raw passion and horrific violence played out. For a moment we came to love what we hated and we came to hate what we’d once loved. But we understood. It had to be.

‘I wanted so badly to be the man she believed me to be.’

Love, hate forgiveness. Power, violence and despair. A brotherhood, a sisterhood and family bonds. Everything is tested as we follow a man truly struggling to find himself- his place in a world. A man who expects nothing and demands nothing in return. A man plagued by guilt and abhorrence of who he is and what he’s stood for.  A man who can never be free no matter his atonement. That is until he’s shown the way and somewhat powered by a healing heart- a soft hand hiding strength, understanding, compassion and ultimately a pure love- reaching for his. A woman with her own demons, trials and injustice. A woman who stands up to be counted and perseveres, though afraid, and who loves under adverse and hostile conditions. A woman who brings a voice to others.

‘I loved that man. I loved him with a breathless, soul-shattering intensity.’


THE HADES HANGMEN SERIES
Contemporary Dark romance – Must be read in order

It Ain’t Me Babe Book One
                    

Heart Recaptured Book Two
                    

Souls Unfractured Book Three
                    

Deep Redemption Book Four
                    

Damnable Grace Book Five
                    

I Do, Babe Book #5.5 Novella
          


**TB ALSO RECOMMENDS by TILLIE COLE**

A THOUSAND BOY KISSES
A deeply moving and epic love story
Available to purchase below:
our reviewamazon us | amazon uk

a thousand boy kisses


THE SWEET HOME SERIES
An football theme romance full of sweetness and emotion

Sweet Home Series

Available to purchase below

Sweet Home Book #1 : amazon us | amazon uk our review
 Sweet Rome Book #1.5 amazon us amazon uk | our review

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SWEET HOME / CARILLO BOYS SERIES
A beautiful, moving, heartwrenching series of love, loyalty and sacrifice.

Carillo Brothers

Available to purchase below:

 Sweet Fall Book#2 (Carillo Boys #1) : amazon us | amazon  uk | our review
Sweet Hope Book #3 /Carillo Boys #2 : amazon us  | amazon  uk | our review
 Sweet Soul Book #4 / Carillo Boys #3 : amazon us | amazon uk | our review


 ETERNALLY NORTH – STANDALONE
A funny and heartwarming romcom that will tickle your ribs!

Available to purchase below
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eternally


THE SCARRED SOULS SERIES
A Russian Mafia romance series that’s dark, gritty and addictive reading!

Scarred Souls

Available to Purchase below

Raze Book #1 : amazon us | amazon uk |our review
Reap Book #2 : amazon us | amazon uk | our review
Ravage Book #3 : our review  |
 amazon us | amazon uk
Riot Book #4 (releasing 7th March) : Pre Order
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A THOUSAND BOY KISSES by TILLIE COLE

Standalone YA
Epic! Beautiful. Extraordinary Love Story!
A THOUSAND BOY KISSES by TILLIE COLE

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a thousand boy kisses

SYNOPSIS

One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.
When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?
Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come. 

Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance.
For ages 14 and up.

ATBK

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
***Our Spoiler Free Review***

10 ‘and our hearts are bursting’ stars

‘Rune pressed a kiss just below my ear and whispered, “Sleep, baby. I got you.” And he did. He had me. Just like I had him.’

Yet another genre and yet another winner from the supremely talented and versatile Tillie Cole. Not just a winner, but now our favourite of all her books and that’s no easy feat considering we have loved everything this author has written. From the funny to the gritty, from the emotional to the uncomfortable, we’re convinced there is NOTHING this lady can’t write and both agree when we say this is THE most beautiful, emotional and stunningly written love story we’ve ever read. This book is as special as special can be.

‘Kiss eight hundred and nineteen was the kiss that changed it all. The kiss that proved that a long-haired brooding boy from Norway and a quirky girl from the Deep South could find a love to rival the greats. It showed that love was simply the tenacity to make sure that the other half of your heart knew he, or she, was adored in every way. In every minute of every day. That love was tenderness in its purest form.’

We’ve enjoyed books, we’ve been moved by books and we’ve cried over books but never and we mean NEVER have we been left so emotionally wrought yet so completely satisfied after finishing a story. We found ourselves talking, sobbing and reliving every exquisite moment, of which there were numerous. And so it was with swollen eyes and overflowing hearts that we chatted into the early hours of the morning never wanting to relinquish our feelings for Poppy and Rune.

‘She knew she had me, just as much as I had her. We were all we needed.’

There wasn’t a page that wasn’t highlighted as this book penetrated our souls and left us feeling so unbelievably thankful and privileged to have experienced this unforgettable story of love in its most beautiful, searing and epic form.  A book such as A Thousand Boy Kisses doesn’t come along often, so when it does, we possessively hold each word in our hearts and treasure every single emotion as we did with Rune and Poppy’s story. This story encompasses everything that makes us passionate about reading.

“I used to know a boy, a boy I loved with my whole heart, who lived for a single moment. Who told me that a single moment could change the world. It could change someone’s life. That one moment could make someone’s life, in that brief second, infinitely better or infinitely worse”

Poppy Litchfield and Rune Kristiansen created a bond of friendship at five years old that would blossom into a love story to rival the greats. They truly were two parts of one heart in every sense of the word. Despite their tender years, their love was extraordinary and it was epic and there is no doubt this came across in Tillie’s story as we lived and breathed the enormity of their feelings.

“I’m half a heart. This, who I am now, was due to a life devoid of you. This darkness, this anger, was born from you not being by my side. Poppymin. My adventurer. My girl.”

Tillie Cole doesn’t have to force emotions from us, they are elicited spontaneously from the natural fluidity of her writing. This lady writes from the heart and not only were our tears falling freely on the pages, but we also felt hers in every word as she brought us the sweetest girl; an old soul with a perception of life that belied her years, and the brooding boy who moved into her street and into her heart. She taught him what it was to love and feel and together they created something that went beyond mere love.  Breathtaking doesn’t begin to describe their story. Heartbreaking is an understatement. Uplifting doesn’t do it justice. There really are no words to do this story justice.

“Maybe we’re like the cherry blossom, Rune. Maybe we loved too much too young and burned so bright that we had to fade out.’

From the innocence and exuberance of childhood to the confusion and pain of youth, we lived it all. We fought their battles and lived through joy and heartbreak with them yet we haven’t even scratched the surface of their story, you couldn’t imagine for one minute how this story plays out. We know we didn’t.

‘I was going to do this for her. I was going to do my damnedest to make her happy. I’d win her back. I’d win her back as the Rune I was now. There was no choice. This was us. This was our new adventure. ‘

 Told in dual POV for optimum effect, there is so much to experience in A Thousand Boy Kisses and we cannot stress enough that you must go into this story spoiler free and experience it all as the author intended. Don’t ask, just feel.

We do love YA stories however we know some readers evade this genre. To those readers we would urge you to still pick this book up. The nature of the story and the delivery from this author is well worth putting those thoughts aside to experience something so positively beautiful.

 

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SWEET SOUL : SWEET HOME #4 :: CARILLO BOYS #3 by TILLIE COLE

Series to be read in order.
Sweet Fall and Sweet Hope should be read before reading Sweet Soul as the characters and story thread through this book.

Sweet Soul cover

SYNOPSIS

One shy lost soul.
One silent lonely heart.
One love to save them both.

Life has never been easy for twenty-year-old Levi Carillo. The youngest of the Carillo boys, Levi is nothing like his older brothers. He isn’t dark in looks or intimidating to everyone he meets. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Haunted by a crippling shyness and the tragic events of his past, Levi spends his days with his head buried in his books, or training hard for his college football team. Too timid to talk to girls, Levi stays as far away as possible and completely on his own… until he saves the life of a troubled pretty blonde, a troubled pretty blonde that might just be the exception to his rule.

Elsie Hall is homeless. Or at least that’s all anyone ever sees. Everyday is a fight for survival on the cold streets of Seattle, everyday a struggle to find food and keep warm. Alone in life—a life that’s dangerous and cruel—her will to keep going is an ever-losing battle. In her world of silence, Elsie has given up hope that her life will contain anything but constant struggle and pain… until the beautiful boy she has severely wronged comes to her rescue at precisely the right time.

New Adult novel—contains sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up

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Sweet Soul

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯ resounding stars!

“You’re my kind of extraordinary. Levi Carillo, you’re the sweetest of souls.”

*sniff, sniff* Just give us a minute while we wipe the away the copious amount of tears we shed whilst reading this profoundly heartfelt story. Sweet Soul didn’t just tear at our heartstrings…Elsie and Levi brought us to our knees and their story exceeded ALL our expectations.

“I want the world for you, mia luna. And I pray that the girl who claims your tender heart is just as sweet as you. Someone to care for your fragile soul. Someone to cherish the gentle gift that you are, when I am not here to do so…..”

Sweet Soul again (and again, and again) demonstrates what a standout and creative genius this author is. We firmly believe there is nothing Tillie Cole can’t write. Her talent continually amazes us. It was only  last month she had us squirming uncomfortably through the gritty and raw, Reap and now she’s reduced us to sobbing wrecks whilst experiencing one of the most beautiful and soul searing love stories we’ve read this year.

“You’re stealing my soul, Levi. Like a thief, you’re taking my soul and making it your own.”
“I think you already have mine.”

There are so many reason why this book worked for us and why it affected us so deeply. The sheer magnitude of our feelings weren’t only evoked by the stunning writing, or the breathtakingly beautiful and mesmerising love story between Levi and Elsie, nor the crushing pain and overwhelming protectiveness we felt for two people who hurt, and hurt terribly , but also through the struggles of the Carillo brothers which came to a peak in Sweet Soul as we lay witness to the love and heartbreak they’ve shared or shouldered on their own, the bond between these men is soul deep and unbreakable and is what made this book particularly special.

Sweet Soul is the culmination of their journey and is the reason we implore you to read the complete Carillo Boys portion of this series (Sweet Hope and Sweet Fall) in order. There will be those who haven’t experienced their story who may pass Sweet Soul off as a standalone. We say: don’t listen because it is the relationship of the brothers that is woven throughout the three books that makes Levi’s journey such a deep seated emotional experience,  heightened by following the boys through each of their books as they heal and find love to arrive at the point they have in Levi’s story.

Luckily we had plenty of tissues on hand for the moments between Levi and his brothers because they cut straight through our hearts. We can’t even begin to describe the feelings these scenes elicited from us. We sobbed and we mean….sobbed during their interactions throughout Levi and Elsie’s story.

“Please don’t break his fucking heart. Seeing that kid so closed in, pained me every damn day. I won’t see him destroyed by the first person he’s ever let in.”
“I could never hurt him, he means too much to me.”
“Good.”

 Levi and Elsie. How can we possibly convey the purity of their feelings, the honesty of their words, and the innocence in their hearts?  We can’t because their story needs to be felt. Their love is breathtaking, mesmerising, spectacularly heartfelt and crushingly beautiful. You’d have to have a black hole for a heart not to be affected by Elsie and Levi and their love story. Our hearts soared with them, and plummeted with them as they were forced to face the painfully sad moments from their pasts.

“You make it easy to forget all the bad.” Elsie
“You make it easy to only see the good.” Levi

Our handsome, gentle, timid, shy and beautiful Levi who bore the emotional scars left from losing his beloved Mother at only 14, such a young and impressionable age, carrying the guilt from the choices he made in his youth was one of the kindest, sweetest and most loving characters we’ve ever met. Where others see flaws, Levi sees beauty and we’re so happy he nagged Tillie to tell his story.

‘I felt like I was in heaven – high in the sky; safe, fed and warm, with the sweetest kindest boy who accepted my biggest flaw.’

The sad, lonely and brave Elsie who’s had so much heartbreak in her past. So vulnerable but so unbelievably strong, despite what she may think. This girl was so pure of heart provoking an overwhelming need in us to shield her from all the ugly and hurt in the world.

“Words are the worst kind of ammunition, Levi. Physical pain fades in time, but bullets of cruelty forever penetrate the soul.”

What we love so much about Tillie’s work is that it’s HER heart we see on those pages, free of any outside influences to mar her words. We are in complete awe the way she deals with the issue at hand and has us feeling part of something real. Her words are THAT powerful! The issue brought to life in Sweet Soul is so relevant today and one we’ve seen played out many times through Social Media, exposing the damage words can cause and it’s handled sensitively in this book. This is a story of survival, strength, hope, family ties and most of all love. It’s a story with a powerful message. Tillie Cole summons us all to be a little kinder, a little more tolerant, to comfort and support those who need a hand and to open our hearts to all the beauty in life to find our happiness and what better message could there be?

“It’s okay.” Two words, two simple everyday words rescued me from dark thoughts; spoken by the sweetest boy I’d ever met’

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  THE SWEET HOME SERIES by TILLIE COLE

Sweet Home Series

 Sweet Home Book One : amazon us | amazon uk | our review
 Sweet Rome Book #1.5 : amazon us amazon uk | our review

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SWEET HOME / CARILLO BOYS SERIES by TILLIE COLE

Carillo Brothers

 Sweet Fall Book#2 (Carillo Boys #1) : amazon us | amazon  uk | our review
♥ Sweet Hope Book #3 /Carillo Boys #2 : amazon us  amazon  uk | our review
Sweet Soul Book #4 / Carillo Boys #3 : amazon us | amazon uk 

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**MORE TB RECOMMENDED READS by TILLIE**

 ETERNALLY NORTH
amazon us amazon uk | our review

eternally

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THE SCARRED SOULS SERIES

souls

 RAZE – BOOK ONE
amazon us || amazon uk |our review

 REAP – BOOK TWO
Pre order for 10th November release
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THE HADES HANGMEN SERIES

Hades HANGMEN

  IT AIN’T ME BABE – BOOK ONE
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 HEART RECAPTURED – BOOK TWO
amazon us | amazon uk | our review

 SOULS UNFRACTURED – BOOK THREE
amazon us | amazon uk  |our Review

DEEP REDEMPTION
Releasing 2016

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REAP : SCARRED SOULS #2 by TILLIE COLE

Second book in a continuing series. To be read in order.
Gritty, raw, brutal and powerful love story. Don’t miss this series!

REAP is available to purchase below
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REAP

SYNOPSIS

Raised as a prototype for the Georgian Bratva’s obedience drug, 221 fails to think, act or live for himself; his master’s perfectly-crafted killing puppet. Standing at six foot six, weighing two-hundred and fifty pounds, and unrivaled in to-the-death combat, 221 successfully secures business for the Georgian Mafiya Boss of NYC, in the dark world of the criminal underground.

Until his enemies capture him.

Talia Tolstaia dreams to break from the heavy clutches of Bratva life. She dreams of another life—away from the stifling leash of her Russian Bratva Boss father and from the brutality of her work at The Dungeon—her criminal family’s underground death match enterprise. But when she stumbles upon her family’s captive, who is more monster than man, she starts to see the man underneath. A powerful, beautiful, damaged man whose heart calls to hers.
But sacrifices must be made—blood for blood… life for life… Souls for scarred souls…

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯ Stars

‘After twenty years of nothing but darkness, I wanted to give him his sky. His night and his stars.’

Tillie Cole needs to write ordinary book soon or we’re going to run out of accolades to bestow on this phenomenally talented author however if Reap is anything to go by, we can’t see that happening any time soon because Reap delivered everything we had hoped for in this series. What a powerfully moving story this was.

“Love?” he asked. His green eyes searched mine as if he could find the answer in their depths.
I explained “It’s a feeling. It’s that fullness you feel in your heart, your soul. The tightness and breathlessness you feel in your chest. It’s passion. It’s the need, the absolute need to be with another, like this, joined, unwilling to be separated for anything. It’s you and I, Zaal.”
“Love,” he whispered……

We constantly find ourselves asking…‘is there nothing this woman can’t do?’ There are times when it’s difficult to reconcile Tillie Cole to the author we first discovered when we read, laughed and loved Eternally North, but it seems no matter how different her story, how much she evolves as an author or how many times she steps out of her comfort zone, Tillie always manages to stamp her unique flair and extraordinary talent on her stories….her ‘Tillie’isms ‘ leave us in no doubt that we’re completely captivated by her exceptional ability to tell a bloody remarkable story.

‘Two tears fell over his cheeks and trickled down his olive skin, then down onto my chest, rolling over his identity ink. My heart constricted at this devastating sight, then completely shattered when he sucked in a stuttered breath and asked, “I….I am truly free?”

No matter if she’s making us laugh, cringe, gasp, sob, wince or swoon…..Tillie Cole utterly bewitches us with her words and in Reap, Tillie has once again delivered a thought provoking and heartbreaking story, told with raw passion and unrestrained emotions that left us reeling at times as two people, desperately in love, are caught in the crossfire of the Kostava and Tostaia grudge that threatens to tear them apart. It’s a story that reached into our hearts and never let go.

“Take my hand, Zaal. Let me show you the truth. Trust me. Always trust me.”

The tenderness, kindness and love Talia bestowed on our beautiful broken Zaal, a man who had known nothing but cruelty, pain and darkness will tear at your soul and like us, leave you desperately wanting the next book as Kisa, Luka, Talia and Zaal’s story continues.  Don’t miss this one guys!

“Zaal Kostava, you’ve stolen my forbidden heart.”


ALL BOOKS BY TILLIE


THE SCARRED SOULS SERIES

Raze Book – One

                    

Reap Book – Two

                    

Ravage Book – Three

                    

Riot Book – Four

                   

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 * THE HADES HANGMEN SERIES *

Hades HANGMEN

     ♥ It Ain’t Me Babe Book #1 : amazon us | amazon uk | our review
      ♥ Heart Recaptured Book #2 amazon us || amazon uk | our review
         ♥ Souls Unfractured Book #3amazon us | amazon uk  | our review
 Deep Redemption Book #4 – Releasing 2016

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 * THE SWEET HOME SERIES *

Sweet Home Collage

     ♥ Sweet Home Book #1  : amazon us | amazon uk | our review
      ♥ Sweet Rome Book #1.5 : amazon us amazon uk | our review
 Sweet Fall Book #2 : amazon us | amazon uk our review
     ♥ Sweet Home Book #3 : amazon us amazon uk | our review
         ♥ Sweet Home Book #4/Carillo Boys #3 : Releasing December 2015

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 Eternally North : amazon us amazon uk | our review

eternally

 

 

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SOULS UNFRACTURED – A HADES HANGMEN NOVEL #3 by TILLIE COLE

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SYNOPSIS

“For fractured souls are like magnets.
Drawn to collide into an impossible bliss…”

Labeled a ‘Cursed’ woman of Eve from birth, Maddie has endured nothing but pain and repression at the hands of The Order’s most abusive elder, Moses. Now living with her sister in The Hangmen’s secluded compound, finally, Maddie, is free. Free from the suffocating faith she no longer believes in. Free from endless years of physical and mental torment.

Just… free…

At age twenty-one, the timid and shy Maddie is content to live within the confines of her new home—safe from the outside world, safe from harm and, strangely, protected by the Hangmen’s most volatile member; the heavily pierced and tattooed, Flame. 

Flame. 

The man who ceaselessly watches over her with his midnight dark and searing eyes. The man who protects her with a breath-taking intensity. And the man who stirs something deep within her numbed heart. 

But when circumstances conspire for Flame to need HER help, Maddie bravely risks it all for the broken man who has captivated her fragile soul. 

The Hangmen’s most infamous member, Flame, is ruled by one thing—anger. Plagued by haunting demons from his past, an all-consuming rage, and isolated by an abhorrent hatred of being touched, Flame’s days are filled with suffocating darkness, pierced only by a single ray of light—Maddie. The shy, beautiful woman he cannot purge from his thoughts. The woman he has an overwhelming need to possess… 
… the only person who has ever been able to touch him. 

Flame’s mission in life is to protect Maddie, to keep her safe. Until a trigger from his troubled past sends him spiraling into madness, trapping him in the deepest recesses of his disturbed mind. 

His Hangmen brothers fear that Flame is beyond saving. 

His only hope of salvation: Maddie and her healing light.

Dark Contemporary Romance.
Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and very mature topics.
Recommended for age 18 years and over.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny 

5++ Stars

“Flame’s different. But it don’t make him any less fucking important.”

And..this is how it’s done! Souls Unfractured was everything we were anticipating, in fact it was more. It went beyond our wildest expectations, needs and wants for two characters who stole our hearts right from the beginning of this series; Flame & Maddie.

“I know I’m different. I know I don’t see the world like everyone else does. But I want to see your world, Maddie. Even if it’s the only one I’ll ever understand.”

Souls Unfractured felt complete. Complete. Tillie Cole is an astounding writer. She literally involves every single one of your senses and pushes every single button demanding your attention. Her words bleeds from the pages into your heart. Her characters steal your heart. All of them.

“…for me, you are truth. My truth. My heart, is all you.”

What is so incredibly flawless is her attention to detail and tying up every single question, action, behaviour and storyline without it being superfluous, contrived or complicated, or even left wanting. We are in awe of this Author and give kudos to the obvious extensive research she compiles to stay true to her story and characters.

Every single character has a voice, a heart and a purpose. The love, the brotherhood, the respect and the unity. The compassion. Tillie Cole knows when to give and when to pull back so there’s no question as to why she’s one of our all-time favourite Authors.

‘Two fractured souls made whole only by the other’s unconditional love.’

Now, Flame and Maddie’s story is not for the faint-hearted. It’s dark, terrifying – gruesome even. Therefore, embark on this journey knowing that you will be shocked, your limits will be pushed and your heart will be violently torn into bloody pieces. However; like a phoenix rising out of the ashes so does the incredibly intense beauty rise out of the monstrous in Souls Unfractured. And it truly is a sight to behold. It’s pretty bloody fantastic and satisfying to a reader’s soul. In amidst the inhumane you experience striking gentle moments of belonging, healing and ultimately love.

‘I…I wanted him as my own. In this moment, seeing the man who had become the center of my world, breaking, I wanted nothing more than to save him. To gift him the peace he so richly deserved, even if it meant sacrificing my newly-awakened heart in the process.’

Let’s begin with Maddie; the sweet and fragile elf like character who’s had to endure unspeakable tragedy, horrific childhood memories and like Flame lived a nightmare whilst fully awake. Such evil is unfathomable yet at no time was it sensationalised or added for drama’s sake. Our hearts bled; our nerves were fraught as this beautiful broken soul connected to another’s – embracing, loving and uniting with its own kind – Flame.

“I don’t feel the flames when you’re near. Somehow you calm the flames.”

Flame was not simply broken nor was he just traumatized. Those words do him no justice. He was the innocent victim of evil, a severely misunderstood boy who suffered a life stripped of everything good and loving in the world. He was neglected of a soft touch and the warm comfort that should be a natural right not a privilege. He was conditioned by other’s depravity, his gentle soul was used, abused and treated like a vessel in the most debauched manner under a misguided and self-serving justice. As Flame’s blood dripped from the self-inflicted cutting so did our tears onto the pages of our kindles.

“I’ll try harder to remove the flames. I’ll try harder…I…I love you.”

How many tears can you cry? How much can your heart truly hurt? How can the number 11 inflict such pain on your soul? How can every simple act of love and friendship shine like a beacon to neutralise all the evil, all the hurt? Well, Souls Unfractured can answer all of the questions and sets the bar so amazingly high.

“I am darkness. I am pain. I am motherfucking death.”

Souls Unfractured was Flame and Maddie. Flame and his Maddie. Maddie and her Flame. It was their journey from their individual beginnings – it was their story. Every minute was primarily spent with them which is what made it unique, compelling, intense and so extraordinarily personal. When someone mentions ‘no frills’ you immediately think of a cheap imitation. Well, not in this case. In this case ‘no frills’ is the highest of accolades as we dealt with the most basic human emotion of the rawest and most natural kind. When you strip layer after layer and get to the core and this core overwhelms you as it is like no other, and shines more brightly than the ‘frills’ in which it is wrapped. That is what ultimately makes up flawlessness and originality. That is what makes up Tillie Cole. That is how you can tell something is so very special and written in blood, through sweat and tears. And believe us; there were tears of unmeasurable magnitude.

‘My Maddie. Her Flame.’

 **Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by the author, with thanks.**

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THE HADES HANGMEN SERIES
Contemporary Dark romance – Must be read in order

It Ain’t Me Babe Book One
                    

Heart Recaptured Book Two
                    

Souls Unfractured Book Three
                    

Deep Redemption Book Four
                    

Damnable Grace Book Five
                    

I Do, Babe Book #5.5 Novella
          


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