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Review

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit that as big a fan as I am of Kristen Ashley, recently, I haven’t gotten a book from her that swept me off my feet. The last one was probably Deacon, and I loved it for the broken man who found the love of a good woman. I loved every page of that book. After Deacon, I hit a low and couldn’t find any book from her that I truly loved. I liked one or two, but that was it.

Now, with High and Millie’s story, I got it again. Of all Chaos men, High would have been the least likely hero I expected to like. I mean, I wasn’t the much of a fan of him in Motorcycle Man, and he always seems to have existed in the background since the Chaos series began. However, this book gave me a badass biker who was loyal, who loved firecely and completely, and could say the right things at the right time.

This story broke my heart. What Millie did for High, what she sacrificed for him, it was a testament to how selfless real love could be. She was willing to be the enemy, to have him hate her, just so he could have the life that they would have been denied of. My favorite Chaos man, Tack, was a little harsh here, but it was because he protected those he loved, and he thought Millie hurt High for the wrong reasons. I like that Tyra was the Tyra who believed in dreams and true love and all that shit. To sum it all, I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down the moment I started reading it. This comes highly recommended.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Own The Wind

Book 2 – Fire Inside

Book 3 – Ride Steady

Book 4 – Walk Through Fire

Featured Author Review: Souls Unfractured – Tillie Cole

 

 

Review

Let me breathe first because this is going to be a bit on the intense side.

When I first started reading this series with It Ain’t Me, Babe, I was really thinking this was just going to be another MC romance series which was a little dark, a little dangerous, a little hot, a little disturbing, a little romantic. I was wrong. Every page, I was afraid of what was going to happen. I was afraid of how the author might wish to play out the plot. It wasn’t because the heroes were the antihero types. It wasn’t that the heroines could get too broken beyond repaid. No, it was that I was already very emotionally invested in her characters that I was afraid of how I might feel if they ever got into harm’s way.

We’ve already met both Maddie and Flame since Book 1, and we all know theirs was going to be a truly heartbreaking story, with Maddie’s experiences in the cult and Flame’s obviously disturbed story. I knew that the first two books wouldn’t even come close to how painful this third book would be. Heroine-wise, Maddie would have to be my favorite. I love Mae, but Maddie definitely had the biggest heart and the strongest mind. She took a man like Flame into her heart, took care of him when he needed her, fought his demons the way she knew how, and still managed to heal herself from her trauma.

There are no words to explain how and why I love this book. I just do. The depth of the story, the character development, the plot twists, the surprises that came along the way, the unravelling, eveything that Ms Cole put in this book was emotional, explosive, and unforgettable. Like the previous two books, I have something to take away from this book. These are:

First, sex is an expression. Whether of corruption and evil, dominance and power, need and desire, or love and acceptance. Like Flame and Maddie, their experiences with sex were those of corruption, evil, abuse, power, hate. But together, sex was their expression of love, forgiveness, acceptance. Their coming together was a sign that they have moved on and are moving towards a better place.

Next, the past is a monster that never lets you sleep, at least not until you confront it. Flame was a slave to his nightmares for so long that it became his comfort zone. He was used to cutting, to hearing that voice, seeing that monster that haunted him. It was difficult for him to face his past. When he did, he found a reward that was truly a treasure. He found a brother.

Lastly, the heart has an immeasurable capacity for love. Like Ash who lived for the hope of meeting his brother one day. Like Maddie who loved the broken man who saved her from the man who tormented her. Like Flame who confronted his past, so he could move forward and heal for Maddie. Like Lilah and Mae who found love despite the environment they were brought up in. Like the Hades Hangmen who were dark characters, outlaws, different, but would walk through fire for the women they love.

I cannot wait to read Deep Redemption because I want to see Rider redeem himself. I want to see an antagonist lose his way and find himself again. Tillie Cole is probably one of the best authors of this generation, and I am really in love with her books.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – It Ain’t Me, Babe

Book 2 – Heart Recaptured

Book 3 – Souls Unfractured

Book 4 – Deep Redemption

 

 

 

 

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Let me just say that as of the moment, there isn’t anything from Ms. Tillie Cole that I did not love. Even my least favorite ones are still high rating books. I knew the moment I started reading It Ain’t Me, Babe that I was going to be hooked on her books. As soon as I finished Styx and Mae’s stories, I immediately started on Ky and Lilah.

I loved this book too. I didn’t love it as much as I loved the previous one, but this book was still miles apart from its contemporaries. I don’t know how Ms. Cole does it, but she just takes an MC romance novel and injects a lot of deeper stories into it and magnifies the emotion and mind blowing suspense, making every reader addicted to her books. I am just a big fan of her. Most contemporary romance novels these days are one dimensional. You have a hero and a heroine, a big conflict, and a guaranteed HEA. With Ms. Cole’s books, you have a hero and a heroine, a conflict, another conflict, more conflict, suspense, romance, and a seemingly impossible-to-get HEA.

The reason I am giving this book four red hearts instead of five is Lilah. And Ky. Before you crucify, let me tell you first that I love them both together. Ky and Lilah truly deserve each other after everything that they went through, and their love story is beautiful. However, individually, I wasn’t won over. Ky will always be a beta to me, and I really much prefer the alphas. And of course, I still haven’t forgotten the fact that he discouraged Styx from pursuing Mae in the first book. And Lilah, well, what can I say. She eventually found her strength, and she ended up being a brave woman. But she was weak before that. And judgmental too.

Anyway, what do I take away from Heart Recaptured? It’s the fact that regardless of your faith, regardless of what you believe in, we are all the same in the sense that we always believe in something bigger than ourselves. Whether we worship God, Allah, or Science, the truth is that we worship something. We have faith in something. Or someone. And that, my friends is really what makes us all equal in the eyes of the universe.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – It Ain’t Me, Babe

Book 2 – Heart Recaptured

Book 3 – Souls Unfractured

Book 4 – Deep Redemption

 

 

 

 

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I got this book because I was looking for MC romance novels, and this was on the list of suggestions. However, it took me ahiwle before I actually picked it up to read. And that is something that I truly regret. I mean, if I had read this book right away, I would have known about Tillie Cole from the very start. Anyway, I know about her now, and I will be stalking her from now on.

It’s no secret how much I love MC romance novels. However, the more common these books have become, the harder it is to find a really good book. Let’s be honest, there’s a lot of MC books out there. But only a handful of them actually have or quality. Only very few of them actually have a good story. It Ain’t Me, Babe is one of those MC books that offers so much more than just any other book out there.

I loved this book. There is something in the way Ms. Cole writes that grabs your attention, gets you emotionally invested, excited, anxious, overwhelmed, and hungry for more. I loved the way Styx and Mae met when they were young. I loved the way their romance developed. I loved the way the MC was betrayed but that they still all stood behind each other and fought by their president’s side. I love Styx. He may have started out as a heartless MC president who didn’t care if he broke hearts. But he more than made up for it in the way he was with Mae. Most of all, I love Mae. She had strength. She was brave enough to run away. But she was not jaded enough to be unforgiving.

This book is more than just an MC romance novel. It features a society that we all know of but do not always understand. We don’t always get why people in cults and sects end up where they end up. This book shows us a side of religious cults that isn’t good but something that we should be aware of. It shows how power can corrupt a person. It shows how faith can make people blind. It Ain’t Me Babe is definitely on my all time favorites list, and it’s not leaving that list for a very, very long time.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – It Ain’t Me, Babe

Book 2 – Heart Recaptured

Book 3 – Souls Unfractured

Book 4 – Deep Redemption

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Review

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start this review with the best thing about this book- the cover. I mean, I really love the cover on the entire series. Sarah Castille’s other series didn’t have covers as pretty as the ones on this series. Anyway, because I’ve followed this series since day one, I’ve been excited for this book since I got the ARC. I can’t say that I didn’t like it, because I did. It’s just that it wasn’t as satisfying as I was expecting.

Let me tell you why. The heroine, I sometimes thought she was TSTL. Honestly. I don’t like Viper. I can still remember the things he did in Rough Justice. But there were even times when I wanted him to slap some sense into Evie. I mean, girl, you’re running around with the president of an MC. The least you could do is get to know the MC that that man is running. And then the things she did and said to Zane. Come on. Just kill me already. Arianne and Dawn weren’t perfect heroines, but they were clearly old lady material. I couldn’t see how Evie was an old lady material, like they kept saying in the book. I couldn’t decide if she was naive or just ignorant.

For all of my dislike for the heroine, she was actually the only thing I didn’t like in the book. Zane and the rest of the sinners were consistent in the sense that they are badass and dangerous. Would have liked to have gotten more Cade, but well, this isn’t his book in the first place. Plot-wise and style-wise, Sarah Castille is great. There is no book from her I didn’t enjoy. Therefore, even if this is only a three out of five for me, I would still recommend this book in a heartbeat.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Rough Justice

Book 2 – Beyond The Cut

Book 3 – Sinner’s Steel