Title: Heart Recaptured
Series: Hades Hangmen #2
Author: Tillie Cole
Age group: Mature new adult
Genre: MC dark contemporary romance
Release date: 14th December 2014
Even salvation can be delivered through the love of the damned…
Beauty can be a curse.
Faith can be a cage.
Only love can set you free.
A few long weeks after being reluctantly ripped from the comforting embrace of her sacred prophet’s religious commune—the only life she has ever known—a terrified Delilah is thrust into a world enveloped by evil and swimming in sin.
Steadfastly devout in her faith, and retaining the deep belief that her soul is innately tarnished as a branded ‘Cursed woman of Eve,’ Delilah is determined to find her way home to her people in The Order and away from the corrupt and damned outlaw motorcycle club—The Hades Hangmen—who hold her at their secluded compound for her protection—a ‘protection’ she strongly resents.
Delilah yearns to return home, convinced that only amongst her own people, and under the holy guidance of the Lord’s revealed prophet, can her Satan-spawned soul be truly saved. Conditioned her entire life to believe she is a witch… a life-long temptress… the devil’s whore… Delilah increasingly resents her beautiful face, her shapely body and her sensuous effect on men. But when a man of the motorcycle club—a deeply sinful yet stunningly beautiful man—is charged with her care, Delilah begins to see that this dangerous and moralless sinner from the ‘outside’ may offer her something she did not know could truly exist: unconditional love.
Kyler ‘Ky’ Willis loves his life: a daily abundance of brotherhood, liquor, the freedom of the open-road and—best of all—his pick of hot women. Raised a biker brat and now VP of the most notorious MC in the States, Ky has no shortage of club sluts warming his bed; a situation he takes full advantage of… until a certain blonde enters his life… a gorgeous pilgrim-blonde he can’t get out of his head… a pilgrim-blonde he and his club recently-rescued from some backward religious cult… and a pilgrim-blonde he’s been ordered to keep the hell away from and his whorish hands off.
When yet another in a lengthy line of drunken blunders forces Ky to reluctantly take charge of the pilgrim-blonde’s care, he realizes that there could be more to this woman than just supermodel looks and a stacked set of tits. He begins to see that she could be the woman who could do the impossible—tame his wild ways and capture his reluctant heart.
But the unyielding bonds of Lilah’s past are strong, her ‘people’ determined and, with a new Prophet in charge and hell bent on revenge, they are mightily reluctant to let her go…
I smashed through the doors of the kitchen. Hush and Cowboy were sitting around the table. Lifting their bottles of Bud in greeting, they then saw Lilah.
“Lilah,” Cowboy said with a smile as he tapped his Stetson. “Mighty good to see ya, darlin’.”
Lilah bowed her head and blushed. She probably wouldn’t speak now that they were in here and she’d just faced the bitch lickin’ twins. But I’d worked in the garage all day and I was fuckin’ ready to eat a cow, so she needed to get over that shit right the fuck now.
Turning to Lilah, I said, “‘Kay, sweet cheeks, this is a kitchen.” I looked around, hand on hips, and just started pointing at shit. “Table. Seats. Knives. Dishes. Sink… erm…” Her eyes were following my every move. Bending down, I ripped open a drawer and pulled some flat round thing with a handle. I lifted it in the air and stared at the damn thing.
“And this,” I said, staring at the thing again. “You use it to beat the fuck outta someone that don’t get your steak cooked fast enough.”
Dropping the iron whatever-the-fuck-it-was on the countertop, I turned to see Hush and Cowboy staring at me like I was stupid, then caught Lilah’s face, her lip twitching, and before I knew it, she started fuckin’ laughing.
“Shit, Ky! You ever cooked a meal in your life?” Cowboy asked.
“Never had to, so shut the fuck up!” I snapped. Then I picked up the black heavy thing again. “And what the fuck is this?”
A small hand wrapped around mine on the handle, and I looked down to see Lilah smiling up at me. “It is a cast iron griddle.”
“You know all this shit? Cooking and such?”
She nodded enthusiastically. “I am a very good cook.”
She laughed again. “Yes. It is a woman’s duty to prepare food. I was trained from a young child to cater to a man’s every need.”
“Damn. Perfect fuckin’ bitch right there,” I heard Hush say under his breath. He sat back in his chair, watching Lilah, waiting to see what she would do next. Lilah heard Hush’s comment and, seeing his attention, ducked her head.
Hush put up his hand when he caught me glaring. “Not making a move, only saying she’s one good bitch, so wind your fuckin’ neck back in, brother.”
Startled by a touch on my arm, I peered down to see Lilah with the griddle to her chest. “Do you have fresh ingredients?”
“Erm…” I turned to Hush and Cowboy. Cowboy pointed to the fridge.
Lilah’s eyes fluttered and I knew she was nervous. I gripped her chin between my finger and thumb, forcing her to look at me.
Taking a breath, she asked, “May I cook for you?”
“You wanna cook for me?” I asked in shock.
She nodded. “Yes, very much so. I thoroughly enjoy cooking. It is my best skill.”
She was beaming bright red, and I had no idea why.
“Then fuckin’ have at it, sweet cheeks,” I said, loving seeing that look on her beautiful face.
She nervously glanced to Hush and Cowboy, who were watching us like we were on some fucked-up reality show. “Would… would you like to eat also? I… I am used to cooking for many people. I do not know smaller-sized recipes.”
Hush and Cowboy glimpsed over at me, and I flicked my chin, telling them they could stay. This was the first time she’d really spoken to anyone outside me. It would be good for her to get used to my brothers.
Cowboy threw her a grateful smile. “Sure, darlin’. I could eat.”
Hush tipped his beer neck in thanks.
Lilah placed the skillet on the steel countertop and set to working in a fucking flurry of activity. Hush threw me a beer, so I joined my brothers at the table. They tried to talk to me, but I couldn’t hear them over watching Lilah’s face. She loved this shit. It was the first time she wasn’t playing with her hand, tightening her headdress or running that tongue of hers around her lips.
FIVE WELL-EARNED STARS
Kindle Friends Forever: Reviewed by Rachel McEwan and Sharon Thérèse Nuttall.
Have you read It Ain’t Me Babe? We highly recommend you read it if you haven’t as the follow-up isn’t a standalone and it’s so so good. The Hangmen left us hanging! We’ve been patiently waiting for them and oh boy, was it worth it. As this nail-biting story picks up perfectly from where the last one finished, there is no confusion regarding the characters. Get ready; the author’s talented penmanship has plenty in store for us. It is quite possible you will be thunderstruck, scandalized or indeed, get downright flaming mad. I don’t know about you Rachel but this read certainly brought out all these emotions in me!
The overwhelming feeling I had with this book Sharon, was heartbreak. The times I cried, no sobbed for Lilah. What that poor girl endured throughout this story was beyond me. At times I found it hard to read but because the book was so well written, it made it hard to put down! The scenes almost made to feel you were there but could do nothing about it, so yes Sharon, “flaming mad” as you said was how I felt.
Quote: ‘’My entire life has been in service to the Lord….. Ky, I do not know who I am without my faith.’’
We’ve met Styx, the Prez of the Hades Hangmen MC charter. He saves the girl who has been in his dreams since he was a young lad, Mae, from The Order. A religious sect hell bent on brainwashing their followers into believing that not only are the men from this MC charter arch-enemies, but anyone or anything involving the outside world is too. Mae leaves two of her sisters behind and the only way she’ll have peace of mind is if they can be saved.
So the question is who will be the person to not only save Lilah, but support and assist her integration into real life outside The Order? Now this won’t be an easy task as The Order is all Lilah has known since a young girl. Remember she is one of The Cursed which she truly believes. In steps Ky. Wow, did I love Ky… no scratch that I adored him! So we have a young frightened girl who desperately tries to keep her faith, believing all along The Order will ‘rescue’ her from The Hangmen. And Ky doing what his Prez, Styx, has asked which is to help Lilah and keep out of her knickers! So will Ky turn out to be her Saviour or the Anti-Christ?
Quote: ‘’So this is what’s gonna happen. Me and you, well, we’re gonna be spending a whole lotta time together. And I’ll tell you now, don’t bother fighting against it. You’re in my backyard now, and you’ll do what I say. Yeah ?’’
This story is about the fight for freedom. But no in the real sense of the word because Mae’s sisters don’t want to be saved. I know this sounds totally contradictory but you’ll see how the author takes the reader on a journey of intrigue and suspense and in time, everything comes together. Even though they have lived a life of torture and degradation, fear of the unknown is much stronger.
If you read It Ain’t Me, you’ll remember Rider, well he really wasn’t who we thought he was and we meet him again in this book. He’s now the Prophet of The Order and determined to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor although at times I couldn’t help feel he was torn between following his beliefs and Lilah, Sharon?
Lilah, Rachel, long ago she accepted who she was in the sect. She has suffered abominable carnal abuse as a norm. Cursed just like her sister, Maddie, their beauty was a cross to bear. Their place in the infrastructure of the sect was never to be questioned. I just fell in love with Lilah. Her innocence regardless of her being constantly demeaned in the sect is becoming. It is like reading the story of a child who discovers new things every day.
Well, what can I say Sharon, other than Tillie has written another fantastic book! I’m sure every time I read her work is improves with age like a good bottle of wine. This really was a great read and I can’t wait for more in this series. I understand Flame and Maddie’s story is next which is due for release in 2015 and I’m sure we will be taken on another emotional rollercoaster of a ride.
Quote: ‘’I love you, baby. We’re gonna get through this, ’cause f**k, you deserve more to life than you’ve been getting. You deserve to be happy with me.’’
Down to the nitty-gritty folk. This is not an easy read but I, like Rachel, enjoyed it immensely and I can’t wait for the release of Flame and Maddie’s story either. However, a little bit of time to get over this book-hangover we’ve got would be much appreciated! Bravo Ms Cole!
MEET THE AUTHOR
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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