I fell in love with the story and look forward to listening to the rest of the series; however,..Show More » this was one of the darkest MC's I've listened too so far. It may not be for everyone.
Tillie Cole did an amazing job creating a heart wrenching story that captures the essence of the MC world, and the horrors of a depraved fanatical religious cult. Told from two POV's from different worlds, we follow the characters as they are reunited by chance, deal with the horrors from their past, hang on to each other with everything they have, and what one man will do to keep the love of his life.
Some spoilers: Styx's whole life has revolved around the Hades Hangman MC. This club doesn't hold back, it's tough, crude, does illegal activities, and all the sex, drinking, and killing has shaped Styx's into one of the toughest MC's Prez. Due to a speech impediment, he's only been able to talk to three people, his dad, best friend and the young girl he's been obsessed with every since their unexpected meeting years ago. Because he doesn't talk around others, he's earned the scary reputation as the Hangman's Mute.
Mae was raised by a fanatical religious group, and due to her beauty, she was deemed a "cursed." As one of the cursed, it was believed they would more than likely sway a man from their righteous path. Due to these wrapped views, she suffered many horrors from an early age. Fearing for her life, she made a desperate attempt to escape, and was hurt badly. Barely alive, she found herself at the Hades Hangman's MC. Recognizing each other from years ago, a bound between Mae and Styx starts to grow. Styx would do anything to protect Mae, and she's never felt safe except with Styx.
While the journey for these characters was hard, intense and at times not easy to listen too, I found myself totally engrossed and unable to stop listening. The characters and plot were well thought out, developed, and had twist all through the story. This was one of the best MC's I've listened too; however, I have to warn you, it's dark, unapologetic, full of bad language, and has sexual abuse, but it's a story that will stick with you well after you finished it.
J.F. Harding and Annie Green's performance was AWESOME. Due to one of the main characters, this was not an easy story to narrate, but this dual nailed it. They really brought this story to life!
The publishers summary is spot on. This is a very different MC series. Fitting that the MC's name is Hades Hangmen since they fight a religious cult..Show More ». The KKK joins the cult in taking on Hades Hangmen.
I never give spoilers but I think people need a warning with this series. The cult, adult men, rape girls starting at the age of eight years old all in the name of religion. Of course, the men also have more than one wife.
This book sets up the rest of the series. It's dark, gritty, and sometimes sick. I cringed through parts of the book.
Ky is the VP of Hades and Styx best friend. Ky is charged with the task of watching Delilah. She's never been outside the fence of the cult so Ky starts taking her places around town so she can see what she's missed out on.
Tillie Cole has once again written an all consuming series. I also love her Scarred Souls series.
J.F. Harding, Bunny Warren and Biff Summers gave a fantastic performance.
This is absolutely worth a credit if you like dark and gritty.
The emotions this story will evoke, and the angst the characters experience. Flame and Maddie are survivors who teach each other how to overcome their..Show More » past and take a chance to find happiness in each other.
Wow! I knew going in this would be an intense dark emotional roller coaster, but Cole surpassed my ..Show More »expectations! These characters journey will make you feel so many emotions from anger, sadness, hurt, disbelief to love, peace, and forgiveness. This story definitely comes with trigger warnings for child and sexual abuse. It's dark, well written with excellent world building, and surprising plot twists.
I really enjoyed the first three stories in the series, and book for was no exception, but I really didn't know I would feel about a HEA for Rider/Cain. He's been an important character throughout the story causing turmoil, and known for his lies, deceit, and blind eye. Cole did an amazing job turning his character from one I truly disliked, to one I could feel empathy for. He is still my least favorite character in the series; however, I'm curious on the direction, and role Rider will play in the next book.
The narration was great! Both Athena Pappas and J.F. Harding really delivered on all the emotions throughout the story. Great story, well worth the time and credit!