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Publisher's Summary

A fortuitous encounter. A meeting that should never have happened.

Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever...

Salome knows only one way to live - under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence - the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.

Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.

River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life - he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six - much to his rivals’ delight.

Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw, and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.

Styx has one rule in life - never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot...a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go...

©2014 Tillie Cole (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Warning ~ Not For the Faint of Heart!


Wow! What an emotionally charged story!

I fell in love with the story and look forward to listening to the rest of the series; however, 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.

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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!

Definitely worth a credit!

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Not for the faint of heart

This MC romance is definitely hard core. Women are bitches, there are club whores, there's gun running, torture and murder. Unfortunately, that's not the worst of it.There is also a look into a religious cult that santions rape of 8 yr old girls. If you are sensitive or gave triggers, this isn't for you. That being said, there are also some wonderful characters that develop beautifully throughout the plot. The thesis seems to be that the human soul can overcome unbelievable adversity. Worth a credit, in my book.
-V from Kansas

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PEDOPHILIA IN THE NAME OF RELIGION

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.

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 series is dark, gritty, and sometimes sick. I cringed through parts of the book. We learn a lot about how the girls/women are mistreated in the cult and there's talk about religion.

Tillie Cole has once again written an all consuming series. I also love her Scarred Souls series.

J.F. Harding and Annie Green gave a fantastic performance. Especially since Styx stutters. Annie's voice is perfect for the young girls she's portraying.

This is absolutely worth a credit if you like dark and gritty.

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The best kind of dark trash

Okay so this is trash but it's really, really enjoyable trash. It's like a Sons of Anarchy romance novel with enough plot beyond the romance to actually be hella entertaining. Styx isn't your average romance novel hero-- for one he is almost entirely mute and when he does manage to talk, it is with a bad stutter. This instantly made me like him more since it is pretty rare to see a disabled main character in the romance genre. Mae in contrast, has been abused her entire life and has to learn how to live in the "normal" world outside of the religious cult she escaped from. I loved watching these two characters find a level of peace together and the strength to face their demons. All that said, this is still a romance novel so you can expect a lot of improbable sex, redundant descriptions, and a primary focus on attraction levels over plot. Warning to the wise though, this is a dark romance with heavy focus on physical and sexual abuse against adults and children. Still, I really enjoyed this one and can't wait to read about Flame and Maddie.

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Amazing!!!!

I have to say. There is nothing like this story. It drew me in and what a ride. I highly recommend this book. The characters were not your typical types which was so refreshing. Definitely worth the credit.

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YES!!! IT IS YOU BABE, FOR SURE 100% !!!

I am a big fan of Tillie Cole's, and I decided to start reading her Hangman Series, with "IT AIN'T ME BABE" being the first book in the series. I was hesitant at first, I do love a motorcycle club book and a Hot, Sexy, Bad Boy Motorcycle Man is always delicious, but a book with cults, and a club named after the Greek God Hades which is the Devil/Satan, had me feeling uneasy, but leave it to the Brilliant and Talented Writer/Author Our Tillie Cole to make everything blend and work well together to bring us readers a dark, twisty, romantic, edgy book that does not cross any lines or leave any feelings of uncertainty and/or uncomfortableness at all. Instead, a book that I enjoyed reading and enjoyed more by listening to and a series that I am looking forward to continuing on with the other books that follow.. Find your Motorcycle Man, hop on for a Dark, and Dangerous, Wild ride with Tillie Cole's Hangman Series!!!

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4 stars!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a such a good read. I really enjoyed the development of the story and how it played out. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the standalone books in this series. Tillie Cole has definitely hooked me in has a fan.

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Fabulous narration!

J. F. Harding is a mix between Sam Elliott and Kris Kristofferson. That was the best part of this book!

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  • 07-26-16

Best book i've read in a good while

This was a surprisingly good book. it was different which is a good thing. Most MC books have good storylines but this one was really good.

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Love the story

Love the storyline with the “mute” Sticks and this beautiful love story
The narration was excellent!

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  • Francesca
  • 09-09-16

pure filth and a bit of fun.

okay it's not the best bit of writing ever, and it did make me laugh at points unintentionally due to the cheesy writing, but I liked it full of sex and fighting. great!

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  • Laura Rose
  • 08-17-22

Dark and emotional but loves it!

Took me a while to listen to this book as I know they are darker than I normally read. But wow, loved it. loved the male narrator so much and could listen to him forever. Such a good story with action, sexy time and plot twists. Lots of emotion with abuse but didn't detract from the enjoyment of this book. Loves it.

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  • sybil_ann79
  • 06-16-22

This is how MC romance is done!

MC romance isn’t my jam but I’ve had this series on my TBR for a long time and I do love Tillie Cole’s writing… She captures emotions so beautiful, and especially the raw and messy ones that leave you heart gaping.

I fell into this story from the go and at not time did I want up give. MC men are crass talkers and their lifestyle and code of conduct is not akin to us mere mortals…

This story is heart wrenching to say the least, and the plot was well executed overall. I had a few minor issues with the pacing and development, and eye-rolled several times over some things that happened mostly on the heroine’s part, but I understood her actions were from a good place and she’s naive to life outside the commune.

The narration was incredible, especially that for Styx. As much as this book was easy to read, the narration blew my mind. What’s not to love about broken hero and one with a speech impediment.

Like I already mentioned, I don’t read a lot of MC romance but for me- this is how it is done!

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  • 05-16-22

Loved it

I didn't know that I could fall for a hot mc that stutters but Tillie made me find it really hot. Emotional, gripping and steam this novel have it all. Check trigger warning and be prepared to hear men calling women the b word as a term of endearment throughout the book. I did hybrid reading (kindle and audiobook together) and it was superb, the narration was exceptional and you really felt it all.

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  • Loubell
  • 04-16-22

great narration of an epic MC series

I loved this first book in this amazing series and it's been a good few years since I've read it, so when I found it here I just had to listen. It's a wonderful reflection of this much loved book, I enjoyed it so much I've just got the second book 😊

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  • Loves 2 Listen
  • 10-06-21

excellent narration

while both narrators are brilliant, J.F.Harding especially does a fantastic job or narrating this book and I recommend anyone to listen if you like this trope. there are some parts of the book where I questioned if the heroine would have moved so quickly into intimacy with her savior given her back ground but that's the only niggle I have and it's not stopping me from purchasing the next book in the series.

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  • A. Holiday
  • 08-30-21

Best MC-series ever!

Such a unique story that will hold you hostage from the very beginning and make you salivate for more. All the feels with this one. I can not even begin to describe what a phenomenal job J.F Harding does bringing Styx to life ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Annie Green does a stellar job too.

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  • PBlack
  • 02-04-21

Excellent narration gripping storyline

Gritty, violent, gripping and dramatic MC romance. Had me hooked. The narrators did a fantastic job, especially with conveying the H’s speech difficulties.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 05-28-20

One of my all time faves

I honestly picked this book up completely at random and did I pick a winner or what? I've read this and most of the series twice now and it gets better every time. Styx is an incredible MC. Mae is such an inspiration. A little understandably naive, but this was a near perfect story if you like 'em dark. Check your triggers though.

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  • mikki100
  • 03-19-20

Action and dark romance with many engaging characters.. great story!

I really enjoyed this book, I haven't read an MC story before but this caught my eye. The characters were engaging and drew me in. Mae and River had an endearing connection that started with a brief engagement when they were young. She's the tormented runaway who has endured so much at the compound where she and her sister's led a sheltered life and were brought up. He is a young handsome President of an MC withdrawn due to his speech impediment, yet confident in leading his MC, trusting the brothers who surround him and would die for him. When Mae and River meet again their connection rekindled once more, draws them to one another. Reading this makes want to find an MC (minus the killing, guns, and treatment of women if they're not head over heels in love with you!!). The passion is simmering rather than explosive, but that is expected i guess for someone who has experienced such a harrowing upbringing as Mae. I am excited to read the other MC brother's stories.. especially Ky, Flame and Ryder.

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  • Anwar
  • 07-27-20

Excellent

Salome at 8 years old has just had the worst experience of her life and she huddles under a tree near the fence of the compound she is held in. River ‘Styx’ Nash is exploring and accidentally encounters Salome, he is 11 and this chance encounter will change both of their lives forever but, it takes 15 years for that change to occur. Salome now known as May along with Styx will face many challenges along the way. Styx is now the President of Hades Hangmen and May a frightened shadow of herself in a world she doesn't understand. This is an intense love story about two people who are destined to be together if only the outside world would give them a chance. I highly recommend this story it had me hooked from word go and I couldn't stop listening and devoured the audio book in two sessions, now I am onto book two.

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  • karen grave
  • 08-22-20

holy shut the front door!!!!!!

wow , this is as gritty as your gonna get. I thought t.m. Frazier did well but tillie takes it to a whole new level.
there is no niceties here and from what tillie Cole commented in regards to her research regarding religion, this is Gob smacking horrific. I cringed well and truly in a few places.
the plot is fantastic although I kept wondering about the lack of writing in regards to the basic sex rules...clean??? and babies??? i found it to be a flaw in an otherwise gripping story.
Mae was a little frustrating at times and Kept Rolling my eyes at her responses but I had to keep reminding myself that she is not of any other society but the cult. when I keep that in mind I can see why she is written this way.
there is no real HEA in this story....as in a standard HEA, after all they are an MC club and completely lawless. but it makes sense what Styx tells Mae and how she embraces the MC life . so I guess it's a MC HEA.
it's a nice little...and I mean little...cliffhanger but it's the way the series keeps rolling. don't know how Mae is gonna take it though...I hope tillie writes a bigger set of brass into her character if she's going where I think she's going.
Maddie is a surprise and will definitely be an interesting read.
and I'm thinking Ky is going to have his work cut out for him. I just hope tillie can keep the twists coming while that plot or sub plot gets underway.
soooo if you want absolute gravelgrit, badass bikers with really bad language and no shame for sexual encounters in plain view....as well as cult life including gruesome scenes and torture....then knock your self out ....as for me I'm on to book 2. it's bloody awesome reading. a far cry from sports romance or love/hate romances.
I'm normally a black ops girl but have taken the plunge Into lawless MC life..woohooo

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-18

predictable

If you like romanticized stories about bikers this is possibly for you. It's tame porn with a very predictable story. The narration was good however I won't go for the sequels

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  • dejoux
  • 11-04-16

Great 1st book to this series

Loved this book. Narrators made the story very enjoyable but the story itself had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't stop listening and am looking forward to book 2

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-28-16

love it 💜

love this series.💜💜 highly recommend reading or listening to it, you will not regret getting them 😄