July 24, 2014

Review: It Ain't Me, Babe by Tillie Cole

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…


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 badass STARS

How shall I put it? At first I was hesitant, then I got to the I’ve-seen-that-before part and once I got over it the book turned into some fucked up awesomeness.

“It’s me babe... Ain’t no other man for you... but me.”

Two kids born into very different and for your average user also very strange worlds, have a chance encounter that stays with them for about 15 years. ...*drum roll* and then they meet again *gasp* You don’t say!?

“Mae was mine. Fifteen long years of wanting her to be mine, and here she sat, curled up in my arms – a fuckin’ angel in hell.”

There is Mae, a black haired beauty who is forced to live her life behind a fence, inside an abusing cult and with literally no way out...that is until one day something so devastating happens that she sees no other option but to escape.

On the other hand you have Styx, the tattooed hero/biker who also happens to be the president of the Hangman’s MC. He is a bit of a womanizer, drinks too much and he does appear to like killing his opponents.

Clue in Mae’s escape from the Jesus worshipping nut camp and her surprise appearance in front of a certain MC charter’s Clubhouse. Who would have thought that could happen? It’s like magic. ;P

“I have only ever liked one boy in my life. I have only wanted one man to have as my own. I have only ever had one dream since I was eight. Styx, the dream is you. You stole my heart fifteen yes ago and you still haven’t given it back.”

So, yes this book deals with a lot of clichés. Hell, during the first 40% I was constantly seeing myself in a Sons of Anarchy episode, but I guess that couldn’t be avoided given the topic. But once you get over that, this book turns into something else. At times it was cheesy, then it turned downright dark and some of the twists turn this book into a total clusterfuck, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t love that.

The heroin gets carte blanche for annoyance; after all she needs to learn how the world works and bumps in the road can be expected. Styx was just how a badass biker should be...take no prisoners attitude and all. And yeah, Mae and Styx were combustible together.

I read all night and I swear no one could have made me stop. Very addictive stuff and I’m very much looking forward to more. NO REGRETS!!!

“Because if Styx was damned to hell, so was I. I would follow him into the fire.”

What more do you need, right?

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