Thursday, August 13, 2015

Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen #3) by Tillie Cole [Review + Giveaway]

For fractured souls are like magnets.
Drawn to collide into an impossible bliss…"
Labeled a ‘Cursed’ woman of Eve from birth, Maddie has endured nothing but pain and repression at the hands of The Order’s most abusive elder, Moses. Now living with her sister in The Hangmen’s secluded compound, finally, Maddie, is free. Free from the suffocating faith she no longer believes in. Free from endless years of physical and mental torment.
Just… free…
At age twenty-one, the timid and shy Maddie is content to live within the confines of her new home—safe from the outside world, safe from harm and, strangely, protected by the Hangmen’s most volatile member; the heavily pierced and tattooed, Flame.

The man who ceaselessly watches over her with his midnight dark and searing eyes. The man who protects her with a breath-taking intensity. And the man who stirs something deep within her numbed heart.
But when circumstances conspire for Flame to need HER help, Maddie bravely risks it all for the broken man who has captivated her fragile soul.
The Hangmen’s most infamous member, Flame, is ruled by one thing—anger. Plagued by haunting demons from his past, an all-consuming rage, and isolated by an abhorrent hatred of being touched, Flame's days are filled with suffocating darkness, pierced only by a single ray of light—Maddie. The shy, beautiful woman he cannot purge from his thoughts. The woman he has an overwhelming need to possess…

... the only person who has ever been able to touch him.
Flame’s mission in life is to protect Maddie, to keep her safe. Until a trigger from his troubled past sends him spiraling into madness, trapping him in the deepest recesses of his disturbed mind.
His Hangmen brothers fear that Flame is beyond saving.
His only hope of salvation: Maddie and her healing light

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5 Burn for Me Stars
I love Tillie Cole and I love the Hades Hangmen series. Souls Unfractured is a standalone because each book focuses on a new character, but you should read the series from the beginning to get the full effect. Maddie and Flame’s presence is huge in the previous books. I felt like the first two books were foreplay to their relationship and YAY we finally get to their story.

Maddie was tortured and rape repeatedly by the men in the Order. Because of this, she can’t handle men’s presence (as she shouldn’t). Flame has to cut himself to function. He feels burns throughout his body and the only way to release this is by cutting.

As you can see, this is not an easy book to read. Both Maddie and Flame are tortured souls and I greedily and happily wanted to read their story.  Tillie had me at page one and I never wanted to stop reading. She gave me everything I wanted and more. I felt pure sadness, hurt, anger and love.

You will feel a lot of emotions when you read this book. You will weep for Flame and his crazy heart. You will be inspired by Maddie and root for her to feel safe and happy. Each time Flame and Maddie interact, I was on pins and needles. I wondered how Flame would react towards her and how Maddie would react towards Flame. I never wanted a couple to work out as I did with them.

“The flames never calmed. They forever … burned. But with her… I wanted to grip her tighter”

“I like to watch you. I like you being near me. It’s better than standing under your window. I like being able to see you up close.”

The thing that really MADE this story is the back story and EVERYTHING that lead up to THEM. I loved reading about Flame (even though it was very difficult), I needed to know what made him the way he is. The things Flames does to cope is so troubled. I loved how “different” Flame was too. He doesn’t react nor speak like everyone else. It made me love him just a touch more. Tillie never fails to amaze me. I loved Maddie’s reaction towards Flame. I love her soft to his hard, her sweetness to his spice, her light to his dark. Maddie and Flame balanced each other perfectly.

“You are a good man, Flame. You were simply dealt a bad hand.”

“I knew he would not lie. He could not lie. That made me feel safe. And to me, feeling safe was the most important thing in my life.”

You get some of the old characters too and it’s nice to tie everyone together. You also get bits of Cain’s POV and you can make your assumptions about that (it’s an eye opener).

I waited months for this story, I stalked Tillie’s Facebook, blog and group anticipating for this book. I never placed so much hype as I did on this one and after I read it, all I felt was boom … explosions. She’s gifted, talented and I can’t wait what she has in stored for us next.

An ARC was provided 

Gathering my floor-length dress in my hands, I walked into the body of the church, rushing forward until the bright sun from the open entrance lit up the dark wooden floor.

“I won’t say it again. I need you to leave or I’ll call the police.” Pastor James was talking when I arrived at the large doors. The man from the choir immediately saw me and tapped her on her arm.
Pastor James turned round and paled. “Maddie, darlin’, stay in the church and call your sister, or even better, Mr. Nash.”

Her face betrayed her fear but her protests quickly turned to white noise in my ears as I reached the exit and saw, waiting below, at the edge of the busy road was him… Flame. He was pacing back and forth. As always, I counted his steps. Eleven to the right, eleven to the left.

As I drank in how he looked, I feared my legs would collapse. That confusing sensation of my stomach swooping hit me as my eyes focused on his leather-clad legs and the Hangmen cut partly covering his bare torso.

His strangely cut dark hair was in its usual state of disarray. His skin was pale and he had lost weight. I frowned. His muscles were twitching more than usual. His hands clenched into fists more than normal. His lips were muttering something inaudible from this distance, yet… he was still Flame. He was still the man who protected me. He was still the silent shadow that kept me safe.

The man I had missed with the most incredible fervor.

His friends, Viking and AK, stood off to the side. Viking, the enormous red haired brother, looked distressed as he talked to the dark-haired AK, and when he ran his hand through his hair, he turned and his attention locked on me.

Viking’s large chest deflated in what looked like relief and he said something to AK. AK looked toward me and threw a small tired wave.

But I did not have the time to spare for them. All I could concentrate on right now was Flame.
I winced as I caught sight of white gauze on the side of his neck. The gunshot graze. The bullet that should have hit me if he had not thrown himself in its path...

... to protect me.

Flame’s pace increased. I could see his hands shaking as his fists became impossibly tight. Then, with a corded neck, he began to scream. His croaked and rough voice made it to “MADD—” before his eyes whipped to the top of the stairs.

Where they collided with mine.

Flame’s bellowed call caught in his throat and his body came to an abrupt stop. He staggered on uneasy feet as though he was too tired to be standing. But that midnight stare remained. His hands stopped shaking, his wide bare chest pumped at a heady speed, yet a strange kind of calm seemed to flow over him.

I wanted to speak to him.

I wanted take his hand in mine and thank him. Thank him beyond words for saving my life.
But I could not. I did not have the courage.


It Ain't Me, Babe #1 - AMAZON | REVIEW
Heart Recaptured #2 - AMAZON | REVIEW
Souls Unfractured #3 AMAZON

Sweet Home #1 - AMAZON | REVIEW
Sweet Fall #2 - AMAZON| REVIEW
Sweet Rome #3 - AMAZON
Sweet Hope #4 - AMAZON | REVIEW

Other Books by Tillie Cole

Eternally North - AMAZON | REVIEW

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 sav-agely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

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