Genres: Adult, Dark, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: April 16, 2017
Rating: 4.5 STARS
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I’ve read all the books in the Hades Hangmen series and enjoyed most of them. Each book gets better and this book is one of my favorites in the series. Even though Damnable Grace is part of a series, you can read this as a complete standalone. It will definitely be better if you read them in order since each story is interconnected.
What is the story about?
Even the broken, through love, can find grace.
Sister Phebe has been groomed since childhood to please men sexually in New Zion. Since she is great at her job, she then becomes the Head of the Sacred Sisters of New Zion and is taken by Meister, the leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. Meister is obsessed with her and keeps her as his personal slave where she has to endure physical tortures every day.
Xavier ‘AK’ Deyes is Sergeant-At-Arms of the Hades Hangmen. He is an ex-special ops sniper who was experienced in warfare and schooled in military operations. He earned the name AK because of his skill with guns. He is one of the best fighters in the Hades Hangmen. Still hunted by the red-haired, blue-eyed, freckled-faced girl he met, he agrees to volunteer when the vice president, Ky, asks for help to save the girl which happens to be Lilah’s sister, Phebe, Ky’s sister-in-law.
However, when they find her, she is not the same girl he remembered. She has been abused beyond belief, scarred inside and outside, broken and lost. He then finds that her pain runs deep in her soul that only a miracle can save her. Determined to save her, he does everything he can do. But his best efforts then awake his own past—his demons—he has been trying to bury. Saving her means facing his own demons that have been secretly eating him alive for years. Two broken souls from different worlds, with traumatic pasts, try to heal each other.
“Real life is too hard. And I do not know how to cope with it. Not at all.”
What did I love?
The writing was fantastic. I loved the details of the cult background, the tradition, and the beliefs. It provided everything I needed to get to know the characters living there. Moreover, I loved how the past and present flawlessly switched. It perfectly showed the connection between the two. Each scene was beautifully written with a purpose and made me see the whole picture of the story and understand the characters better. Those things created a believable, rich story.
“Think of your face like the sky. The freckles, the stars, only make the sight more worth looking at.” … I couldn’t imagine that fucking beautiful face without her freckles any more than I could imagine the night sky without the stars.
The emotional connection between AK and Phebe was incredible. This story is packed with drama as I always crave and love in biker stories but it does not take over the emotional connection, and the character and relationship development that I equally love and think important. I loved that Tillie Cole managed to mix the action parts of the story that kept me on the edge of my seat with high anticipation, with the romantic elements of it that made me emotionally connect with each of the main characters and them as a couple.
The sense of community (brotherhood) in this story was amazing. When things go wrong in one of the brothers’ lives—in this case, AK—all the other Hades Hangmen members would come together to help and support even though it meant putting their own lives in danger. It was fascinating to see how these badass bikers cared for each other in their own ways. Tillie Cole managed to show the vulnerable sides of these characters without making us forget who they really were. They were living an unconventional lifestyle and could be extremely dangerous when forced in a difficult situation, but would always be there when one of them needed a help or support. Trust me, these badass brothers will melt your heart. 😉
What didn’t work for me?
I would have liked the heroine to get a little bit stronger and become braver to stand for herself and fight for her life as the story progressed. I understood the situation she had been in and how her upbringing had shaped her character, but I would have wanted to see her show some fight instead of being a complete damsel in distress from the beginning to the end.
But overall, I loved and highly recommend this book to those who love MC world, bad guys, alpha males, and dark, unconventional love story. However, I will not recommend this to those who are sensitive to violence, offensive language, and disturbingly taboo subjects. This book captures the most unconventional lifestyles and practices. If you can handle them, this book should be your next read. 😀
“I think we were meant to find each other, AK. I think we were meant to find each other, to leave hell together.” I didn’t reply. I had no words. “I think that no solution is quick, and no remedy will magically make our pain drift away. I believe that we must go on through this pain we are feeling in order to move on. And I believe whatever God or greater power exists above us brought us together so we may heal together. Heal the other in a way that no other person could.”