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Title: Heart Recaptured
Series: Hades Hangmen #2
Author: Tillie Cole
Age group: Mature new adult
Genre: MC dark contemporary romance
Release date: 14th December 2014
HEART RECAPTURED BLURB
Even salvation can be delivered through the love of the damned…
Beauty can be a curse.
Faith can be a cage.
Only love can set you free.
A few long weeks after being reluctantly ripped from the comforting embrace of her sacred prophet’s religious commune—the only life she has ever known—a terrified Delilah is thrust into a world enveloped by evil and swimming in sin.
Steadfastly devout in her faith, and retaining the deep belief that her soul is innately tarnished as a branded ‘Cursed woman of Eve’, Delilah is determined to find her way home to her people in The Order and away from the corrupt and damned outlaw motorcycle club—The Hades Hangmen—who hold her at their secluded compound for her protection—a 'protection' she strongly resents.
Delilah yearns to return home, convinced that only amongst her own people, and under the holy guidance of the Lord’s revealed prophet, can her Satan-spawned soul be truly saved. Conditioned her entire life to believe she is a witch... a life-long temptress… the devil’s whore... Delilah increasingly resents her beautiful face, her shapely body and her sensuous effect on men. But when a man of the motorcycle club—a deeply sinful yet stunningly beautiful man—is charged with her care, Delilah begins to see that this dangerous and moralless sinner from the 'outside' may offer her something she did not know could truly exist: unconditional love.
Kyler ‘Ky’ Willis loves his life: a daily abundance of brotherhood, liquor, the freedom of the open-road and—best of all—his pick of hot women. Raised a biker brat and now VP of the most notorious MC in the States, Ky has no shortage of club sluts warming his bed; a situation he takes full advantage of… until a certain blonde enters his life… a gorgeous pilgrim-blonde he can’t get out of his head… a pilgrim-blonde he and his club recently-rescued from some backward religious cult… and a pilgrim-blonde he’s been ordered to keep the hell away from and his whorish hands off.
When yet another in a lengthy line of drunken blunders forces Ky to reluctantly take charge of the pilgrim-blonde’s care, he realizes that there could be more to this woman than just supermodel looks and a stacked set of tits. He begins to see that she could be the woman who could do the impossible—tame his wild ways and capture his reluctant heart.
But the unyielding bonds of Lilah’s past are strong, her ‘people’ determined and, with a new Prophet in charge and hell bent on revenge, they are mightily reluctant to let her go...
Dark Contemporary Romance.
Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and very mature topics.
Recommended for age 18 years and up*
Damn damn DAMN! What a great freaking book!
I LOVED It Ain’t Me Babe..ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!! Didn’t realize how much I really missed Mae and Styx until I started Heart Recaptured. Wow did this ever fill the void. Heart Recaptured is SO MUCH MORE than a typical biker book. Pairing a biker lifestyle with that of a highly organized yet demoralized religious cult seems too far fetched, right? Ha, it's like pairing the right cheese with the compatible wine. AH-MAZING!
Taking on somewhat the same storyline as I.A.M.B., I was worried at first that the similarities were going to cause me to lose interest. That this could end up being the same story written twice….Girl(s) from religious commune now living with bikers on their compound, the struggle to fit into society, the struggle to believe all they have ever known was the actual hell, a biker who gives up his whore’n ways and falls in love. BUT where I.A.M.B was the story of Mae ESCAPING and WANTING to be free of the cult, Heart Recaptured is the story of Lilah being taken/rescued from the only home she had ever known and her DESPARATE LONGING to be returned to the twisted religious commune. I mean what are the chances…taken from a Holyland and end up placed in a cesspool of sin...
Beauty looked me in the eye, eyelids drawn and lips pursed. “Mae chose to leave that fucked-up cult. She wanted out. Those two bitches upstairs were abused their whole life but never wanted to leave. Then y’all storm in, guns blazing, kill the man they believe was a god, dragged them here against their will, threw them in a rape van of all things, and you expect them to get used to it?” Beauty was in full song. “Those two are never gonna get this life. They ain’t cut out for outlaw living. Question is, what the hell will happen to them if they leave us? Where the fuck would they go? What would they do?”
-Beauty to Ky
Lilah’s story is shocking and at times repulsive but much needed to fully understand the sick depths the religious cult goes to. Deemed cursed due do her beauty at the age of 6 and cast out of her family, Lilah wants nothing more than to be freed of her demons. She doesn’t want to be a temptress to men like Eve was to Adam. She believes Mae’s union with the Prophet to be her and the other "cursed ones" only road to salvation. She believes wholeheartedly in what has been ingrained into her, extremely devoted to her faith and scripture. Finding herself caught in many compromising situations she can only believe what she has been labeled must be true. She is cursed.
Lilah is placed under the watchful eye of the Hades Hangman’s VP, Ky. (You can guess what develops here.) He’s as crude and raw as they come as far as biker bad boys. God, I love him! No insta-love here. No. Ky’s affections are not accepted easily, nor is his insight on Li’s religion.
“Well Jesus fucked a hooker slut, didn’t he? And that shit seemed to work out for him, didn’t it? I mean, hell, bitch, I got the long hair and beard and women worship at my feet. Maybe I’m the fuckin’ second coming?”
"….There’s no punishment for what happened in the bar. You said no. That’s all there is to it. No need to be flashing me that tight ass.” I answered in a raspy voice. I quickly cleared my throat. “Ain’t no one gonna rape you either, so get that fuckin’ fear outta your messed-up mind.” Her breath blew past my ear. “I… I don’t understand… what is… rape?” “What is rape?” I asked, now confused as fuck. “It’s when someone forces themselves on you when you say no. When you have no choice. When you don’t want fucking but they do it anyway. Fuck, bitch, you should know the meaning of that word.” Her eyes went huge. “That has never been done to me…” “Yeah, in that cult, it was.” “No. It was not… rape. It was the elders doing as commanded by the prophet and God.” The bitch had been raped for years, but had no fucking clue. “One day, Lilah, you’ll get what I’m talking about and realize how fucked up that excuse sounds.”
-Ky and Lilah
Love story aside, this book builds on the inner workings of the Hades Hangmen’s club. Enemy lines are drawn and breached. The cult, now lead by Prophet Cain, is larger and stronger than before. His top priority, getting Mae back to join with him. It’s definitely a thrill ride that had me holding my breath at times. Tillie does a great job layering in other characters giving glimpses of books to come! HOLY JESUS….Flame’s story is going to be crazy good I can feel it!
Heart Recaptured is simply awesome!
I’ll leave on one more Ky-ism…..
“Prophet “kiddie-fiddler” David made Charles Manson look like the fucking tooth fairy. Crazy damn Jesus freaks. Better to be on Hades’s side, the side of sin. At least then you know where you are going when you meet the boatman. Don’t need to live striving to be something you’re not. And the best part of it? You can have a shitload of fun living all kinds of fucked-up wrong, but it feels oh so fuckin’ right!”
Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, 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 savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.
Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie, at age nineteen, moved forty miles north to the 'Toon', Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. Tillie, regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven 'proper mint' and 'lush' years.
One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on her much loved and treasured Kindle, Tillie turned to her husband and declared, "D'you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book." Several months later, after repeating the same tired line at the close of another completed story, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and "just bloody do it!" For the first time in eleven years, Tillie actually took his advice (he is still trying to get over the shock) and immediately set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination.
Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!). She also has a serious side (believe it or not!) and loves to immerse herself in the complex study of World Religions, History and Cultural Studies and creates fantasy stories that enable her to thread serious issues and topics into her writing -- yep, there's more to this girl than profanity and sparkles!
After six years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have finally given up their nomadic way of life and settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap wearing, Stetson-sporting cowgirl... Ye-haw!
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