Thursday, April 6, 2017

{Book Review} Heart Recaptured by Tillie Cole

Heart Recaptured by Tillie Cole
Published: December 13th, 2014
Series: Hades Hangman #2
Source: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary, Dark Romance
Pages: 503

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...

Tillie Cole is my ULTIMATE guilty pleasure author!  She writes beautifully with unique, intricate plots that contain substance and well-developed, damaged characters.  I LOVED It Ain’t Me, Babe, which made my list of favorite reads ever!  I was so excited to continue on with this series, especially since Heart Recaptured focused on Ky, the rough, Hades Hangman man slut, and Lilah, the desperate and devout follower of a religious cult.  Although book one still blows Heart Recaptured out of the water, I still really enjoyed it.  This continues to be one of my favorite series and I can not wait to devour all of these books!

Cole’s writing is absolutely stunning.  It is beautiful, captivating and addictive.  Tillie Cole continues to create engaging books, that although are full of steamy moments and vulgar dialogue, is also full of heart and emotions.  I think the one big (personal) issue I had with this book was how crude it was, which is why I only rated it 4 stars.  This book made me feel uncomfortable at times with some of the content, but at the same time, Cole stayed true to these characters and their story.

I think one of my favorite things about these books is the world building.  It is so intricate and detailed, including rival MC clubs, religious cults and corrupt government officials.  This book introduces readers to new, interesting characters that only help to strengthen the plot.  I liked that this book starts right where It Ain’t Me, Babe ended.  This book still allowed readers to continue with Mae and Styx’s story, as well as setting the stage for the third book focusing on Maddie and Flame.

These books have quite the cast of characters.  The Hades Hangmen consists of a crew of vulgar men that are rough around the edges, but are also loyal and protective.  I enjoyed Ky, but at times, I found it hard to relate to his character.  His personality is SO strong and most of the vulgarity that I had problems with was from his character.  Although Ky did experience growth, it felt a bit too instant, making it not feel very organic.  However, Lilah’s character development was superb.  I loved that she struggled a lot more with the drastic change from her religious cult to the Hangman MC club, which is what I wanted to see in Mae’s character from book one.  Lilah’s reaction seemed more sincere and real, causing her to struggle and question what she had been taught and what she was now learning.

The romance was great.  Sometimes it felt like insta-love because their feelings grew so fast, but it was not love at first sight either…more like lust.  I liked how protective Ky was over Lilah, but I will state that this does not depict a healthy relationship.  It is one of those books that you know you probably should not be rooting for these two characters to be together because they are both so damaged, but you just can’t help it.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for Ky and Lilah as this series progresses!

Overall, this is one of the best guilty pleasure series I have ever read and is defiantly one of my favorites!  I would only recommend this series to readers who have read adult romance before because it is full of mature content, some of it is pretty intense!  I cannot wait to continue on with this series and have already purchased all of the books! 


“He had taken a piece of my tainted soul…of my heart…and made him a part of me.  He was in my every cell, my conscience.  He is simply part of me.”

Also check out the other book in the Hades Hangmen series below!

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