Wednesday, May 10, 2017

{Book Review} Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole

Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole
Published: August 11th, 2015
Series: Hades Hangmen #3
Source: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary, Dark Romance
Pages: 371

"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.

FLAME!  Holy Crap, I was not expecting my heart to be torn out and then sewn back in.  I was a bit terrified to read Flame’s story considering he is the most mysterious and creatively disturbing Hangman, but I was captivated by his story.  It was dark, deep and full of pain.  I would still have to say that It Ain’t Me, Babe is my favorite book out of this series, but Souls Unfractured is a VERY close second!

Tillie Cole’s writing continues to be amazing.  It flows off the page and has some of the most beautiful and poetic quotes.  The plots that make up this series are unique, twisted and captivating.  This book focused a lot on character development rather than propelling the plot of the entire series forward.  There were a lot of flashbacks, particularly focusing on Flame, but they were vital for readers to truly understand the pain that created the Flame that we have seen in the previous books.

Flame is one of the most unique characters that I have ever read.  His past is very disturbing and while reading it, I did become slightly uncomfortable during parts.  While this series does contain a lot of abuse, particularly sexual, this one was saturated with it.  I hope that the future books in this series starts to spread out and not make sexual abuse the main focus.  I was surprised that Flame’s love interest, Maddie, was shadowed by the character development of Flame.  At the end of the book, I still questioned who her character really was and wished that her character would have been developed more.
I did enjoy the romance, but it was defiantly insta-love.  I wish their connection would have grown slower, budding with friendship first and then growing into passion.  I never felt like they ever were friends, which I think is the essential base for a great romance.  It was interesting seeing Flame relax his tough exterior when he was around Maddie.  He needed to be around her all of the time, and when he wasn’t, he was anxious and desperate to get back to her.  Maddie was the strongest out of the two of them, which was different and interesting.

Overall, I LOVE this series!  It is dramatic, emotional, dark, disturbing and addictive, but although the series is unique, I hope that the books start standing out from each other.  I also wished that some of the world building that Cole created in book one and two would have played a bigger role in this book.  I, of course, am going to continue on with the next book and hope to read this series for several more years!    


“I used to wonder how two people-one broken girl, and one broken boy-could ever move on from their dark and tortured pasts.  But now I know.  Together, that’s how.  They fight their way through…together.”

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