Monday, April 17, 2017

Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen Book 5) ~ Tillie Cole



Secrets never stay hidden.

The burden of guilt never lifts from the heart.

Born and raised in The Order of David, Sister Phebe knows nothing but cult life. Head of the Sacred Sisters of New Zion, Phebe was groomed from childhood for one purpose: to seduce. Prized as a harlot, as a New Zion whore, Phebe is taken from the doomed cult by Meister, the notorious leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. Taken as his possession. Taken to be the woman who will obey his every sexual demand. Under his heavy hand, Phebe finds herself in a place much worse than she could ever have imagined... with absolutely no one to help. And no glimpse of hope. 

Xavier ‘AK’ Deyes is content with his life as Sergeant-At-Arms of the Hades Hangmen. Leader of the infamous ‘Psycho Trio’ and ex-special ops sniper, AK knows how to fight. Experienced in warfare and schooled in military operations, AK is vital to the Hangmen. When his Vice President needs help retrieving his missing sister-in-law, Phebe, from a Klan-funded trafficking ring, AK volunteers to go in. AK remembers the redhead from New Zion. Remembers everything about her from the single time they met—her red hair, blue eyes and freckled face. But when he finds her, heavily drugged and under Meister’s control, her sorry condition causes him to remember more than the beautiful woman he once tied to a tree. Saving Phebe forces hidden demons from his past to return. A past he can never move on from, no matter how hard he tries.

As AK fights to help Phebe, and in turn she strives to help him, they realize their secret sins will never leave them alone. Kindred broken souls, they realize the only way they can be rid of their ghosts is to face them together and try to find peace.

Despair soon turns to hope, and damaged hearts soon start to heal. But when their deep, painful scars resurface, becoming too much to bear, the time comes when they must make a heavy choice: stay forever damned; or together, find grace.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for age 18 and over.

This is another great addition to the Hangmen's series! I absolutely love AK and the Psycho Trio! Tillie does an amazing job relaying the emotions of the characters and their mindsets. Even as f*&#ed up as they are, we are still able to understand them and at times relate to their fears, struggles and demons. Tillie does a great job of having the other characters in the book, but still highlighting and focusing on who's story it really is. 

Phebe really surprised me at times. I didn't realize all the mental abuse, along with the physical abuse, she suffered. Her brainwashing went down to her soul and affected her severely. The men in these cults were sick, creepy bastards and the men the cult gave Phebe to are not much better. Phebe is so lost and troubled, I wondered if she would ever be able to escape her demons. 

AK is just a hero. The tragedy he went through was something fierce. There's no recovery from that, yet he continues to want to save people and do right by them. While it may have started as an obsession for him since he couldn't save certain people, it turned in to something beautiful. His strength and heart are what keep the Trio together and its exactly what Phebe needs. Even if she doesn't realize it just yet. 

The emotions in this story gave me goosebumps. The heartache, love, war and death hit you right in the feels. I cannot wait for the next book in this series and I hope the series continues forever. I love each of the Hangmen and want to hear their stories.

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