Huge thanks to the amazing followers of Holly’s Hot Reads for making me finally pick up It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole! Check out my review and series links below.
Sinning never felt so good…
A fortuitous encounter.
A meeting that should never have happened.
Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…
Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.
Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.
River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.
Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.
Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…
Dark Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel.
*Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*
“Y- you want someone g- g- good to take c- care of you. I- it ain’t me, babe.”
I have absolutely no idea why it took me so long to read It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole. There has been a huge buzz surrounding this book, so much so that I bought it, it just buried under my never-ending TBR. When my followers voted that it was a MUST read, I finally picked it up. And. Oh. My. Word.
Stix…I love this guy. I loved that though he had a disability that would usually cause vulnerability, he still stood strong and became a leader to his men, his brothers, biker club, The Hell’s Hangmen. In fact, I think the fact that he is “mute”, and Mae was his #3, made him even more loveable.
The cult part of the storyline–surprisingly–interested me so much! I’m a hardcore biker fan, but I couldn’t help being sucked into (and completely horrified) at what went on inside the cult. I haven’t ever read much on this subject so I actually liked learning a little about it, as disgraceful as it is.
I had a few issues with editing and sometimes I felt like the prim and proper way that Mae spoke, slipped a bit, and she said things that I don’t think she would actually have heard before, but overall it was a really good book. Great intensity, gripping storyline, beautiful love story, and a huge whopping twist!!!
If you love biker books, this is a definite must read, and if you are yet to sample the raw and gritty world of literary bikers, what better place to start?
“I was wr- wrong. So d- damn wrong. You need a st- strong man, babe. You n- n- need a man to l- love you, to pr- protect you, to be your f- fuckin’ world.” Her breath paused and I smirked. “ It’s m- me, babe. It’s s- so fuckin’ me .”