Friday, December 19, 2014

Heart Recaptured by Tillie Cole Blog Tour

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...

Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and very mature topics.
*Recommended for age 18 years and up*

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Another tear trailed down Mae’s cheek. “I have no idea how to make her and Maddie want this life. There is no more commune, no more Order. I am unable to help her… them. What will happen to them if they cannot adjust?” Her huge wolf eyes focused on me as Styx wiped at her cheeks with his thumb, his nose flaring with protectiveness. “I need your help, Ky. Not for you to make this even more difficult. If they left me, I do not know… I do not know…”

Styx turned Mae in his arms and she cried into his chest. His jaw clenched and he glanced in my direction.

Great. He wanted to murder me again.

Running my hands down my face, I jumped to my feet, and Mae lifted her head in surprise.

“I’ll keep the fuck away from Lilah. I swear,” I vowed.

Mae nodded, though her face remained blank. “Thank you.”

But Styx was still looking at me… and I knew that look. He was plotting something. I went to leave the room, when Styx cleared his throat, his infamous take-no-shit look on his face. Styx’s hands lifted to sign behind Mae’s back while her face was still tucked against his chest, her arms wrapped tightly around his waist.

“Go find Lilah. She’ll be down by the river or in the apartment. It’s the only two places she ever goes. Tell her you’re fuckin’ sorry for practically assaulting her tonight. Right?”

I nodded my agreement rather than say it out loud. He obviously didn’t want Mae to overhear our “conversation.” A lift of his finger made me pause again, and I watched a smirk curl on his lips.

“I’m putting you in charge of her and I ain’t telling Mae. Let’s call it your… atonement for being a whore-assed fuck-up.”

I rolled my eyes at his shit attempt at a joke, but I could tell my brother wasn’t fuckin’ around.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Reading book 1, It Ain't Me, Babe is a must before starting Heart Recaptured!

Can you mix the worlds of a religious cult and a motorcycle club and have a fantastic book? Tillie Cole definitely can! She takes the MC world and gives it a new twist. If you have triggers the warning should be taken seriously. This is a dark book and it takes you places that could make you uncomfortable. You've been warned!!

Heart Recaptured has you falling for someone you know you shouldn't. Ky is rude, crude, he's an ego-maniac, a man-whore, but sweet baby Jesus he's sexy. He can't seem to keep his mind off of Lilah, when he's given orders to help her acclimate to the world outside of the commune, he's more than happy to spend time with her.

Lilah wanted out. She lived within the gates under the Prophet's rules. She's been abused and raped. When she is taken from that world she doesn't know if she's ready. She's scared of the outside, she wants to go back, it may be hell but it's all she knows. Can Ky save her? Make her see the outside isn't so bad?

I found Heart Recaptured to be such an emotional read. Ky and Lilah should never be together, but somehow it works, together they make sense. I love this place Tillie Cole created. Waiting for the next one will be torture!

Heart Recaptured is a continuation of the story that began in It Ain’t Me, Babe. Although this book is primarily Delilah and Ky’s story, it moves the series storyline forward as the Hades Hangmen and The Order once again find themselves at odds with one another. I am still amazed at Ms. Cole’s ability to make two people from seemingly opposite ends of the morality scale mesh so perfectly. The faithful and the faithless. The saint and the sinner. The devout and the debauched. Delilah and Kyler. Since the moment I finished reading It Ain’t Me, Babe I have been anticipating this book and Ms. Cole did not disappoint.

Unlike Mae, Lilah is not happy to be free of The Order and fears that Mae has condemned their souls to Hell by taking them to the Hades Hangmen’s compound. It is clear that Lilah’s faith has been instilled deeply within and she needs to return to her people to seek salvation for her condemned soul. In short, she drank the Kool-Aid and is a devout believer of the Prophet’s teachings. She clings to her rituals and prayers and refuses to “adjust” to life on the outside. But after an ill-timed trip to the clubhouse, Lilah finds herself under Ky’s tutelage as Styx charges him with helping her adjust to life outside the commune. Ky is not happy about this task as he is quite attracted to her but she is off limits. As they spend time together, Lilah begins to trust him and feels safe with him, while the unthinkable happens to Ky – he begins to fall for her. Like Styx, Kyler had a similar visceral reaction to what Lilah endured at the hands of The Order – horror, disgust, hatred, rage, and protectiveness. It was horrifying to read the scene as she relayed the circumstances that led to her being labeled as a Cursed. Unfortunately for Lilah, despite the safety that Ky’s status provides, she finds herself in situations that seem to support the Prophet’s designation of her as a Cursed. When The Order finally reveals itself by reclaiming Delilah, Ky admits to himself and his brothers how deep his feelings are for her and they set off to rescue her.

Ms. Cole has created such a unique storyline in this series that despite it being eight months (and a couple hundred books) since reading book one, I was able to pick up Heart Recaptured and begin reading as if I had just finish It Ain’t Me, Babe. There is so much going on within the book and the series that I found myself immersed in the Hangmen’s world within just a few pages. I devoured this book as I had to see how Lilah and Ky’s story played out. The depth of Delilah’s “faith” is disturbing, yet consistent with real-life victims of cults. The lengths to which she goes to rid herself of her curse was startling from a human perspective, yet unsurprising from a psychological one – even if I didn’t see it coming. I loved that the author did not end the book after Lilah’s rescue and simply leave that as their happily ever after. Instead she gave Lilah and Ky a realistic resolution consistent with their lifestyles and brought me to tears at the same time. I cannot adequately express just how much I love this series. I am so looking forward to the next book in the Hades Hangmen series as I am cannot wait to read Maddie and Flame’s story.

Also Available in the Hades Hangmen Series
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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 farmers daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Heart Recaptured (Hades Hangmen #2) by Tillie Cole to read and review for this tour.

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