It Ain’t Me, Babe (Hades Hangmen #1) by Tillie Cole 




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…

Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel.

WARNING: Contains sexual situations, violence, taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*




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Nancy's Review


5 Mighty Hades Stars!

I would consider this book as one of my favourite biker romance novel this year! I very much LOVED it! It was so good, I had to take a moment after reading!

Years ago, when Salome a.k.a. Mae was 10 and River a.k.a. Styx was 11, their paths accidentally crossed and it left a huge impact on their life.  From then on, Styx has been searching for that ice-blue wolf eyed girl.

I’ve thought ’bout that girl every day. Fifteen fuckin’ years. You and me grew up in hell… darkness. She was the first bit of good I ever saw. 

At the same time Mae had been praying for that boy behind the fence. 

“I thought about you often, the boy behind the fence, the boy on the outside… the boy who stole my first and only kiss, and I nightly prayed for your safety and happiness. It is a ritual I will forever keep.”

Fifteen years later, Mae escaped from the commune and ended up, near death, at Styx’s clubhouse, where Styx is now the President of the mother chapter of the Hades Hangmen Biker’s Club. 

Mae knows nothing of the outside world, she’s been raised and trained to obey and serve according to Prophet David’s rules, a religious cult known as the Davidians. And now, with the help of Styx and his biker family, though scared, she slowly learns and adjust to a world she was told to believe to be “full of nothing but deceit, sin, and death.”

Styx had always had speech problem, in short, he stutters. So he has long since given up on talking and only communicates through ASL. But there are three people that he would vocally speak to, and one was his father, then Ky, his best friend and VP,  and the precious third is Mae.

But despite Styx’s wanting to own Mae, he also struggles to do what he think is the right thing and get her away from his world of violence, but at the same time he couldn’t let her go… 

I stared into his large hazel eyes and tipped my head. “I thought you said, ‘it ain’t you who’s meant for me’?

He laughed. He rarely laughed, but when he did, I rejoiced at the sound of it: husky, deep… male. “Oh, it’s me, babe… Ain’t no other man for you… but me.”


As for Mae, it has always been Styx…

We were always fated to be together. He is my everything. He is my entire world…

… Styx is my salvation.  


This book tugged at my heartstrings.   Mae’s story was just heartbreaking.

I can’t help but fall in love with Styx and Mae…

At the same time, I felt sorry and mad at Rider.  Rider is the club doctor, and who Mae became close friend with.

There is lots of action and suspense….  It is quite edgy and also had that surprising twist in the end.  There is a lot of violence, so be warned.

I am looking forward to the next book of the Hades Hangmen series.  I wonder if it’ll be Ky or Flame. Whoever it is, I can’t wait!!!

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