✭Blog Tour✭ Heart Recaptured (Hades Hangmen #2) by Tillie Cole +ARC Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
Author: Tillie Cole
Age group: Mature new adult
Genre: MC dark contemporary romance
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...
“What do you think they did on their ‘run’? Something bad?” Maddie asked and pointed at Hush and Cowboy.
“I have no idea,” I answered. “But Hush and Cowboy are good men. They are always so nice to me.”
“Are…are Hush and Cowboy nice to you because they want you carnally? Do you tempt them?” Maddie asked.
My stomach fell at the thought.
I cast my gaze upon them sitting on that bench, now talking quietly, and said, “I desperately hope not. They seem sincere. It would devastate me if I discovered I had lured them in.” I did not know what it was, but I honestly did not think they viewed me in such a way. I preferred to believe they liked talking to me, for me, not my looks.
“Is…?” Maddie dropped her head and stared wistfully at the exit to our room. “Is it possible for a man to like or… want us and it not be due to our beauty?”
Answering Maddie’s rather out-of-character question, I replied, “I do not know, sister. Mae seems to think so.” I watched her green eyes soften with relief… excitement, perhaps? And I added, “Is there a reason for your question?”
Maddie sighed and rubbed at our tattooed wrists, the tattoos forced upon us as children: Revelation 21:8, the mark of our people.
“No reason. I just… It is just that someday… Well, it would be lovely to think that a certain… man, a protective and strong man that I trust, may help me know what it is to love. What it is to feel safe… with him, because of him and maybe… maybe…”
“What, sister?” I asked, edging closer to hold her hand.
Her big round eyes blinked furiously, trying to chase away tears. Then she whispered, “Maybe I could make him feel safe too.”
I had no words. Instead, I squeezed her hand in support. I wished strongly for that future for my broken, damaged Maddie… and the man that had made her consider such things.
“Does Ky make you feel that way? The way you both look at one another… It is… it is…” She smiled. “Beautiful.”
“Beautiful?” I echoed, Maddie’s words swooping to steal my breath away.
“Since he began to teach you, he has changed. I watch people closely, sister, from my place by the window. I know I am like a shadow, never doing much but gazing to the world outside while I hide away in here like a scared child. But I am not ready to venture outside yet. And until that day, I watch, and I learn how to behave to survive outside of The Order’s strict rules. And sister, I have watched Ky very closely.”
I swallowed, waiting for more information. My heart beat a heady rhythm in anticipation.
“When we first came here, he was happy, seemed to enjoy women and his life, but his smile did not reach his eyes.”
“Go on,” I prompted, leaning in closer.
Maddie ran her hands through the ends of her long black hair and continued. “But now, when he smiles at you, his eyes smile too.”
Maddie’s lips curled in happiness. “He no longer looks at other women, though they lustfully look at him. He watches only you. Sees only you. Smiles at only you… I think, for him, you are the brightest star in his sky, blotting out those who have come before.”
My heart wanted to burst with the warmth those words inspired within me. Maddie’s soft hand suddenly laid on mine and the simple gesture of comfort from my sister almost made me cry. “It is beautiful,” she affirmed, sincerely.
“Lilah” aka Delilah has been raised in The Order at the Commune. She has been told since she was a young child that she was a temptress to men and cursed with beauty that entices both men & women. Which then causes them to have impure thoughts and desires. By her fault of this curse she is taken and placed with others who are also cursed and destined for hell.
Mae, one of the cursed, has escaped and gone to stay with the Hangmen MC. She returns to rescue Lilah and her sister Maddie.
Lilah is introduced to a new and disarrayed world of the Hangmen. Through all her life she is told that she is cursed and must pray for her absolution and deliverance, here with the Hangmen she is told that everything goes and prayer is never needed.
Ky, the Hangmen VP, has an instant attraction to Lilah and is determine to have her. His past and present of constant women in his bed is affecting any chance he may have with Lilah. Living by his old man’s saying, “Pussies are to be licked good, fucked hard-and never worshipped”, is making him question his feelings toward her. But as he spends time with Lilah, helping her adjust to the outside world and the different ways of life, his feelings grow from fondness to protectiveness to downright addictiveness. He wants her any way he can have her and will do whatever it takes to keep her protected and safe.
As Lilah starts to grow comfortable and safe with Ky, a disaster strikes. The Order is not going away quietly. They have return and are out to retrieve The Cursed, for without the women they will not fulfill God’s will and the Prophet cannot transcend. Lilah is mistaken for her sister Mae and is taken back to The Order. There she is beaten, whipped and forced to partake in the Lords sharing with an elder of The Order. Ky is desperate to get her back and will rage a war to retrieve her.
But how will this affect all that the couple has been building towards?
With Lilah weak in her self being and determined to believe that she is cursed, how will she ever overcome what she has been told all her life?
Can Ky and Lilah finally get a happy ending?
Or are they cursed to never be loved?
Tillie Cole has done it again and will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting Ky and Lilah to get the happy ending that they deserve. Let me just say that you will not be disappointed in the ending, but you may just cry when there are no more pages to turn!!!
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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 farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
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