Sunday, 27 April 2014

Blog Tour/Review/Giveaway: It Ain’t Me, Babe By Tillie Cole

It Ain’t Me, Babe

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*

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My Review
5 Unexpected, Brilliant Stars!!

Wow this book was something else! I really wasn't expecting this but when I first read the review I knew I had to read this.After reading a few books with a slow build up I was wishing this wouldnt be the same.And oh my god it was different all right.First page in and boom I knew this would be totally awesome ;)

The prologue..oh that prologue had me totally excited and blown away and so many other feelings!

Tillie Cole you are awesome, I absolutely loved the writing, how it drew me in and kept me hooked right until the end and even after that since I want more! Please tell me there will be more because this is so series material because I need the other characters in this book to have their own book.

"It Ain’t Me, Babe’ was inspired by the testimonies of ex-members from several NRM’s and the leaders that abused the power they had over their members—especially the women.

The female protagonist in this novel, ‘Salome’, endures situations inspired by real events told to me personally by survivors of such groups. Addressing this topic was very important to me, as it is an area of life, of humanity, in which most people are unaware.

Victims of these ‘opportunist’ groups are often not given a voice, and I wanted to give the many women I was so fortunate to meet, a chance to be heard." - Tillie Cole

After reading this I was totally intrigued and whilst reading this book I kept thinking of what I would do if I was in this situation and how strong these people are who have been put into such torturous situations and how they are true survivors.I'm so glad Tillie Cole gave these victims a voice it really goes to show how unaware we are of the happening of the world.

This book starts off in the past where too people who are struggling with circumstances meet and create a beautiful memory in a place filled with sin.Two innocent souls meet where evil resides.

"Wh-what i-is this p-p-p-place? D-d-do you... l-l-live h-here?" I stuttered, occasionally pausing and thinking through my words as I struggled to push them out." - River

It all begins when Styx and Salome (“Mae”) first meet. Styx is only eleven and she is eight.This one meeting binds them, it is a meeting they will always remember. Styx stumbles upon Mae one day whilst his father does business, he finds her behind a fence, crying and he wants to make her feel better.But she can't understand his sign language and he has only ever smoke to his father and best friend Ky.It's like the words get stuck in his throat, like he is being chocked when he tries to speak.But he tries for the little innocent girl who is crying behind bars.He doesn't see how his presence make the pain she is feeling go away for a while. He doesn't understand why she is behind that fence and at that time she probably doesn't either..

Fifteen years later you see Mae trying to escape the facility who has tortured her all her life.She breaks and runs, she needs to escape no matter what happens she can't live there anymore.Whilst escaping she is injured and ends up unconscious outside Hangmen MC compound.

When Styx sees her he is shocked, its the girl he was going mental over and after years of trying to find her he began to believe that he had imagined her.Now here she is right in front of him all he needs is for her to recognise him. Mae wakes up and sees that she isn't where she blacked out and she doesnt know what to do.She has always been told that the outside people are evil so then why were they helping her?
Seeing the little boy from her past now a man changes things. Styx has to go on a job and leaves Mae behind with a MC brother Rider.

Styx was sin; Rider was peace.

Styx tries to stay away from her as he battles his own demons. She is innocent and he has sinned many times, she deserves someone better but maybe it was fate that brought two lost souls together in the past and will again bind them.

I don't want to give anything else away you just have to read it and experience everything! Absolutely brilliant, touching book about courage and an escape for freedom.Dark, gritty, emotionally moving and will leave you craving more.I really didn't expect some of the twists, I was shocked! But its just so good I definitely recommend this to everyone!

“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.”

Oh and please please please tell me Flame is getting his own book..Ahhhh I want it!

**ARC provided for an honest review**


Author Bio

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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