Review: Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen #3) by Tillie Cole

Wednesday, August 3
My rating:
5 Stars…

What I loved:

"For fractured souls are like magnets.
Drawn to collide into an impossible bliss…"

Labeled a ‘Cursed’ woman of Eve from birth, Maddie has endured nothing but pain and repression at the hands of The Order’s most abusive elder, Moses. Now living with her sister in The Hangmen’s secluded compound, finally, Maddie, is free. Free from the suffocating faith she no longer believes in. Free from endless years of physical and mental torment.

Just… free…

At age twenty-one, the timid and shy Maddie is content to live within the confines of her new home—safe from the outside world, safe from harm and, strangely, protected by the Hangmen’s most volatile member; the heavily pierced and tattooed, Flame.

Flame.

The man who ceaselessly watches over her with his midnight dark and searing eyes. The man who protects her with a breath-taking intensity. And the man who stirs something deep within her numbed heart.

But when circumstances conspire for Flame to need HER help, Maddie bravely risks it all for the broken man who has captivated her fragile soul.

The Hangmen’s most infamous member, Flame, is ruled by one thing—anger. Plagued by haunting demons from his past, an all-consuming rage, and isolated by an abhorrent hatred of being touched, Flame's days are filled with suffocating darkness, pierced only by a single ray of light—Maddie. The shy, beautiful woman he cannot purge from his thoughts. The woman he has an overwhelming need to possess…
... the only person who has ever been able to touch him.

Flame’s mission in life is to protect Maddie, to keep her safe. Until a trigger from his troubled past sends him spiraling into madness, trapping him in the deepest recesses of his disturbed mind.

His Hangmen brothers fear that Flame is beyond saving.

His only hope of salvation: Maddie and her healing light.

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Quote…I couldn't do it anymore. Fighting the threatening darkness, I took a deep breath. Seeing the woman freeze as she watched me, I opened my mouth and whispered, "Kill me."



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I knew this was going to be a heartbreaker for me, because really, it's Flame. You don't get to be Flame without some serious shit in your life. And Tillie Cole did not fuck around. I was giddy, and depressed, and ecstatic and horrified and so in love with this book.

What I loved:
- I want to have Flame babies. I knew that in It Ain't Me, Babe, confirmed it in Heart Recaptured and it took all my willpower not to skip the end of Ky's story and go straight to this. That's some hella high expectations before I even picked the damn book up, and I was still blown away by it.
- Maddie, despite having a worse deal at the compound than either Mae or Lilah, still managed to be a strong, determined character. And I loved, loved, loved that she was honest the whole way through. She didn't hold back, and I wanted that for Flame. Because it's all about him, really. And she was sweet-
Quote… "I sometimes image what our hands would look like... touching.(...) I wonder if it would make me smile. At times I daydream that it would be something we could do."

How damaged do you have to be to wish for that? I was a blubbering mess half the time I was reading this stuff.
- Viking and AK. I love a good bromance as much as the next person, and this one was up there with The Black Dagger Brotherhood. Their loyalty was so beautiful to me.
Quote… I ran my nails over the scars on my arm. "She ain't ever leaving me again. For life, brothers. She's mine for fucking life."
"Fuck," Viking whispered, "Psycho down."

- The violence. Not gonna lie, I loved every vengeful syllable of what Flame did to, well... everybody.
- The way this story is progressing, I have caved. I hate Cain. I swore to myself I wouldn't read his story because I don't see why he should get any good lovin'. I wanted him to be dead by now!
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But Tillie Cole must love a challenge. Taking a character who seems to be hated across the board, and writing him as a hero in his own book... that takes balls. So as much as Prophet Cain can suck a fat one, I will be reading his story. Like, tonight. I've got my chocolate and peanut butter and fat pants and everything.

What I didn’t love:
- In real life, this kind of codependent relationship would not be healthy. Like, if these were my friends, I'd be super concerned. (Oh my God, I'm such a hater - I would totally let Flame be all dependent and possessive and crazy on me.)
- I have found my limit. I actually thought my soul was a bit dead until I read something in this book that showed me where my limit is. So - good news - soul is definitely still in there. Bad news - Souls Unfractured may have broken it a bit.

Overall…

The writing is spectacular, the story keeps you jonesing for more, the characters are flawed and loveable, and Flame gets everything I wished for him.

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