5 "Let it shine" Stars
For fractured souls are like magnets.
Drawn to collide into an impossible bliss…"
Every single expectation was met and exceeded. Even a few hopes and dreams were granted in this breathtaking and heart wrenching story and series!!!
If you're a fan of the Hades Hangmen and Tillie Cole, like me, you've been anxiously awaiting Flame and Maddie's story. I won't give too much away because this story must truly be experienced to fully appreciate and capture all the wonder and awe of Tillie Cole.
Here's my 11 thoughts or favourite quotes:
1. Flame: "He had midnight eyes. Was pierced. Tattooed. Strong. And filled with pure rage. But he was mine. And when he was mine, he was gentle, caring and just as broken as I was.
His story was dark, filled with anguish, rage and utter heartbreak.
"My skin felt on fire. My soul felt on fire."
Maddie: "A fucking pint-sized warrior."
"My heart was dark and empty without her. And nothing I could do would take it away."
The youngest of the three sisters and also the most brutally damaged by the Order. Yet also the bravest and the strongest in so many ways.
3. Didn't think it was possible to love Flame, AK and Vike any more than I did going into this story but these guys...
“What are words? Sometimes the flick of a pair of eyes of the flush of skin reveals everything you need to know. Words can wound. Silence can heal.”
7."I used to wonder how two people - one broken girl, and one broken boy - could ever move on from their dark and tortured pasts. But now I know. Together, that's how. They fight their way through...together."
9. The Hades Hangmen: Loved catching up with Styx and Mae, Ky and Lilah and learning more about the men and their club. I'd ride with these warriors any day.
10. My words won't adequately capture all the emotions I felt when reading this tortured, dark and also light and beautiful story. For all the pain and chilling numbness...
...there was also salvation and freedom.
11. Finally, Tillie Cole, thank you for such a breathtakingly beautiful story and for the Hades Hangmen...
**An ARC generously provided by Tillie Cole in exchange for an honest review.**
I couldn’t take my eyes off his face. I had never looked at men. After what I had endured at the hands of males, I could not think of them as handsome. I had given no thought to the matter at all. I simply did not think like that. I had never felt butterflies in my stomach. I had never felt my heart flutter, had never felt myself losing my very breath. When Lilah and Mae would talk of Ky and Styx, when they would blush just describing their love’s faces, eyes, lips, I did not comprehend.
But standing here, over Flame, right now, staring at his anguished face—his sharp features: slightly crooked nose, full lips, dark short beard, and those soulful eyes, those incredibly long black lashes—a feeling previously unknown to me bloomed in my heart, filling me with light. With an incredible heat. This close, I felt a tension spark between us. I felt something magnetic.
I… I wanted him as my own. In this moment, seeing the man who had become the center of my world, breaking, I wanted nothing more than to save him. To gift him the peace he so richly deserved, even if it meant sacrificing my newly-awakened heart in the process.
On a loud hiss, Flame’s body stiffened. My grip tightened on the handle of the knife. It felt like a ton weight in my hand, but I knew what I had to do. For Flame, I told myself, You must do this for Flame.
Steadying my shaking grip, I raised the blade, leaving it suspended it in the air. I inhaled deeply, then looked down at Flame. His beautiful eyes stalked me. With tears filling my eyes, I whispered, “Flame… I know you are lost right now, but I want to save you. I want to save you as you have so often saved me.” I swallowed the lump clogging my throat and continued. “I know you want eternal peace, but… but… I cannot… I cannot take your life.” Tears streamed from my eyes, but I lowered my mouth to a few inches from his ear. “I know the flames pain you greatly. And I know you live with pain. I know you no longer want to live. I…” I sniffed back my emotions as Flame became eerily still. “I have been there too. I have felt the urge to fade, to never wake again. But then something happened to me. Someone happened to me… You.”
Flame’s erratic breathing blew against the hair falling over my face, but he did not move. His body was completely and utterly still.
Rearing back slightly, I searched his glazed eyes and prayed to the Almighty that he was seeing me. That he could hear my words. I itched to run my fingers through his hair, like I had seen Mae do to Styx, but I held back.
“I have watched you, Flame. I have watched you as you have watched me. And I have seen you free the flames. I have counted with you from my window as you have administered the slashes to your flesh, releasing what you believe runs within you.” My legs began to shake as I lifted the knife, and lined up the blade over his arm. “I will not take your life, but I will help you release the flames. I will stay here with you, in this room, until you come back to me.”
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.