When Amazon recommended It Ain’t Me, Babe despite the dreadful title it was the synopsis that captured my imagination. Styx, a young biker president wWhen Amazon recommended It Ain’t Me, Babe despite the dreadful title it was the synopsis that captured my imagination. Styx, a young biker president with a terrible stutter and a young woman Mae, who has escaped from a religious cult. Not one I’d come across before. I also wondered how on earth it would work exactly. Which meant I couldn’t resist that little one click button.
I’ve never read anything my Tillie Cole, she is a new to me author, but I will definitely will be in the future. I immediately clicked with her writing style, both engaging, sexy, but also gritty.
I have really mixed feelings on the book overall, I really enjoyed it and it flowed really well and was engaging. The romance was different and I liked the fact Mae’s upbringing in a cult added a very different dimension to the story. I think this was especially poignant as Cole mentions in the preface that although names and details have been changed a lot of the events are based on real-life research she has conducted.
However, I think the hardest part of me for this book, was I wasn’t really sure I liked Styx as a person. It kind of left me in a conundrum, can you like a romance if you don’t like the hero? I think I have been spoilt by the bikers in Kristen Ashley’s romances. Because in her books, while they’re bikers and a bit loose with the law, they’re equally not really that bad. Styx on the other hand is. He’s violent, there are scenes of him both murdering and torturing people in the book, he’s ruthless and unapologetic of who he is. Which meant that it wasn’t always comfortable reading. Think more Sons of Anarchy than a traditional romance hero. He’s also incredibly possessive and there is one scene where he almost cheats on Mae which lowered him in my estimations.
Then take Mae, raised in a religious cult, she doesn’t even know what a motorbike is. But religion and scripture is all she has known. As well as a brutally savage upbringing. Again her past doesn’t make from comfortable reading. Be aware there are scenes of rape and child abuse in this book, so it might not be for you. I found it hard to stomach on occasion how readily she accepted Styx’s violent world. I just thought she might have questioned things more.
These issues aside, I devoured the book quickly and there were times when I couldn’t put it down. There is an interesting love triangle which actually had me debating who I really wanted to see Mae end up with. The ending also delivered a cracker of a twist I did not see coming in the slightest. Which led to a thrilling finale.
New love interests were introduced at the end which despite me having mixed feelings on the biker heroes in general in the book, already had me intrigued and wanting to read more and found out what happens in them. Which is always a sign of good writing.
This is quite a hard book to review, because even now I’m still not sure how I feel about Styx as a hero, but at the same time I really enjoyed the story and seeing how it all unfolded. Cole has a really good writing style and I’m pretty sure I am going to continue with the series too, I just wanted perhaps something slightly softer from Styx, but at the same time not too soft either. I really enjoyed the religious cult angle it made it different from other biker romances I have read. So I would say overall it was a good book, if you can take the violence of the biker world portrayed within it.