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Hades Hangmen #2

Heart Recaptured

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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...

Dark Contemporary Romance.
Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and very mature topics.
Recommended for age 18 years and up*

503 pages, Kindle Edition

First published December 13, 2014

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Tillie Cole

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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.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie, at age nineteen, moved forty miles north to the 'Toon', Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. Tillie, regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven 'proper mint' and 'lush' years.

One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on her much loved and treasured Kindle, Tillie turned to her husband and declared, "D'you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book." Several months later, after repeating the same tired line at the close of another completed story, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and "just bloody do it!" For the first time in eleven years, Tillie actually took his advice (he is still trying to get over the shock) and immediately set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination.

Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!). She also has a serious side (believe it or not!) and loves to immerse herself in the complex study of World Religions, History and Cultural Studies and creates fantasy stories that enable her to thread serious issues and topics into her writing -- yep, there's more to this girl than profanity and sparkles!

After six years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have finally given up their nomadic way of life and settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap wearing, Stetson-sporting cowgirl... Ye-haw!

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I thought I had my favorites list for 2014 all put together, then I read this book, and had to shuffle everything around. Tillie Cole is an amazing writer and she has this ability to make me feel so much when reading. This book had me awake all hours of the night reading until I finished. I sat there and read for five straight hours, my eyes glued to my kindle until I read the last page. I literally could not put it down. I looked like a zombie the next day at work, but it was so worth it. I cried while reading. I cried while going through my highlights for this review (and I had to go through over 50, because there were too many fantastic quotes). It’s safe to say that this book impacted me in the best way and I loved it dearly.

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We had been forced to exist after being ripped from our home, ripped from all we knew: the commune. The Order. The Lord’s Prophet. We belonged with God’s Chosen Ones.

Lilah is ‘sister’ and friend to Mae. She is not taking life on the outside near as well as her sister. She has been ripped away from her home, surrounded by crude and rude bikers. She’s terrified.

Then there is Kyler. VP of the Hangmen. Ky is something else. He’s the biggest manwhore in the MC. He’s hilarious, sexy and crass. He’s also the man that his Prez and best friend, Styx assigns to Lilah. He’s supposed to show her around, help her adjust to ‘real life’. Ky and Lilah are so funny together at first. You won’t find two characters as different from one another as they are.

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His talk was crude, but I had come to realize it was just his way.

The more time these two spend together, the more used to one another they become. They actually start to get along and like being together. For the fist time since Lilah’s been away from the Order, she feels safe. Ky is the only one who makes her feel that way.
I felt safe with Ky. I knew he was my protector... And even out in this unfamiliar world, and with as little time spent with him as I had had, I instinctively knew he would protect me from danger.

As much as Ky doesn’t want to admit it to himself or anyone else, Lilah is slowly changing him. It’s obvious to anyone around them that he cares for her and is protective over her.

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My favorite part of the book was just watching these two together. Watching them grow into friends and so much more. I loved seeing the changes they were making. They are so connected to one another. Ky has this way of being able to open Lilah up and bringing her out of her shell, something no one else could do. And Lilah brings out a side of Ky that he didn’t even know existed. He is still his crazy self, but he is sweet, gentle and kind with her. The two of them together… it just made me melt. It made my heart sore.
Things had changed for me so drastically in regards to this man. My feelings were so strong that I almost could not stand it. He was becoming the center of my world. He was completely changing my life.

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Lilah and Ky were two of the most beautiful and memorable characters I’ve read in a long time. Lilah is broken, sheltered, terrified of life, but she has this strength and determination that you don’t see very often. I rooted for her. I loved her. Just as much as I loved Ky, I loved her. My Ky. When I read about Ky in book one, I just knew his book would be epic. Naturally, I was right. Ky made me laugh out loud so many times. Watching him with Lilah made my heart melt. And watching the changes he made for her was a beautiful thing. I adored both of these characters so much. I liked Mae and Styx and the first book, but this book and these characters were on an entirely different level for me.

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Heart Recaptured is an emotional, beautiful, painful, stunning, raw, gritty and powerful read. It’s a book that will make you laugh, make you cry and it will move you. Ky and Lilah’s love story is one that needs to be read. I can’t recommend this enough. Tillie Cole, you amaze me. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series (Flame). I love the crazy ones and I just can’t wait!

As you can tell, this is a must read of mine- a favorite of 2014. Don’t miss out on this amazing story and this beautiful couple!
“I love you, Li. You’re mine. My woman. My property. My fuckin’ old lady... my fuckin’ forever.”

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March 28, 2022
5 Brainwashed Stars

* Tons of Spoilers*

First read Dec 2015
Reread May 17 2017
Reread 3/27/2022

“Fuck, bitch. I’ve been dreaming about making you come since the first time I laid eyes on you… I want you under me, on me, wrapped tight around my cock. I want to fuck you hard, hear you scream… lick you until you can’t take it no more…”-Ky

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“I am scared… I am so scared of everything… of your world… of you… I do not want to be taken against my will again… I am so afraid…”-Lilah

I..... Wow I .... OMG ... I don't even know..... Dayum! That was some of the most dark, disturbing, and twisted shit I have ever read. FUCK! This book just gutted me. Talk about emotional. This book made me look at the disturbing aspects of humanity at it's worst. Because the fact of the matter is this shit really does happen. Lilah and Ky's story was heartbreaking, gut wrenching, but also beautiful.

“I… I don’t understand… what is… rape?” “What is rape?” I asked, now confused as fuck. “It’s when someone forces themselves on you when you say no. When you have no choice. When you don’t want fucking but they do it anyway. Fuck, bitch, you should know the meaning of that word.” Her eyes went huge. “That has never been done to me…” “Yeah, in that cult, it was.” “No. It was not… rape. It was the elders doing as commanded by the prophet and God.” I closed my eyes and shook my head. The bitch had been raped for years, but had no fucking clue. “One day, Lilah, you’ll get what I’m talking about and realize how fucked up that excuse sounds.”-Lilah and Ky

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“You complimented my food. You… you said thank you to me for preparing your meal.” “Christ, Lilah…” Her hand covered mine on the grass, and our gazes clashed, feeling the fucking electricity that always hummed between us. “You made me feel like an equal, tonight, Ky. Like I was a woman of worth.”-Lilah and Ky

Ky was awesome. I laughed so hard at the fact that he called everyone a bitch. He was crude, and a total man whore, but I loved him. When he fell for Lilah he fell hard. He stopped his whoring ways, and loved her completely. He did everything he could to protect her, teach her, free her, and make her happy. Lilah, God my heart broke for Lilah. She was so fucked up in the head. So brainwashed, so miserable. Every time she would get a little courage and take one step forward something would happen and she would take two steps back. It was hard to read. The things that happen to her. God it's one thing after another. Then when she got kidnapped by the cult again. Fuck that shit was hard to read. To read in detail of her being raped over and over and beat, burnt, tortured. I had to stop so many times. Then when Ky saves her and he sees blood and cum running down her legs and loses it......I was Gutted! Then the fallout after she was saved. OMG! They broke poor Lilah. She was so fucking broke. Hell I almost broke just read it. And telling myself she isn't a real person didn't help at all, because all I could think was this shit is happening somewhere in the world right now. Truly some of the hardest shit to read.

I didn’t wanna fuck any sluts when she was around. Hell, when she wasn’t! I only wanted one pussy… hers, even if the bitch it belonged to was some kind of other-level crazy. She stirred things in me that I didn’t even know existed, made me think things about property patches and putting my club colors on her back. My eyes snapped open at these thoughts, and I knew one thing. I fuckin’ loved the bitch. I was fuckin’ in love with the bat shit-crazy pilgrim blonde taking a shower in my bathroom right now… naked.-Ky

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“They fuckin’ beat you, lashed you… THEY FUCKIN’ RAPED MY BITCH! My bitch, and I weren’t there to do fuck all about it!”-Ky

And Cain, that no good piece of shit, bastard Cain. God I fuckin' hate him. He knows he is a fake, he knows it. He lets them evil bastard rape women and children, have orgies, murder, and torture innocent victims all so he can look good and get a chance at having Mae for himself. He makes me sick. I want him to die slowly and very very painfully. I mean God I hate him! I don't know what Tillie Cole plans of writing about him because there is nothing that can redeem that man in my eyes. Nothing! He could cure cancer and would still be an unredeemable bastard. I just don't see how I could forgive him for all the evil. I really hope that Styx and the Hades Hangmen kill every man in that cult including Cain! I want blood!!!!!

“I love you, baby. We’re gonna get you through this, ‘cause, fuck, you deserve more to life than you’ve been getting. You deserve to be happy with me.”-Ky

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“No, Li, you need to listen to me. You were dragged up in a life that did you nothing but wrong. Hell, not fuckin’ wrong. They abused you nonstop, raped you, made you fuckin’ think all the good you got inside or out was fuckin’ evil. It was those sick fucks thinking they were disciples of God that had to make you feel like shit to get their fuckin’ pedo rocks off! I ain’t got no faith. Don’t think I’ll ever reach the pearly fuckin’ gates, but I know if there is a God, nothing those freaks are doing is what he wants. He would fuckin’ love you for you, not your beauty, ‘cause, bitch, who wouldn’t?”-Ky

I loved getting more of Mae and Styx in this book. Flame and Maddie damn I can't wait to start their book. I loved ever bit of Flame. I know his book is gonna rock, cause he is amazing character. Though this book was dark, and boy was it dark I loved it. It was gripping, sad, beautiful, and riveting. This series will forever be etched in my memory. Well I am on to Flames book. I hope there isn't to much Cain in that book, because I just don't know how much more of Cain's ass I can take before I snap. Just sayin'

“Hades has frozen over if you’re getting tied down! Welcome to the pussy-whipped brotherhood, Ky.” “My old man was wrong. Pussies are to be licked good, fucked hard—and always worshiped,” I signed back. Styx laughed. “Amen to that truth, brother.” “Cunt-struck, Styx. Always been cunt-struck for this pilgrim blonde.”-Styx and Ky

“Ky, my heart… it beats for you. My lungs, they breathe for you. My soul…” Ky’s eyes filled with emotion as I spoke. “What, sweet cheeks? Tell me,” he asked, a hint of desperation in his voice. “My soul… belongs to you. You saved me, baby. You wanted me for the me inside. Even looking like this, you make me believe I am enough.”-Lilah and Ky
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November 15, 2014
So because I LOVE this book, and I wrote it, I'm gonna give it a whopping 5 STARS!!!!

Ky, I adore, but it's Lilah that broke my heart, made me want to save her, made me want to make her whole...kept me hoping and fighting for her salvation, peace and happiness.

I hope you all enjoy it too! I left a little of my heart behind with this novel.

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May 6, 2017
Upgraded to 5 Stars

***Book One Spoilers***

So I have been looking forward to this thing for what feels like forever.


Now, being that was the case, I was a little bit...nervous.

Why you say?

Because I seem to have been in a bit of a book slump lately, with several books I have been looking forward to for awhile (like this one) being kinda, sorta, okay very disappointing.

So I kind of went in to this book like this:


Now, I loved the first one in this series. Styx and Mae were really awesome. Their back story, his speech issues, and her religious cult background - all against an MC club backdrop made for a very interesting story.

The set up for this second book was also done very well; however, I did have one concern going into this one:

Ky and his sluts, Tiff and Jules.


There were some - ahem, high ick factor threesome scenes in the first book involving these two whores - and I was concerned that Cole would not be able to navigate these treacherous, skank-ridden waters in a manner that wouldn't leave me shipwrecked on Disgusted Island.

But thank fuck Tille Cole is a total rock star - and a marvelous sea captain - because not only did she manage to steer through those shenanigans in a way that alleviated any issues for me, she totally blew my expectations for a resolution in that arena out of the water.



I ended up really loving Ky and Lilah grew on me for sure. Sometimes I wanted to straight up slap her, but I had to remind myself that the poor brainwashed little beauty had literally no concept of the outside world and could only make choices based on the knowledge with which she had been provided up to that point in her life - false though it may be.

Something I also really liked about this story is that Cole didn't sugarcoat some of the scenes and events in this book that some writers might have, thus lending the book even more authenticity and intensity, which I always appreciate.

I have to say that I am finding that I am having a hard time writing this review without including any spoilers for some reason today, so I will just say this:

If you liked the first one, you will definitely like this one. And if, like me, you are going in like this:


Rest assured, you will come out like this:


And now, myself and Antonio down below have to wait for another forever for book three.

Le sigh.

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May 18, 2020
3.75 Stars

Well, this escalated quickly..

Definitely darker and sicker than the first book.

I definitely did like it, but I can’t help feeling like the love connection between Lilah and Ky had something missing. There were moments when I totally believed it but then there were some when I rationalised some things, and it just made me doubt the genuineness of it.

I understood the need to highlight how beautiful and desirable Lilah was, because that was the source of all her misery. Her beauty was vilified, used to explain her worth for most of her life and generally speaking, for her, it was her downfall. Now, we know it was all a bunch of BS, that those disgusting religious fanatics used in order to justify their pedophilia, and sick as fuck minds.. it made me physically ill to read those passages where she was a young child accused of seducing men, I just can’t .. I was beyond horrified. This is not a book you can easily read, without having an extreme reaction of disgust.

Now, the reason I mentioned that, is because I wished Ky would have been less entranced with her beauty. The author took the necessary steps to show that he loved her for herself and not just for her beauty but somehow I wished that she would have made that point earlier in the story. I know Ky wasn’t as superficial as his careless words made him seem but I also think that if she wasn’t such a knockout he wouldn’t have been tempted to spend as much time with her, getting to know her which eventually led him to fall in love. I understand that initial physical attraction is how most people get together and explore a relationship but here I didn’t feel like they had anything to build on. I just didn’t feel like they had all that much in common or that they understood each other on a deeper level. Ky was kind of obsessed with her looks and he talked about that extensively until the very end of the book, which I have to admit got very tiresome to read about.

Apart from the constant talk of her looks, the one other thing that was suspicious to me was that she healed from a brutal attacked too soon, too easily. I get that we got “that scene” which I suppose helped her settle that nagging voice in her head but I just think that no matter how used someone is to abuse, when something of that high a magnitude happens, you don’t get over it so easily. That’s not to say, that she magically recovered and was all sunshine and rainbows. I suppose it depends how you look at it, I don’t have much information on trauma victim behaviour and I know each is different, therefore highly subjective.

Now for the things I did love.

I liked the path that Lilah’s character growth took. She went from denial, to suspicion, to resignation and eventually she found purpose in the ruins of her crumbling belief. . That to me was a hard but beautiful journey. I don’t believe in instant change of personality, motivation or belief which is why I loved that Tillie build a believable journey of self discovery for her.

As for Ky, it’s easy to dislike his superficial ways but somehow I found myself liking him. I usually like characters that talk big, are jovial, crass, confident but at the same time they don’t actually take themselves so seriously. It’s more of an imagine which crumbles when you look past the words and focus on his actions instead. So yes, I liked him.

Overall, this book was harder to digest than the first one. It’s hard to enjoy an HEA when you know the road that lead to it was peppered with so much pain, abuse, destruction and shattered innocence. But, I also believe that it’s essential to show that healing can occur even in the most broken parts or our minds/bodies.

Onto Flame and Maddie now. I just know they’ll break my heart..
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December 20, 2014
5 Heartbreaking STARS......
(If I could,I would give it more than 5 stars...this book was perfection!!!)

Such an amazing book!!I don't know how to start my review for this book.Maybe because I'm still upset and heartbroken,sad, happy...So many feelings!!!I liked the first book but with this one I fell in love!!!From the first page I felt I was part of the story!!The story is captivating,brilliant and unique!!!Be prepared because there are so many crazy people here!!!There were moments I was pissed,other times I was happy and sometimes I cried a lot..Especially in the last chapters I couldn't stop...I was so shocked...I wanted to be there and hug Lilah...Definitely one of the best books I have ever read!


Ky is Styx's best friend and VP of the Hades Hangmen.He loves women a lot...You can say he is a man whore!!Lilah is one of Mae’s sisters.All these years she thought she was cursed.According to her religion ,because she was so beautiful they told her she was evil.When the Hades Hangmen saved her and her sister Maddie from the commune she had lived , Lilah struggles to become a part in this world while she still has her beliefs.Styx will put Ky shows Lilah how they live...And while Ky starts to spent time with Lilah,he will want her for himself....

I can say officially say that I'm in love with Ky!!!! He is smart,sexy,kind,protective and sweet around Lilah!!And funny!!!OMG he makes me laugh so many times with his smart answers!!!!What makes me love him more was the love he saws in Lilah..the way he tried to make her understand that she isn't evil.The love that Ky has for Lilah is so beautiful.!!OMG Poor Lilah...In her whole life she was abused and tortured.I don't think I have ever felt so much sympathy for a character before!!I think she is the most tortured heroine...She is so pure and sweet and I can understand what Ky finds in her!!


After this book,I can read whatever Tillie Cole writes!!! She has proved that she is an amazing author and she managed to surprise me with her brilliant story!! I highly recommend it to everyone who wants a different and unique story!!But be prepared because it will break your hearts...You will need Kleenex!!!

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December 26, 2014
*****4.5 STARS*****
{Buddy Read with my Boo}

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"Before you I was vacant of love. Now I am replete. Before you I lived without hope. Now I am inspired. Before you I was broken. Now I am whole."

I feel like I just rode a wild roller coaster of emotions. This book was just absolutely amazing!! This is most definitely my favorite series by Tillie Cole. I have read other MC books but these are so unique. So different. The characters are incredible. In the first book, I was very much intrigued by Ky, the VP of the Hades Hangmen. The man is described as strikingly handsome and a manwhore. I knew he was going to be rethinking his bad boy ways once he set his sights on Lilah, one of the beautiful women labeled "the Cursed", by the sadistic Cult they belonged to.

We pick up from the end of the previous book, where Mae's fellow "Cursed" sisters are rescued from the Cult compound. They are now residing at the Hangmen's club and are having a difficult time acclimating to their new surroundings. Lilah seems to be having the hardest time adjusting. She has been so thoroughly brainwashed by the evil cult leaders. She actually hopes to be sent back to them. It was hard trying to understand how she could want to go back to the people who molested her as a child and raped her repeatedly for most of her life. She and her fellow "cursed" sisters were told they were the spawn of Satan. They were treated as less than human.

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Ky is captivated by Lilah. At first he makes inappropriate advances toward her which freaks her out and lands him in hot water with Styx. He is forced to become her teacher in the ways of regular society. He must get her to accept her new life style. Little by little he is breaking through to her. Oh how I started to fall for this man. He was rough around the edges but he tried with everything he had to empower this broken woman. He taught her to speak up for herself. To walk beside him and not behind him as if she were beneath him. He wanted her to feel as if she were his equal.

As time goes on, these two fall in love. I was so happy but at the same time a feeling of dread was always in the pit of my stomach. The cult was still very much alive and plotting their vengeance against the Hangmen. Also Lilah was still holding on so very strongly to the messed up beliefs that she was brainwashed with. She was taught that her beauty was evil. That they seduced men to do Satan's bidding. She believed no one could love her for who she was. Men were only drawn to her for her physical beauty.

Towards the 80% mark, some major angst and pure gut wrenching torture occurs. I seriously had to break from the book. It was to me, too much, and my Bestie agreed. We felt some of what happened was just going a tad bit overboard. Just when I thought everything was going to be okay, something else happens. I was swearing that I was going to rate the book a two at this point. My heart just couldn't take one more horrible thing happening. Honestly, I was yelling STOP IT!!!!

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Well I love where the author ended up taking the story. What could have been horrible, actually turns out making this love story just tremendously beautiful to me.

"Then it was all worth it."

"What was, Li.? What was all worth it?"

"Everything...Every single second of my life...because it eventually led me to you. It led me to fall so deeply in love with you, Ky...the man who recaptured this bruised and battered heart."

I can't wait for Flame and Maddie's book next! I have a feeling this one is going to be even more heart breaking. For those of you who love MC books as much as I do, I really do recommend this series. You're in for a crazy ride!!

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December 14, 2014
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5 In love with Ky Stars

Heart Recaptured begins where things left off in It Ain’t Me Babe. The club has invaded the commune and have taking the Maddie and Lilah with them.

"Nope. You’re coming with us, sweet cheeks, so stop trying to run this sexy ass away. Although, I could watch that fuckin perfect peach of a view all day long and never get tired of it. But Mae wants you at the club, so you’re coming to the club.”

The girls are completely at a loss for what to do now. The difference in Mae in It Ain’t Me Babe is that she ran away, she knew the commune was a cult, but Maddie and Lilah were taken and still struggle with what they have been taught their whole lives. They have been brainwashed for years and is hard for them to see how wrong things were at the commune. Then throw in the fact that they went from a commune to a motorcycle club, one extreme to the next, it is hard for them to adjust.

After choosing to stay locked away in the motorcycle club, Styx enlist Ky to help Lilah adapt. She has been watching Ky and he has been watching her. Lilah feels he is entranced with her looks and truthfully I would say Ky is, but the difference is Lilah was taught that her looks put men under a spell and she was the devil’s tool to tempt men. Despite leaving the commune she can’t be reprogrammed overnight, it is a process to teach her and let her see the world for real.

"Lesson two, there is more to life than being caged in a protective bubble. You had it at that cult; now you’re locking yourself away here. Gotta take life by the balls at some point and squeeze those fuckers with the skill of a whore.”

I love Ky and his attitude toward life. He has such a great personality and despite his gruff exterior he wants to help Lilah. Throughout their little expeditions and time spent together they develop a friendship. Their friendship leads to more as Ky begins developing feelings for Lilah. Now, Ky isn’t some expert on love, he was raised by a man who taught him to use woman.

He has lived by this motto his whole live until he meets Lilah, she is his game changer. She is innocent, sweet, and sees the best in him - the man he could be. Lilah has never known love, at a young age she was taken from her family and held as a prisoner for “tempting men.”

The connection between Lilah and Ky is beautiful and while reading it I could feel their love. Their connection was so sweet and there were moments my heart broke for them. There were also moments of intense heat.

Based on my review up until this point you are thinking this is a sweet love story, but there is so much more to this story. This is a legit MC book where there is real club drama. I love that the drama is original and not something we read about in tons of other MC books. The MC drama continues from It Ain’t Me Babe and only intensifies. The last 30% of this book held me completely captivated. It was intense, heartbreaking and had me on the edge of my seat.

Tillie Cole is an amazing writer! How she can go from writing a book about an Alabama football player, to a Motorcycle Club in the midst of fight with a cult, and both be so good is beyond me. I absolutely love her writing and think she is extremely talented. I highly recommend this series!

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January 29, 2015

** 4 "unattainable dream come true" STARS **

"You are caring. You are loving. You are my teacher, my protector. You keep me safe. Ky, you are my safety."

I still feel a lump in my stomach and a heaviness on my heart whenever I think about this story and the horrors the characters in it had to suffer through. Even while writing this review, I can't help but get choked up and teary-eyed. I can't believe how ugly and cruel and plain evil some people in this world can be. Getting drowned by the heavy religious content of the book forced me to bump one star from my rating because frankly...it was just too much for me. It drained the happiness outta me and made this read extremely painful.

All that said, Heart Recaptured was still one of the most beautiful, powerful and moving love stories I've ever read. Watching two completely different people that belong to very unlike worlds, two people that make up the opposite sides of the coin, Ky and Lilah , slowly grow into friends, inevitably and inextricably fall in love, evolve each other into better versions of themselves was simply MAGICAL... Tillie Cole is an amazing author and I would recommend her work to EVERYONE. Just don't forget to warn your heart that it might crack a lil' bit, before you start to read...

Kyler “Ky” Willis: The Vice President of the Hades Hangmen and the famous “Hades Hangmen whore”. He has a filthy mouth, a witty and confident-as-hell attitude, a body and face that make women cream their panties in a second and men stare at him enviously. He spends his days protecting his brothers and his club, and his nights buried between the legs of gorgeous, willing, erotic women. Ky is happy living the life according to his father's motto:

“Pussies are created to be licked good and fucked hard, but NEVER worshipped.”
~ KY

Delilah: A “cursed”, a “temptress”, a lonely soul seeking redemption for “her wicked ways”, a young girl willing to get engulfed by misery in the hands of men determining the rules, a pure heart that endures pain and humiliation and sees it all as steps on the road to her “salvation”...

Taken away from her commune, Lilah finds herself in the middle of a despicable world full of sin and hate. She wants to reunite with “her people” again. She wants to be back in her cult, paying her duties everyday and praying to the Lord to be absolved from her born sin and to be truly saved one day... She is frightened and confused with everything and everyone around her. Being stuck inside a room of the Hades Hangmen MC's clubhouse doesn't help. She despises everyone around her for their vile, hedonistic, sinful lifestyles.

Especially HIM though. Especially Ky. Lilah detests him for his crudeness and promiscuity... But she can't stop her skin from tingling and her heart from fluttering every time she steals a glance at his beautiful, devilish face, either. Every time the depths of Ky's piercing blue eyes collides with hers, she loses herself in the waves whirling in them. She knows that once again a man is “caught under the spell” of her beauty, her curse. No man would truly love a “cursed” until she is rid of her “temptress nature”. No man would see past the doll-face and look inside to find the broken girl. And Ky is no different.

“He was my very own forbidden fruit, one of which I had to keep FAR FAR AWAY.

From the moment he’s laid eyes on Lilah, Ky has been “cuntstruck”. Lusting over a “Bible head case” isn't something his ten-inch joystick would normally do, but how could it not, when the pilgrim girl is “the most beautiful b*tch he’d ever seen”? Avoiding her beauty is like torture. Especially now that Styx, the Prez of Hades Hangmen MC and his best friend, put him in charge of her and ordered him to watch her, protect her, get her used to their lifestyle and show her the world, while BANNING HIM TO EVER TOUCH HER.

Day by day, Lilah crawls under his skin and Ky gets more and more possessive of the pilgrim girl. Something strange starts to burn in his chest every time he sees the genuine smile on her face, reserved ONLY for him, indicating that she feels safe with him. His heart stops every time her tiny hand slips inside his. Ky wants to make her feel like a woman of worth, a woman cherished and loved. He wants her to feel like an equal.

“I'm changed; she's changed me. I'm under her damn spell and I sure as shit don't wanna get out.”
~ KY

Can he save her from the ropes tying her to the evil hands of her past? Can he save himself too along the way?

“My old man was wrong. Pussies are to be licked good, fucked hard and ALWAYS worshipped.”
~ KY

“It was all worth it. Everything. Every single second of my life...because it eventually led me to you. It led met o fall so deeply in love with you, Ky…the man who RECAPTURED this bruised and battered HEART.


** BR with my lovely bestie Sandyღ! ♥♥♥ **
Thank you baby for being ever-so-patient with me through it all and waiting for me to finally write my review. I can't wait to dive into the same madness with you when Souls Unfractured is out!

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August 27, 2020
It Ain't Me Babe - 3.5 ⭐️s
Heart Recaptured - 4 ⭐️s
Souls Unfractured - 5 ⭐️s

“That is the disguise. The devil is beautiful after all.”
“Then I fuckin’ want the devil, Li… I want you.”

Song : Ella Henderson - Yours

Warning : the spoiler fest continues, this time with more?? triggers.

Final Count :
Bitch - 208 times
Brother - 394 times
Load’sa - none but we do have a lot’sa

This bunch of outlaw bikers really grew on me.
I’m even ashamed to say that I don’t mind all the bitch and brother anymore, that’s how far gone I am. SEND

The series continue with Ky and Lilah’s story.
Having just been rescued from The Order, Lilah is not only struggling to adjust to her new life *cough* unlike some people *cough* Mae *cough*, but is also refusing to even consider the fact that there’s no more order, no more prophet pedo or brother rapist.
Enter Ky, ordered by his Prez to befriend her and show her that the world isn’t as evil as she believes.
They soon develop a friendship of sorts, one that blossoms into more.

The Characters
Kyler “Ky” Willis, VP of the Hangmen mother chapter and their Resident Manwhore
He’s been told all his life by his dad that
Pussies are to be licked good and fucked hard—never worshipped.

And that is the rule he lives by.
He’s very classy
“Bitches cream like fuck over this face and body. It’s because I’m hot, sweet cheeks. Happens all the time.”

“Hookers, drop your panties and wet those cunts. Your fuckin’ sex God has finally arrived!”

Are you swooning yet?? No??
“Let’s get fucked up! There’s more club slut pussy coming tonight than I can manage. I only got ten fingers and one monster cock; can’t satisfy them all!”

The real question is

While he’s slowly building a friendship with Lilah, he still sleeps with the slutty twins

don’t worry, Captain America is always disappointed because nobody shares his boring moral code

BUT when he finally pulls his head out of his ass and stops??

My gut clenched and I wanted to fuckin’ pick up her slim ass and carry her to my bed.
And not for sex. Shock-fuckin’ horror. I just wanted her to feel worthy.

Let me tell you something, he even called her his woman instead of his bitch 40 times.

He was so sweet with her, so considerate in his own big (sometimes dumbass) oaf way that he won me over pretty quick. And when he fell, he fell hard.
I ain’t got no faith. Don’t think I’ll ever reach the pearly fuckin’ gates, but I know if there is a God, nothing those freaks are doing is what he wants. He would fuckin’ love you for you, not your beauty, ‘cause, bitch, who wouldn’t?”

“She’s fuckin’ brainwashed, no doubt loves Jesus more than me. Randomly throws herself on the ground, wailing some religious shit I can’t ever work out. She dresses and speaks like she just got off the motherfuckin’ Mayflower. But that bitch shines so fuckin’ bright to me I can’t snuff her out. She’s under my skin, prez. I’m so fuckin’ gone for the bitch I go insane if I ain’t near her.”

“I fuck like a damn god, lick clits like a fuckin’ sex toy, and can fuck for hours, Styx, hours. You know our old men were cunts, but I always agreed with them on one thing. Pussies are to be licked good, fucked hard—never worshipped. But fuck, man, Lilah, my fuckin’ innocent and crazy pilgrim blonde, knocked all that shit outta the park. Hell, build me a fuckin’ shrine to that bitch and I’ll worship it. She’s fuckin’ bewitched me, Styx, and it ain’t just those looks. It’s just out and out her.”

“Cunt-struck, Styx. Always been cunt-struck for this pilgrim blonde.”

I was annoyed with him when he kept telling Lilah how she put him under her spell and how she’s stunning, because dumbass, can’t you see that that’s basically validating every awful thing she thinks of herself??? But I could tell he didn’t mean it that way, he truly loved her for her, but his communication skills are not the best so

In the end, tho, he truly learned his lesson.
Pussies are to be licked good, fucked hard—and always worshipped

Delilah “Lilah”, one fourth of The Cursed
This girl was truly broken. She’s been shunned by her family at 6 years old because she supposedly tempts men (including her father), sent to The Order for her soul to be “saved” by one of the elders, and endured a lifetime of rape and abuse in the name of a lie
“All any man has ever wanted me for was my face… my body. I have been taken against my will since I was a child. Every touch that was ever laid upon me I was told was due to my evil and sinfully beautiful face. I was taken and touched because men could not resist. I was schooled and taken as a child by Brother Noah because it was how I would be saved”

A lie that she wholeheartedly believes.
Imagine someone saying this about a 6 years old !!!!
“I am thankful that you pulled me from the lure of this child. I was tempted by her lovely face. By the innate seduction shining from within her big blue eyes…”

and by play, I mean take a number 11 fine point blade to him and practice my carving. I just hope one of y’all likes me enough to hire me a lawyer

After being taken from the only thing she ever knew, she’s completely and utterly lost.
I am tired…. so tired, and I just cannot take any more of it. My head hurts all the time through lack of sleep. I cannot eat due to my stomach constantly being in knots through absolute fear of what will become of us here in this place. And my chest, my chest keeps tightening to the point that I cannot breathe. I grow faint and feel like I am breaking down. I am breaking, Maddie. I feel as though I am falling apart and no one understands or cares…”

And that’s when Ky’s friendship, his support, his way of treating her like she’s worthy began to open her eyes to the reality of what she’s been living and how things were really supposed to be.
“You complimented my food. You… you said thank you to me for preparing your meal. You made me feel like an equal, tonight, Ky. Like I was a woman of worth.”

Their banter, while highlighting how completely different they were, warmed my heart. 💖
Their journey is not without bumps, as she takes 10 steps back for every step forward.
Did it get annoying at times? Yes. But it was real. What she was going through was real. Sex doesn’t heal trauma and as much as we hope for it, love doesn’t either. The road to healing is not an easy one. It sometimes takes forever and other times, forever isn’t nearly enough.

As if everything that has already happened to her wasn’t enough, she gets kidnapped, raped, then lashed, branded and almost burned at the stake when she tried to run away, finally realizing that what had been done to her was wrong. Is wrong.
He had shown me this joining was… wrong.
I blinked once. Twice.
This joining is wrong! This whole place is wrong!

But again, realizing something is wrong and dealing with it are not the same, so her journey isn’t over until she finds a way to live with herself, to accept herself, to love herself. She does, eventually.
And while love alone doesn’t heal, it certainly helps.
Psalms are poems; you are mine. You are the embodiment of every divine word that could slip from my lips. I adore you, Ky. I can no longer imagine my life without you in it. You are my white dove. You fill me with peace love, and devotion.”

“Then it was all worth it. Everything…” I whispered, my pain-filled life flashing through my mind—the tortures, the loss, the segregation, the abuse… the rapes. “Every single second of my life… because it eventually led me to you. It led me to fall so deeply in love with you, Ky… the man who recaptured this bruised and battered heart.”

The Romance
“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.”

I love how they started out as friends. All the emotional connection and development the first book lacked for me was present here.
“I am just so impossibly happy. Before you I was vacant of love. Now I am replete. Before you I lived without hope. Now I am inspired. Before you I was broken. Now I am whole.”
“Lilah,” I rasped, fighting a fucking lump in my throat at her words. I tapped over my heart with my fist and said, “You’re in here, Li. You’re fuckin’ always in here.”

I seem to be in the minority, but I enjoyed this more than Styx and Mae’s story. *hides from the Prez/SnowWhite shippers* 🙈

➥ Viking putting his foot in his mouth 24/7 and getting slapped upside the head for it is my kind of happy.
“What’s up, doc?” He paused. Then a huge fuckin’ grin spread on his lips. “I’ve been fuckin’ dying to say that.”

➥ When Mae said this
“It is hard for us to shed the teachings we hold most sacred.”

➥ When Rider/Cain said this
My people had started to doubt my leadership and I had yet to receive a revelation from the Lord.

Biitchh, you ain’t getting no revelation from nobody.

Best Thing Ever AKA Let’s Kick Some Pedo Ass
So y’all should know that Julia and I are starting a vigilante group to maim and castrate fuckboys who deserve it. It’s our calling. And we’re recruiting Ky and Flame because they’re really good at it.

As he gurgled on his blood, I stood, but not before I crushed his nuts and winkle-dick with my boot, smiling as he screamed out, the movement slicing his throat farther.

My eyes met Flame’s. “Cut his cock off, slowly, and fuckin’ choke him with it. And don’t stop until he’s dead. He doesn’t get to survive hurting my bitch.”

And Flame did.

In Case You're Wondering
They're all still ✨snarling✨,✨roaring✨, ✨twitching✨ and ✨screaming✨. And it's still ✨exhausting ✨.

A special shoutout to my precious babies Flame and Maddie. 💖

I’ll leave you now with Ky’s special brand of romance, while I go deliver my heart on a platter to Flame & Maddie. 🖤
“Marry me.”
“Under God’s holy law?”
“Under a fuckin’ pink unicorn’s law for all I care, I don’t give a shit.”
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896 reviews1,931 followers
February 23, 2015

4 Recaptured Stars.

In the last book we saw how Kyle was immediately taken by Lilah after their rescue from the cult. But she’s too much of a religious nut-case and he’s too much of a manwhore and badass biker to ever act on it. When Styx tells him that he have to help Lilah adjusting to the outside world everything changes for them and what begins with a strange friendship soon turns into something more.
But when two different worlds collide and Lilah’s past keeps haunting her, how does two people with opposite views of life find happiness together?


What I love about these books is how Tillie Cole put together two different realities (MC world and Religious Cults) and created a love story. And not only she created a beautiful love story but she also did it brilliantly. This series are a little heavy, not only for the Biker’s world aspect, because when you read a book with bikers you know what to expect, but mainly because all the religious features and the blind faith these people have. It’s disturbing to see how brainwashed these people are, and how distorted their view of the world and of themselves is. Tillie Cole described that perfectly, so you should not expect a cupcake-pink romance. This is gritty, emotional and will test your patient and comfort zone limits. It’s one of those readings that will leave with a huge hangover, but it’s too good to pass. If you are not easily impressed, these books are a must read.
One thing I know for sure is that I don’t care how epic Rider’s book will be: There’s absolutely no way I’m reading it. After the first book I would probably give him a try. After this one? His book will straight to Nopeland. I refuse to read a romance book about a guy that accepts rape trough passiveness. No. Moving On.


Rating: 4 Stars.
Characters Development: I had a little trouble with Ky in the beginning, due to his “manwhoreness”, but once he admitted his feelings he was impossible not to love him. Under all that beard, tattoos and bad-boy look he was sweet, selfless and I love how he fought for Lilah. And Lilah… damn, that was hard for me!! Sometimes I would have to stop reading, deep breathing and mentally repeating several times: “She was brainwashed by a cult. It isn’t her fault!!”. Her blind faith tested my limits at many moments but eventually she grew on me… very near the end. It was nice to see more of the previous characters and I love how Flame is protective of Maggie, I can’t wait to read their book!!
Steam: Hot.
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365 reviews6,582 followers
March 31, 2020
Ky, sweetie, we get it. you have a 10 in donkey D. thank you for letting us know every chapter.

i honestly forgot how much of a ho Ky was and how brainwashed Lilah was but even though these two had their faults and are very much crazy in their own way, i was still rooting for them real hard. Ky was honestly such a sweetheart to Lilah (minus him being a ho in the first 30% of course) and can i just say f you to the cult?? they're THE worst. they all deserve to die slowly game of thrones style. i just want daenerys to dracarys all of them.

— Ky Willis (H)
"Gotta take life by the balls at some point and squeeze those fuckers with the skill of a whore."

even though this dude is the hoest of all hos in the Hangmen MC, i didn't really get that vibe here after the first couple of chapters and even after some OW scenes, which is weird. Ky was definitely the very definition of a alpha, possessive fboy but he was very sweet and protective to Lilah that it made me swoon just a bit.

— Lilah (h)
"All any man has ever wanted me for was my face... my body. I have been taken against my will since I was a child. Every touch that was ever laid upon me I was told was due to my evil and sinfully beautiful face. I was taken and touched because men could not resist."

my girl Lilah has been through so much that i couldn't even read the part where (tw: spoilers!) she was kidnapped, tortured, raped multiple times, lashed, branded, and almost burned at the stake. before all this, she was the only one who held on to their pedo cult's "faith" because that's the only thing she knows. but she had to learn the hard way (understatement) that whatever her cult was preaching is fake as hell. i really liked her but there was never any character development from her since she was still the same BUT i don't think she's weak. going through what she went through and then coming out of it stronger? gotta love a strong heroine.

— OW drama
"But my life? Fuckin' Groundhog Day. Teaching Lilah about life but all the time wanting her pussy. Getting fucked-up drunk each night 'cause I'd spent the whole fuckin' day wanting in her pussy. Fucking the asses off Tiff and Jules each night, pretending they were Lilah, 'cause I'd spend all fucking day wanting in her pussy! Hearing Tiff and Jules fucking bitching at me every single damn time 'cause I pretended it was Lilah I was fucking!"

gotta be honest here, their romance was a little swoon-worthy after all the OW drama in the first 30% but i honestly loved their friendship more in the beginning since their banter was so amusing to me because Ky has the idgaf attitude while Lilah is the "crazy" religious worshipper who thinks everything in the outside world is a sin. but again, the sentimentality of their friendship/relationship was ruined since each day Ky hung out with Lilah, the same night he has sex with the two OWs imagining it's Lilah for at least a month like—

their romance was a little too fast for me and the development wasn't that good because of the 4 week time jump and the fact that Ky was with the blonde twins the entire time their relationship was blooming. im a sucker for emotional development but i didn't really see that here because of the stupid time jump and Ky being a ho.

the only thing that made me tolerate the OW bs was picturing the blonde twins as the dudes from the White Chicks movie and it worked soo.

the whole point of this book is to not love a person based on their looks because Lilah believed that she was a temptress, but Ky kept going on and on about how beautiful/sexy/hot Lilah looks and never about who she was as a person so yeah, i didn't really believe when he said his "i love you's" but oh well.

but anyways, i loved Ky and Styx's bromance here and MADDIE AND FLAME. these two. oh my god. i just want someone to be crazy for me like how crazy Flame is for Maddie. is that too much to ask??

reread (mar 2020)』— 2.75 stars
original (jan 2019)』— 3.75 stars
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633 reviews1,276 followers
December 30, 2014
4-4.25 Stars


An emotional, raw, romance about two very different people falling in love.

"Before you I was vacant of love. Now I am replete. Before you I lived without hope. Now I am inspired. Before you I was broken. Now I am whole."

Kyler 'Ky' Willis is the VP of the Hades Hangmen MC, he is carefree and lives to indulge - sex, alcohol, violence. He lives his life the way he wants and makes no excuses, embracing the motto his father taught him.

Pussies are to be licked good and fucked hard - never worshipped."

Delilah is a devout follower of The Order. As a 'cursed woman of Eve' she has spent her life with the hope that if she follows the teachings of the Prophet, she will be able to save her soul. With her commune gone, all Delilah wants to do is find a way back to her people, and free herself from the evil she is convinced is within her.

I stared at the girl reflected in the glass, my lip curled in disgust. She was beautiful; flawless golden skin, long blonde hair, cornflower blue eyes...a most impressive disguise. The creation of utmost evil.

When Ky finds himself responsible for the 'pilgrim bitch' he begins to see that there is more to Lilah than her stunning good looks. Ky finds himself falling for the beautiful, but very broken Lilah. While she struggles to understand the outside world, and her feelings for Ky. Will he be able to break the hold her past has on her? Can these two find love in the darkest of circumstances?


Heart Recaptured was not an easy read, it contains a lot of disturbing themes and situations. But, I found myself invested in Ky and Lilah, and their story, while not perfect, was very sweet in the end.

“Every single second of my life...because it eventually led me to you...it lead me to fall so deeply in love with you, Ky...the man who recaptured this bruised and battered heart.”

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December 7, 2014
☆Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review☆

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TITLE: Heart Recaptured
SERIES: (Hades Hangmen #2)
AUTHOR: Tillie Cole
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: December 14th 2014
MY RATING: ★★★★★ (More if I could)

I don't know how to put into words how much I loved this!! It exceeded all my expectations, I thought it was going to be a tall order to get book#2 up there on my favourite book shelf on here but it did!! It just ticked all my boxes..Gritty, Sad as all hell, Twisted, Times I laughed and times I sat there with my mouth wide open with a wtf expression, the rawness of the story, captivating and most of all Sy (fans face) Holy crap!!
I loved how this book starts back at the ending of book 1, so for me there was no scrabbling trying to remember what happened..And how all the previous characters are carried over into this book, I didn't have a chance to miss them..


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The things that Sy came out with would wet a nuns panties!!
Just the image of the blond on her knees almost had me coming in my jeans. Total nut job though. A hardcore bible freak who wasn't gonna be sucking on my chub anytime soon. I mean damn, my c*ck would have to be a damn gold plated, prophet-blessed crucifix to pry her perfect pins apart.

He had me sooooo f*cking entertained

Pussies are to be licked good and f*cked hard - never worshipped

(Delilah) I hate it here, hated every single thing about it, especially .... him.Ky.The Hades Hangmen Whore. He might be beautiful on the outside, all long blond hair and crystal blue eyes, but he had a corrupted soul.


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The Disciples would be coming for us soon

(Sy)The f*cked up pilgrim blond that I had to fix and make normal for Styx...I was beginning to think it was an impossible task. The b*tch was almost as tapped in the head as Flame


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(Sy) Big fat, pink lips, most perfect f*ckin' lips I've ever seen, Li, you got true c*ck-sucking fat lips


Jesus..Please rescue me from this damned and wicked place. Take me into your loving arms and save me from the evil living within me. Save all the cursed, those of us spawned by Satan himself.


I want to be unnoticed. I want not to exist in men's eyes. I want to be non existent, no more temptation. You are free from temptation..and my soul is now saved

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(Sy) I think what you just came from was a clusterf*ck and pretty f*ckin' sick too, cause even to a sinner like me, thinking one man could brainwash hundreds of people into believing he was a messenger of god and f*ck little kids while doing so seems all kinds f*ckin' wrong to me. Hell, I'll lay it on the line for you Li, that prophet and that cult of yours was just using god to cover a f*ckin' paedophile ring.

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664 reviews839 followers
December 14, 2014

Title: Heart Recaptured
Series: Hades Hangman, #2
Author: Tillie Cole
Release Date: 14th December, 2014
Rating: 4 "Sweet Cheeks" Stars
Cliffhanger: No

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I have an admission, sometimes as a reader it’s very easy to become complacent about follow up books in a series such as this. We already have the background, have met it’s characters and it the nicest possible way sometimes it’s almost the same story being told; with just different people telling it. What i’m not afraid to admit is, in this case I was completely wrong. Tillie Cole not only made it a far more gritty story than the first but also so much more emotionally intense.

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From Mae’s telling of the story we already know the girls lived in horrendous circumstances. Forced to take part in “Sharings” they were “The Cursed” unclean, impure and spawned by satan himself. Lila being the most obedient and still being strong in her faith, finds life after the cult a struggle. An altercation involving Ky sees him tasked by his Club President and best friend Styx to help her with the transition, at her initial resistance.

I’m purposefully not going into the story, I think it’s best told through them. What I will say is that, I didn’t think I could find beauty in MC Clubs and Cults, but wonderful characters like Ky and Lilah made it happen. They are both incredible characters, I admired Lilah's strength and Ky's ability to love.

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286 reviews593 followers
October 26, 2015
4.5 gut-wrenching STARS

“Then it was all worth it,” I admitted and really truly meant it.
“Every single second of my life... because it eventually led me to you. It led me to fall so deeply in love with you, Ky... the man who recaptured this bruised and battered heart.”

Tillie Cole is really rolling out the big guns. WOW, just really WOW.

The second instalment of the Hades Hangmen tells the story of Lilah and Ky. One of the 'cursed' women the Hangmen rescued in It Ain't Me, Babe and the Vize President of the MC.
While the first book already was a dark and gritty read this one really went to town on the psychological aspect of the brainwashed minds Mae, Maddie and especially Lilah are left with. And it wasn't easy to read. It wasn't easy at all.

After the big raid on the commune at the end of the last book Lilah and Maddie live with Mae in Styx's apartment above the Hangmen's clubhouse. For both girls being 'freed' is more like trading one cage for another, guarded by the 'devilish men dressed in black leather'. The cultural shock is so hard to adjust to that both of them stay in their room and only leave there for prayer.

We get to see how twisted Lilah's mind is and how deep her believe is rooted, even though she was abused since she was a little girl nothing can shake that world view.

The most disturbing thing is that Lilah wants to be rescued; she wants to be back with her people and have a chance at salvation for her cursed soul. Crazy stuff. The poor girl is conditioned beyond imagination.

Ky on the other hand is a man-whore and there are no two ways about it. That's what he was thought and that's how he lives his life.

“Pussies are to be licked good and fucked hard - never worshipped.”

Yeah. And he has a creative way with words as well.

His most redeeming quality is probably his interest in Lilah, although to be honest he just desperately wants in her pants...or dress. Bottom line, from the first moment he put eyes on her he was under her spell. Question is can he change his ways for this scared and damaged woman.

It gets interesting after a little incident involving Ky, Lilah and way too much liquor. In the aftermath Styx assigns him to teach Lilah the ways of the real world. It's all a bit odd, but what happens next is really interesting to see. Sometimes beautiful, but mostly just heartbreaking.

And his ways of teaching are interesting to say the least.

“Lesson two, there is more to life than being caged in a protective bubble. You had it at that cult; now you’re locking yourself away here. Gotta take life by the balls at some point and squeeze those fuckers with the skill of a whore.”

That man is unique, no doubt about it.

I'm not going to lie to you, reading Heart Recaptured was difficult and painful. Especially the flashbacks to her childhood were hard to stomach and in the beginning I had to force myself to read on. The religious nonsense happening in Lilah's head is torture. It's hard to even imagine a silver lining for her. Not to mention when you put a man like Ky into the mix everything just gets a bit hard to comprehend. Oil and water have nothing on Lilah and Ky.

But I'm happy I pulled through. The story is really well woven together, extremely well written and the drama as usual is at a maximum.

Just one question left. Can you save someone who doesn't want to be saved? Someone who doesn't even understand that everything she knows and wants is unbelievably wrong.

“She thinks the devil is luring you in through her. She believes a man will never truly love her for herself until she is rid of her curse, of her temptress nature.”

A few more side notes:

Mae and Styx are still very much in the middle of things and play a big role. I really appreciated that. Seeing how they evolve and how their relationship carries on.

There are a few returning outside characters that play a bigger role. Prophet Cain...also known as Rider and his people play an integral part, as well as the KKK.

The story really is a continuation and I don't think the books can be read as a standalone.

And with that I'm done for now. Really looking forward what's in store for Flame the crazy bastard and Maddie.

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May 10, 2017
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“I fuckin’ love your crazy pilgrim ass.”


There’s nothing like sexytimes on the back of a hog! (Just ask Mitchell BWAHAHAHAHA!)

If you want to hear about this book and just why I loved it . . . . . well, I can’t guaranty I’ll ever get around to ‘splaining myself. I promise I’ll try. But first let’s talk about how I earned my invitation to yet another Mother of the Year Award Banquet. On Saturday my youngest was playing baseball in Timbuktu (which I am petitioning should not actually be located in the African nation of Mali, but rather do a name-swap with the place I was at in Kansas because “Timbuktu” is the only fitting name to call a place in the middle of fucking nowhere that you are forced to spend an entire day at watching young children suck at a sport you spend all of your dollars on). Anyway, games were scheduled at 9 and 11 and since we were traveling to Timbuktu we got the added joy of waking up when it was STILL GODDAMN NIGHTTIME outside in order to get there. We also knew if we didn’t win both games (which was 100% guaranteed), we would need to be back at the fields at 4:30.

After going 1-1 (yay team, you weren’t the biggest losers!), we needed to kill some time and feed our family of Joe Pescis. Off we went to establishment #1, which, although recommended to my husband by a co-worker had a combo of (a) long line, (b) overpriced food and (c) TWO waitresses. Now, we weren’t in a rush, but after already spending hours out in the sun I would have liked to know my water would be refilled before I perished from dehydration.

So off we went to establishment #2 which Yelp guaranteed would (a) have little to no wait, (b) cheap food and (c) more than one server. What it failed to mention was that about halfway through our meal the Sons of Anarchy would arrive for a pitstop during one of their charity motorcycle rides. I’m here to tell you these WERE NOT the types of bikers I was raised around (*cough mullets and beer bellies cough*). It was like a herd of unicorns walked in. They all rode super tricked out Harleys that had custom work like this . . . .

With t-shirts that said really appropriate things for my young child to see such as "Get Fucked Cocksucker" and "Loud Pipes Get Pussy" (<<<< See? Mother of the Year). And the final feller through the door????? Well . . . . . .

Which had me saying . . . .

(Oh, and his old lady looked like . . . .

So the splooshzone was for real and serious.)

It also led to my husband immediately turning to me with a real shit-eating grin on his face and his eyebrows raised in a silent question. My response? "I think I’ve read this book before."

As soon as we got home from our marathon day at the ballfields I instantly took to GR in order to figure out what kind of porn motorcycle maintenance journal I could download. I had forgotten all about the Hades Hangmen!!!!

In case you aren’t aware, this series features not only mortorbikers with question marky types of morals but also GIRLS RESCUED FROM A RELIGIOUS CULT!!!! It is the most over-the-top thing I’ve ever read and I snorted it right up like good ol’ Pam Poovey . . . .

I wanted to make all of the sexuals with Ky – not only for his 10-inch wang, but also for his way with words when forced to babysit crazyass Lilah . . . .

“Hell, bitch, I got the long hair and beard and women worship at my feet. Maybe I’m the fucking second coming.”

Hehehehe. He had me second coming alright!

I don’t expect anyone else (aside from Val since she’s a filthy whore just like me) to love this (or probably even like it). It is my #1 guilty pleasure, though, and since Mother’s Day is right around the corner one of you should lend me the next one so I can get splooshy with the total psycho known as Flame. Somebody hook a momma up. I need more cowbell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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229 reviews242 followers
June 29, 2016
"4.5 stars"
“Hookers, drop your panties and wet those cunts.
Your fucking sex god has finally arrived!”
Meet Kyler “Ky” Willis-the notorious Manwhore, badass biker and VP of the MC club “Hades Hangmen”. He’s a sinner in himself; only thing he knows is to kill and fuck but is very loyal to his club and his best friend/prez of the club Styx. Throughout his adult life he has followed the advice of his old man-
“Pussies are to be licked good
and fucked hard
-never worshipped.”
But his very perspective changes when he was on the mission to rescue Mae from the Order and lays his eyes on Lailah, his bat shit-crazy pilgrim blonde.
“Heathen! Whore! Temptress!”
That’s what she been called her whole life. Lailah was one of the “Cursed” in the Order, though she’s the most beautiful women among her sisters, her beauty has caused nothing but pain and torture since the religious cult she’s living in considers the gorgeous girl/woman to have devil residing within them, that’s how her fate has been sealed! Being the most obedient of the four sisters, she always followed the rules, believed in the prophet’s preaching and became very desperate to cleanse her sinful soul. After she was taken by the hangmen her faith has been threatened and she has hard time coping with the reality.

Mind you! Lilah’s head was a very VERY DANGEROUS place to be in! Every thought, every belief was painful to read, she is damaged beyond repair and lucky for us there was Ky to teach her ways about the outside world, gaining her trust and making her feel at peace. Their relationship grew beautifully throughout the story! It’s almost impossible to imagine two TOTALLY DIFFERENT people in every way possible are each other’s path to salvation.

Two words to sum up this story-HEARTBREAKINGLY HORRIFIC. It’s not only the abuse which Li had to endure but this poor girl right from her very young age was molested by men and throughout her life has been raped, even then she believes it is the only way to attain exemption and her rapists are her saviour??! An even with the protection of the hangmen she prayers for her “motherfucking people” to rescue her!! O.o

(I decided not to swear in this review but damn I hate this cult bullshit)

She goes on and on about being Satan’s creation, resents her beauty and how she’s not worthy of love! Her belief on the false preaching is so strong that she thinks world outside her commune is hell and that’s where Satan-spawned soul like her is doomed!!


WARNING: I’ve read dark books before, books about captive abused tortured heroine where their strength or spirit has been broken and they are forced to do things against their will to survive, living with the one thing to be saved is HOPE but Lilah’s has been programmed (brainwashed) in such a way that she never wanted to be rescued but wants to live in that hell which she calls her sanctuary. Believe me it was DISTURBINGLY PAINFUL READ.

Buddy read with my bestie Eda♥ Thanks for being a huge shoulder to cry on!! Muahhh :D
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550 reviews469 followers
May 7, 2017
5 Cursed Stars

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Lilah's been taken from the only place she'd called home, she is scared and doesn't trust these 'evil' men in black leather who came in guns a blazing and took her and her sister's.

"No, Maddie. I do not think we will be safe here. In fact, I think Mae has dropped us into the depths of Hell."

Ky is a manwhore, no other way to describe him but this manwhore has met his match in Lilah. Even though everyone else can see that Lilah was rescued away from very evil people she still believes in everything she'd been taught growing up, so unlike every other female he encounters Lilah doesn't throw herself at Ky's feet.

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I was not attracted to Ky in any way for a few reasons:
1) I am not attracted to blondes (most of the time).
2) He was way to conceited, it's good to have confidence but Ky took it to the next level.

This would in most cases kill a book for me, come on who wants to read a book and not like the hero?

So I was totally surprised that it didn't bother me at all. The characters were all so diverse and well written and the fact you get so many different POV's throughout didn't give me a chance to get bored.

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Mae, Lilah's 'sister' is really worried about her adjusting to the outside world like she has so she asks her man Stynx the president of the Hades Hangmen MC to help. Stynx tells Ky his VP he has to watch and protect Lilah, so even though it is obvious what will eventually happen the story to get there was great. I can't believe I am going to say this but I even found myself interested in the chapters about the cult in New Zion and I used to despise anything about religious sects.

So as a person with no religious experience I did find some of the religious talk a bit much and eye roll worthy at times however it was interesting and really needed to tell Lilah's story. As Lilah had been brainwashed by it her whole life, being told her amazing beauty was a curse to lure men to the devil and she struggles with what her beliefs are through the entire book.

Ky did not truly love me. He was under my spell. He said so himself, from his very own lips. It was an illusion. I had ruined my purity, my virtue, for a man entrapped by my allurement.

This 'cursed' label is driving Lilah crazy until she comes up with a plan.

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I am really excited to read Flame & Maddie's story next, I've heard great things and Flame's dark and twisted just the way I like 'em.

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1,371 reviews649 followers
June 17, 2016

***4.5 Stars***


My heart broke and bled for Lilah! She was so confused, so distraught, so brainwashed, so damaged and tortured...she questioned everything, understood nothing, felt so deeply!

Lilah was ripped away from The Order, the only life she's ever really known. One of the Cursed, she was a devout follower, a true believer...of all the girls, the one most rooted in the teachings.

Ky is tasked with protecting Lilah, showing her the world, teaching her how to live outside of the commune walls. At first she's scared, terrified of all the sin around her...but for some inexplicable reason she feels safe with Ky, and begins to slowly absorb the beauty of the world around her.

Little by little, Ky and Lilah forge a deep bond. Ky may be opening up Lilah's eyes to the world around her, but he also allows her to express her faith and religious rituals. Ky is so used to his whoring ways...one of the most notorious sluts in the MC...but he's drawn to her. He doesn't understand it. His father always told him that woman are to be used, never worshipped...and he's lived his life by that principle, but he finds himself very protective of Lilah.

"You are not that way with me. You are caring. You are loving. You are my teacher, my protector. You keep me safe. Ky, you ARE my safety."

Lilah brings out a side of him he didn't know he possessed. He finds himself opening up parts of himself that only his best friend Styx knows about.

...she didn't know who she was without her faith...funny, 'cause I didn't know who the fuck I was without her.

Simply, Ky has fallen in love with Lilah. He doesn't know how it happened, or why it happened, but it did. And he intends to fully make her his.

"I'd kill for you, baby. Anyone even comes close to trying to take you away from me and I'll slit their motherfuckin' throat. You belong to me, you're mine, and right now, in this bed, I'm gonna do something else for the very first time. We BOTH are.....I'm gonna make love to you, Lilah. I'm gonna take you as mine, possess you. 'Cause there ain't no one out there...no one else who could do this to me, but you."

However, no matter how deeply Lilah returns his feelings, she knows in her heart that his love is a ruse. He is simply entranced by her beauty, another fallen man caused to sin from the temptation of her looks, her body. She has the devil coursing through her veins, and she will never be rid of her curse.

In the midst of all this, The Order is rebuilding. They now have a new leader, and under this new prophet they will become a stronger group, more divine. I will repeat the same thing I said from book one...the things that happen in this commune are difficult to read about. It is vile, it is disgusting....it is unbelievably cringe-worthy. The followers commit these acts to be closer to God, closer to salvation.

I will warn you that the last 25% of this book are intensely difficult to read. The things that Lilah has endured are absolutely brutal. Not only does it break her physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually. She is torn between her heart, mind and faith. She doesn't know what to believe, what to feel, what to think...the only thing she knows to be true is her love for Ky. Her love is deep...her love is pure.

This is an exceptionally beautiful book...difficult to read, difficult to wrap your head around, but unbelievably satisfying in the end. Lilah's journey is painful and heartbreaking, but worth it in the end.

"You are the embodiment of every divine word that could slip from my lips. I adore you, Ky. I can no longer imagine my life without you in it. You are my white dove. You fill me with peace, love and devotion."

Her soul was slowly chipped away by vile and disturbed men, before it finally broke. But Ky was there to help put her back together again...to fill in the missing pieces...to finally give her the peace she yearned and bled for.

"Before you I was vacant of love. Now I am replete. Before you I lived without hope. Now I am inspired. Before you I was broken. Now I am whole."

This is a series that is completely addicting and unbelievably thought provoking. I know some might have a difficult time with the religious aspect of this series, with this book especially heavy with it, but I am completely absorbed by it. It's such a unique and interesting layer to what might have otherwise been another run of the mill MC series.

All that's left for me to say is.....GIVE ME FLAME!! I cannot wait for his and Maddie's story!! Definitely one of my most anticipated reads of the year!

***Why not 5 stars?? As with the previous book, this book is riddled with editing issues. There are words missing from sentences, extra words repeated and awkward sentence structure. There are just too many to overlook and took away some of my reading enjoyment. When I'm in the middle of an intense scene, I don't want to have to reread a sentence to make sure I understand what's going on.
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975 reviews664 followers
December 14, 2014
★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★

Now Live!

Heart Recaptured starts off exactly where It Ain't Me Babe finished - Styx, Ky and Mae rescuing her sisters from The Order, which is a Apocalyptic New Religious Movement that focuses on 'the Lords Sharing' and the degradation of women. When they free Lilah and Maddie, it's clear that its going to be a long battle to help them integrate into the outside world. Ky is smitten with Lilah's beautiful face and body, which is the very thing that she believes is her curse.

Lilah is unlike Mae in that she does not want to live outside of The Order, she hasn't lost her faith and she truly believes that she is cursed, born sinful, and that her beauty is hers solely to lure men into temptation. From a young age she has been abused and hated for her looks.

Ky is the VP and best friend to The Hades Hangmen President, Styx. He is only interested in one thing other than his club, and that is getting as much pussy as he can. Bought up by his father, an original Hangman, he was told that 'pussies are to be licked good and fucked hard - never worshipped' and he has always lived by that motto.

Styx tasks Ky with helping Lilah learn about her new surroundings, it's more of a punishment for treating her badly when she first arrives, but Styx would do anything to make Mae happy so he asks Ky to show Lilah what life is like outside the commune and be respectful while doing so. With her long grey dress and white headdress, Lilah is not like the club sluts that he is used to being around, but he soon finds that he enjoys talking with the pilgrim blond with blue eyes and big lips.

Lilah is finding it extremely hard being immersed in club life, it is her idea of hell but is confused when she realises that she feels safer than she has ever felt before when she is with Ky. She has been used by men in her commune and so when Ky doesn't take her against her will, she feels protected.

Meanwhile, the club is involved in a war against the Ku Klux Klan and Prophet Cain (Rider) is creating a brand new movement in a merged commune - the only problem is that he needs Mae to fulfil his prophecies.

What I loved about this book was watching Ky and Lilah change each other, and see their feelings grow and evolve. There were some extremely difficult scenes that broke my heart and some equally beautiful moments that made me smile.

My only complaint was that there were far too many religious aspects and quoting from scriptures etc, I am romance greedy and would have loved to have had more of Lilah and Ky together and some more of the MC. I love the Hangmen and after reading this one, I am absolutely gagging for Flame and Maddies' book. He is an extreme nutcase and I can't wait to get into his head.

Overall, if you loved IAMB, you probably won't be disappointed and if you love to see a complete man-whore brought to his knees by a sweet and innocent (but slightly spunky) heroine, then this is the book for you. Less of the religious doctrine and I would have rated a solid 4 stars.

***ARC provided by author in return for an honest review***
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49 reviews153 followers
July 15, 2021

This is book two in the hades hangman series and this the story of Lilah and Ky. The events in this book continue what happened after the first book ended and how Lilah still believes what they taught her at this cult and how she tries to adjust to the outside world and tries to blend in with this new life.

I liked this book not as much as I liked the first one but It was good. I liked Lilah and Ky’s journey and how they tried to heal each other from their past scars. At first, I didn’t like how Ky was acting with Lilah but as the book progress he grew to care for her in every possible way and I liked how he tried to show her that she deserved to be loved even without her beauty and how he was so patient with her and tried to show her the outside world.

Lilah’s character is annoying, to be honest at first her actions were frustrating to me and I was so annoying when she wanted to get back to this cult after all of that but as the book progress my heart was breaking for her and what she went through. I didn’t like It when Ky was telling Lilah all the time that he loved her because she is pretty this was annoying.

This book is darker than the first book and more graphic there was some scene that broke my heart and I was literary sobbing. I have a love-hate relationship with Rider but in this book I hated him he is cruel and selfish and I wanted to punch him.

I liked this book but Lilah and Ky were annoying me in some chapters that’s why I didn’t connect with them as much as I connected with the Styx and Mae. Overall I love this series so much and I’m beyond hooked, I’m halfway through the third book. I’m so excited to read all of them and to know more about all of these characters♥️.
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1,666 reviews421 followers
July 16, 2016

RATING: 4.5 "Take life by the balls" Hearts!! :D <3

“You are my unattainable dream come true.”

Heart Recaptured is a highly emotional and at times very difficult book to read given its vivid, dark and brutal descriptions of the happenings our heroine Lilah endures. More than the tender and utterly heartbreaking romance here though, what makes this tale successful is how brilliantly Ms. Cole captures and then effortlessly animates the emotions of Lilah—her anger, confusion, self-loathing, love—making them a character of their own so that they’re as much a visceral part of this story as are Lilah and Ky. I was attuned to her character from the moment she steps on page, and even after the last page is flipped, her grasp on our emotions never loosens. This second installment in the Hades Hangmen series is a huge step-up from its predecessor, and one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Fave Quotes:

“You listen to me, woman, and you listen good. You ain’t inferior to me or any other fucker just cause some twisted pedo wanted to keep you trapped in that cult...” “You’re worth a fuckload, Li, more than any brother or slut here. You eat with me, walk with me, not two fuckin’ feet behind, and you never let yourself do otherwise.”

“You may not wanna fuck me yet, baby, but you let me touch you, have your mouth on mine and now I ain’t ever gonna stop touching you, kissing you. Yeah?”

For the first time in my life, when I was with Ky, I did not feel like Delilah, a Cursed sister of Eve, just plain Lilah...an ordinary girl who had finally been kissed by a boy.

“Don’t fuckin’ hide from me. Show me those sweet beautiful blues.”

“Psalms are poems; you are mine. You are the embodiment of every divine word that could slip from my lips. I adore you, Ky.”

“You are caring. You are loving. You are my teacher, my protector. You keep me safe, Ky, you are my safety.”

“It was all worth it. Everything. Every single second of my life...because it eventually led me to you... the man who recaptured this bruised and battered heart.”

“I love you, Li. You’re mine. My woman. My property. My fuckin’ old lady... my fuckin’ forever.”

Posted: July 6, 2016
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1,791 reviews2,134 followers
August 13, 2016
DNF at 60%

I think me and Tillie Cole are just not meant to be. Everyone else loves her books but my nickname stands true, I am the wildcard reader and they aren't for me.

I think the idea of this series is very interesting, cults and mc clubs. I just don't like the characters.
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639 reviews3,803 followers
December 18, 2014

Title: Heart Recaptured
Series: Hades Hangmen #2
Author: Tillie Cole
Release Date: December 14, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Cliffhanger:. No.

“We are all fallen in some way, Lilah.”

Heart Recaptured totally blew my mind. I am still a little bit breathless even after hours that have passed since I finished this fabulous roller coaster ride. This is certainly one of the best books Tillie Cole has written so far.

It’s a heart throbbing, intense MC story. It’s full of love, passion and intensity. Absolutely stunning and gut-wrenching, gritty, raw and beautiful Heart Recaptured is a book like no other. And it definitely goes into my the best of 2014 list.

After reading ‘It ain’t me babe’ few months ago, I was hooked. It was spectacular start of powerful series and I was anticipating the sequel from the moment I finished the last page of the first book. When I finally started Ky and Lilah’s story I knew it would be good, but I certainly didn’t expect it to be that mind blowing! I cannot put in words how much I loved Heart Recaptured. I lived and breathed this story. I felt it in every cell of my body.

Delilah was raised in strict commune. She never knew the life outside of the fence; so now that she’s been freed by Hades Hangmen, it doesn’t feel like that for her. She’s missing the old ways. The real life seems for her like hell. Especially with all that hedonistic bikers. They fuck, they drink, and generally are demons…

Kyler is The VP of Hades Hangmen; he’s crude, vulgar and loyal to the club. He was also asked to show Lilah how is the real life outside of commune.

“Every single second of my life...because it eventually led me to you...it lead me to fall so deeply in love with you, Ky...the man who recaptured this bruised and battered heart.”

Heart Recaptured is painfully strong story; it’s about survival and redemption. It’s a brilliant romance between a broken, lost young woman and rough around the edges man. They seemed so different, but yet so perfect for each other. I am so in love with Ky and Lilah! They both made this novel shine.

”I felt safe with Ky. I knew he was my protector... And even out in this unfamiliar world, and with as little time spent with him as I had had, I instinctively knew he would protect me from danger.

But be aware! This book is real roller coaster. You will be laughing, you will certainly be turned on, and you will need tissues close to you when the time comes.

I need another book in this series right this second.

“You are my unattainable dream come true.”

*Review Copy was provided to me by the author, Tillie Cole, in exchange for honest review *


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219 reviews1,224 followers
October 3, 2022
if i wasn’t so spiteful, i’d have given this book 3 stars

i don’t think an author in history has hated a character they created as much as tillie cole hated delilah

why did she need to spend her whole life being molested and raped to then get kidnapped, tortured, raped, and burned at the stake after being given the tiniest sliver of happiness 💀

then the girl had a major psychotic break and shot flame (loml), nearly shot her sister, and permanently disfigured her own face

that being said…i still couldn’t get over how annoying she was

delilah whenever someone calls her beautiful—

i love how delilah had a breakdown and scarred her face to be “ugly” but ky’s inner thoughts are like “she’s even more beautiful now 🥰🥰” BOY-

the prophet cain POVs were so unnecessary. like i couldn’t give a less fuck about this psychopaths god complex 🥱 to believe this man is getting his own book?! all this man deserves is an early grave

flame gets 5 stars for his possessive and barbaric attitude towards maddie 😍💗🫂
him stalking her and cutting himself when he thinks she’s been hurt 😌🤌🏻

hades hangmen
↠ #1 it ain’t me, babe3.25 stars
↠ #2 heart recaptured — 2.25 stars
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865 reviews550 followers
July 25, 2016
5++++++ Recaptured Hearts Stars

I almost couldn't deal...this book was pure torture. For the first time in my life I felt like I needed someone to hold my hand while reading...I needed my mommy! But oh man I LOVED it! Ky, the Hades Hangmen Whore *sigh* I'm in love with Ky. Yes I'm Sher and I'm madly in love with a fictional character!

This story took me on such an intense, emotional journey like never before, (well besides The Bronze Horseman, that book almost killed me). Ky, what can I say about Ky. He was just a well rounded, solid character. My kind of funny, lovable, asshole hero, but with redeemable qualities, you just have to give him a chance. He worms his way through to your heart and you cannot help but fall for him. The sweetest part is the way he gets redeemed by love. Who would've thought a Jesus freak, "virginal pilgrim" girl would be the one to redeem such a selfish, sinful man?

Lilah was brainwashed since birth by her religious cult. Unlike Mae in book 1, she did not willingly leave her place in the sadistic cult. It was all she knew. I love how Ky was so loving and patient with her. He protected her and guided her like a true alpha male should. I really liked Lilah and I do think she's earned a place on my favorite heroine list. Her transformation was such a beautiful one, but most of all, I loved how even to the very end she held on to her faith and I empathized with that. It was painful seeing how tortured she was and what she endured and that alone made me ache in my heart for a happy ending for her. I've never been so happy for an HEA for two fictional like I have been with Ky and Lilah. They sincerely deserved it.

I ADORE the secondary characters, besides KA, Tillie Cole is the master at introducing and developing each character until you're dying to hold their story in your hands. Each scene was filled with such deep feels that at times I had to rest my book down and count to ten. After meeting TC and hearing how much research was put into these books I appreciated the storyline even more. Sadistic cults can be intense, some of the teachings can seem absurd and sometimes the effects of brainwashing never fully vanishes and storylines like this can be tough for those who just can't grasp the effects and damages wrought by religious cults. Tillie Cole has proven herself to me as a master storyteller. I say that because the unfolding, the renewing, the transformation of Ky and Lilah was spectacular. It couldn't have been an easy task. But she did it and she did it well.

I'm obsessed with this series and I'm so excited to see what will become of secondary characters. This is a very dark read and super intense, but it's worth the read that's for sure.
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