- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1499291019
- ISBN-13: 978-1499291018
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (921 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let me first say that Tillie did a fantastic job writing about some very unpleasant things. Some scenes in the book were very hard to read and I did skim through it because it was too much and too real. This topic needs to be heard because there are a lot of cults who believes and practice these situations.
Back to the story, Mae’s character. I knew she would be naïve to a lot of things because of her teachings. With that being said she annoyed me from the middle of the book and on. In the beginning, I loved her character. I loved her newness to the world and how she viewed things. She was very tender and caring, but her actions and words barley agreed with eachother. I get that Stynx basically pushed Mae into Rider’s arms. Their friendship was new and maybe the friendship with Rider was what Mae needed at that moment. What annoyed me was the fact that Mae picked Rider over Stynx every single time. When Stynx and Mae became official she still put Rider first. When Stynx was beaten to death and Mae offered to bath and take care of him Rider basically went all alpha and said no and ran out, so what does Mae do, she runs after him! Seriously! The man you so call loved needs you and you went to Rider who was having a hissy fit because his feelings are hurt – unbelievable! Then! Rider basically have some chic tending to his “needs” Mae flips out and demands she leaves and then she lets Rider kiss her and begs him not to leave! I couldn’t with Mae at that point. Then the cherry on top is when we find out who Rider really is and he does the unthinkable to Mae and Stynx because he couldn’t have her. He literally hands back Mae to her abusers and what does Mae do when a war breaks out? A war that Stynx declared to get Mae back? A war that Rider started because he threw a hissy fit? She lets Rider escape because he killed one of the cult’s abusers, but lets be real he killed him to protect himself. Rider begs Mae to leave with him and instead of being disgusted of his true identity and what he did to her she forgives him and lets him escape so Stynx can’t kill him! She wanted him to have peace! Really! Here’s the kicker, when Stynx freaked out and ran from Mae before they became intimate he was approached by the club’s slut. Stynx did not touch her or anything, Mae sees this and runs. She did not talk to Stynx for a WEEK. Rider lies about his identity, talked down to her, hands her back to her abusers, takes her sisters away as insurance that she will marry the prophet and she forgives him in 5 seconds – not exaggerating. At this point, I do not know why Rider and Mae weren’t a couple. I honestly believe if Rider would of kept his identity to himself and continued to push Mae she would probably be with him. Mae’s actions killed this book for me plain and simple. Everything was about Rider’s feelings and never Sytnx’s who she claims to love and is her soulmate – yeah okay. I think Ky’s comment to Mae telling her if she considered Stynx’s feelings over Rider’s you wouldn’t be in the mess. Well said Ky!
Stynx, I loved his character. Loved his disability. Loved him in general. He saved the book for me. Granted, he was a prick to Mae at times, but I felt he had a legit reason. He was rough around the edges but cared deeply for Mae. I just wished Mae was deserving of his affection. I wished Lois lived so he could be with her, honestly, Lois actually loved him.
Overall, the story was good, but Mae’s character killed the book for me. There is no redemption for Rider’s character, but from the looks of it he will get his own book, which I will not read.
Religion it can be interpreted in so many ways, good, bad. It depends on how it's done.
This book, this story... It reminded me a little of the movie called 'The Colony'. People can be really twisted and it's sad how they are able to brainwash innocents into believing that load of BS.
Mae was that innocent. Born and raised into a cult of sorts, forced to be someone she wasn't... until she breaks free.
Styx, he was a very flawed hero and I liked that.
Both of these characters had a lot of demons to slay and self discovery to do.
I'm heartbroken at what the two had to go through to get to where they needed to be, especially Mae. Even with all the crap she went through she still found a way to forgive, what in my opinion is, the unforgivable. She's amazing!
I can't wait to see how the author will write Lilah's story and I'm very excited for Maggie's and Flames.
I'm about to break my piggy bank and purchase the rest in the series, I hope to see more of Rider, even after everything I'm a little in love with him.
Now to the review... Styx, dear god in heaven I am in love! My favorite part about Styx is the fact that he has a hard time speaking. I do not know why, but it makes him more endearing to me. Not just some hard nose biker dude, but a soft and cuddly bear. Yea I know, I have issues but just think about it. You want to snuggle him and tell him everything is okay. You also want to hear him cuss, drink, and beat the crap out of everyone that has ever done horrible things to you in your life. I know you are as messed up as me in the head, I won't hold it against you I promise.
Then there is Mae, she is also not perfect. I love that she has the background she does. She can accept Styx for who he was and who he is. She can become a person within herself and the world of the Hangman. Mae is probably one the very few female characters I can picture myself as in this type a genre. Not the crazy bible thumping cult, but the shell shock that it is being brought into this world. All Mae knows is that she unconditionally loves Styx. That she will do anything to be with him, to protect him, and to make him happy. The rest is all just superficial. That is the type of love we are all looking for. That is the way we all want a man to make us feel. Now him being unbelievably gorgeous and wanting to have us 6 ways from Sunday wont hurt either. Love and respect between the two of them is amazing. That is what draws me into this book, the amazing sex and hotness of it all is just added bonus!
One thing Cole did that I love is tie up loose ends! Man I do not hate a book more than when I am left with questions. I could stop right now and be fine with the way things have been wrapped up. I sure as hell am not going to but I could if this series turned out to be my cup of tea. I can not tell you how many times I have continued reading a series I hated just because I had to many questions left unanswered to be able to leave it alone. Only to finish and still have a million questions! Cole gives us, as readers, the options to find out what happens between Mae's two sisters and their Hangman or to just be happy with the ending Styx and Mae were given.
More books need characters like Styx and Mae. Minus the explicit nature of the story, the characters are real. Their love is real. Their situation is real. More authors need to write characters like Cole. I honestly hope that people are able to see past all of this and see the wonderful job Cole did shaping her characters and creating a story that us, as reader, are able to place ourselves into. A story that all of us can wish to be a part of, or more importantly a love that all of us have dreamed of having all of our lives.
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