Monday, December 15, 2014

Blog Tour: Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway for Heart Recaptured by Tille Cole

Oh the feels this book gave me are amazing!  Tillie Cole has written another fabulous book you won't want to miss!

Title: Heart Recaptured
Series: Hades Hangmen #2
Author: Tillie Cole
Age group: Mature new adult
Genre: MC dark contemporary romance
Release date: 14th December 2014



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 prophets religious communethe only life she has ever knowna 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 clubThe Hades Hangmenwho hold her at their secluded compound for her protectiona 'protection' she strongly resents.

Delilah yearns to return home, convinced that only amongst her own people, and under the holy guidance of the Lords 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 devils whore... Delilah increasingly resents her beautiful face, her shapely body and her sensuous effect on men. But when a man of the motorcycle cluba deeply sinful yet stunningly beautiful manis 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 andbest of allhis 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 cant get out of his head a pilgrim-blonde he and his club recently-rescued from some backward religious cult and a pilgrim-blonde hes 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-blondes 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 impossibletame his wild ways and capture his reluctant heart.

But the unyielding bonds of Lilahs 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...

“Mae! Get your fuckin’ girl under control, we need to split!” The man with long blond hair who had killed Brother Noah, my redeemer, shouted behind Mae, his blue eyes harsh in his command. He kept watching me, his blue eyes intense. From the minute I had left the cell, he had stared at me, continued to stare at me still.
Mae’s dark lover whistled from beside him and indicated for us to follow with a wave of his hand, but fear seized my heart, and instinct caused me to flee.
“Lilah!” Mae’s voice screamed as I darted into the throng of terrified sisters. My head whipped from side to side as I tried to find a place to hide, and seeing an entrance to the forest, I lifted my feet and scrambled in that direction.
But before I had moved a few steps, a large body wrapped me in his arms and lifted me off the ground, preventing me from getting away.
I screamed and screamed as a strong, unyielding arm clad with leather wrapped around my waist. I was terrified, tears pouring down my face as his legs picked up speed and started running.
“Please…please let me go!” I begged, but a mouth suddenly placed at my ear cut off my voice, long blond strands of hair—not belonging to me—falling on my cheek.
“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 fuckin’ coming to the club.”
My breathing hitched at how this blond outsider spoke to me and I froze in his arms, not daring to move, worrying that if I did, I might meet the same fate as the slain brothers on the ground. Then, as I carefully tuned my head, I saw who held me in his arms, carrying me as though I weighed nothing—the blond man from before. The one who kept staring at me like I was something he wanted to devour.
The same man, who when my eyes first met his, an ache throbbed within my chest.


★★★★★ stars

I should know by now Tillie Cole is going to take what I know about her characters and their stories, and make them even better when it comes time for them to shine.  Having met and fallen for Ky and Lilah in the emotionally captivating and devastating It Ain't Me Babe, I should have known Heart Recaptured was going to be the same if not more.  

The story gripped me from the first page.  It was as dark and emotional as I was expecting, but I didn't think I would love Ky even more than I did previously.  I loved seeing him fall in lust and then slowly in love.  My heart broke for Lilah and and all that had happened to her.  It felt like I was watching a butterfly blossom as she adjusted to her new life and reality.  I really wanted to coax her along so she could be her best self and not what she'd been told she was.  I've got to say it was really hard watching her deal with everything she'd been through, especially when she was a child.

This book was dark.  Really dark.  Sometimes it was hard for me to read.  I felt so much pain and anger.  At times it felt overwhelming. However, there were moments of hope that shone through as well.  Even when I felt like my heart was going to pound out of my chest, I couldn't stop reading.  I had to see what was going to become of Lilah and Ky.  Lilah is the one who shone the brightest in this book.  The journey she went on from being rescued from the cult in It Ain't Me Babe and Heart Recaptured is so, so painful.  But it's powerful as well and compelling.

I had high hopes for Rider/Cain, but my hopes were dashed.  I'm still hoping he'll somehow redeem himself, even though it seems he goes farther and farther away from redemption.  I was enthralled by how amazing this book was.  You wouldn't think two different entities like a cult and motorcycle club could work together, but Tillie Cole somehow makes them do it in a way that fascinates and spell binds you. Each page in this book brought something new and increased the myth and legend of the Hangmen,  I can't wait to see what's in store next for them.  

*Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*


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 theyre 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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