By Tillie Cole
(Hades Hangmen #8)
Not even love can conquer the demons of our pasts…
Flame and Maddie have found solace and safety in one another’s arms, two fractured souls beginning to heal. But no matter how strong their love grows, it can never completely vanquish the demons of their pasts. These demons are dormant, not defeated.
Now a new enemy threatens the Hangmen, and a new revelation threatens the peace Maddie and Flame hold so dear. Flame is fighting a multitude of wars – against the club’s new foe, against the horrors of his past, and against his fears – but the fire in his blood may be the only victor.
As Flame begins to spiral into his own personal hell, it is up to Maddie to bring her husband back into her heart. To remind him that, together, they can face any obstacle standing in their way. To show him that no one and nothing can tear them apart again.
The fight for their forever.
Maddie and Flame’s story continues, and it burns aka prepare for some major heartbreak. I really like the fact that we went back to this couple, and that Tillie shows us, just because you found your other person doesn’t mean you salvation is complete. Flame’s inner demons are flaring up, and they’re worse than ever. It takes a whole lot more from everyone to bring him back from the brink. Maddie is such a strong character, standing by Flame’s side time and time again. She never gives up, and fights so hard.
There was also a lot more focus on little Ash. Everything he’s been through since the last book, and also his relationship with Flame gets tested. I’m already emotionally preparing myself for his book. So young, so much misery, so much sadness, so much destruction, and so little hope. Again, just because he has found this brotherhood, does not mean he is okay.
I only cried once this time, which for a Tillie Cole novel is quite a feat. It is a lot of Flame’s trauma coming back, with most of that we’ve seen in Souls Unfractured, so at times it was a bit repetitive. Though I understand it, because it’s a spiraling circle that comes back and back again.
Fans of the series will certainly like this addition. While I liked going back to this couple, my interest mostly went out to Lil’ Ash. Since his introduction I have a fondness for him, so having the chance to get in his head more was interesting, and heartbreaking.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
About the author
Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
After several years living in Italy, Canada and the USA, Tillie has now settled back in her hometown in England, with her husband and new son.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than spending time with her little family, curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, and convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that last square of chocolate.