Damnable Grace by Tillie Cole – Jacque’s Review


Hades Hangmen series, Tillie Cole…’nuff said



Secrets never stay hidden.
The burden of guilt never lifts from the heart.

Born and raised in The Order of David, Sister Phebe knows nothing but cult life. Head of the Sacred Sisters of New Zion, Phebe was groomed from childhood for one purpose: to seduce. Prized as a harlot, as a New Zion whore, Phebe is taken from the doomed cult by Meister, the notorious leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. Taken as his possession. Taken to be the woman who will obey his every sexual demand. Under his heavy hand, Phebe finds herself in a place much worse than she could ever have imagined… with absolutely no one to help. And no glimpse of hope.

Xavier ‘AK’ Deyes is content with his life as Sergeant-At-Arms of the Hades Hangmen. Leader of the infamous ‘Psycho Trio’ and ex-special ops sniper, AK knows how to fight. Experienced in warfare and schooled in military operations, AK is vital to the Hangmen. When his Vice President needs help retrieving his missing sister-in-law, Phebe, from a Klan-funded trafficking ring, AK volunteers to go in. AK remembers the red-head from New Zion. Remembers everything about her from the single time they met—her red hair, blue eyes and freckled face. But when he finds her, heavily drugged and under Meister’s control, her sorry condition causes him to remember more than the beautiful woman he once tied to a tree. Saving Phebe forces hidden demons from his past to return. A past he can never move on from, no matter how hard he tries.

As AK fights to help Phebe, and in turn she strives to help him, they realize their secret sins will never leave them alone. Kindred broken souls, they realize the only way they can be rid of their ghosts is to face them together and try to find peace.

Despair soon turns to hope, and damaged hearts soon start to heal. But when their deep, painful scars resurface, becoming too much to bear, the time comes when they must make a heavy choice: stay forever damned; or together, find grace.

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Another great one by Tillie Cole!!!

I’m loving how the other characters in the Hades Hangmen series are coming to the forefront in their own books.  It was great to experience where they came from and especially how they became a Hangman.  And I’m not sure if Tillie Cole could have brought together two people that seemed to really need each other in very similar ways.  AK needed someone to see through all the walls he built up and to help break them down.  Phebe needed to be saved and not just for her.  She had more she needs to do.  They are so good together.  Phebe is exactly what AK needs.

“We can chase the sunrise together.  We can be the sunrise…together.”

I just love the seeing a Hangman fall in love.

Tillie Cole has that talent of setting up the readers for another (usually the next) book without us even realizing it!!!  Every time I finish a Hades Hangman book I’m already jonesing for the next one!

I do not recommend trying to read this book as a standalone.  You will miss so much of the back story of each character found in each book.  If you haven’t read them yet, you are actually in luck because at the moment this is book 5 of the series.  Give them a try!  They will become some of your favorites.

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