Souls Unfractured by Tille Cole – Review

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“For fractured souls are like magnets.
Drawn to collide into an impossible bliss…”

Labeled a ‘Cursed’ woman of Eve from birth, Maddie has endured nothing but pain and repression at the hands of The Order’s most abusive elder, Moses. Now living with her sister in The Hangmen’s secluded compound, finally, Maddie, is free. Free from the suffocating faith she no longer believes in. Free from endless years of physical and mental torment.

Just… free…

At age twenty-one, the timid and shy Maddie is content to live within the confines of her new home—safe from the outside world, safe from harm and, strangely, protected by the Hangmen’s most volatile member; the heavily pierced and tattooed, Flame.

Flame.

The man who ceaselessly watches over her with his midnight dark and searing eyes. The man who protects her with a breath-taking intensity. And the man who stirs something deep within her numbed heart.

But when circumstances conspire for Flame to need HER help, Maddie bravely risks it all for the broken man who has captivated her fragile soul.

The Hangmen’s most infamous member, Flame, is ruled by one thing—anger. Plagued by haunting demons from his past, an all-consuming rage, and isolated by an abhorrent hatred of being touched, Flame’s days are filled with suffocating darkness, pierced only by a single ray of light—Maddie. The shy, beautiful woman he cannot purge from his thoughts. The woman he has an overwhelming need to possess…
… the only person who has ever been able to touch him.

Flame’s mission in life is to protect Maddie, to keep her safe. Until a trigger from his troubled past sends him spiraling into madness, trapping him in the deepest recesses of his disturbed mind.

His Hangmen brothers fear that Flame is beyond saving.

His only hope of salvation: Maddie and her healing light.

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 over.

andra's review

I’m such a big fan of the Hades Hangmen series; I loved each and every book released so far and this one wasn’t an exception. If someone does dark and gritty MC romance justice that is Tillie Cole, and Souls Unfractured has been the darkest one yet. I feel like I’ve been waiting Flame’s book since the anti-villain was introduced to us in It Ain’t Me, Babe and with each book my love for this character only grew – I had a feeling his book will be an emotional roller coaster with lots of highs and lows and I wasn’t wrong. Flame is one of the darkest, most tortured heroes I had the pleasure to read about and I cannot express how hard I felt for and with him during this wonderful adventure.

Souls Unfractured picks up where Hearts Recaptured left off  – you CANNOT read it as a stand alone book – with Flame keeping watch outside Maddie’s window. He’s captivated by her – not only is she beautiful, but she is the only person who he can touch and who can touch him back without any murderous repercussions. During a ‘run’ something goes terribly wrong and Flame snaps – he becomes a monster, one that no one can contain, no one but Maddie. She goes to him in his darkest hour and from there they realize there’s more between them just physical attraction. He needs her to keep calm and she needs him to be strong. It’s a win/win situation unless you count the fact that they’re both tormented souls and have no idea what a normal relationship is. 

One of the reasons I loved this book so much is Flame. Like I mentioned before he’s one of the best anti-heroes I’ve read lately – he’s dark, mysterious and terrifying.  He is a murderer, there’s no doubt about it, but he doesn’t kill innocent people – the club is his only family so he’ll do anything he can to protect them. I always thought his past will be grim and horrid and I wasn’t wrong. Flame is the way he is because he had never had a guide through life till he met his two best friends – AK and Viking – they’re are his brothers in more ways than one. Their love and respect for each other is deeper than the club – they are the ‘Psycho Trio’ for a reason. With an abusive past comes a tragic present – Flame thinks of himself as evil, as the devil’s tool and he never questions why he is different from everyone else. But then along comes Maddie and he wants to change, he wants to adapt, to share something beautiful with someone who deserves it.

Maddie. Maddie is an incredible heroine. I just wish there was more of her in this book. This is the reason why I will end up giving this book a lower rating than it might deserve. Maddie is the youngest of the three ‘cursed’ sisters. She’s blood related to Salome/Mae and this is why she was the one to suffer the most after the later escaped The Order. She’s way stronger than she looks and always has a good advice for her sisters or Flame. She was a goner the minute she saw our hero at the end of book 1 – for her,  the bulky, tattooed, bloot thirsty Flame was her knight is shinning armor – he came in wielding his knives and slaying the monster tormenting her since she was a child. Her actions were those of a strong heroine, and I truly enjoyed seeing that, but I felt like she wasn’t given time to come to terms with what has happened to her for years. This was Flame’s book and she was his sidekick not his female counterpart – her only role was to help him, not heal herself. We only got one flashback to her past and I felt her transformation was rushed rather than let to develop. 

I loved the continuous plot – what started in It Ain’t Me, Babe is still going strong here and I have a feeling we won’t reach the conclusion of it soon. We got to see what Rider/Cain is up to and I’m still not sold on him – but I will give Tillie Cole credit for making me feel bad for him with the three chapter in his POV. I cannot wait to see in which direction his book will go.

The writing in Souls Unfractured was incredible. Both poetic and gritty it kept me intrigued and captivated for the entire time. The dark and disgusting scenes were perfectly entwined  with kind and sensible moments in a great ‘sweet and sour’ manner. You can tell Tillie has researched the world she has created – from the religious cults to the MC gang mentality she has given the Hades Hangmen world a life of it’s own – it’s a terrifying universe that through her vivid descriptions I was scared of – to think that such things exist in everyday life is frightening. 

I’ve kept debating on my rating for this book since I finished it last night and although it PAINS me and I LOVED it I will only give it a 4 star – I just wish there was MORE Maddie and her healing – she needed more time to grieve for the little girl who was destroyed when he was 6 years old. 

4 stars

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meet the 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 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 thirty miles north to the ‘Toon’, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended 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. She regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven ‘proper mint’, ‘lush’ years.
Tillie, from a very young age has been part of the theatre community and loves nothing more than to entertain through the mediums of cheerleading, dance, drama and singing (sometimes in the rain). She can also be found in nightclubs around the world imitating her favourite artists alongside her crazy BFF’s – The Teesside Massive – or, sat on the front row at the theatre bopping along to her favourite musical, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show ‘, clad in a only a maids outfit, clutching a bag of rice and sporting a vibrant shade of red lipstick.
One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on 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, repeating the same tired line, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and ‘just bloody do it!’ Immediately she 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!).
After years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or in her dream of pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap, Stetson-wearing cowgirl… Ye-haw!

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