Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole
Series: Hades Hangmen #3
Published by Self-published on August 11, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
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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.
Souls Unfractured was a hard book to read and it’s going to be even harder to review. I think I could give you one sentence that says it all, but that wouldn’t make for much of a review so I’ll save that for last. I have been waiting for Flame and Maddie’s book, but I was a little gun shy about it because I didn’t care for the second book in the series, Heart Recaptured. But, from the very first book Flame had me intrigued and wanting to know his story, even though I knew it was going to be all kinds of effed up.
I was not wrong, Flame’s story was harsh, Maddie’s arguably harsher if you want to rate these things. Flame had several things against him. He seemed to be on the autistic spectrum somewhere, maybe Asperger’s. This coupled with the severe abuse and horror he was put through as a child made him one of the most damaged book heros I’ve ever come across. Maddie wasn’t much better. She suffered the most abuse of all the cult women who escaped from that hell, leaving us with a heroine and a hero who couldn’t touch each other – literally. Flame was so damaged psychologically, his break from realities so difficult to take, that this was an ugly book to read. But, at its core it was one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve read in a while.
It wasn’t just the story of Maddie and Flame finding the help they so desperately needed in each other, it was about two men who loved their MC Brother so much, they would walk through the fires of hell to help him. Viking and AK won me over in this book. They have been saving Flame since he was 17 years old, bending over backward to help him. Running interference so everyone understands what he can and can’t handle so he can function.
It has some of the same issues as the first two did, though not as bad. TC did much better with the dialogue this go around and although the men did have a few quirks with the way they spoke, they didn’t come off as completely illiterate backwood hicks either. It is still like nails on a chalkboard for me every time someone uses ‘Y’all’ as a singular word. I literally just shuddered every time I read that.
This was a good book, but I did not enjoy reading it. You not only had the dark subject matter of mass child abuse, both physical and sexual, you had the grit of a 1% MC club with all the murder and mayhem that went with it. The next book focuses on Rider, and just like with Lilah, I can’t stand him. I also don’t like the never-ending cult storyline. I don’t mind dark and gritty books, but I need a glimmer of hope, and even though I got a beautiful love story with Flame and Maddie, we are going into book 4 of an ugly, horrible story about a cult of pedophiles who abuse 6-year-old girls. It’s hard to find that ray of sunshine when that is the overwhelming theme of the books. It is so dark and twisted, I’m having a hard time wanting to continue on, much less with a book about Rider.
My one sentence review: A beautiful but ugly book about two broken people in desperate need of psychiatric help finding the strength they need in each other to heal.
Rating: 4 Beautilfully Ugly Stars
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