Book Review: It Ain't Me, Babe

It Ain't Me, Babe by Tillie Cole: Sinning never felt so good...

A fortuitous encounter.

A meeting that should never have happened.

Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…

Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.

Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.

River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.

Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.

Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…

Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **It Ain’t Me, Babe generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

With It Ain’t Me, Babe Tillie Cole wrote a poignantly beautiful novel, rooted in salvation or better, finding salvation in the most unlikely places. Starting the book I had no expectations. The only thing I knew was being a fan of this author. Ms. Cole’s Sweet Series drew me to her writing and stories so I knew it was imperative I read her newest work. This book did not, in any capacity, disappoint. If you’re a fan of Rome and Molly you know the strength of this authors work. However, this is not Rome and Molly’s story or anything like it. It Ain’t Me, Babe grips you from the beginning but it’s a dark, gritty, twisty tale of love.

This story portrays the life of a woman whose soul, her very essence, was stolen from her only to be claimed by others who held great power (but not enough power) over her body and mind. It’s the story of a man with a beautifully tarnished soul who’s constricted in life by silent words but reigns as a fierce MC leader and protector. It Ain’t Me, Babe tells the story of two people who under the circumstances should have never found each other yet are fated together against the odds. The book moves you by being both devastatingly sad and joyfully happy. It’s evocative, telling, and revealing of the triumphs of human spirit.

Styx and Mae shine as the hero and heroine. The author not only made me fall in love with them but she made me BELIEVE in them too - in their love, in their enduring strength. Styx’s strength and endurance as a leader, as a man, admonishes that of his foes. Something in the beauty of Mae captivates him to the point of obsession for years and years. He knew instantly that she freed the beast inside him holding him hostage. Mae on the other hand is free of beasts inside. It’s the beasts on the outside she knows Styx can and will protect her from. Her strength goes beyond being admirable. It’s an intrinsic strength, a deep faith in oneself. I admire Mae; facing life head on, instead of cowering in fear. She’s a beautifully fierce woman.

In the interest of preserving this uniquely well-crafted plot I will not relay too much. The story flows seamlessly, captivating you with each scene. Greek mythology and religion woven into the story enhancing the depth of emotion allow the reader to engage in a completely different kind of reading experience. I found myself googling Hades and Persephone’s sordid story. The parallel Ms. Cole draws between the two relationships is brilliant. The secondary characters help build the romance and plot in this story. The friends and villains alike add magic to the plot. The shocks and twists leave you as breathless as the beauty of this grand love story.

It Ain’t Me, Babe sends a powerful message through the strength of its main characters, the fluidity of the writing and dual POV’s in which it’s told. The book makes you think, it engages you, encourages you to feel for the lifestyles portrayed whether good or bad. It questions the sanctity of one’s own beliefs. It Ain’t Me, Babe touches your heart and your mind staying rooted for days after finishing. If you hadn’t the pleasure of reading a story told by Ms. Cole, read this gritty captivating tale. If you have, let Ms. Cole once again guide you effortlessly with the beauty of her words and her passion for storytelling on this beautifully dark and twisted journey. Brilliantly done, Ms. Cole.

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