by Tillie Cole
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.
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.
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.
The cover of Souls Unfractured was my favourite of the first three in this series.
Maddie and Flame broke me in two, this story has been one of the hardest in a long time for me to read – don’t get me wrong – it was fantastic. This series provokes thoughts from so many different levels I am struggling to explain in a manner to give respect for this series – this is one graphic and highly emotional read – it will test your beliefs in family, blood, faith and love.
Maddie and Flame out of all the characters so far in the Hades Hangmen have had the toughest road to conquer in my opinion, I am merely one reader but these two from the outset drew me into a web of wonder and how do these two characters tick. How do they function in this world that has been truly horrific and outright brutal? How can they still connect on such a loving level of compassion and adoration for each other?
The way Tillie Cole wove their stories into the present and helped them heal each other and to overcome their incredible insecurities and at times beyond the brink of sensibility was pure intense edge of your seat reading. So many parts brought tears to my eyes in sorrow for what these two characters had endured and hence their inability to function or see beyond the haze of their trauma.
One of my favourite moments in the book and hence paragraph was:
“Maddie’s finger moved from my face to trace down the flame tattoos covering my neck, then those that led down to my chest. She traced along the ink until her hand stopped over the place of my heart. “That you are my anchor. You are the one I was meant to find on this Earth”. Her finger stopped and she looked into my eyes. “That you are the one for me. Only you can understand me, Flame. No one else. You have spent your entire life lost, not understanding what people want, but with me, you always know how to make me happy. How to make me feel safe.”
Flame and Maddie will forever be in my heart – I want them to have never ending happiness and I want them to have babies so much – I want them to be able to shower their own children with love, security, stability and safety for which they both missed in the own childhoods.
Flame and Maddie – two souls – two simply spine tingling and heart healing characters.
Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen #3)
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