Rating: 4 out of 5
When I started this book, I didn’t think I would be as attracted to the story, but when I finished this I was utterly and completely in adoration of this interesting piece of writing. It’s unique, gritty in places and in the end I loved it!
The storyline is linked to the different ways people practice religion and how sometimes people stray from the path and form cults and extremism towards their beliefs and we rarely get to read about that sort of thing. While going through the story I was extremely surprised and I wondered; is this real? Do people actually do them kinds of things in this day and age? So in that sense it was definitely intriguing, I wanted to know more about Mae and her previous life.
This story outlines what happens when people get carried away in practising a certain belief. It in no way entails that you aren’t allowed to differ in your beliefs but this story just shows an example of extremism and the writer explains in the foreword that these things actually do happen. So the main heroine is called Mae and she belongs to an undercover commune that no one has heard of and they terrorise their women, especially if they’re really good looking, because they believe that due to Eve mankind fell. They call these women the cursed and Mae is a part of them. They have a prophet who makes the rules and they believe his word is the word of God. They perform acts of rape, and other horrors you wouldn’t even dream of because apparently the women ‘deserve’ it as they are influenced by the devil. Basically they wanted to do as they please so they decided to add in religion to the mix and their people follow them blindly without question. Mae is lucky enough to escape and she lands on the doorstep of Styx’s Motorcycle club. She’s in a totally different world and amidst everything she was taught was sin since when she was a child. Now Mae and Styx met once when they were kids and fifteen years later they are still holding onto each other. Styx has speech impairment and due to his stuttering he only speaks in ASL and there’s only a few he feels okay speaking to by voice.The Haydes Hangmen club has beliefs in the Greek mythology God Haydes so you get to see a lot of different views and ideas.There’s also Rider, who’s my personal favourite character (I can’t reveal much more about him). I know everyone wants to place blame on him and hate him but I think it’s not his fault he was brought up the way he is and all his ideas have been drilled into him since a child. It’s hard to let go of all your beliefs and try to start something new but he’s really good at heart and circumstances were just never in his favour.I understand his pain and it breaks my heart. There other interesting characters that you’ll come to love once you get your hands on this.
I just had one problem with this, I had a hard time with Styx obsessing over Mae and how no one can get close to her apart from him. Especially when he’s only just met her and hardly knows anything about her and yet his display of jealousy is burning from early on in the story. Heroes like that in books tend to put me off them and that’s the only thing about Styx that I disliked.
I always have to applaud a female writer who can capture a male’s mind and point of view while writing and Tillie Cole really out did herself. There were no similarities between the dual view points of Mae or Styx and that made it more likeable for me because their personalities reflected in how the story happened from their eyes. It has become increasingly popular for authors to write from two different viewpoints but they’re not always able to capture each person individually within the writing but Tillie Cole had no problem so hats off to her!
The beginning wasn’t all that for me as there was nothing too special. However, I have come to find recently that endings have started to make or break a book for me and the shocking twist that comes to pass in this story is what pulled me in and made me like this book in the end. Now obviously I can’t release any spoilers because that wouldn’t be fair. Will I be reading more from the Haydes Hangmen series? Hell yeah! Next to the unattainable series this has become a favourite motorcycle club book of mine.
You are my biggest temptation, Styx, my personal forbidden fruit. But I want you regardless of if it is wrong or immoral. I want you to…I want you to own me.