REVIEW – DAMNABLE GRACE (Hades Hangmen, #5) by Tillie Cole



Secrets never stay hidden.

The burden of guilt never lifts from the heart.

Born and raised in The Order of David, Sister Phebe knows nothing but cult life. Head of the Sacred Sisters of New Zion, Phebe was groomed from childhood for one purpose: to seduce. Prized as a harlot, as a New Zion whore, Phebe is taken from the doomed cult by Meister, the notorious leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. Taken as his possession. Taken to be the woman who will obey his every sexual demand. Under his heavy hand, Phebe finds herself in a place much worse than she could ever have imagined… with absolutely no one to help. And no glimpse of hope.

Xavier ‘AK’ Deyes is content with his life as Sergeant-At-Arms of the Hades Hangmen. Leader of the infamous ‘Psycho Trio’ and ex-special ops sniper, AK knows how to fight. Experienced in warfare and schooled in military operations, AK is vital to the Hangmen. When his Vice President needs help retrieving his missing sister-in-law, Phebe, from a Klan-funded trafficking ring, AK volunteers to go in. AK remembers the redhead from New Zion. Remembers everything about her from the single time they met—her red hair, blue eyes and freckled face. But when he finds her, heavily drugged and under Meister’s control, her sorry condition causes him to remember more than the beautiful woman he once tied to a tree. Saving Phebe forces hidden demons from his past to return. A past he can never move on from, no matter how hard he tries.

As AK fights to help Phebe, and in turn she strives to help him, they realize their secret sins will never leave them alone. Kindred broken souls, they realize the only way they can be rid of their ghosts is to face them together and try to find peace.

Despair soon turns to hope, and damaged hearts soon start to heal. But when their deep, painful scars resurface, becoming too much to bear, the time comes when they must make a heavy choice: stay forever damned; or together, find grace.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for age 18 and over.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****5++++++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

In the comfort of his safe embrace, I let sleep pull me under. And for the first time in my life, I lay in bed with a man and just slept.
My body protected in his arms…
…and perhaps my soul too.


I truly believe that Tillie Cole does not have it in her to write a mediocre story and I am beyond grateful for that fact. I devour everything she writes and the Hades Hangmen is by far the most creative and best MC series out there. Honestly, this series was the reason why I started blogging! Everyone who has fallen in love with the Hades Hangmen will surely love A.K. and Phebe’s story as much as I did! Up until now, Flame has been the Hero that I loved the most in this series, but now he just might have to share my love with A.K. Up until now, we never really got a true sense of the type of man A.K. is, but in this book, this man outshines them all!

If you have been reading this series religiously you know there are some pretty nasty characters and there is some really horrifying subject matter that is ever present throughout. The women who end up owning the hearts and minds of their alpha male Hangmen all come from a religious cult run by the most despicable men who practice daily rituals of rape with girls who are as young as six. They each have lived a life that is worse than any nightmare you could ever imagine. It is always the rough around the edges, outlaw Hades Hangmen member whose love and utter devotion help them to move on from their horrific pasts, but every Heroine also plays a part in healing the souls of the man they love. So you could say these ladies are not just mere damsels in distress. They are some of the toughest and most fierce women you will ever come across in a story.

We knew from DEEP REDEMPTION that Phebe truly regretted her part in her sister’s torture and that she was no longer blinded by her faith in all the false prophets of the New Zion. She ends up being sold to one of the most psychotic and deranged leaders of a white supremacist group that was dealing in guns with the cult. Meister has had an obsession with Phebe and he is far more sadistic and brutal than any of the cult leaders that have raped and sodomized the young girls and women of the cursed and sacred sisters. What we learn is that from an early age Phebe was also taught all the ways to please a man sexually and that she became so good at it that she was titled the ”sacred sister”. She had been sent outside the commune to entice and lure men to join their cult. But now since the fall of Judah, she has been held captive by Meister and let’s just say that it is truly a miracle that she hasn’t tried to take her own life.

The Hangmen are on a mission to rescue Phebe and A.K. most of all wants to get her safely back to their compound. He hasn’t been able to forget the beautiful redhead with the soulful eyes. He had seen something of himself inside of her and the thought of her being brutalized on a daily basis by Meister has been tearing him up inside. Ultimately the psycho trio infiltrates the KKK’s compound and are able to rescue Phebe. There’s a rough and painful road that lays ahead of Phebe while A.K. helps to detox her from all the illegal drugs that were pumped into her veins. Not only was her body nearly broken but she came close to losing her sanity. Somehow her will to survive seems to be stronger than all the demons that haunt her during her waking and sleeping hours. It is during A.K. and Phebe’s alone time together that we learn of some heartbreaking secrets that torment them. Life seems to have brought them nothing but pain and unbearable guilt, but they have the ability to see into each other’s souls and together there is a possibility of forgiveness and healing.

Aside from the action and the romance between A.K. and Phebe, we find out how the Psycho trio (A.K., Flame, and Vike), became so close. We also learn how A.K. met Flame and felt an almost instant need to help and protect him. I enjoyed getting their full back story and every tender moment between Ash and Flame nearly had me tearing up.

This is definitely one of my favorites in this series! It’s also up there as one of the darkest. There were moments when I found it hard to get through certain scenes. Tillie’s writing is just that powerful. I felt like these things were really happening to someone I knew. She makes you fall and care for these characters. I know that if you have loved this series all along, your expectations will be exceeded!

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