Heart Recaptured : Hades Hangmen

  • by Tillie Cole
  • Narrated by Bunny Warren, Biff Summers, J.F. Harding
  • Series: Hades Hangmen
  • 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Even salvation can be delivered through the love of the damned. Beauty can be a curse. Faith can be a cage. Only love can set you free.
A few long weeks after being reluctantly ripped from the comforting embrace of her sacred prophet's religious commune - the only life she has ever known - a terrified Delilah is thrust into a world enveloped by evil and swimming in sin. Steadfastly devout in her faith, and retaining the deep belief that her soul is innately tarnished as a branded "Cursed woman of Eve", Delilah is determined to find her way home to her people in The Order and away from the corrupt and damned outlaw motorcycle club - The Hades Hangmen - who hold her at their secluded compound for her protection - a 'protection' she strongly resents.
Delilah yearns to return home, convinced that only amongst her own people, and under the holy guidance of the Lord's revealed prophet, can her Satan-spawned soul be truly saved. Conditioned her entire life to believe she is a witch - a life-long temptress, the devil's whore - Delilah increasingly resents her beautiful face, her shapely body, and her sensuous effect on men. But when a man of the motorcycle club - a deeply sinful, yet stunningly beautiful man - is charged with her care, Delilah begins to see that this dangerous and moral-less sinner from the 'outside' may offer her something she did not know could truly exist: unconditional love.
Kyler "Ky" Willis loves his life: a daily abundance of brotherhood, liquor, the freedom of the open road, and - best of all - his pick of hot women. Raised a biker brat and now VP of the most notorious MC in the States, Ky has no shortage of club sluts warming his bed; a situation he takes full advantage of until a certain blonde enters his life. A gorgeous pilgrim-blonde he can't get out of his head, a pilgrim-blonde he and his club recently rescued from some backward religious cult, and a pilgrim-blonde he's been ordered to keep the hell away from and his whorish hands off.
When yet another in a lengthy line of drunken blunders forces Ky to reluctantly take charge of the pilgrim-blonde's care, he realizes that there could be more to this woman than just supermodel looks and a stacked set of tits. He begins to see that she could be the woman who could do the impossible - tame his wild ways and capture his reluctant heart. But the unyielding bonds of Lilah's past are strong, her "people" determined and, with a new Prophet in charge and hell bent on revenge, they are mightily reluctant to let her go.


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Prepare ~ An Emotional Roller Coaster Ride!

Heart Recaptured is an intense, dark, gut wrenching story with little light, but like a moth drawn to the flame, I was helpless too look away, and found myself right there with the characters enduring each up and down. It's impossible to listen to this without feeling a world wind of emotions from anger, disbelief, sadness, disgust, frustration, to acceptance and love. The journey for these characters was not easy, at times, it was cruel, hard to bare, and some characters will be left with more scars than others. However, when they finally arrive at their bittersweet happy every after, you finally get to feel a sense of peace, acceptance and love.

The character development was great! There's both likeable and unlikable characters. Ky's the VP in the Hades Hangman MC, who lives hard, rides hard, and never considered being with just one women or having an "old lady." When he's assigned to care for one of the women rescued from the Commune, she will have him longing for more, and will bring out his protective instincts.

Lilah's been brainwashed by the Commune and truly believes in their teachings. Because of her beauty, she has been deemed a "cursed." As a cursed, it is believed she is Satan spawned and will tempt men from their righteous path. Under the Commune's wrapped beliefs, she will never be worthy of love, or allowed to marry. When she finds herself at the Hades compound, she has a hard time reconciling the life she grew up with against her new environment, and hangs onto her beliefs with an ironclad hold. Ky's been tasked to care for Lilah, and help her adjust to her new found freedom; however, with Lilah's deep seeded beliefs, Ky may never be able to get her to accept her new life.

This is the first audio I've listened to narrated by Warren and Summers, and they both did really good. Summer's delivering of some of the dialogue was actually funny, and I found myself laughing a few time throughout the story. Harding's performance is always great! I enjoyed the three narrator approach, and how it helped to separate the MC from the Commune.

While the story may be dark, the plot's well written, suspenseful, gripping and will have you hanging onto every word. Love It or Hate It! It's another unforgettable Hades Hangmen story that will linger with you well after you've finished it. I LOVED It, and found myself unable to stop listening. It was well worth the time!
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- Cheri "I'm a Romance Junkie! Love Whispersycn Deals! Tips I use: Sort reviews Most Recent; play with narration speed, some narrators sound better."

Dissapointing follow up

Man, where should I start with this one? I bought the audiobook of It Ain't Me, Babe and powered through it in one day, so of course I picked up this next one in the series right away even though the plot description, audible preview, and previous intro for Delilah in book 1 didn't do much for me. But I figured Flame and Maddie would be in it and it'd probably be better than the plot summary made it seem. Well, I was wrong.

Unfortunately, Lilah just isn't a likable character to me and while there is all this emphasis on Kye falling for the real Lilah and not just her looks-- there really isn't any basis for it. Lilah herself doesn't seem to have much personality besides refusing to try things and being attracted to Kye. One thing I did like is that Lilah seems like a more realistic victim of long term abuse than Mae is. She has consistent difficulty adjusting to her new life outside of the compound and struggles with her faith but this is also really tedious after awhile since she doesn't seem to grow very much from chapter one to the end of the book. Her and Kye's conversations are almost entirely made up of her panicking or spewing religious crap at him justifying the abuse she lived through and him hitting on her because she's so fucking hot, even if she is crazy. They don't ever really talk about anything of substance directly to each other- most of what they find out about each other comes from other sources- and their sudden love for each other seems to come out of left field. Realistically, it seems like Lilah is just attracted to the first good looking guy who has never physically abused her and Kye just likes being needed, having someone to protect and control who looks really hot.

I also didn't care for how often Lilah is abused by other characters during the book (every time she leaves her room without Kye. Seriously.) as it often didn't seem to serve much purpose plot wise beyond getting rid of some excess characters and adding some length to the story. One instance in particular is a direct repeat of book one where when a character has fulfilled it's purpose in creating feelings of jealousy between the main couple, Tillie Cole abruptly bumps them off. It's redundant.

But mostly I hated how Maddie is basically regulated to a room away from everyone for the entire book which spans like 8 or 9 months. And all because the writer didn't want to have to tell her story at the same time as Lilah's. Never mind that Maddie actually seems to deal with the violence at the end of the first book better than even Mae does. Never mind that Maddie often shows zero hesitation in talking to Flame and the other bikers whenever they are around her. Never mind that she seems to have zero trouble realizing that what the compound taught them was crap and that she actually tells Lilah to calm down and get herself together practically at the very beginning of this book. But no, the reader is told that she is too traumatized to leave Styx's apartment during the entire book despite all evidence to the contrary. Lilah herself spends next to no time with or talking to, either Maddie or Mae- making them barely mentioned characters. I think the biker Viking actually gets more attention in the book than either girl. The only explanation I can think of for this is that Tillie Cole wanted to focus completely on Lilah and Kye's relationship but it just comes off as lazy writing. She just puts Maddie and Mae's lives completely on hold because she didn't want to write about them anymore/yet. So she sticks Maddie in a bedroom for months and months and months with zero change or growth. It makes no practical sense and is beyond frustrating. I understand wanting to devote an entire book to Maddie and Flame's relationship but there is a way to do that without currently sacrificing the characters and story quality.

I had to force myself to finish listening to it on the off chance something would happen which would directly effect the set up of the third book. In the end, I wish I could get those hours back.

In summary: Lilah is crazy. Kye is into crazy beautiful. They get together. Rider is still around, rebuilding the cult and being stupid. They kidnap Lilah and it's stupid. Lilah is saved and it's stupid. Lilah is more crazy and shoots Flame by accident and it's stupid. Few months later Lilah and the other sisters start going to normal church and Flame freaks. There. You're all caught up. Skip to book 3 if you are still interested.
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- Heather Delman "Heather"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-14-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios