Review: 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…


My theme song for the book:… 

5 +++++++ your stutter is adorable stars


I did not expect this book to be so unique, so unexpected, and so damn beautiful! It really took me by surprise. Tillie Cole is absolutely amazing. The story drew me in from beginning to end. 

This book started with River running into the forest and finding a girl within a gated community. River was mesmerized by the girl and at first he tried to communicate with her through his hands because he finds it very hard to speak. River then tried to speak to her; he has only ever talked to his best friend Ky and his father so he was surprised to find out that he could speak to the girl behind the fence. 

As I fell back in shock, my eyes widened. I’d never been able to do that before, speak to a total stranger.

He tried to ask for her name, but she wasn’t talking back to him. River eventually had to leave because his father was looking for him; but he never forgot the girl with the wolf eyes. His number three and his first kiss. 

Fifteen years later Salome or “Mae” is escaping from the compound in which she was abused for years because she was believed to be cursed for she was too tempting. She barely made it out alive. She ends up outside the Hangmen MC compound. 

River or “Styx” is shocked when he sees a dying woman outside of his compound. He was so transfixed by her when she opened her eyes for a moment because he saw her wolf eyes. Styx has been searching for her and the compound for years now, so he wasn’t letting her go this time. 

Mae wakes up and she is terrified because her surroundings are so different from what she was used to. She finally meets Styx and they know they’ve found each other again. The boy outside the fence has always been a cherished memory. She’s confused by everything and she realized that the way she lived was not normal. Since she was so naive and most thought she was peculiar, everyone at the compound was like….

….at first. 

Oh my goodness the twists were so good I never saw them coming! It was hard to read about what happened to Mae and her sisters when they were in the compound. I had to stop a few times because it really affected me. 

I hope there will be other books, about Flame and Ky! Pretty please! 

Favorite Quotes:

“You have light within you, Styx, and I feel it shining through like the rays of the midday sun. It is beautiful. You are a good man.”

“I thought you said, ‘it ain’t you who’s meant for me’?”
He laughed. He rarely laughed, but when he did, I rejoiced at the sound of it: husky, deep…male. “Oh, it’s me, babe…Ain’t no other man for you…but me.” 

“I have only ever liked one boy in my life. I have only wanted one man to have as my own. I have only ever had one dream since I was eight. Styx, the dream is you. You stole my heart fifteen years ago and you still haven’t given it back.”

We were always fated to be together. He is my everything. He is my entire world…
… Styx is my salvation.

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