Review: Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen #5) by Tillie Cole




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.


Oh man, these books are really not for the faint of heart. Every time I start a Hades Hangmen book, I always think I’m prepared for what I’m about to read and feel, but there’s just no preparing for this.

Phebe was the head of the sacred sisters. That just basically meant she was the head whore. She didn’t know she was being used by The Order. She thought she was actually helping their cause, and it’s what she was supposed to be doing in life. She was trafficked and abused and she didn’t even know it. Oh my heart hurt for Phebe. Even with her past experiences, she was still so sweet and innocent. She’s been broken and beaten by so many men, but she still remained kind and loving. She’s different from the heroines. She’s not as naive, but she’s just as pure and faultless.

I didn’t expect AK to have experienced so much in the past. I’m glad he met Flame and Viking, because they were there when he needed them the most. It warmed my heart with how patient he was with Phebe. He never judged her, and he never made her feel like she was unworthy of anything and everything good in life. he made it his mission to save her.

I loved all the Flame chapters. It added more depth to the story, and I just love Flame, and I can’t get enough of him.

I’m falling in love with Lil’ Ash. After that sneak peek, I think he might actually become my favorite.


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