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...
Salome 'Mae' is definitely in my top 15 all time heroines, she was an amazingly strong, loyal and courageous young woman. My heart hurt for all she'd been through, I was simply in awe of her. Tillie creates a hell of a lot of depth for all her characters, but I connected with Mae on some personal levels. It's clear throughout the novel that Tillie did her research, and she handles delicate matters rather well. Nothing is exaggerated or unbelievable, it's raw, gritty, disturbing and above all real. After everything Mae has been though ending up in a biker compound is the last place she'd want to find herself, but amongst the terror and fear there is a light, a ray of hope in an otherwise bleak existence. Styx. Gosh at this time I can't recall a greater couple, they were perfectly imperfect for each other. My heart was put under a lot of duress in their scenes, one minute things were up and then they were down. It. Was. Awesome! There are no quick fixes or easy healing, it takes time and effort, and some days are definitely harder than others. While Mae is scared and afraid of this new world, she relishes in the new experiences and people she meets on her journey to healing. I liked that Tillie didn't have her cowering away, acting childish or annoying as some heroines are prone to be. This was a battle for survival, a fight for love and hope of a HEA. Mae's relationship with Styx was anything but easy, but damn my heart would skip a beat when they were together. You'd have to be blind to not see they were it for one another, and their chemistry was smoking hot. You have a lost, confused and alone woman shacked with a volatile, frightening and broken man. I mean that just screams perfection to me.
The boy River had grown into Styx the man and, despite his flaws and his harshness, he was all I wanted. All I had ever wanted.
"You are my biggest temptation, Styx, my personal forbidden fruit. But I want you regardless of if it is deemed wrong or immoral."
"I-I just g-got you. I t-tried to stay away, do the right thing. B-because I ain't no good for you. But fuck, I want you so b-bad I feel like I-I c-can't breathe. Can't p-push you away n-no more. Need to have you c-close."
Mae was mine. Fifteen long years of wanting her to be mine, and here she sat, curled up in my arms-a fuckin' angel in hell.