Blog Tour: Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole‏ | Excerpt & Giveaway

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Title: Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen #3) 

Author: Tillie Cole

Genres: New Adult, Dark, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 11th 2015

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Synopsis

“For fractured souls are like magnets.
Drawn to collide into an impossible bliss…”

Labeled a ‘Cursed’ woman of Eve from birth, Maddie has endured nothing but pain and repression at the hands of The Order’s most abusive elder, Moses. Now living with her sister in The Hangmen’s secluded compound, finally, Maddie, is free. Free from the suffocating faith she no longer believes in. Free from endless years of physical and mental torment.

Just… free…

At age twenty-one, the timid and shy Maddie is content to live within the confines of her new home—safe from the outside world, safe from harm and, strangely, protected by the Hangmen’s most volatile member; the heavily pierced and tattooed, Flame.

Flame.

The man who ceaselessly watches over her with his midnight dark and searing eyes. The man who protects her with a breath-taking intensity. And the man who stirs something deep within her numbed heart.

But when circumstances conspire for Flame to need HER help, Maddie bravely risks it all for the broken man who has captivated her fragile soul.

The Hangmen’s most infamous member, Flame, is ruled by one thing—anger. Plagued by haunting demons from his past, an all-consuming rage, and isolated by an abhorrent hatred of being touched, Flame’s days are filled with suffocating darkness, pierced only by a single ray of light—Maddie. The shy, beautiful woman he cannot purge from his thoughts. The woman he has an overwhelming need to possess…
… the only person who has ever been able to touch him.

Flame’s mission in life is to protect Maddie, to keep her safe. Until a trigger from his troubled past sends him spiraling into madness, trapping him in the deepest recesses of his disturbed mind.

His Hangmen brothers fear that Flame is beyond saving.

His only hope of salvation: Maddie and her healing light.

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

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Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

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Excerpt

I sat bolt up right in the chair and stared at the dark line of the forest. My heart slammed against my ribcage when a figure emerged from the heavy foliage.
My breathing paused, fear taking hold, then a familiar pair of leather boots and trousers entered the moonlit lawn. Blades hung at his sides, and his torso was naked under the heavy leather cut.
Flame.
My heart, that was already racing, seemed to beat at an impossible speed. And then Flame lifted his head, and it ceased to beat at all.
The frown that was on his face instantly blanked. His lips mumbling something under his breath, stilling mid-speech.
I clutched the blanket lying over my knees to my chest. I remained frozen, as did Flame. I had not expected him to come tonight, his friend had taken him back to his home. I could see from my window how exhausted he had been. I could see, even in the haze of moonlight, how tired he was still.
Flame’s hands clenched at his sides. His chest heaved with movement that was too quick, then he abruptly turned on his heel, and with a rigid back, he headed back into the forest.
My stomach sank as he turned to leave, and without conscious thought, I slammed my sketchpad shut, shuffled to the edge of the seat and called out, “Wait! Do not go!”
Flame stopped dead.
As did I.
Swallowing back my nerves, my shock at what I had just done, I said, “Please, Flame. Do not go… I… I am glad you are here.”
Flame’s fingers curled and uncurled at his side, then straightening his shoulders, he slowly turned. His large frame was rigid as he faced me once more. Then he just stood. Stood at the end of the forest, his attention fixed forward.
But I wanted him closer.
Still perched on the edge of my seat, I asked, “Would you like to come closer? I… I have been sitting out here alone as I could not sleep. It…” I took a deep breath, fighting my natural instinct to flee, and continued. “It would be nice to have some company.”
Flame remained still, his rigid body convincing me that he would not come any nearer. Then, to my surprise, he began walking, his powerful legs bringing him closer to where I sat.
In the still and silent night, I could hear him counting his steps one to eleven, then repeating it back to himself under his breath. My head tilted to the side as he approached, a swirl of anticipation and fear mixing in my stomach.
His skin on his arms looked newly cut, and I could not help but feel sad for him. For whatever had happened to make him need to harm himself in such a way. Grasping the blade in his hand, his fingers tightened on the handle. Like he needed the blade as a comfort.
As though he was nervous to be here with me now.
Inhaling a long breath, I asked quietly, “Would you like to sit?” I pointed at the chair to in front of mine. Flame looked at the chair through his long black lashes, and exhaling sharply through his nose, sat beside me. I smelled the oil and leather. I smelled the rich musk and spice scent that only belonged to Flame and warmth filled my bones.
He was sat beside me.
Flame was sitting right beside me.
Dropping my eyes to the frayed edges of the gray blanket wrapped around me, I played with the clustered strands of wool just for something to help with the nerves accosting my body.
But Flame was absolutely still. Absolutely silent.
Then I glanced to the side only to see him watching. As soon as our eyes met, he dropped his. A blush raced to fill my cheeks, and for some unknown reason, a whisper of a smile pulled on the corner of my mouth.
Lifting my head, I stared at the large moon, and found the courage to speak, “I did not think you would be coming to see me tonight.”
After several seconds of silence, I believed Flame would not respond. Until I caught him shift in his seat, and he said roughly, “I couldn’t stay away.”
My pulse raced at his response and I whispered, “Why?”
Flame’s shoulder shrugged, then focusing back on the blade in his hand, he said, “I couldn’t stop thinking about you. And I…” Flame trailed off.
“And what?” I pushed.
“I needed to be near you. I needed to know you were safe.”

myreview
souls-unfractured

 5 on fire stars!

 “We are Flame and Maddie. And we have survived.”

Oh my world, this book!!! First of all let me talk about that amazing experience of having a long anticipated book waiting for you and you have to take a moment and appreciate it; the fact that it’s finally here and in a few hours (that’s all if took) you’ll be done with it and you need to prepare for all the feels. ALL. THE FEELS.

Unlike Jon, I wasn’t ready. So not ready for Flame.

From the first book we knew that Flame was for lack of a better word a complete and utter psycho. But the why and how of his story shocked me so much, I did not see this coming. He’s different but oh so amazing. So much ugly crying from the beginning. Flame is the MC’s killer, plain and simple. They all will kill if it comes to that and it does come to that a lot but Flame, he’s the one that will not just offer to do it but enjoy every moment of it too. And he is not merciful.

“So that’ll be a yes. A huge fucking yes to the extreme makeover, Krueger edition.”

You name the worst possible death, Flame has delivered it. Probably multiple times. Does that make him an anti-hero, probably. Did I still love him and wanted to hug him pretty much throughout the book, totally! His past, which I will not spoil but it was not easy to read, on the contrary, I had to pause and take a deep breath because a) I couldn’t read through the tears and b) it was too much, far too painful to read. I still loved every moment of that experience, and it made me love this character more than I ever did before.

“I know I’m different. I know I don’t see the world like everyone else does. But I want to see your world, Maddie. Even if it’s the only one I’ll ever understand.”

Flame & Maddie ♥ 

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Ever since I read Souls Unfractured I’ve had Dust to Dust by The Civil Wars on repeat in my head and I almost never associate books and music together but this one is like a perfect little soundtrack for these two flawed people that finally found each other.

Let me in the wall
You’ve built around
We can light a match
And burn it down
Let me hold your hand
And dance ’round and ’round the flames
In front of us
Dust to dust

FLAMEANDMADDIE

Maddie’s story was pretty much told with the previous books, like Mae and Lilah, she too suffered at the awful cult the girls were trapped in. The Order is the same fucked up cult as ever, we get a glimpse of it again and now with Rider being in charge we see things in a sort of different light, still fucked up, if not in more detailed way.

After Maddie finds out that Flame was the one that killed the psychos that held her, she does what no one else would ever dare; she hugs him. And the psychotic brother doesn’t flinch. Or kill her. Mostly because he is too busy trying to understand how on earth would someone do that, to him of all people. And then it’s over.

Souls Unfractured picks up right where Heart Recaptured ended; Flame is out of the hospital, determined to get Maddie out of that church. Their story doesn’t progress fast, it takes its time and it’s beautifully done – no doubt there Tillie’s writing is once again captivating! The religious aspect of the story was there and that’s all I’m going to say about it.

“What are words? Sometimes the flick of a pair of eyes or the flush of skin reveals everything you need to know. Words can wound. Silence can heal.”

Flame doesn’t touch people, Maddie doesn’t like to be touched. The way they slowly approached each other was so beautiful, if not heartbreaking, how they helped one another fight back against all the pain in their mind and the past.

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This is not a fun read, or even a light one, but you must know that if you want to read it, it will hurt and you will cry, it’s gritty and raw and painful. But it’s the emotions and how these two characters come out of it that makes it so unique to read and unforgettable in its own way. Another amazing book in the series, Flame lovers, enjoy and grab a box of tissues.

Kei

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