"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.
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.
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.
Ever since stumbling upon my first Tillie Cole book (Raze) I’ve been hooked. I love her writing style and her balls to the wall, take no prisoners and make no apologies style when it comes to the topics she tackles in this series. And in Souls Unfractured she brings that same brutal honesty and ratcheted it up a few notches. I was hooked from the first page, had a difficult time putting it down, and after everything was said and done I find that I am truly addicted to this series and that I absolutely.LOVED and ADORED Flame and Maddie! Talk about all the feels (a term I don’t use often) and more.
Flame has always intrigued and scared me, which when you get right down to it makes perfect sense because most tend to be fascinated by that which scares them just a little, so I couldn’t wait to find out just what was going on behind the crazy and boy what a story he has. As heartbreaking as it was to learn about what he went through, it was also quite fascinating, odd word to use, but it was. Finding out the origin of his name, why he cuts himself and learning how his mind works was all done beautifully and made perfect sense. I had a few questions answered, especially when it came to his tattoos and piercings and really liked the fact that a label was never actually given to the way his mind works because in this world there would be one and it wouldn’t matter because Flame is simply Flame.
Maddie totally surprised me. The evolution of the Maddie that we first meet in It Ain’t Me, Babe to the Maddie in Souls Unfractured was great to be apart of. The timid girl with bursts of knowledge morphed into a woman who trusted her gut and wouldn’t let anyone dissuade her from her chosen course, especially when it came to Flame. This isn’t to say that she turned into Beauty or Lettie overnight, not even close, but she showed a quiet, determined kind of strength, even when she was unsure of how things would work out. The strange connection between Flame and Maddie was shown throughout Heart Recaptured and I honestly couldn’t figure out how Ms. Cole was going to get the Psycho extraordinaire and probably the most damaged of the Cursed together, but she did it and it was perfect! She was able to find a way to bring two broken, damaged souls together in such a way that there was no denying that they were meant to be together. The way that they both worked through their doubts and insecurities to understand why they felt this pull towards each other and the desire to want that connection was, for lack of a better word, sweet. Maddie fought for his heart and soul and Flame fought to keep her safe.
Then we have The Order. I seriously cringe every time these bastards appear in the story, but what happens to them in this one has me wanting more of them. Kinda sick and crazy I know, but I can’t help it and I’m still on the damn fence when it comes to Rider/Cain. I totally wanted to write him off after Heart Recaptured but then he goes and does something to change my mind in this one (Thank GOD his book is next). But thankfully The Order is balanced out by the rest of the Hades Hangmen and I adored AK and Viking in this one. Some of the ‘sweet’ moments, as well as funny ones, involved these two and to find out just how deep their loyalty to Flame is has me praying that they get their own books down the road because these two deserve their own special HEA, though the woman that takes on Viking will have to be almost as crazy as him.
The Bottom Line: Souls Unfractured is an intense, extreme, disturbing, heartbreaking and sweet book rolled into one nice little package which makes for a story that is difficult to put down and even harder to forget.
~ ARC received via Have Book Will Read in exchange for an honest review ~
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.