Book review

It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole | Book Review

I have to begin this by saying that this book is not for everyone. This is a dark romance story, which means that the topics and situations are taboo, heavy and not something that many people will enjoy. If you want to read this book, read it with an open mind and be prepared for the dark content.

It Ain’t Me, Babe is about Salome knowing only one way to live life in the commune. When she escapes, she ends up in the Hades Hangmen compound. Styx has had to be tough and not let people in so easily, but when meeting Salome, he can’t just let her go. The synopsis on Goodreads is way longer and with more details, so here’s the link. This book is the first in the Hades Hangmen series, but the books can be read as standalone.

It Ain’t Me, Babe talks a lot about religion, but the dark side of it. I’m sure that almost everyone has read or heard of horrible things done by people with power within a religion. This book talks about that dark side.

Now that I said that, I can say that this book only made me more determined to not like religion. I believe in a God and celestial beings, but I just don’t believe in religion. This book reminded why. I am generalizing, but I just can’t ignore all the bad things done in the name of a god. And I know there are a lot of opinions about this topic to be said, but honestly, I don’t want to get much into it because I get so angry at the thought of those actions.

Anyway, I can’t say I enjoyed the book, and not because of the topic, which I liked and I think it’s important to talk about it. What I didn’t like that much, was the execution of the love story. I didn’t feel a great connection or chemistry between Salome and Styx, and honestly, he was not good for her. It was obvious he liked her, but I don’t think he is the type of guy for her.

Salome has always been in The Order. She doesn’t know about the world outside of the commune. She doesn’t know what it is to be treated with respect and love. She has only suffered. My heart really broke for her because she is a very cute girl that only wants happiness, love and freedom. Throughout the book it was like seeing a little girl discovering what the world has to offer, but in my opinion, she didn’t end up in a much better place. I know she is happy with her decisions and that she has found “love”, but I didn’t like it.

Then we have Styx. He hasn’t had an easy life and I completely understand that being cold, killing and being bad is the only thing he knows, but I didn’t like him for Salome. I know he loves her and he will give his life for her, but sometimes actions speak louder than words and there were times when I thought his way of loving her was messed up.

Thinking about it, my only problem with this book is the love story between these two. Other than that, I enjoyed reading about the bikers, about the threats and all that action that kept me turning page after page to know how it all was going to end. I also liked the topic about religion. Like I said, it is very dark and not something many people might like, and even when I felt sick to my stomach when reading all the horrible things that the Elders did to Salome, I still was interested. Not because I liked knowing how she suffered, but because I was so shook that my brain was like I can’t believe this things might happen in real life, I need to know more and not live in ignorance anymore. I hope that makes sense and I don’t sound like a mess up girl.

If you’re thinking about giving this book a try, just be aware that rape, sexual abuse, violence, murder, shootings, death, pedophilia are mentioned throughout the book.

Until the next post!

Happy reading đź’™

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