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Damnable Grace

Hades Hangmen Series, Book 5
Series: Hades Hangmen, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

Even the broken, through love, can find grace... 

Secrets never stay hidden. 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 red-head 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 that contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for age 18 and over.

©2017 Tillie Cole (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lo
  • 17-07-18

This series keeps getting better and better

I'm a massive fan of this series and love the Hangmen, I read this when it was first released so knew I was going to love this audible version of AK and Phebe and I wasn't wrong as Patrick Garrett, Emily Cauldwell, Douglas Berger & Aaron Sinn all did a fantastic job of narrating a story filled with difficult subject matters (rape, racism, addiction etc).

This like other books in the series is extremely dark and graphic in places, but its serves it purpose.

Can't wait until the next book in the series is released on audible.

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ok

unfortunately i didn't enjoy the narrators, the story was great but the female narrator spoke too fast. book 1,2,4 had a great narrators so it made it enjoyable

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This series just gets better

I love how these books revert to previous stories and the voices stay true to character, first series I've read and listened to that does this.
Exceptional

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Brilliant!

Damnable Grace is book 5 in the Hades Hangmen series. It's dark, harrowing, and heart breaking at times but when the Hangmen love they love hard and they protect their own. A brilliant series!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 17-05-18

This series is incredible

Waiting a year for this book to come out on audio, and it is so worth the wait! Tillie Cole continues her Hades Hangmen series with AK's story as he goes in search of Lilah's sister, Phebe. When Phebe is taken at the end of Deep Redemption, it is clear the Hangmen are going to go after her, but they first must find out where she is. With their vast reach and multitudes of skills, these men retrieve the very messed up woman. AK has a definite draw to her, and takes her in to help her adjust to civilization. With insights to each other and disastrous histories to overcome, these two broken souls are able to piece each other back together. Cole has a way of writing a very complex story, investing your heart into each character, so much so when a cameo of one like Flame comes up, a feeling of familiarity immediately comes through. The story is very visual, with the book coming to life as you listen. This captivating listen including substance abuse, rape, human trafficking and PTSD as well as the continuing back story of New Zion is nothing short of amazing, and I can't wait(even if it is another year) for the next book!

The four narrators of this book do an amazing job. I am so happy Douglas Berger comes in with the chapters from Flame's POV, keeping him as we have gotten to know him. Patrick Garrett as AK does a wonderful job, this character has many layers and Garrett is able to give each one the inflection necessary for each one. Phebe is a broken woman with a devastating past, and Emily Cauldwell brings out her feelings to the surface. Aaron Sinn gives a short narration of Asher, hoping to hear more of him, as this character is sure to have an amazing story to go with him.

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  • V from Kansas
  • 23-06-18

Beauty through tragedy

This whole series is not for the faint of heart or the sensitive soul. There is extreme violence, rape, sexual abuse of young girls, human trafficking and just about every characters who have suffered almost any emotional trauma that you can imagine. However, this series is about survivors. It is about the strength of the human spirit and how love, true friendship, family and loyalty can bring almost anyone out of the darkness and into the light. It’s about the type of people, who may seem like low-life’s to some people but, have the ability to accept another person as their past has molded them, without judgement. However, no matter how ugly the story may be, the ultimate conclusions are truly beautiful.
-V from Kansas

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  • BarbaraY
  • 19-05-18

Fantastic

The Narrators did a Fantastic job reading this awesome book ... They really did justice to the charators ,as hard it was to read this book it was at times listening to it bought me to tears ... The way they portrayed Viking ... Brillient :-) Laughed everytime , all the crew really spot on , Cant wait for the next book to go to Audio . Loved it.

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  • hart
  • 10-06-19

foul language

couldn't get past the 1st couple hrs because of the language. very very distracting. yuk.

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  • DR
  • 23-05-19

Way too violent

If you’re into children being raped and poisoned, this series is for you. This was absolutely, hands down the most violent series I’ve ever read. I wish I hadn’t.

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  • Fuzzysaver
  • 05-12-18

Disappointed in this one

I have loved this series from the beginning, scooping the audiobooks up to listen to as fast as I can. However, I was disappointed in this one. I felt as if it drug on and on, being very similar to previous ones instead of creating differences in the story as I've seen in past books. Although the characters have been the same, from the same types of backgrounds in each story, they have managed to vary enough to hold interest. This one I didn't feel did that.

It was nice to see more about Asher and younger characters in this book, however, I also didn't like the free sharing of alcohol and cigarettes, for this 15/16 year old. I understand the biker culture and tough upbringing can cause you to see differently than what society considers "the norm", such as the foul language spoken around and used by the younger people, that doesn't bother me. 16 year olds that smoke, well many do, but not condoned by family members. The drinking was just too far for me. Again, do teenagers do it? Sure, but not as if it is the usual sharing a family does. Even if it were common for the culture, I felt that a caveat maybe should have been mentioned when encouraging alcohol use.

Sorry, I truly don't mind, cussing, smoking and alcohol, I do or have done it all. I just didn't feel that it was as appropriate as it was used in this book.

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  • Karen Dee
  • 28-11-18

If you can handle the darkness you will love it!

This entire series is incredible and to listen to it with so many narrators makes it even more so. It is not for the faint of heart as there is so much that can trigger a listener. But there is light at the end of it and the light is paved with love and redemption and grace. All of the Hades Hangmen books/audiobooks are a ride worth taking.

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  • Ae0n5105
  • 26-11-18

love this series so much.need more books like this

i enjoyed the first 5 books of this series . love love it. can't wait to read more

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  • Jeanette Kelley
  • 16-11-18

The Best Series!!

I Truly love this series and the characters. The plot is so original and heartbreaking that you can't help but love it.

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  • Ezinwanyi
  • 14-11-18

Two broken souls find each other

I liked this book but I didn't love it. Phebe has been mentioned in the prior book and its clear that she was ride or die for the Prophet. After all, she was trained to be a seductress since she was 10yrs old. After the Hangmen of Hades destroyed the Order of David, Phebe went from being the Head of the Sacred Sisters to now a drug addicted sex slave to Meister, leader of the Aryan Brotherhood.

When Xavier ‘AK’ Deyes and his Hangmen brother try to rescue more of Sisters who were sold from the New Zion to the Aryan Brotherhood, the find Phebe completely captures his attention. First he remembered her from their first interaction when he tied her to a tree and second, he condition reminds him of his past. AK decides he must help Phebe get clean and reclaim her life. Little did he know by helping her work through her pain, he would also be working through his own pain.

My main issue is that they are so messed up individually that jumping right into a relationship didn't make sense. I also didn't really feel their chemistry as much as some of the other couples. They redeemed each other but I didn't think that there was enough individual healing for each person. A lot happened and not enough space to process before AK and Phebe jumped into their HEA journey.