MC Club Books

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

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…

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Just wow.  I went back and forth about reading this one, but I am so glad I did!!

It Ain’t Me, Babe is the story of Salome, a woman who grew up in a religious commune and Styx, a man who grew up in an MC club.  When Styx was 11 and Salome was 8, they had a chance meeting by a fence.  Styx is plagued by a speech impediment, and doesn’t like to speak (he signs).  That fateful encounter was one they both remember forever.

15 years later, Salome is set to marry Prophet David, the leader of their commune.  She discovers that her sister has been murdered, and she decides she’s done.  She escapes, but while doing so, is badly injured.  She makes it to a road, and gets in a truck, and is “dumped” off outside of Styx’s biker compound.  Styx is in the middle of a turf war, and the last thing he needs is a Jane Doe injured on his doorstep.

Styx is known as the “Hangman Mute”, as he signs due to his speech impediment.  He only speaks to his best friend Ky and his father.  He signs to everyone else.  That is, until Mae…

Styx takes Salome (she changes her name to Mae) in, and orders Rider, the MC doctor, to care for her.  He then takes off for a month, and in the meantime, Rider and Mae become very close.  Mae is very naive to the world, never having been outside the commune.  She learns about life as she goes, and realizes that her life in the commune had been one big lie.

I will admit, there were some tough scenes to read in this book.  Obviously, given the nature of the commune, there is rape and torture of young girls and women.  That was very hard to read.  As is the case in any MC book, there is killing and violence.  There is a HUGE twist in this book that I did not see coming.  It was really interesting – but I won’t spoil.  This book has such a unique plot already, the twist just made it that much more interesting.

This is one of the best MC books I’ve ever read.  If you are an MC fan, you need to check this one out.

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