Born to sit on opposing thrones.
They were never meant to fall.
Tanner Ayers is the heir of the Texas Ku Klux Klan. Fed nothing but hate, violence, and intolerance from the day he was born, Tanner kills for his cause without remorse.
Until he meets Adelita Quintana, the daughter of the most brutal cartel boss in Mexico.
Adelita and Tanner hate each other instantly. But there is something between them that neither can explain or deny. Hate turns to desire, desire turns to love, and for the first time Tanner sees how wrong his whole life has been.
For years, Tanner does everything he can to find a way for him and Adelita. He walks away from the Klan, his family, everything he ever believed, and joins the Hades Hangmen. But now the Hangmen are at war—not only with his own family, but with Adelita’s too.
When Adelita and Tanner are thrown together again, they are forced to fight for a love that should never have been. For a love that puts them and everyone they have ever loved in danger.
The White Prince.
The cartel princess.
And a future that seems shrouded in darkness…
When we pulled up to the small chapel, I let the driver open the door and escort me inside. Candles were still lit, illuminating the dark room. I reached out to the old stone walls and smiled. I always felt safer here. At peace.
I let the rows of candles lead me along the aisle and down the stairs until I reached the place I knew Luis would be. As always, he was hunched over his books. “Adelita?” I’d shocked him. He glanced at the clock on his wall. “You’re here late.”
I checked the driver had stayed by the main door. When I faced Luis, my only true friend left here in Mexico, from childhood, I let my eyes fill with water and held up my hand, showing the ring. Luis’s eyes fell in sympathy, and his face paled somewhat. “Adelita,” he whispered. I shook my head. Luis was the one person I could let my guard down with. The only one who truly knew the real me, and . . .
“Tanner,” I whispered, and my voice caught on a pained breath. “Luis . . . what about Tanner?”
Luis rushed over to me and took me in his arms. I cried into his shoulder, hearing him lock the door behind us. Luis let me cry until my legs felt weak and all the energy had drained from my body.
Luis and I sat on his small couch. He held my hand, just like he had done, years ago, when I’d fallen for the prince of the Ku Klux Klan . . . when Tanner had had to leave me . . . and in the months, then years, when I didn’t hear from him. When he didn’t return.
“Diego was always determined,” Luis eventually said. He sighed and faced me. I knew my face would look tired and worn. Luis squeezed my hand tighter. “When?”
“Three weeks,” I said, my voice broken with sadness. I laughed without humor. “I’m sure you’ll be told come morning.”
Every time that I read another Tillie book, I am reminded again just how much of a genius she is at storytelling. I am always sucked into her books and NEEDING to read the entire book in one setting. The Hades Hangmen books are among my most favorite series of all time, and I have been itching to get my greedy little hands on Tanner and Adelita’s story. Their love story was a forbidden one…a White Prince and a Cartel Princess…hopefully their Romeo and Juliet story ends better than their predecessors.
This book was so damn good. Their is so much action and romance and darkness in it. It was so well written and the pacing was perfect for this story. There were a lot of flashbacks in the story, which was necessary to fully understand Tanner and Adelita’s entire story. I also love that we got a couple of chapters told in Styx’s point of view because he is my main Hades man!
Tanner. Tanner has grown up in a life where all skin colors other than white are beneath him. He has been groomed to be the heir to the Ku Klux Klan and carry on their mission to eradicate all other races. However, when he meets Adelita, she challenges everything he believes in. I loved Tanner. He was strong and willing to do everything in his power to ensure that he and Adelita can be together safely. He is still not fully trusted by the Hangmen and he goes through drastic measures to prove his loyalty.
Adelita. Adelita has been sheltered from her father’s business her entire life and has done everything to not disappoint him. This is how she comes to be engaged to a dangerous man despite being in love with another. However, she is kidnapped before the vows and falls into the hands of the last man she ever expected to see again. Adelita is a woman who has only ever wanted to be loved and be a part of a family. I love her strength and loyalty to protect those she loves. There are so many major things revealed in this book that directly effect this woman and left me shocked and giddy.
I am dying to know where Tillie is taking us next based on the ending of this book! If you haven’t read this series, then I highly recommend that you check it out!
Overall Rating: 5+ Stars!
Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.