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Darkness Embraced, by Tillie Cole

infte's review

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dark emotional tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

This was nearly a 5 stars book, but you just can tell that the author doesn't know spanish and that was annoying.

covertocovergirl's review

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3.0

Nearly a pan for me...everything felt just a little off, even the characters we all have come to love, just felt a little flat 😢 Just couldn’t get connected to the H/h and I really tried. Guessed the bother sister connection as soon as the diary was read. But still devastated over Slash. Charley & Viking should be interesting and that ending — wow!

literaryillusions's review

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3.0

Tanner Ayers was raised in violence to be the perfect White Prince - to bring the race war that his father so believes in. Adelita Quintana was raised in an ivory tower built by her father’s cartel. Can these two lonely souls from opposite sides of the underworld find solace in each other?

Redeeming the unredeemable is Tillie Cole’s strength as a writer. How she made me sympathize and fight for a man who is literally a fascist racist neo-nazi was impressive. (To be clear he stops being all of these before the book starts but there are flashbacks.) Adelita though is pretty much awesome - a warrior princess who loves deeply and will fight for that love no matter what the world throws at them.

This was a slightly different Cole story - no cult (I needed a break from that storyline so I was glad) and really it had a lot more of the couple actually falling in love. This is anything BUT insta love and had the change that the affection that they felt for each other on the page versus happening in the background and I really loved that. I did want to shake both characters at times purely because they were so reactionary and didn’t talk things out - though things were happening pretty fast and it fit the pace of the story.

This was also interesting because I really can’t read enemies to lovers and essentially this is that complete with a hate sex scene? But the way the story was told it was how the world had made them hate each other on principle not in reality and it made me really want to know how they could possibly be together.

georgi_lvs_books's review

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5.0

The deepest love can be born from the fiercest hate.”

I am feeling all sorts of emotions at the moment! ⠀ ⠀
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Tillie? PLEASE don’t EVER end The Hades Hangmen Series I would gladly read this series even when I’m old and grey! Haha! ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Live Free. Ride Free. Die Free!

dkstaphy's review

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4.0


Review/Reseña en Español/English

Español

El séptimo libro de esta serie, la verdad no me emocionaba mucho y sobretodo porque se trata de un ex-nazi y una mexicana, en pocas palabras podría haber sido terrible o bueno. En lo personal me gustó mucho el libro pero no me encantó, tuvo sus buenos momentos, y la trama sigue siendo lo que más me gusta de esta serie.

Conocimos a Tanner Ayers cuando se unió a los Hangmen después de huir de su “trono” como príncipe nazi podría decirse. Su personaje es complicado, desde muy pequeño fue enseñado a odiar a la gente que no es blanca, aunque al principio se lo cuestiono. Mientras que Adelita Quintana es la hija del jefe del Cartel en México, ella es una persona muy fuerte y astuta. No le tiene miedo a Tanner y al igual que él lo odia por obvias razones.

Ambos se conocieron porque el KKK y el Cartel formaron una alianza basada en la trata de personas. El enamorarse de Adelita fue algo que nunca pensó que podría pasar, me gustó ver el cambio del odio que sentía por ella hasta darse cuenta que no era lógico. Ese fue el momento en el que se cuestionó todo. Ambos tuvieron que separarse por un tiempo para que Tanner encontrara una forma de escapar e ir por ella. Algo así como Romeo y Julieta pero mejor.

No puedo decir más de la trama porque sería spoiler, PERO todo está conectado y los eventos que ocurren aquí parten de los libros anteriores, cuando los Hangmen entraron en guerra con el Cartel y el KKK. La relación de Adelita y Tanner me encanto, su amor literalmente los cambió para mejor y los hizo fuertes.

Personalmente pensé que no me gustaría porque la protagonista es latina, especialmente mexicana, nacida y criada en México y me temía que la autora no lograra crear un buen personaje. En si Adelita no es un mal personaje, pero no me gustó tanto, en general es buena pero puede mejorar. También que sea media hermana de Styx no me gusto, la verdad ahí me perdió y más con la estupidez que hizo casi al final.

Personajes secundarios

Maddie y Flame, que puedo decir los amo. Lil Ash me mato, está creciendo mucho y no de una buena manera, necesito su historia ya. Odie un poco a Ky y Styx porque básicamente no consideraban como su “hermano” a Tanner.

Slash, no puedo creer que haya muerto de esa manera, él era el que menos se lo merecía, me dolió. Esperaba su libro pero ahora nunca lo tendremos. Alguien en quien estoy muy interesada es Edge, su descripción fue todo lo que necesite para saber que sería mi nuevo personaje favorito, estoy emocionada con él. Beau el hermano de Tanner, sabía que no podía ser malo, también quiero su historia.

Esta fue una buena continuación de la serie, me entretuvo bastante, es muy emocional, trata temas serios y tiene escenas muy fuertes y explícitas, léanlo con discreción. Se los recomiendo a los que les gusta los libros de MC y el género dark.

TW: abuso infantil, violencia, secuestro, racismo, trata de personas.
Genero: Dark, Romance, enemies to lovers, MC.
Heroína: 7/10
Héroe: 8/10
Romance: 7/10
Escenas sexuales: 7/10
Violencia/ escenas turbias: 8/10
Trama: 8/10
Redacción: 9/10


English

The seventh book in this series, honestly I wasn't that excited for this book when it come out because it’s about an ex-Nazi and a Mexican, in a few words it could have been terrible or good. Personally, I really liked the book but I didn't love it, it had its good moments, and the plot is still what I like the most about this series.

We met Tanner Ayers when he joined the Hangmen after leaving his "throne" as a Nazi prince. His character is complicated, from a very young age he was taught to hate people who are not white, although at first he questioned it. While Adelita Quintana is the daughter of the boss of the Cartel in Mexico, she is a very strong and cunning person. She is not afraid of Tanner and like him she hates him for obvious reasons.

The two met because the KKK and the Cartel formed an alliance based on human trafficking. Falling in love with Adelita was something that he never thought could happen, I liked seeing the change in the hatred he felt for her until he realized that it was not logical. That was the moment when he questioned everything. The two of them had to part ways for a while for Tanner to find a way to escape and comeback for her. Something like Romeo and Juliet but better.

I can't say more about the plot because it would be a spoiler, BUT everything is connected and the events that occur here start from the previous books, when the Hangmen went to war with the Cartel and the KKK. I loved Adelita and Tanner's relationship, their love literally changed them for the better and made them strong.

Personally I thought that I would not like it because the protagonist is Latina, especially Mexican, born and raised in Mexico and I was afraid that the author would not be able to create a good character. Adelita is not a bad character, but I didn’t like her so much, in general she is good but she can improve. Also that she is a half-sister of Styx, I didn’t like that, she lost me there and more with the stupidity that she did almost at the end.

Secondary characters

Maddie and Flame, what can I say I love them. Lil Ash killed me, he's growing a lot and not in a good way, I need his story now. I hated Ky and Styx a bit because they basically didn't consider Tanner their “brother” and didn’t want to help him.

Slash, I can't believe he died that way, he was the one who deserved it the least, it hurt. I expected his book but now we will never have it. Someone I'm really into is Edge, his description was all I needed to know that he would be my new favorite character, I'm excited about him. Tanner's brother Beau, I knew he couldn't be bad, I also want his story.

This was a good continuation of the series, it entertained me a lot, it’s very emotional, it deals with serious issues and has very strong and explicit scenes, read it with discretion. I recommend this book to those who like MC books and the dark genre.

TW: child abuse, violence, kidnapping, racism, human trafficking
Genre: Dark, Romance, enemies to lovers, MC.
Heroine: 7/10
Hero: 8/10
Romance: 7/10
Steamy Scenes: 7/10
Violence/dark scenes: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 9/10

iamadelina's review

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5.0

Amazing, I love this series to death, best ever.

owlsreads's review

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1.0

It's time to say goodbye to this series. The novels have taken a turn for the worse when the focus moved away from the cult as the bad guys and turned to Nazis. It's all gone downhill since.

Darkness Embraced worries too much about redeeming Nazis and too little about a well established romance. That's made even worse when half of the novel focuses on flashbacks that take place when the main character was still a full on Nazi and the Mexican heroine falls in love with him \o/

In regard to the present timeline plot, very little development happens with the story and with the characters. The main conflict that has been building up in the past novels is now rushed and the resolution falls totally flat in this one. Nevermind all the surrounding drama that is totally convoluted. Just, no. And goodbye forever.

emmybird86's review

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5.0

All the feels!! This book was so good! There was so much going on. I loved Tanner and Adelina. I loved seeing past characters. It’s like visiting family. I cannot wait for the novella and next book!! Tillie did a great job again!!

phuong's review

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4.0

i like this series so much better without all the cult shit & brainwashing. thank god.
“I can’t lose you,” he appealed, and I unraveled when I saw his eyes glisten. “If the world doesn’t want us together, then we have to find a place that does. I want no one else, baby. You’re it. You’ve always been it.”

Tanner and Adelita are romeo & juliet with a happy ending but they had to overcome just as many obstacles. i love how they both started as enemies from two 'rival' families with so many prejudices and started to fall in love against all odds. the hate insults, the longing stares, the unwanted jealousy, the feelings that starting to creep in even though they shouldn't..it was amazing. that's why enemies-to-lovers, if done well, is one of my favorite tropes.

moreover, darkness embraced, compared the the rest of the hangmen series, is pretty tame. it's still relatively dark and heavy with lots of violence, but i'm just so happy to not see any more explicit child rape scenes. the first four books have more of that already. this book was more action packed with a lot of other things going on with the hades hangmen going to war with the ku klux klan and the quintana cartel. this book was a real page turner.

i loved how much we saw about all the other characters in the club as well. we see a lot of Mae + Styx and Charon's birth. Flame, Maddie and Ash together. my baby Ash is going to the dark side in this book. i really love him, but i hope we're not getting another Flame 2.0 when his book comes out. it's not looking so good for him right now, he's probably spiralling even more out of control in the next books.

one of my favorite things about this series is to see all the different relationships and friendship dynamics. Styx and Ky. Flame, Ak and Vike. Rider and Smiler. and now Tanner and Tank. their friendship is so precious and it's amazing how loyal they are to one another. if it weren't for Beauty and Adelita, i would seriously consider shipping this bromance.
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