JEGUDIEL by TILLIE COLE
Series: Deadly Virtues
Author: Tillie Cole
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2021
They are the Fallen.
A brotherhood of murderers whose nature compels them to kill. But guided by their leader, Gabriel, the Fallen have learned to use their urges to rid the world of those it is better off without.
Control. Diel has spent his entire life under it. His childhood years were spent in the sadistic captivity of the Brethren. Now the Fallen are free, but the monster that lives inside Diel is not—can not be. The darkness within is curbed by an electric collar, the only thing that stops Diel from killing everyone in his path.
Diel’s monster yearns for freedom—the freedom to tear apart Brethren priests, as many as possible, one after the other in a frenzied, liberating spree. When Diel is granted a taste of that freedom, he expects bloodlust, violence, death.
He didn’t expect to find her.
The Fallen are not the only ones chasing the destruction of the Brethren. They were not the only ones to suffer at the priests’ hands. This Diel discovers when he stumbles upon Noa, second in command of the Coven, a group of women who are intent on bringing the Brethren down.
From the second they collide, Noa seems to understand Diel in a way that no one ever has before. She is unafraid of his rage, the bloodthirsty monster that dwells within him.
Because there is a darkness inside Noa too, and it recognises the one in Diel as if it is the missing half of her soul. For years she has tried to suppress it, but as she is inescapably drawn to the fury-filled man in the collar, she starts to wonder if she can keep up the fight.
She starts to wonder if she even should…
Dark contemporary romance. Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and topics some may find triggering. Recommended for age 18 years and up.
The second novel from Tillie Coles Deadly Virtue series, Jegudiel follows the dark world of The Fallen. A group of men with dark thoughts who suffered horrific abuse at the hands of those called The Brethren. This book is absolutely not for the faint of heart. This story as with the ones before in this series are intense and I couldn't help but get wrapped up in it all. This book is also a continuation of a storyline that begins with the Novella, The Fallen. You would need to read this in order to understand it all.
The biggest thing for me with these books was how I was able to connect with the main characters. Diel is intent on spilling blood, so much so that he needs to be physically restrained. There's very little we know of his past other then what he was subjected to as a young man under the care of the Brethren. Tillie Cole does a fantastic job of making me see beyond Diel's transgressions. I find myself in his corner, wanting to even exact revenge against those that have harmed him. You're captivated as you follow his path to acceptance of who he truly is and I found myself happy that he is able to find love amongst the darkness.
As this storyline continues so does my love for all of the characters in this, even the new ones that Tillie has introduced us to specifically in this book. Cole has this way of drawing you in with her writing. She's a master of Dark Romance and quickly becoming a go to author for me.
Another fantastic story in this highly addictive series. I am looking forward to what's to come.
Reviewed by Melissa
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.