It Ain’t Me, Babe
I was very excited to hear about this brand new “biker” book with it’s very original-sounding premise. I love the whole “running away from a bad situation, right into the arms of more trouble” theme. And there’s just something about a sheltered, inexperienced and abused woman running away from one commune (a religious one) and finding herself inside a notorious motorcycle club “compound” (that on first sight, look just like how she always imagined Hell would look like). GAH! I was imagining the freakout, and the very slow-to-warm-up build, and maybe even a slower burn between two complete opposites and I couldn’t wait to jump in!
But what made me even more excited were these awesome reactions from our fellow readers.
Melissa: Just finished It Ain’t Me, Babe. Absolutely loved it..4.5 starss!! Whew, really on a book high right now!
Jenn: It ain’t me, babe was amazing!!! Loved the story! Finished it in about 4 hours
Suzanne: I just finished Tille Cole’s It Ain’t Me Babe and it was AMAZING. You have to read this, I am sure you’ll like it.It’s got the dark and violent edge like Madeline Sheehan’s Undeniable series but this is unlikely any other MC romance I’ve read. I think you’ll really enjoy it!
Tiffany: Just Finished It ain’t me Babe and It was it Was a Very Good MC book..Different Twist with the whole Cult thing! Loved It!
Shannon: I sure hope that there are more books after It Ain’t Me Babe – I really want to read more on some of the characters – specifically Flame! Good book!
Jean: … Started last night and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!! This is the exact kind of read I was looking for and so excited for everyone to read it! … Oh, and does anyone know if Tillie Cole will be continuing with a series of It Ain’t Me Babe? I REALLY hope so….I loved all of the characters, even Flame, and definitely want (need) more!
Lauren: It Ain’t Me Babe by Tillie Cole was EXCELLENT!!! Best I’ve read in a while.
Sasha: Wow…I was feeling kinda over all the biker boys, but “It Ain’t Me Babe” was sooooooooo freaking good! Styx (*sighs”)… Really pleasantly surprised with this book and it had better continue on to become a series! I’m really hoping for a certain tortured character to be the next book’s main hero.
Yep! I couldn’t wait to dive in. I had a feeling I just might fall hard and I could tell I was in for a wild, tumultuous and emotional “ride”. <— Hehe. Get it? I said ride. ‘Cause they’re bikers. Heh.
And it was good. It had a bit of everything. A traumatized heroine that had a whole new world to discover. A larger than life (and scary-as-heck) MC Prez with a speech impediment. His bad-ass biker crew that always has his back. A crazy past that is slowly revealed. A budding love triangle when two potential “suitors” vie for her love (and I’m going to admit, I was kind of crushing on the er… other one). *sigh* Fated love… all that. Plus various bad guys (after all, this is an MC dealing in all sorts of illegal stuff), a building mystery, looming danger. And quite the twist, to boot!
But while I did enjoy it and wanted to finish it, there was something holding me back from loving it. I was so into the beginning (and the prospect of it as a whole) but eventually I found that I was able to put it down, and in fact, this one actually took me about three days to read. And that’s how I know I wasn’t that connected to it. If I’m really into a book I can read it in one sitting (in fact, I don’t want to do anything BUT read it… devour it, all at once). But for some reason…
Okay for those that haven’t read this yet… I don’t spoil it per se, but you might want to skip this next section as I analyze my reading experience of it (and them).
I suppose it all just moved a bit too fast for me. Quick emotional connections, quick acceptance of this “new world” (mind you she was finally safe from the constant abuse, so that sure helps!)
I would rather live in eternal damnation here on the outside than marry the man who sanctioned the relentless abuse of my true flesh and blood.
But still… this place was full-on raw and gritty and vulgar and.. well, you get the picture. I dunno. I guess I didn’t get to live that initial fear and trepidation with her. Mostly just the relief of finally being free mixed with the fear of being in the very world that the religious-zealots warned her was on the “outside”.
So this is what the outside world looks like, I thought. This is a world filled with evil? Viewing the happy smiling faces of the people we passed, I struggled to believe the truth.
Oh she had the reactions I expected (all of those, in fact), but it all just went by at a breakneck speed, for me. An entire month went by once she reached the MC (right in the beginning), and we didn’t actually get to experience any of it, and the connections forged during that time. We were told about it, but I don’t feel like I got to feel her and her new life, especially when it counted, for me.
So when it came to the love triangle, I didn’t really feel as if I knew any of ‘em all that well, and therefore didn’t find myself anxious or rooting for any particular outcome. I wasn’t as emotionally invested in any of them, as I wanted to be. When it came to love story, there seemed to be (at least to me) way more *steamy stuff*, which I found myself skimming. It was missing that sweet slow burn that I need, to find myself falling for the hero which in turn, would lead me to enjoying their intimate moments (and not skimming). Especially with a couple like this… with their kind of “issues” and lots in life.
“You have light within you, Styx, and I feel it shining through like the rays of the midday sun. It is beautiful. You are a good man.”
There was just *something* about how inexperienced she was, due to the extremely sheltered life she loved from birth, and how emotionally stable she seemed (despite the extreme abuse she survived)… that I dunno. The way she handled her knew life and their crude lifestyle? Her easy ability to connect and to become intimate? While I don’t doubt that this could happen, I didn’t get to feel the relatable progression from “alien” (which she essentially was in their world), to one of them.
Okay you can come back now!!
So instead of me being excited, nervous, swooning and dying to know what happens next, I felt as if I was a watching a fast-forward version of their lives from the outside looking in, with a lot of crazy stuff thrown in.
It was good. But maybe just a bit far-fetched and fast, for me. And I insist on the “for me” part, ’cause by the comments and emails I’m getting, this book is delighting so many of our fellow readers!
P.S. That said… I’m very interested in Flame’s book. Flame has that whole “Zsadist” thing to him. Scarred, constant evil glint in his eye, unapproachable, and can’t stand being touched. And that, of course, is calling to me. Mind you, he has a bit more “crazy” to him than “Z”, but I gotta read it. LOL!