Author: Tillie Cole
Series: Scarred Souls #2
Genre: contemporary romance, dark
Raised as a prototype for the Georgian Bratva's obedience drug, 221 fails to think, act, or live for himself; he's his master's perfectly-crafted killing puppet. Standing at six-foot-six, weighing two-hundred-and-fifty pounds, and unrivaled in to-the-death combat, 221 successfully secures business for the Georgian Mafiya Boss of NYC, who rules the dark world of the criminal underground. Until his enemies capture him.
Talia Tolstaia dreams to break from the heavy clutches of Bratva life. She dreams of another life--away from the stifling leash of her Russian Bratva Boss father and from the brutality of her work at The Dungeon, her criminal family's underground death-match enterprise. But when she stumbles upon her family's captive who is more monster than man, she starts to see the man underneath. A powerful, beautiful, damaged man whose heart calls to hers. But sacrifices must be made--blood for blood...life for life...souls for scarred souls...
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Reap by Tillie Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Be strong. Keep strong.”
Gripping, gut wrenching, soul crushing yet soothing love story-If you think Raze had it all, wait until you read Reap.
It’s no secret I love Tillie Cole’s books, and she has not disappointed me with her story or writing so far. With Reap she delivers yet again a twisted, dark and disturbing tale of scarred souls which will leave you utterly spent and emotionally drained but ultimately brings peace to your aching heart.
Raze ended on a note that Luka Tolstaia aka 818 is reunited with his family and now crowned as Russian mafia prince but there’s one thing which still haunts him not just the horror he was put through while he was in gulag but the promise he made to his dying friend 362, to get his revenge on the people who were responsible for his abduction as kid. This leads him to the capture 221, a trained obedient slave of Georgian mafia boss who happens to be standing rivals of Russians to rule the underworld of NYC. 221 is feral, unsalvageable and designed to kill, he has been experimented for years and won’t stop at anything until he kills anyone and everyone on his master’s command.
Talia Tolstaia, daughter of a Russian Bratva Boss has seen and lived in the world of criminals, she is sick of death and brutality which she witnesses on daily basis in the Dungeon-her family’s illegal death match enterprise to which she is the recruiter. Talia wants a breaks, wants just to relax and be herself for a while until she goes back to a life of being a perfect Bratva daughter, which brings her to Hamptons beach house, a place where dangerous monster is kept imprisoned by her brother.
Talia doesn’t want to do anything with this insane prisoner, let alone an enemy to her family but every time she watches him, it’s like he sees through her soul. She may look perfect from outside but with Zaal, who without a semblance of normalcy and constant struggle to rid his pain she seems to relate her emotions- They both are scarred and broken.
Their ’s was a forbidden love yet it was so pure and passionate, healing their battered soul. There were certain moments in his past at the ways he was abused for years, the cruelty at which he was taken away from his family and stripped of his name could make your heart cry but then again the added romance and the innocence of their love makes you all warm and fuzzy.
Apart from the mesmerising love of Zaal and Talia the thing which adds more layers to this story was Luka’s scenes-priceless! His constant struggle with his identity, his rage, guilt, his path to redemption and the love between him and Kisa were beyond beautiful.
There’s nothing I haven’t said about Tillie writing before, this author knows how to captivate her readers, get them invested in her story, fall for her broken characters and makes us beg for more...
Also that sneak peek at the ending?! I’m both shocked and crazy happy!!!! I need book#3 like yesterday!!!!
ARC very generously provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley, for an honest review.