Ravage by Tillie Cole

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Posted June 10, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Ravage by Tillie ColeRavage by Tillie Cole
Series: Scarred Souls #3
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on August 16, 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Raze, It Ain't Me, Babe, Heart Recaptured, Souls Unfractured, Deep Redemption, Sweet Hope, Reap, Sweet Soul
Also in this series: Raze, Reap

Is finding one's true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?

Taken as a teen, prisoner 194 was stripped of his name and freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless machine. Even as he tries to fight his captors hold on him he knows that obedience is the only way to save his sister, who is the one person that keeps him from turning into a monster.

As a young girl Zoya Kostava barely escaped the brutal attack that killed her entire family. Now twenty five she lives in secrecy. That is until she hears her brother also survived and is living with their greatest enemy.

Zoya risks her safety and anonymity to find the brother she thought dead and is captured by a beautiful, brutal man. A man who both captivates and scares her, in him she sees a soul as lost as her own.

They both have so much to lose will they be able to save each other…and survive.

Ravage by Tillie Cole was that story I’ve been looking for, wanting to dive into and get lost in. Goodness…

Shoot, it’s been a while since I’ve immersed myself into a Tillie Cole story, but my gosh how could I forget how much her stories can impact me?!

I knew that with each story in the Scarred Souls series that the characters were tied to each other in some way, but no way could I have ever imagined the way Ravage turned out. Talk about heartache in 500 pages or less!

I have yet to read an author that can match Cole’s versatility and unique style of writing dark romances. With each story she writes, whether you end up loving the book in its entirety or not, I bet you were in some way emotionally touched and a mark was left on your soul from the story she told. Guaranteed, hands down.

In reading about Valentin and Zoya’s romance and journey I just simply felt privileged that I was able to witness their story and see it turn out the way it did. There were moments when I thought my heart couldn’t take anymore, and those moments I will admit I chickened out and skipped some scenes because I felt the flood of tears coming on. Never would I have thought that a story like theirs would be told and leave the witness to such beauty from the ashes feeling whole and complete when ‘The End’ appeared in their vision as they came to that last page.

In order for me not to spoil Ravage for other readers out there I’m not going to go in-depth into the ins and outs of its story for a few reasons:

  1. Ravage is the 3rd book in the Scarred Souls series and anything revealed about its story will be considered a spoiler, at least in my opinion.
  2. The characters of Ravage are closely tied, I won’t tell you in which way, to the characters from both Raze and Reap so anything further revealed about them will be classified as a spoiler.
  3. Ravage really should be read and experienced, not learned about from any review because to me that’ll cheapen the experience that NEEDS to happen for all lovers of LOVE.

The audio for Ravage really did the story justice. I seriously thought that the chance I took when I requested the audio for this book was going to end up blowing up in my face. Guy Locke’s narration of Valentin’s perspective, while not perfect it did the job, and Amelie Griffin’s narration of Zoya was along the same lines. Neither did such a job that I felt blown away every time each was up for their character, but they weren’t bad that I thought they hindered the story. With the accents and characterization I feel that they both did an okay job and I’m seriously interested in other works they’ve done to get a feel of their versatility.

I’ll leave my review as is right here because Ravage by Tillie Cole speaks for itself, and while I might not be a lover of New Adult and borderline Young Adult stories – which Cole has recently written stories in both genres – her Dark Romance reads will always be an auto-buy for me simply because they provide everything I crave in a romantic, realistic, out of body, once in a lifetime read.

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About Tillie Cole

Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, Tillie Cole, is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie, at age nineteen, moved forty miles north to the ‘Toon’, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. Tillie, regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven ‘proper mint’ and ‘lush’ years.

One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on her much loved and treasured Kindle, Tillie turned to her husband and declared, “D’you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book.” Several months later, after repeating the same tired line at the close of another completed story, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and “just bloody do it!” For the first time in eleven years, Tillie actually took his advice (he is still trying to get over the shock) and immediately set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination.

Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!). She also has a serious side (believe it or not!) and loves to immerse herself in the complex study of World Religions, History and Cultural Studies and creates fantasy stories that enable her to thread serious issues and topics into her writing — yep, there’s more to this girl than profanity and sparkles!

After six years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have finally given up their nomadic way of life and settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap wearing, Stetson-sporting cowgirl… Ye-haw!

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