Series: Scarred Souls #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 16, 2015
Also by this author: It Ain't Me, Babe, Heart Recaptured, Souls Unfractured, Deep Redemption, Sweet Hope, Reap, Sweet Soul, Ravage
Also in this series: Reap, Ravage
TO TAKE BACK LIFE, ONE MUST FIRST FACE DEATH...
Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge... bloody, slow and violent revenge. Revenge on the man who wronged him.
Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill 'The Silencer' Volkov, head of the infamous 'Red' bosses of New York's Russian Bratva. Her life is protected. In reality, it's a virtual prison. Her father's savage treatment of his rivals and his lucrative and coveted underground gambling ring-The Dungeon-ensures too many enemies lurk at their door. She dreams to be set free. Kisa has known only cruelty and loss in her short life. While working for her church-the only reprieve in her constant surveillance-Kisa stumbles across a tattooed, scarred, but stunningly beautiful homeless man on the streets. Something about him stirs feelings deep within her; familiar yet impossibly forbidden desires. He doesn't talk. Doesn't communicate with anyone.
He's a man beyond saving. But Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man... ... this man they call Raze.
Oh my freaking goodness!!! Why-o-why did it have to end?! I think in all honesty I can say that Raze by Tillie Cole has topped my favorite for this year. There is nothing that I could find wrong with this book, this book gripped me and didn’t let go, not that I wanted it to.
Usually when a frequent author of mine comes out with new material I am apprehensive about reading it, all it takes is for that book to be bad in my eyes and that author has been ruined for me (sad but true). That fear took a break or just knew that it better not mess with Tillie Cole when she writes and publishes something.
As I was reading all I could think to myself is, “Tillie Cole I seriously do not understand how the heck you’re able to produce these amazing and groundbreaking stories!” I knew this book was special as soon as I read the prologue. Your writing is pure gold! I really want to say a thank you to Tillie Cole for all the research and authenticity her stories have. This type of dedication really does go a long way and truly endears your readers to you.
I need more words other than amazing. Let me see how many words I can use that will adequately express everything that is Raze:
Outstanding! Magnificent! Exceptional!
Yeah I think those words complement this book.
Just thinking back on a post I saw on Facebook, just off the description of Raze before reading Raze I honestly don’t know how people thought this was Flame’s story from Tillie Cole’s Hades Hangmen series. I love Raze, please don’t misunderstand me, but Flame is a whole ‘nother ball game that I don’t think I will ever read another character in a long range of books that will ever hold a candle to. I personally think that Flame will ruin me for all other male characters in any story I read, he’s that potent.
The love between Kisa and Raze made me a true believer that true love really does exist. Their story broke my heart and at the same lifted my heart strings to a place of elevation that there was nothing that could lower my spirits. I’m usually not a fan of a weepy heroine but as you’re reading Kisa’s story you can’t help but want to cry along with her, there were so many layers to her character that you hope there are more stories involving her and Raze so that you can see them grow individually as well as a couple.
Something I did notice was how the relationship between Kisa and Alik reminded me of the relationship between Eva and her adoptive brother in Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan. I understood completely why they stuck with needy and psychologically damaged men and the position they were put in, but goodness was I glad when their other half came along and showed them that they deserved better than to be someone’s caretaker.
You would think that when characters repeat statements over and over again that it would aggravate you, but oddly in Raze it had the opposite effect. Those repeat statements actually brought more intensity into the story. They had me practically sitting at the edge of my seat waiting and wondering what was around the corner getting ready to throw a wrench in the drama of the story. Whew! This book was intense!
Thank you Tillie Cole for the opportunity to read and review this book for you…what’s next??