Series: Scarred Souls #2
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on November 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Also by this author: Raze, It Ain't Me, Babe, Heart Recaptured, Souls Unfractured, Deep Redemption, Sweet Hope, Sweet Soul, Ravage
Also in this series: Raze, Ravage
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...
After finishing Raze I didn’t think that another character could threaten the place that Luca had been stamped with his name. Zaal gave him a run for his money in Reap by Tillie Cole.
Zaal’s story was so heart-breaking, if you were to compare them, almost more heart breaking than Luca’s before he was reunited with his family. When the revelation of how jacked up Zaal’s story was, thanks to Luca, I almost couldn’t take it. Thoughts of the possibility that Zaal might not be able to survive the pain that had been such big part of his life, until meeting Luca and Talia, that I was so ready to close the book and taking a breather.
“You are twenty-nine, Zaal. That man, that sick man you call ‘Master’ has held you captive for over twenty years.”-Luca to Zaal, Reap by Tillie Cole
While Reap kept me engaged and cemented their own place in my heart, the things that Luca and Kisa both battled throughout these pages made me love them even more. I seriously had a fangirl moment when I realized how vital Luca and Kisa’s role would be to Zaal and Talia’s story. This was one couple from a previous book that I didn’t mind reading about, even though the current book wasn’t focused solely on them.
During the time that I was reading Raze, I have to admit that I didn’t care too much for Talia. It wasn’t until I decided to give her a fighting chance and to not write her off, because that would’ve left me feeling resentful towards a perfectly written book, that my feelings started to change towards her. Once I cleared my mind of those preconceived thoughts I was able to see the life that she wanted for herself, that she wasn’t just some Mafia princess, and the way she went about trying to live this life that few survive unscathed I began to like and understand her.
Other than the nagging feeling that this story went a little too fast for me, this book was perfect. I felt like once Zaal was rescued and brought into Luca and Talia’s care things started to progress like a rollercoaster going down the slope with no brakes in sight. I want to chalk it up to my excitement for the direction that Reap would go in, but in actuality it feels more like a vital scene was missing to help transition from Zaal making a recovery to him and Talia declaring their love. But despite this one thing, this story has been added to my list of favorites for the year. I truly don’t think that Tillie Cole could ever write a bad book.