Reap by Tillie Cole

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Posted June 7, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Reap by Tillie ColeReap by Tillie Cole
Series: Scarred Souls #2
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on November 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 257
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, 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.

Woo-wee!

“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.

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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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