Book Review: Raze

Raze (Scarred Souls #1)
by Tillie Cole

To take back life, one must first face death...

One man stripped of his freedom, his morals...his life.

Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unremorseful, unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. Death and brutality are the masters of his fate.

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 lied.

Revenge on the man who wronged him.

Revenge on the man who condemned him and turned him into this: a rage-fueled killing machine. A monster void of humanity; a monster filled with hate.

And no one will stand in the way of getting what he wants.

One woman stripped of her freedom, her morals...her life.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill ‘The Silencer’ Volkov, head of the infamous ‘Triad’ 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. As manager of her father’s death match enterprise, only grief and pain fill her days. Her mafia boss father, in her world, rules absolute. And her fiancĂ©, Alik Durov, is no better; the Dungeon’s five-time champion, a stone-cold killer, the treasured son of her father’s best friend, and her very own—and much resented—personal guard. Unrivaled in both strength and social standing, Alik controls every facet of Kisa’s life, dominates her every move; keeps her subdued and dead inside...then one night changes everything.

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, and a man she must quickly forget...for both their sakes.

But when weeks later, out of the blue and to her complete surprise, he’s announced as the replacement fighter in The Dungeon, Kisa knows she’s in a whole lot of trouble. He’s built, ripped and lethally unforgiving to his opponents, leaving fear in his wake and the look of death in his eyes.

Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man...this man they call Raze.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, excessive violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up.

TeriLyn's thoughts: Raze, although quite different from other Tillie Cole books, really intrigued me. The dark elements of this book surprised me a little bit. While I know this author very capably delves into the darkness of life through her writing always delivering a powerful punch, I didn't realize the depths she could go. This book morbidly fascinated me. The way in which the unique love story is woven together with this plot about the worst of humanity works really well.

It's unique, different, and poignantly lovely - the story of Kisa and Raze. Told from the dual points of view of Kisa and Raze, the story hails as a dark, contemporary romance. The back story of Kisa's life, the past memories her and Raze conjure, the hell Raze has lived, and the present all conjoin to make a great story. A life each were born into dramatically changes due to greed and the obsessive nature of another.Raze's adolescence becomes something bred straight from hell, one in which he has no control. And Kisa's obedience towards her family life leads her to darkness in her personal life. A chance encounter that turns out to be much more than mere coincidence changes the courses of their lives once again. The unconditional love Kisa shows Raze, the change we see in him is beautiful.

Tillie Cole writes brilliantly. With each book of hers I'm totally immersed in the story; captivated by her words, her characters, her plots. Cole consistently shows us the power of true love with each and every book and that's no exception with Raze.

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