Book Review: Reap

Reap (Scarred Souls #2)
by Tillie Cole

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 for life...souls for scarred souls...

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Reap generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**Reap hails as the second book in Tillie Cole's Scarred Souls series and must be read after book one.

This dark, contemporary romance told from the dual points of view of both Talia and 221 exceeds any expectations you may have had after reading Raze. Once again, Tillie Cole takes you into the dregs of humanity showing you the utmost vile acts humans are capable of committing against each other. The plot of Reap made me curiously uncomfortable while the love story had my heart soaring so much so I couldn't put the book down.

Our heroine, Talia, toes the family line as much as she can. Within reason she wants freedom from the chains that hold her to the family business. She battles demons from her brother's return and needs an escape. What she never expects is to meet a man literally chained to hell by a disgusting Master. Poisoned and conditioned to be a monster, 221's character goes beyond tortured hero. The feelings Tillie Cole is able to evoke with this story are immeasurable. She once again shows her readers her belief in the power of true love and how far love can take us. The strength each person has because of that love changed them and what they are willing to sacrifice to preserve it. The story within the pages of Reap is compelling and intriguing. I took only one short 10 minute break while reading this book not wanting to put it down.

Besides the love story of Talia and 221, Tillie Cole included chapters from the point of view of Raze. These chapters I craved so fully as this was the rise of a formidable man. Fighting against guilt and nightmares, Raze seeks redemption and revenge. Kisa believes in his charisma as a leader and she begins to understand a part of him he can't keep inside as their love soars to new heights. The rise of Raze in his mafia family coupled with Kisa's acceptance is bone-chillingly excellent.

I really dig these dark stories Tillie Cole writes. As always, her prose is engaging able to connect the readers to her characters and their plights. It's grotesquely captivating and intriguing. Cole has a great story-telling gift and I can't wait to see where she takes this series next.

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