Is finding one's true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?
Taken as a teen, prisoner 194 was stripped of his name and freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless machine. Even as he tries to fight his captors hold on him he knows that obedience is the only way to save his sister, who is the one person that keeps him from turning into a monster.
As a young girl Zoya Kostava barely escaped the brutal attack that killed her entire family. Now twenty five she lives in secrecy. That is until she hears her brother also survived and is living with their greatest enemy.
Zoya risks her safety and anonymity to find the brother she thought dead and is captured by a beautiful, brutal man. A man who both captivates and scares her, in him she sees a soul as lost as her own.
They both have so much to lose will they be able to save each other…and survive.
Author: Tillie Cole
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Raze, Reap, Ravage, Riot
Series: Scarred Souls #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Raze, Reap, Ravage, Riot
Published by St Martin's Source: Publisher
Published: August 16, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance
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I have a confession to make here. Ravage is my first book by Tillie Cole. A first time for reading an author normally isn’t a big deal, except when it comes to a series. When I focused solely on this book, this story between Zoya and 194, I was good. The bigger picture involving the histories of Zoya’s brother, the mafia, Russia, Georgia (The country not the state which threw me for a moment or two) and all that past history that was a bit of shaky ground for me. Not to say I didn’t catch up eventually but I do believe had I read the first two books in the Scarred Souls series, obviously I wouldn’t have floundered as much.
The story itself is intense! Valentin, aka 194, is harsh and brutal in his treatment to Zoya. His torture treatment to her is cruel and sometimes hard to swallow. The reasons why blew me away as we begin to learn his history and what a mind f*** it is. Zoya’s is equally tragic. Honestly, it’s hard to decide which was worse, hers or his. The tide does turn for these two as these two broken souls find the love they have missed all their lives.
Their love, or shall I say her love, hmmm. It felt like she was a bit too empathetic to him. He’s torturing her for gosh sake and she feels sorry for him? Somehow, that felt like Stockholm Syndrome in the making. As for Valentin, is there such the thing as reverse Stockholm where the capturer feels sympathetic for the capturee? Having never had affection in his life, to suddenly care for someone who shows him kindness. It all felt like it was fast-tracked through from both being victims of their circumstances to finding love and building a new life.
Now before you go thinking, I didn’t enjoy Ravage, guess again. The violence, brutality and harsh ugliness of the story can be sometimes hard to absorb. When you factor in the non-con sex that is mentioned, which will be a trigger for some readers, it is obviously not be a story for all readers. If you can get pass all that and just lose yourself in Zoya and Valentin, then you will find, as I did, that Ravaged is worth the read. I really would like to go back and start this series from the beginning, if only because the final Epilogue in Ravage has me left me with a hunger for more of this series. Note to readers, while it is okay to read this as a stand-alone, start series from the beginning.