Review: Raze (Scarred Souls #1) by Tillie Cole

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Review: 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 fiancé, 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.

Title: Raze
Author: Tillie Cole
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Ravage, Reap, Ravage, Riot
Series: Scarred Souls
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Ravage, Reap, Ravage, Riot
Published by St Martin's
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: December 29, 2014
Genres: Dark Romance
Pages: 256
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Stars: four-stars
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I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I like to mix it up a bit on occasion and read something way outside of my preference box. Tillie Cole’s Scarred Souls series fits that description perfectly. This book is dark, really dark and violent. I knew that going into it so I wasn’t surprised there. What did surprise me was the really sweet childhood love story that unfolded with memories as the story developed.

The Russian mafiya, Bratva has what is essentially a royalty system, at least within this book it does. Kisa is the Brooklyn Bratva princess. Her fiance the Pakhan heir (prince) is a sick abusive bastard. That’s Bratva life though. It’s a life of crime. She is expected to be the dutiful Bratva wife and somehow the abuse has conditioned her to believe that Alik needs her to calm him. She simply believes that without her Alik would be even more hurtful to those around him. Kisa has simply resigned herself to this life. The one she dreamed of as a child is dead and gone and she knows it will never be as good as what she once had.

There’s a new cage fighter this year at The Dungeon. He has traveled a great distance and waited many years to get his revenge. Raze doesn’t remember his life before the Gulag. He knows he was an innocent child when he was thrown into the bowels of hell. The one thing he does now is that he must kill Alik Durov for the lies he told to put him there. It’s almost poetic that Raze will get to meet Alik in a fight for the death in a cage match that Alik’s lies forced Raze to train for. Raze has fought in these death matches for survival until the day he can exact his revenge. To Alik the cage fights is just sport. Once Raze figures out why he want his revenge so badly he has even more to fight for.

This is one of those books that the story is just going to stick with you for a long time after you’ve reached the end. Within all the blood and violence is a sweet love story with a hero so damaged that you can’t help but want the best possible outcome for him. I’m still a little shocked at that aspect of the story.

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