raze-by-tillie-coleTitle: Raze (Scarred Souls #1)
Author: Tillie Cole
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dark
Release Day: December 29th 2014
ARC was kindly provided for a blog tour via havebookwillread in exchange for an honest review.

Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unremorseful, unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill ‘The Silencer’ Volkov, head of the infamous ‘Triad’ bosses of New York’s Russian Bratva. While working for her church Kisa stumbles across a tattooed, scarred, but stunningly beautiful homeless man on the streets. He doesn’t talk. Doesn’t communicate with anyone. Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man… this man they call Raze.

5 raze hell stars!

On my Top 10 Books of 2014? I think yes! Raze was literally a last minute addition since I read the ARC only two days before the list and it gets published on the 30th!

I will never get tired of talking about Tillie Cole’s writing, I’ve been lucky enough to have an ARC copy of her previous books and each one raises the bar higher than the one before, it should scare me cause Raze went beyond and above whatever little my imagination could come up with and what can top that? That’s my thought after every book and then BAM another one comes along and I’m left in awe again of her talent.

This one really broke my heart into billion tiny pieces and then put it back together. An unbelievably heart breaking story of two people finding each other under the most difficult situations. A strong love story about two people that carry a piece of the other one from the day they were born, so that if they lost each other one day, they’d be able to identify themselves! ♥

“Their love story began on the day she was born…”

Raze was my Christmas present and oh the tears and feelings this book gave me, just thinking about it turns me into a slobbering mess. Kisa and Luka were together since they were little, he was her protector and she was his home. Being born into the Bratva though is not to be taken lightly; then fate breaks them apart.

In the brutal Gulag, a place with no names, just numbers, a place they train little boys to become fighters to the death, 818 fights for his life, literally, he has only one goal; avenge those who wanted him dead and nearly succeeded.

Kisa is left mourning Luka’s death, she becomes a ghost of the girl she once was and she accepts her fate as the Bratva Princess; she dedicates her free time to donating and good deeds trying to balance the good and the bad in her life. What I really liked was Kisa’s predicament. I love situations were the character is somehow trapped and yet they try and make the best of it, that’s what she did. She was trapped in a loveless marriage-to-be and a betrothal from hell with the underground champion Alik Durov, within the mafia world and yet she learnt from early on how to hide her emotions and become this person that everyone would love. But secretly she dies inside everyday, every year on Luka’s anniversary. That is until Raze escapes from prison during a riot and his mission begins, there’s one thing missing though that keeps him from entering the underground fighting operation; money.

When Raze saves Kisa from an attack, she feels obligated and in return she gives him money; the same money that will get him into the cage with Alik, at last. Putting a full of rage Raze and an over the top possessive Alik in the same room is bound to create some pretty brutal fighting scenes and yet even though she knows she shouldn’t, Kisa can’t stay away from Raze.

“I’ve seen too many bad things with these eyes. This, I will feel in my heart.”

Raze is simply swoon worthy. He’s been treated like an animal, trained to kill at command and of course to save his life but that’s pretty much all he knows about life. Life in prison has not prepared him for emotions and I wasn’t prepared for the ending of the book. Intense, full with twists and turns, absolutely unputdownable that made me laugh and cry and feel a variety of emotions, I just adored every page!

“I need you with me. I only feel at home with you.”

Just epic in every level possible. Hands down one of the best books if 2014!

about the 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.


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