on November 10th, 2015
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 blood...life for life...souls for scarred souls...
WOW… I almost don’t know where to begin with this review! First off, I must insist you read the first book in the Scarred Souls series. Characters and storylines from Raze are included in Reap, so if you skip straight to this book, you will be a little confused.
Going into this book, I knew Reap was going to be dark, twisted, gut-wrenching, and would keep me on the edge of my seat, because hello this is Tillie Cole’s writing we are talking about and she has yet to leave me anything less than in awe. However, what I didn’t expect was to fall in love with these characters so much! Zaal “221” had such an innocence about him. He has been a prisoner and locked away from the real world for most of his life, so seeing him free and experiencing what life has to offer was just so honest and real. Talia to me didn’t start out as a strong character, since I feel like she didn’t know her true worth or place in her family. But, once she stepped up and showed how tenacious she was, I really liked her!
“You are… for me?”
“I am… for you.”
Readers will get a good amount of background into the dynamics of the families involved in this story, but Luka “Raze” also has a few chapters in this book. This gives readers a chance to see where he is at in the healing process and how him and Kisa are doing. Plus it shows how hell-bent he is on seeking revenge for his friend and “brother” 362. I think the only thing that bothered me about this book was the unprotected sex. I know it is minor and something that shouldn’t be an issue and in some books its not. But given the background of these characters and what they have been through, I found it an important and very necessary.
Reap was an intense story, that like I stated above is very dark. But, it is also a very sweet and romantic story and so much more. There is betrayal, forgiveness, heartache, misery, family-ties and then just being true to yourself. To me, it is almost like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, but with so much more heartbreak and twists and turns. I honestly could see this series being turned into a movie, that is how well it is written and the entire story plays out. Don’t even get me started on the epilogue, which was beyond brilliant with a lead-in to the next book in the series that was jaw-dropping. As always, I can’t wait to read what comes out next from the mind of the fascinating and amazing, Tillie Cole.
“You are my Zaal, the man whose soul has stolen mine.”