[Review] Scarred Souls: Raze and Reap by Tillie Cole

Caution: Books contain triggers!

Synopsis of Raze:

One man stripped of his freedom, his morals… his life. Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. 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 wronged him.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill ‘The Silencer’ Volkov, head of the infamous ‘Red’ 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. 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. But Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man… … this man they call Raze.

Review of Raze:

I loved the cover of the dual book and I wanted to try something new. Also the synopsis sounded interesting, so I found myself requesting this on NetGalley. I liked this book, but partly I am also disappointed by this book.

I liked Raze as a tortured hero, but I lost my interest in him, when he started to get his memories back. I never like the whole “hero has amnesia and then remembers his old life”-plot. After that the hero always turns into a different person. Didn’t quite happen here, meaning Raze remained Raze, but still I wasn’t a fan of that.

What also bothered me was Raze’s?…Raze’ses?… the hero’s real name, which I won’t mention here because I don’t want to ruin the book for you. I liked the name Raze a lot more, sounded more dangerous.

The heroine Kisa was a weak damsel in distress in my opinion, even though she is the daughter of the Bratva king and leads an illegal death fighting ring. I felt sorry for her though, she gets a lot of abused in this book.

The bad guy… come on, I was quite obvious that HE was the bad guy of the whole story. Nothing exiting there.

One thing I liked about the book though was the writing style. It drew me in from the very first page and I read the book in nearly one sitting.

If you like Mafia books about second chances and dirty fights, you will probably like this. I for my part am not sure what I actually feel about this book and if I would read the second book, but since this is a dual book, I will.

Rating: 2,5 stars


Synopsis of Reap:

Raised as a prototype for the Georgian Bratva’s obedience drug, 221 fails to think, act or live for himself; his master’s perfectly-crafted killing puppet. Standing at six foot six, weighing two-hundred and fifty pounds, and unrivalled in to-the-death combat, 221 successfully secures business for, the Georgian Mafiya Boss of NYC, in the dark world of the criminal underground. Until his enemies capture him.

Talia Tolstoi dreams to break from the heavy clutches of Bratva life and dreams of another life-away from the stifling leash of her Russian Bratva Boss father, 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.

Review for Reap:

I liked the previous book Raze enough to finish it, but Reap … I couldn’t finish it. Once I reached 25% I had enough. I felt not one bit connect to the main characters Talia and Zaal, nor did I like them.

Also I wasn’t as invested into the story  as I was with book #1, so I decided to quit. I’m sorry, but I don’t think I will change my mind while reading on.