ARC Review: Reap by Tillie Cole
Release Date: 11/10/2015
Publisher: St Martin’s Press | Imprint: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Series: Scarred Souls
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…
Contains explicit sexual situations, excessive violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics.
Recommended for 18 years of age and up
* E-ARC provided by Publicist in exchange for a fair and honest review *
Reap is a well-written, extremely compelling read with deeply magnetic characters that draw you in and make you want to know more. It’s the second book in USA Today bestselling author Tillie Cole’s Scarred Souls series, and though I hadn’t read the first book, I didn’t feel lost reading this one at all because it’s such an amazing, fast-paced read. Dark, gritty, intense, with a rawness that captivates and characters who break your heart while mesmerizing you with everything they’ve been through and somehow managed to survive.
This book makes a serious impact right from the start. I couldn’t read it fast enough, or learn enough about this crazy, mystifying world of obedience drugs and Russian mafia run death matches, of characters so raw and so real they leap off the page at you and command you to listen to them.
I listened. I loved. I all but devoured this book, it was so good. And these characters, these raw, complex, emotionally-scarred people, floored me time and time again. I loved them!
Reap is a highly entertaining and fascinating book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s one of those books that just carries you away with it until you’re completely invested in what’s going on and seeing the characters get what they need to live better lives.
Final Thoughts: An excellent 5 star must-read with a set of characters you will not forget.
– Deanna, Owner and Lead Reviewer for Okie Dreams Book Reviews
Want to read the first book in the Scarred Souls series?
TO TAKE BACK LIFE, ONE MUST FIRST FACE DEATH…
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.
Contains explicit sexual situations, excessive violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics.
Recommended for age 18 years and up.
Tillie Cole is the USA Today bestselling author of several books, including the Sweet Home series and the Hades Hangmen series. Before pursuing her career as a writer, she worked as a high school teacher. Originally from England, Tillie now lives in Calgary, Canada. Visit her at http://www.tilliecole.com.