Friday, January 23, 2015

Raze 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 fiancĂ©, 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.

4.5 My heart breaks for Raze Stars

When I realized Tillie Cole wrote this book, I knew I had to devour it. I actually waited to read Raze because I wanted to savor it. It was too short, but it was completely what I was expecting, correction, it was more than what I was expecting.

I loved Raze and you will too

If you love Cole’s writing style (dominate male, gritty story-line, endearing love story) then Raze is PERFECT for you. 

I promise.

I went into this book blind and I suggest you to because the Prologue just punches you in the face and you want to read the story from start to finish. I did.

To vaguely describe the story, it’s about the Hero and Heroine. Young lovers torn apart and meet up years later. There’s a lot that goes on. A lot of pain, fighting, killing and torment, but it’s good and well worth it.

The star of the book is Raze. He’s a character you will ache for and want to throw yourself upon. He’s strong, arrogant, yet so venerable and sad. You will feel for him and want to take away all of his pain. I loved Kisa too. She’s put in a difficult situation and is just trying to survive.

I wished Raze was a bit longer, I feel like more of the characters and story could develop. It did feel a bit rushed, but there were no dragging parts. Some of it was borderline cheesy, but I will admit, I’m a sucker for those moments.

The book is super intense and I love how the beginning starts. It really set the tone of the read and it prepared me for what I was about to encounter. I’m not a fan of flashbacks, but I felt like I couldn’t get enough of them. I need to read about the past and what happened.

Another thing that worked well for me was the villain. I love hating a strong villain. I strive to read a nasty one in books and Cole delivered. This created great tension and really beefed up the storyline.

Overall, if you are a Tillie Cole fan and sexy males,



Other Tillie Cole Books

It Ain't Me, Babe #1 - AMAZON | REVIEW
Heart Recaptured #2 - AMAZON | REVIEW
Souls Unfractured #3 AMAZON | REVIEW


Sweet Home #1 - AMAZON | REVIEW
Sweet Fall #2 - AMAZON| REVIEW
Sweet Rome #3 - AMAZON
Sweet Hope #4 - AMAZON | REVIEW

Eternally North - AMAZON | REVIEW

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 sav-agely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

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