Saturday, August 13, 2016

Review 'Scarred Souls' by Tillie Cole
The first two books in the Scarred Souls series, in one volume!

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.

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.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
March 29th, 2016
Scarred Souls #1 & #2
Contemporary Romance, Suspense
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:

Before I received an email about the Tillie Cole ‘Scarred Souls’ series, I’d never heard about this author before. But when I received the book description of the first two books ‘Raze’ and ‘Reap’ I got very curious about this series. So when I received the new book, with the first two books of this series in one volume, I couldn’t wait to start reading.

‘Raze’ and ‘Reap’ are both stories of a guy who was kidnapped when he was a child, and was forced to fight to the death. Both guys are very dangerous and are good in one thing: killing. The woman in these two books are daughters of elite mafia man. Well.. these books are definitely very different to the usual romance novels I read, and during the first view chapters I really didn’t know what to think. These stories are hard, violent and at times even a little disgusting.. but… I loved them.

In these books the bad guys, are the good guys and it was really fun to read. But it was more than only fun. ‘Raze’ and ‘Reap’ are sexy, and definitely romantic read and I couldn’t stop reading till the very last page. It was just so different to read a book where the bad guys are the main characters. And although there was a lot of violence because the two main characters in these books were forced to fight people to the death.. It didn’t feel so ‘dark’.

What I really liked in the first book ‘Raze’ was the story of the romance between Luka and Kisa. And with the story I mean the poem their family always told them was made about their love. It was so romantic. Sigh..

The main characters in ‘Raze’ and ‘Reap’ where really fun to get to know. Reading about their life in the mafia was definitely something else. In ‘Raze’ I didn’t particularly care for the main character Kisa tough.. I just found her really weak and couldn’t connect with her at all. But thankfully Luka and the overall story made up for that.
The main characters in ‘Reap’ were both amazing. I loved reading about Zaal and Talia. And I especially loved the way there relationship grow.

This series is really different than your average romance read. And you either will love or hate it. What made me love these two books the most was how different they were.. A very original story. And I can’t wait to read the third book in this series.

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About the Author:

Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through, originating from Teeside in the North East of England. She was brought up surrounded by her mother, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish, which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Following university in Newcastle and subsequent years teaching high school Social Studies around Europe, Tillie was inspired to write her first novel. Ever since, she has written from the heart, combining her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!).

Tillie lives with her professional rugby player husband in Calgary, Alberta where she spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or in her dream of pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap, Stetson-wearing cowgirl . . . Ye-haw!

For more information about Tillie Cole and her books please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads and Twitter.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

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