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RAZE – A SCARRED SOULS NOVEL BOOK ONE by TILLIE COLE

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SYNOPSIS

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 fiancé, 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.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, excessive violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up.

RAZE (3)

Jointly Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯ 1/2 Riveting Stars

“Why do I feel like I’ve known you all my life?”

Tillie Cole can do no wrong in our eyes and RAZE is another testament to her brilliant storytelling, her versatility and her in depth detail and research. Her ability to have us live the story alongside the characters; our emotions and senses fully charged our gasps and tears as real as theirs.

“Open your eyes…” He placed his hand over his heart..”I’ve seen too many bad things with these eyes. This, I will feel in my heart.”

Raze had us so engrossed life came to a standstill. The rawness and sheer pain had us gasping for breath as the story was incredibly fast paced and utterly gripping. We just couldn’t put it down we needed to know what the next page would bring and we have to admit to being scared through parts of this story.  Raze and Kisa has to be one of our favourite book couples – the peace they bring each other and the pure intense love – their journey. Our hearts broke, overflowed and melted at the mercy of the words of Tillie Cole.

A Boy is taken from everything he knows; conditioned by hate, terror, violence and death. He knows nothing except revenge and a name – Alik. He knows how to kill…it’s all he knows and he lives and breathes violence through no choice of his own. After all; we do what we have to in order to survive in the only way we can.

A Girl in invincible shackles; used – abused mourning her freedom and the loss of her heart – the loss of her love. Kisa knows cruelty first hand – Alik.

RAZE felt original; it felt new and unique. The only issue for why this wasn’t a 5 star read is the inconsistencies that were quite profound at times in respect to Raze our hero as the story unfolded. Such a bloody shame as when they occurred they halted our reading and took us out the atmospheric moment. Despite this, it was very clear to us that Tillie Cole wrote this story from her heart, a story she wanted and needed to tell. A story that meant something to her. And wow did we feel it. RAZE was dark it was violent and filled with pain, drama and twists. But it was also intensely passionate, romantic, inspiring and beautiful.

“They were always meant to be together, one boy and one girl, two hearts split in two, sent to far-off lands on their own….”

We defy anyone not to fall in book love and lose their hearts to fighter 818; the wronged and tortured hero. RAZE is not an easy read; it’s gruesome and it hurts so bad at times but the beauty is breath-taking; the words pounding on your heart demanding to be let in.

“Welcome to Hell, Boy.”

**Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by the author, with thanks**


THE SCARRED SOULS SERIES

Raze Book – One

                    

Reap Book – Two

                    

Ravage Book – Three

                    

Riot Book – Four

                   

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BAD ROMEO (Starcrossed #1) by LEISA RAYVEN

bad romeo

SYNOPSIS

When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan’s romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time. 

Cast as romantic leads once again, they’re forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they’ll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks.

  

Bad Romeo

 Jointly Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯ Stars

“…she thinks you can fix me.”
“I didn’t realize you were broken.”

We were chomping at the bit to get to Bad Romeo. There had already been a lot of hype around this book and what intrigued us even more were the polarizing opinions. We received messages ranging from ‘drop everything and read this book’ to ‘don’t even bother, I dnf’d it’. This made us even more eager to jump on in to see which way our feelings would sway. Well; we fit in somewhere in the middle. We didn’t love it and we didn’t loathe it, though there was a time we nearly threw in the towel at around 60% but something compelled us to keep reading and we’re glad we did.  Parts of the story wowed us yet parts disappointed as we flipped between enjoyment and utter frustration.

“Love at first sight is a myth invented by romance novel authors and Hollywood. It’s bullshit.”

Leisa Rayvens’ prose was very witty, descriptive and extremely engaging ensuring we’ll definitely be picking up Broken Juliet when it releases in 2015. The whole setting of the theatre and Romeo and Juliet was extremely atmospheric and well written which we loved.

As for the sexual tension! Holy hell! Is it possible to get ‘book blue balls’ because Bad Romeo is one big hunk of foreplay! We were teasingly and achingly provoked throughout this story with the ‘will they, won’t they’ scenario and the unresolved sexual tension was at fever pitch!

“As much as we want it to be the character’s emotions, it’s still going to be my arms around you, and my mouth on yours.”

Initially this was teasing and fun, but as the story progressed it became a little tedious and repetitive. Bad Romeo was a long-ish book and the build-up felt like a never ending appetiser when we desperately wanted to get to the main course! We got dizzy from continually going around in circles.

Bad Romeo is told from Cassie’s POV through past and present switches, unravelling the events that led to a six year separation between her and Ethan and the juncture they found themselves at in the present. Through her voice we did experience the hurt and rejection she continually felt courtesy of Ethan who, despite Cassie’s longings, made it clear from the outset he wasn’t relationship material. After being burnt in a previous relationship he had no desire to give his heart away, thinking himself to be incapable of love.

“Sometimes people put up walls, not only to keep people out, but also to see who cares enough to tear them down. “

Cassie was a conundrum. Some of her inner thoughts and fantasies gave us a giggle, however her fixation with Ethan’s penis and her relentless pursuit of him taking her virginity made us feel a little uncomfortable at times. This was one sex starved virgin with a penchant for porno. Cassie puts the H in Horny that’s for sure. We envisaged her chasing after Ethan with her tongue hanging out, panting. We have to admit there were times her behaviour seemed so odd that we willed Ethan to run a mile!  Imagine if the roles were reversed? Ethan would have been castigated and even vilified if the shoe was on the other foot. He’d be called out for forcing himself on her and being a bit of a wanker. So yeah, we had issues with Cassie and because of this we didn’t experience the passion or intimacy we had hoped to. It felt more about Cassie wanting to dispose of her V-Card to a hot guy with said good looking award winning penis.

So, the story fell a bit flat after the long build up, though we’re guessing there is a LOT more to be uncovered…we certainly hope so because the unanswered questions and the way the story left off had us feeling a little unsatisfied.  It wasn’t a cliffy…more an unresolved finish. It just ended….

There were moments of real emotion during the story and we did enjoy it overall. Ethan’s determination to win back Cassie’s heart brought a real beauty to the story and we’ll certainly be there with him to the finish in book two!

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the publisher, with thanks**

THE STARCROSSED SERIES by LEISA RAYVEN

Bad Romeo

❈ BAD ROMEO – BOOK ONE
AMAZON US || AMAZON UK || AMAZON AU

❈ BROKEN JULIET – BOOK TWO
Pre Order – Release Date: 28th April 2014
AMAZON US || AMAZON UK || AMAZON AU

 

 

 

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