Series: Scarred Souls #3
Published by Macmillan on August 16th 2016
Genres: Dark Romance
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Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.
Mzia Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family's massacre in Georgia as a child, Mzia lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Mzia that her brother Zaal is very much alive... and living with their family's greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.
Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Mzia risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal's apartment, Mzia is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal... Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that'll do anything to get what he wants.
Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one's true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?
Could this series get any better? At first, I didn’t think so…but sure enough, Tillie Cole completely proved me wrong. For me, Ravage is the best one yet! There are numerous reasons why I loved this story.
The major highlight was how the author was able to integrate all the previous couples seamlessly into this third installment. Sounds overwhelming, right? But don’t you worry – each of the characters compliment the others perfectly causing this multi-dimensional effect. It’s hard to explain really but once you’ve read all three in the series you will completely understand what I am getting at.
I couldn’t ask for a better pairing between Zoya and Valentin. It seemed impossible that someone like Zoya would fall for such a hardened adversary (especially considering their first encounter) but as we learn about both of their pasts we discover that they aren’t that different after all. Both are severely damaged yet through all that darkness their souls find light.
192’s backstory is heartbreaking. His past and even his present brought me to tears on multiple occasions. As a matter of fact, every single book that I’ve read by Tillie Cole has always left me feeling this emotional turmoil. The way she delivers each of her stories is done so well you can’t help but feel this empathy.
If you are a fan of Tillie Cole’s and enjoy dark romances with strong tones of Stockholm/Lima Syndrome definitely give this book a try. I personally loved it and consider it one of my favorite reads for this year.
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