Series: Scarred Souls, #2
Author: Tillie Cole
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.
When I saw that this book was being released I was super excited about it. I had read the previous book in the series and absolutely loved it. I was quick to request this one from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
221 was taken from his family at a young age and used as an experiment by a sadistic Georgian Mafiya boss. After he’s rescued from the clutches of his “master” he meets Talia. He’s so damaged but this doesn’t stop Talia from helping him. When he realizes that she’s there to help him he utters four words that had me sniffling and had my heart breaking for him. Four words that later in the book come to mean so much more.
With the help of Talia and Raze his memories come back to him. Sadly, he remembers what had happened to his parents and siblings. He also remembers who is family’s sworn enemies are.
I didn’t know if I was going to like this book as much as I liked Raze. I shouldn’t have had any doubts. To quote my book bestie “I think I like 221 more than 818.” I know she didn’t want to be quoted on that but damn! Tillie Cole once again sucked me in right away with these broken characters that had me seriously on the edge of my seat wondering how they would come out of this.
I gave Reap five very hot, strong and satisfying espressos. I am definitely looking forward to the third book in the series. August is just so far far away.