Series: Scarred Souls, #3
Author: Tillie Cole
Release Date: August 16, 2016
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?
I look at pictures and videos of Tillie Cole and I ask myself how such a seemingly sweet girl could possibly come up with the darkness that I’ve read in her books (this series and the Hades Hangmen series). Then I ask myself why I love her books so much. With each story she weaves a world of so much darkness and pain but through all that she allows hope and love to flourish. I do believe this is the reason why I love her books.
I felt so much for these characters. I can’t say much without spoiling the book but I will say that 194 aka Valentin and Zoya have endured so much pain and fear in their lives. The circumstances that brought them together are not at all romantic but somehow out of the torture and pain they fall in love.
As always, it’s always so good to connect with characters from the previous books in the series and after reading this book I’m left waiting for the next book.
I gave Ravage four hot, strong espressos. I feel that I need to explain that the only reason that this book did not get five coffees from me is because some of the scenes were a bit difficult for me to read. I think I was suffering a bit of anxiety reading this book. I’m happy to say that I read through my anxiety and loved this book and the characters.
Note: I received this ARC from the Publisher/NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.