Review ~ Raze ~ Tillie Cole

Posted 17 December, 2018 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 9 Comments

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review ~ Raze ~ Tillie ColeRaze by Tillie Cole
Series: Scarred Souls #1
Published by Selfpublished on December 29, 2014
Genres: Adult, BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
Pages: 256
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Purchase
3 Stars

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.

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Raze served as my introduction to Tillie Cole. I have a contemporary romance by her I’m going to have to read so I can compare it to this dark romance, but I’m fairly certain this was her first foray into the dark side. Although I liked the premise, I found the execution to be a little bumpy.

Kisa is Bratva, the daughter of one of the rulers of the Russian mafia in New York. Years ago she lost the man (boy at the time) who was her soulmate – so destined to be hers that a part of her eye color smudged his iris. Since then, she’s been given to another Bratva guy and she’s set to marry him.

Raze, as he’s known for his ability to raze anyone who opposes him in the cage, is a trained killer. He remembers nothing of his life before the Gulag, where he was trained, tortured, and made to fight for his life – literally – in cage fighting. All his life he’s fought and won in the Gulag in order to get the justice He’s escaped and come to New York to get his vengeance even though he really remembers nothing about why he desires that revenge.

Kisa and Raze meet on the streets where she’s serving food to the homeless. Kisa recognizes him immediately even if she wants to deny the possibility he could be her long-lost soulmate. But the eyes don’t lie. Getting Raze to remember her is the trick. And they’ll have to contend with Kisa’s fiance who doesn’t take too kindly to the possible competition.

Like I said, the premise was promising. However, I had several issues with the story. I felt Kisa’s character was overly dramatic at times. Also, some things were unrealistic considering she was Bratva, and other things were plain OTT. The sex and violence meted out against Kisa seemed more for shock value than aiding in the story. And I also though the dialog was stilted at times.

Despite my issues with Raze, I will give the next installment a try to see if TCole settles into the genre.

Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

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9 responses to “Review ~ Raze ~ Tillie Cole

    • Ha! Yes, I do know you, Lorna, and this book is *not* for you. 😉 I will read the next one…mainly because I already have it. Hopefully it’ll be better. TCole is a well-loved author so I have to try. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family as well! <3

  1. I am normally one who does enjoy a well done dark romance, but it has to be well done and this one sounds like it took some easy ways out. The amnesia thing, even if it does make sense, is still an easy plot grab in stories like this, at least in my opnion. To say the character doesn’t know their past so this kind of reaction/behavior is ok is so not my thing. (Not saying that is what happened here but it kind of sounds like it.) I’d much rather my dark hero have to deal with conflicting emotions and experiences that colide. lol in books, I need deep characters not characters with personalities that are missing.

    Sex for the sake of sex is ok but if it’s being used as shock value, that annoys me. The story and what happens to the characters should do that all on its own.

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  2. Olivia-Savannah

    Hmm. I don’t think I will read this one because the things you found problematic about it sound a bit disturbing to me and I don’t think I would enjoy them that much. Would be curious to hear about how the contemporary compares though!!

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