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“My Kisa-Anna… my solnyshko… God put a piece of your blue eyes in mine so we would always know we matched…”
One of the things I love about Tillie Cole is how much she researches the cultures and communities she writes about. Kisa was a perfect Russian mafia princess. Her character could have easily been misunderstood if not for the world building and clever ways Cole educated us on this very secretive underground society. Kisa was strong despite her feelings of defeat. Losing the love of your life at such a young age would break most, but Kisa was still loving and oh so giving. It was heart-breaking to read what she endured on a daily basis, both by her betrothed and her inner turmoil. Kisa was relatable in the sense that she is trapped in her life and has barriers all around her. I think we can all recognize to that in some way or another. She keeps it classy and does her finest to make the best out of the situation.
Raze. Oh Raze. I don’t know if there are words to describe the many emotions I felt as I read about his childhood and beyond. His resolve was one of the sexist things I have ever read. His shear will to finally have his revenge radiated off the pages. What made him even more intriguing was his vulnerable side. And before you start wondering, that side is not revealed quickly or easily. He was a severely damaged character and Tillie Cole did not sugarcoat or make his situation flowery by quickly healing him. Cole is always great about committing to her characters and maintaining them naturally and realistically. Raze was larger than life. When he stared at Kisa from across the room, I swear I could feel him staring at me. He was intense to nth degree.
Together they balanced each other perfectly. She love and softness was the only thing that was going to break through his barriers. He is determination and protectiveness gave her hope that her life would one day be what she had always dreamed. Together the combination was explosive! They were beautiful together. My favorite part of the book? The beach. Enough said.
“Can I have you?”
I couldn’t get enough of this couple and suffered a major book hangover when I finished reading. There were times I was so scared for both of them and then something would happen and I would be overjoyed. This was a powerful book written by a fantastic author.
I was a complete sucker for the fighting scenes too! I could almost smell the sweat and blood! The action was an added bonus to this already great story. The moments in the ring were commanding and passionate. The way Raze was able to flip the switch and only focus on the task at hand was fascinating and terrifying at the same time.
I would recommend this modern-day Wuthering Heights to anyone who likes an edgy and beautiful love story. The writing was fabulous and the characters were as badass as they come!
“That’s because we were never apart. Since we were kids, we were one. It has always been that way. We found a way back to each other, my love.”
Luka’s eyes bored into mine, a flare of possession in their glare. “And will always be that way,” he said assertively. “I’m never losing you again.”
5 Big-Ass-Fighter-Sized Stars and pair with Moscow Mule!
Purchase Link – RAZE
Other books by Tillie Cole
It Ain’t Me, Babe (Hades Hangmen Book 1)
Heart Recaptured (Hades Hangmen Book 2)
Sweet Home (Sweet Home Series Book 1)
Sweet Rome (Sweet Home Series Book 2)
Sweet Fall (Sweet Home Series Book 3)