Posted January 21, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

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Tillie Cole

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.

“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)
Eternally North


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