ARC Review: Reap by Tillie Cole

9 Nov 2015

Book Title: Reap
Author: Tillie Cole
Series: Scarred Souls #2
Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Genres: Dark Romance, Mystery/Suspense
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 for life...souls for scarred souls...



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"You are.....for me?"

Every now and then, and it's not often, I'll start a book and know within the few short pages of the prologue that this book is going to rock my world. Ladies and gentlemen, this book did that to me. Reap rocked my ever-loving darkish-read world! I do believe it's now taken number one spot for darker romance for this year. And that's no small feat for this dark romance fanatic!

First of all, Reap CANNOT be read as a standalone. The plot delves fairly deep into the various Russian and Georgian mafia families and you need that background from Raze. Not to mention, Raze is an fan-freaking-tastic book too- where the characters Luka and Kisa have their incredible lovestory told. They've also got a fairly big part in this book as well.

I don't think it's prudent to delve deeply into plot with this book. It just needs to be experienced. The entire time I read this, I thought I was reading fanfic of Beauty and the Beast. Throw in a visual of the caveman tendencies we saw in Kristen Ashley's The Golden Dynasty's hero, Dax Lahn, and you'll get a feel for the hero in this book. A man trained to fight to the death, drugged to elicit the insane compulsion to kill. How can he rejoin society... civilization when he's been treated like a vicious dog...a number...the number 212.

How? Through the love of a beautiful woman...the daughter of the leader of the Russian Bratva...Talia Tolstaia. Both their families borne of hatred for each other yet Talia cannot resist the pull to help this broken soul.

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Tillie Cole has the ability to write about the absolute filth of human nature, making scenes so vividly clear, I cringed inside. Yet what always rises from the ashes are beautiful love stories of epic proportions. She's done it with her Hades Hangmen series and she's done it here. One is a motorcycle club series, the other Russian Mafia/gulag fighter series. It's suspenseful, brutal and violent, yet an utterly beautiful love story rises from the pages.

I absolutely fell in love with Zaal and Talia's journey in Reap. Talia, the rich, powerful bratva princess yet so alone in her fiercely protected daily existence. Zaal, the beaten and battered stone-cold killer that can barely communicate- yet with compassion and kindness, a bond is formed. Yes, this book is a lot bit graphic at times but the love story was simply swoonworthy romantic for me. I'm in the mother of book hangovers because this is the kind of book that sets itself apart from everything else I read from day to day.

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Thank you, Tillie Cole, for writing a refreshingly different story of love borne from hate and pain. Of compassion and that pull from deep within- of two kindered spirits who find love in the most unlikely of circumstances.

"I am for you, Zaal, eternally. I am forever for you."

Advanced copy received by author in exchange for my honest review.


Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmers daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

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