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Blog Tour & Review ~ Raze by 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 SilencerVolkov, head of the infamous ‘Triadbosses of New York's Russian Bratva. Her life is protected. In reality, its a virtual prison. Her fathers 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 fathers 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 Dungeons five-time champion, a stone-cold killer, the treasured son of her fathers best friend, and her very own—and much resented—personal guard. Unrivaled in both strength and social standing, Alik controls every facet of Kisas 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 doesnt talk. Doesnt communicate with anyone. Hes 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, hes announced as the replacement fighter in The Dungeon, Kisa knows shes in a whole lot of trouble. Hes 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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Before I begin my review, I just have to say: I LOVE RAZE!! He's mine, so back off... *smirks*

“You’re Raze, you’re death. Let’s fucking Raze hell!”

If you know me, you know I’m a massive fan of dark romance, so when I heard that one of my all-time favorite authors was in the works of writing one, I was overcome with so much excitement. Let me tell you right now, this story did not disappoint. This book...wow! Tillie has written some fantastic stories, but this is on a level all on its own.

I killed because I had to. I had no other choice. I was already dead, no more than a number; stripped of morals, stripped of freedom and stripped of life. I was an animal conditioned to inflict pain without remorse. And you cannot kill someone who has no soul.

Raze is known as fighter 818. He was forced to fight since he was fourteen years old. Being thrown into the Gulag, he fought and killed to survive. He can’t recall how he got there; only able to recall snippets of his past. But one thing he’s certain of is that he was wronged. He was never meant to be imprisoned in the Gulag and he has a name -- a name of the man to blame. And there will be a time when he will get his revenge.

“Open your eyes, baby,” I whispered, but Raze shook his head.
My eyebrows furrowed in confusion, a twinge insecurity rippling through me, until Raze gasped and said, “I’m closing my eyes, so I can feel being inside you.” He placed his hand over his heart and rasped out, “I’ve seen too many bad things with these eyes. This, I will feel in my heart.”

Being the daughter of the most powerful man in the Russian mafia, Kisa is meant to live a certain way, which includes being engaged to Alik, the son of another powerful Russian mafia leader. If I could describe Alik in one word it would be BRUTAL. From the way he fights, to the way he treats others, and especially the way he treats Kisa. Alik is obsessed with Kisa and extremely possessive of her. I will be honest and warn you right now, Alik’s scenes with Kisa are not easy to read. Like I said, he’s brutal.

Anyway Kisa loves Alik in a way, but he’s definitely not the love of her life. She lost that man a long time ago. She hasn’t felt that spark with anyone since. It doesn’t help that Alik is keeps her on a tight leash. The only time he lets her out of his sights is to volunteer for their church. While passing out care packages to the homeless, Kisa is attacked, but then a mysterious man rescues her. He immediately elicits feelings in Kisa she shouldn’t be having. And when Kisa and the stranger’s path cross again, the pull they have on each other is obvious. Things get even more complicated when Alik starts to get suspicious.

“Whatever our souls are made of—“
“His and mine are the same...”

I fucking LOVED this story. It was intense and violent with some dark elements that readers of dark romance will find engrossing. I couldn’t put this story down. It was addicting and extremely fast paced with a couple twists and turns. As for the characters....Raze has become one of my all-time favorite Heroes. Yes. You read that correctly. There’s just something about Raze that make me want to love and protect him deeply. Ugh! I don’t know how Tillie does it?! This story is fucking phenomenal. Tillie, if you’re reading this, you need to write more stories like this. You have a knack for writing dark romance, chick. This was fucking phenomenal!

*A huge THANK YOU to Tillie Cole for allowing me to Beta read this. As always, it’s an honor *


Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, 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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  1. Great Review!!!
    I'm reading it now, but you're right, it is dark and twisted! ;)

    1. Hi Stacy!!
      Thanks for stopping by the blog and reading my review :) I LOVED this book!! I hope you enjoy it!!!