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Raze (Scarred Souls, #1) [Reading] ➸ Raze (Scarred Souls, #1) By Tillie Cole – TO TAKE BACK LIFE ONE MUST FIRST FACE DEATHConditioned in captivity to maim to kill and to slaughter prisoner 818 becomes an unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring Violence is all he knows Afte TO TAKE BACK LIFE ONE MUST FIRST FACE DEATHConditioned in captivity to maim to kill and to slaughter prisoner becomes an unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring Violence is all he knows 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 wronged him Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill 'The Silencer' Volkov head of the infamous 'Red' 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 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 anyoneHe's a man beyond saving But Kisa becomes obsessed with him Yearns for him Craves his touch Needs to possess this mysterious man this man they call Raze.

10 thoughts on “Raze (Scarred Souls, #1)

  1. Tillie Cole Tillie Cole says:

    RAZE is a VERY different book for me to have written But I have to admit that it consumed me made my heart pound with what might happen how the story would develop and the characters were so real in my mind that the novel took me very little time to write I just let the characters live in my head and take me where they wanted the story to go RAZE has now found a special place in my heart I LOVE this man so deeply that he makes my soul acheRAZE the man the fighter the monster is dark tortured and so insanely extreme in every conceivable way that sometimes I forgot how to breathe when bringing him to life on the pageIf you like fast paced heart thumping star crossed lover based novels then dive into RAZEHope you all enjoy itIf you are a blogger and you would like to part of the RAZE Book Blog Tour please follow the link belowRAZEhttpsdocsgooglecomformsd1vSPr

  2. Christy Christy says:

    5 “Can I have you” stars Their love story began on the day she was born Tillie Cole has been that author for me this year Every year it seems there is one author that comes out of nowhere and I am just completely taken by their books I have read 6 Tillie Cole books this year and 3 of them have made it on my top favorite lists Her writing is addictive her stories are so different from one another yet all unbelievably good This book was her most raw and gritty book yet It was down right gruesome at times It’s one of those books that is going to be difficult for a lot of people to read because of the content But under all that it has to be one of the most beautiful love stories I have read and it’s definitely a favorite of 2014 Number 818 or Raze has escaped the place he’s been ever since he was a boy A place where he was tortured and brainwashed A place where he was trained to be a fighter Not a normal fighter no a kill or be killed kind of fighter When you’re fighting to the death you fight to kill Now that he’s out he only has one memory from his past to go on to seek what he wants most Revenge Raze doesn’t know who he is if he has family anything like that He knows he is a killer and he’s going to do what he does best Find the man that put him where he was and kill him He’s found Alix and is preparing but there is this girl A girl with familiar eyes The first person he can ever remember feeling the need to be near the need to protect Kisa Volkova is a Russian Mafia princess She lives a sheltered and protected life Then she meets Raze This man is dangerous she can tell But there is something about him that draws him to her She can’t stay away and she doesn’t want to No matter how much she should No matter how destructive it could be for them to be near each other she has to be near him Raze and Kisa can’t fight this instant connection and attraction they have to one another Being together is dangerous for them both especially Kisa but she can’t stay away from him I had never felt this before Never felt this overwhelming lust this consuming level of instant attraction this raw and insatiable need to be with a man It was dangerous It was haunting It was forbidden And although it was wrong it felt so perfectly right There is so much I want to say about this story about what happens about the stunning revelations and about the intense moments And if you read the book we can talk all day about it but I’m not writing any of it here It’s one of those stories you have to read for yourself The things in this book are so exceptionally beautiful at times it brought me to tears How things came together Just wow Raze was such a beautiful and strong man Reading about what he went through will destroy you but by the end I felt healed and happy Kisa was a heroine that I loved She had such strength and determination She was willing to risk so much These two characters were perfect together and both were survivors so strong and resilient They truly were a match If it’s not obvious enough already I will repeat it This book is a must read It’s just remarkable exceptional and completely extraordinary Be prepared to feel Be prepared to hurt to cry to be moved beyond belief to have your heart stop and to be consumed by this gorgeous and enthralling story It’s been days since I’ve read and my heart still feels for these two It’s an unforgettable read that I loved from start to finish “I need you with me I only feel at home with you”

  3. Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ says:

    111215 Re Read for Reap because I started it and was like What fuckery is this again? Need a refresher3 Predictable StarsSo I am definitely in the minority on this oneWhile it was definitely a decent read I just didn't love it It was simplyin my opinion anywayRaze was hot But Kisa was kind of flat and boring in my opinionMuch like this pencil She just kind of went along with whichever way the wind blew No matter who was blowing it Mainly though the story was just too predictable I knew how this thing was gonna end VERY early on like less than 5% in Sometimes that works for me and I don't mind so long as the journey to get to that known ending is good But for the entirety of this story instead of feeling like thisor even like thisI felt like thisIn fact because it was so predictable I often felt my mind wandering a bitAll in all still a decent read Just not my favorite thing from Ms Cole XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX10 MORE DAYSXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXI want it so bad

  4. Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog says:

    FOUR STARSBR with my Beautiful Bestie Fighter 818 has lived in the dark and hellish Gulag prison since he was a young teenage boy Forced to fight in Death Matches and being pumped full of drugs to bulk him up and fill him with rage Electric shock therapy has also been forced upon him to make him lose the memories of whom he once was He's had one purpose running through his mind that kept him going and it was etched on his prison cell wallAlik Durov Brooklyn New York Revenge KillAll he knows is that this is the man who falsely accused him of murder and who is the reason he was sent to the Gulag He plans to fight against Alik in a death match at The Dungeon and this is where he will get his revengeKisa Volkova is the daughter of the Pakhan the top boss of the Bratva Russian Mafia She is engaged to the man Fighter 818 is out to kill She is trapped in a very abusive relationship and every day is haunted by the memories of the beautiful boy she loved with all her heart A boy named Luka Tolstoi who was the only son of one of the Bratva kings Everyone thinks he died when he was 14 in a bus accident but turns out he's the guy out for revenge against Kisa's fianceThe two will meet in a dark alley where Kisa is handing out meals to homeless people for her Church that she does volunteer work for 818 aka RAZE comes to her rescue as she is about to be attacked by a robber Kisa and Raze have an instant connection Something about his eyes is so familiar to herThey manage to get some stolen moments together and Kisa soon figures out that Raze is her one and only love Luka He sees her in his dreams but has trouble putting things all together in his head When the sexy times finally happen let me just say it is heartbreaking and then soon it is incredibly steamy We find out some things that happened to Luka that just ripped my heart apartThis book had a lot of extremely violent scenes and there was one in particular that had me praying for a slow and painful death for Alik But there was also a beautiful love story in here too A story about two people who were made for each other Whose souls would find each other no matter what You can have me solnyshko You can have all of me You always have and you always will I really enjoyed this one but something was missing I can't really place my finger on it Was it predictable? Yes But it was still entertaining The only other thing that I had a problem with was the Epilogue My Bestie pointed out that it was too short It felt rushed We would have liked to see where Kisa and Luka are at years later but we didn't get that insight

  5. Lady Vigilante (Feifei) Lady Vigilante (Feifei) says:

    4 starsEven though this is only the second book I’ve read from Tillie Cole I can already see what a versatile writer she is I mean this in a good way but never in a million years did I expect the author of Sweet Fall – a highly emotional and poignant NA romance – to come up with a gritty and twisted mafia romance like this one Though there were a few hiccups along the way this book was INTENSE from start to finish There is something special about this author’s writing that is just gripping and makes the book unputdownable On top of that there’s this hidden element to the romance that’ll be revealed early on in the story that just made my heart RACE I was rooting for these characters hardNumber 818 or ‘Raze’ is taken from his home when he was a young boy and then raised and brainwashed into a cold blooded killing machine in the fighting rings where one fights to kill He doesn’t remember much about his past because of the drugs fed to him only that he has one purpose to get revenge on the man who wrongly accused him of a crime he didn’t commit His search leads him to the heart of a ruthless death match enterprise and straight into the path of a blue eyed girl whose face is eerily similar to the girl in his fuzzy memoriesKisa Volkova is the daughter of the man who runs a savage underground fighting ring and betrothed to the long time champion a demented and truly twisted man who’s obsessed with possessing her She’s well aware that in this mafia life she has little say in what she wants and is physically and emotionally battered by her fiancé’s demands and the invisible iron cage her family has her own Fully knowing that her heart belongs to another – a man she has never seen again since her childhood – Kisa has resolved herself to become the dutiful wife everyone in the mafia expects her to beOn one fateful night Kisa is saved from an unknown assailant by Raze who’s come to the city to get his revenge against Alik Durov who’s also Kisa’s fiancé Without spoiling anything Kisa and Raze have this insanely intense connection and can’t help but be drawn towards each other even though their attraction is the last thing they need with Kisa already engaged to another and Raze only interested in his revenge planThe first half of this book left me breathless My heart was pounding from the fight scenes the sizzling chemistry between Kisa and Raze and the hidden element to their romance that gave my heart a sueeze I just wanted them to be together without any obstacles in their way you know? But their road was not an easy one and I’m glad the author made it bumpy or else it really would’ve cheapened their romance I think my main concern with this book was the big discrepancy between the first and second halves of the story It seemed too convenient that every problem Raze had from his memory loss to revenge plan etc was wrapped up and concluded so nicely The first half of the book really set a gritty and challenging pace for these characters and though I’m sure it wasn’t the author’s intention I felt like the second half of the book got a little too cheesy and predictable Nevertheless my overall enjoyment of this story was high and I could overlook these things because I was invested in the romance and genuinely cared about the characters’ welfareBy the time I got to the end of the book I was sad the story was ending and wished there was I love the mafia world the author set up and strangely enough there were two side characters I loved just as much maybe even a little than Kisa and Raze and whether or not it’ll happen I wish the author could do books for them too Rodion Kisa’s brother and fighter number 362 Raze’s rival and friend All in all this story had my attention from beginning to end got me invested in these characters and had me wishing there was to the story after it endedwhich I think are all essential aspects that comprise a good book I couldn’t be happier to end my 2014 reading year on a high note Raze is a dark contemporary romance set in the mafia world It’s a true standalone and unrelated to the author’s other books

  6. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    I'm not usually a romance fan I can read them and sometimes I get a wild hair up my butt and even search them out This book was being read by most of my romance fan friends and it caught my attentionI'm actually glad it did It's actually some pretty dark stuffand of course I liked it 818 aka Raze was thrown into a prison at a young age That sounds not so bad doesn't it? Bullshit He is raped tortured injected with drugs and made to fight to the deathover 600 timesHe has no memories of his previous life due to the huge amounts of brutality he faced Then he escapes He wants revenge on a name that has been written in his cell for years because he was told he would forget if it wasn't written thereThen for the girl Kisa She is a Russian mafia princess who is engaged to a major and I do mean major asshole She has no escape from him due to family traditions you do not go against this familyKisa's side of the story almost got this book a 3 star from me She is supposed to be this classy chick and her side of the story doesn't read as so much class to me not that I'm a saint Her inner dialogue has when she um gets worked up with the guy she keeps saying how her pussy is wet Ewww What woman does that inside her head? We don't really use that word for that For the guys side of the story it worked fine because these are some hard fuckersI mean some of the most hardened guys out thereHer fiance Alik? He needs his balls kicked in Multiple times I did give this book a four star though Because once I started reading it I wanted to keep reading itand it did make this cold heart melt at times Romance fan friends I'm watching you You guys might just be on to somethingPS this book has some raunchy ass sex scenesnot that I read those parts four times or not

  7. Brandi Brandi says:

    Holy hell I don't even know where to start This book was OTT and predictable BUT I really liked it I don't know why but it was addictive Seriously I couldn't put it down 818 aka Raze has no memory of his life before the Gulag the hell he has lived in forced to fight to the death for as long as he can remember The only thing that keeps him going are the words carved into his cell wall Alik Durov Brooklyn New York Revenge Kill Kisa Volkova is a Russian mod princess engaged to a psychopath she lives a sheltered life under the constant control of Alik One night while volunteering for the church she is attacked and saved by a mysterious man She knows she must stay away from him but something about him calls to her and she can't resist I won't go into the story too much I don't want to spoil anything Raze was an interesting fast paced steamy romance While a bit ridiculous I enjoyed it

  8. Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ says:

    25 Stars He was as cold as an arctic winter but he was a beautiful monster After so many friends raved to me about how amazing this book was I was beyond excited to be finally reading it Given that I've also spent uite a few months avoiding it Why? Because my picky Russian ass has yet to read a book with the MCs being Russian and not having it be butchered to hell and back So I get a little touchy I have to say I was very impressed with the way the author accurately portrayed the Bratva and the true brutal underbelly of it The concept and the story were intriguing violent intense and gripping The book kept my attention the entire time reading it But unfortunately there were too many issues that I had along with it that ultimately killed my buzzBe warnednitpicking galore to follow The character's namesFirst we have Kisa But here's the thing; I've never heard of a name like this in Russian Ever It is a very common term of endearment however It loosely translates to pussy cat or kitten Whatever your fancy But here's the issue Kisa's fiance likes to call her Myshka which translates to 'little mouse'Yeah Threw me too The writingOK look I know I'm picky here but this just didn't work for me in the least I found some parts of the book to be choppy It goes from incredibly emotional and gritty to borderline cheesy Like this phrase herePlease sit papasWhy on earth would someone say Please sit fathers? Unless you're in church But again that's neither here nor there My main issue came with the dialogue internal and external The repetitive terminology especially within the character's dialogue managed to frustrate me enough to take me out of the story at timesThe overuse of endearments and names within one paragraph being my main issue I get it; she's your Myshka your Solnyshko and he's tvoya lyubov I just don't want it repeated ad nauseam feel me?Also in Russian culture you never refer to someone respectfully especially of authority by their first name So you would never call your employer Mr Alik You'd refer to him by his first and middle name so Alik Abramovich in the case here But again that's neither here nor there The heroine Nothing about Kisa worked for me She was bland to the point of blending in with the furniture There was nothing about her that grabbed me as a reader or endeared me She was weak and her simple acceptance of things just being what they are and such is life did nothing for me either Don't get me started on her vagina's pavlov response to the mere presence of Raze The woman would walk into a room see his back without knowing it's him and already she's raring to go?Taking into consideration her borderline abusive psycho of a fiancé and their relationship I'm shocked she had no emotional or mental scars This is especially true towards the end She moves on from all of it without so much as a bat of a eye lash No lingering emotional traumajust is what it isThe overuse of the word channelPerhaps this is just me but I have never once referred to my southern region as a channel during internal monologue during sex So the fact the Kisa thinks how her clenching channel wrapped around his cock made me wonder if perhaps she was a victorian maiden in her past lifeThe overuse of endearmentsConsidering the gritty and brutal subject matter of this book I can understand why the author would want to dilute that with a beautiful love story However I just can't picture any person in their late 20s referring to the other as my love on a constant and consistent basis I'm talking about multiple times during one sex scene Perhaps it's my inner cynic kicking in but this was just too much cheese for meThe graphic sex scenes with Kisa's fianceI'm not a reader that has an issue of a graphic sex scene with a person that's not the main love interest in a romance Especially not when it fits the plot as it did here That being said it didn't need to be as often or as graphic as it was here After the first time I didn't see a reason for it Yes I get it Alik is brutal and sadisctic He feels that Kisa is his property and he goes absolutely batshit at another man so much as looking at her I do NOT want to be reading about this than I need to which was for basically view spoilerover half the book hide spoiler

  9. Clumsy Storyteller Clumsy Storyteller says:

    i wanted to reach into my imagination and choke some of the characters to death arghh as much as i enjoy Tillie cole's book Raze was a miss for me

  10. Beverly Beverly says:

    5 Raze Haze StarsI couldn’t be blown away with this beautiful heartbreaking story It begins as one thing and then completely transitions into another both sides had me completely captivatedWhen things begin we learn of an underground fight ring The boys yes boys – not men fighting in these fights are not fighting for money but something much precious their lives This is where we meet fighter 818 He is the undefeated fighter at his camp When the fighters rebel and cause a riot 818 is able to escape He has been drugged abused and taught to kill; he doesn’t remember his name where he is from or his family The only thing he knows is his desire for revenge he must kill Alik DurovAlik Durov is the heir to the Bratva family and a lethal fighter He is engaged to his family friend and the female heir Kisa Alik is a horrible man who enjoys hurting others he is mentally unstable and abusive to Kisa Despite Kisa’s fears of Alik she does what she was raised to do be a good Bratva woman She isn’t in love Alik but loves him in a friendly way She knows he needs her and is scared for him to be without her Kisa’s one true love was her childhood friend and boyfriend Luka but Luka is goneA lot of people find Kisa’s demeanor and attitude to be frustrating but I get her She was raised to be a certain way and lost her true love a long time ago She knows no matter what she will never love another like she did Luka so she will be the woman she was raised to be A lot of people think it is weakness that keeps her in her situation but I think it takes great strength to sacrifice yourself for the ones you love Once she meets Raze everything changes She sees something in him and wants to help him There is something about him she can’t turn away fromI don’t want to spoil this book for anyone so I will stop there This story brought out so many emotions in me and had me thinking about it nonstop It begins dark and transitions into one of the most beautiful love stories I loved watching things unfold and seeing the compassion desire and protectiveness between these characters I was on the edge of my seat reading this one and couldn’t wait to turn the page then when I got to the end I was devastated it was over Tillie Cole has uickly become one of my favorite authors I truly believe she can write anything her writing always evokes such strong emotions in me Her stories are well written and she creates unforgettable characters I always find myself completely enthralled and cheering for them As much as I love all her stories I think Raze is my favorite There was just something about this story that hooked me When I say I was in a Raze Haze it was legit I couldn’t stop thinking about this beautiful story of two broken people hell bent on healing each other

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