First, can we just talk about this cover?!?! I love it. It's intense, dark, and enticing... It's perfect for Raze! Next, let's talk about how talented Tillie Cole is :) I love her and her writing style. I've read most of her books and really enjoy them. I also met her in person back at the Author event in Atlanta this year and she's just as great to talk with in person!
Now, for Raze... Where to begin? We start the book in Boy's hell. It's the beginnings of Razes' 'stay' at the Gulag and his cruel induction into this new world. Throughout the book we learn of the torture Raze experienced while fighting to the death in the Gulag, with only one thing left to be certain of in Raze's mind:
Brooklyn, New York.
Now, let's talk about Alik and Kisa. Alik and Kisa are engaged, though Kisa seems less than thrilled about it and it seems the marriage is more for the family business than anything. Kisa was Luka's from the time they were children and inseparable, but then Kisa was told Luka did a terrible thing and he was taken away. Since losing Luka, Kisa didn't feel very passionate about anything but Alik made sure to scoop her up. Now, Kisa was his and no one else's, just as Alik had always wanted...
Alik is crazy. Like, seriously. He's a killing machine and is uncontrollable. He's the mafia's number one killer, but no one wants to get on his bad side because no one knows what to expect from him. He is ridiculously possessive over Kisa, and not in the way that all us female readers go, 'awww' about- he takes dominant to a different level, almost soulless. The only time he appears to even show any humanity or feelings of love or remorse is when he's with Kisa and she can calm him.
Do you know where this is going, yet? Raze comes into town, looking for revenge on Alik, although he has no recollection why. He and Alik take an instant disliking to each other, while Raze and Kisa instantly feel connected. Kisa sees something, feels something, in Raze that binds her to him. Upon getting a good look into Raze's eyes, instantly she knows. It's him... It's her soul mate, the one that she thought she'd lost.
Raze can't remember much, but his body knows he knows Kisa in his soul. He slowly starts remembering bits and pieces of his life, before the Gulag, and every memory has Kisa in it. She is the only thing is his life that he knows and he can't be without her. Unfortunately, she doesn't belong to him anymore...
Alik and Raze schedule their fight. Alik goes in, wanting to kill Raze and keep control over Kisa. Raze goes into the fight searching for revenge, but also to to rightfully make Kisa his and protect her. Both will go into to the fight with hate for the other, only one will leave the cage alive.
That's all the details I'm going to give you for this one! If it sounds good, please check it out! I think it was great, my only complaint is I will now have a serious book hangover!
Purchase links here:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1zNHGxQ
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1BkyMEZ
Also, a big thanks to Tillie for providing me an ARC for a honest review! I'm happy to have the chance to read and review another great story by you- bravo!