Raze - Book Review

I ran across Raze on someone's tsu page, the cover hooked me.  I mean look at this;

That's pretty bad ass, then I read the blurb;

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.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, excessive violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up.


4 Star

I will warn you there are things that happen in the book that are BRUTAL.  I mean I cried through one entire chapter, because I felt terrible for Kisa.  But the rest of the time, I was annoyed with Kisa for not standing up for herself and telling Alik to F off.  But I have to remember, she was raised differently than I was.  She was raised to obey, listen, and do for your man.  But Alik, he was sick and twisted, my heart went out to him for having such a shitty childhood, but he could have made a choice to be a better person, so I stopped feeling bad for him and started to hate him!  He was ruthless and a machine.  

Three powerful men rule the New York Bratva(Russian Mafiya)  their children are destined to be the great heirs of the next regime.  Only one son, Alik, the son of the lesser man in the Bratva is corrupted by his father.  A seed is planted at an early age, that Alik waters and helps to grow from seed to flower, then watches as it dies.  All his life, Alik has wanted Kisa to be his.  But Luka, the money man in the Bratva's son stands in his way.  Kisa doesn't even know that Alik exists and he hates Luka for it.  When a grave accident happens, Luka is sent away to Russia to live on a working farm.  Separating Kisa from Luka, her souls other half.  Alike steps in and claims Kisa for his.  

Years go by and Kisa is now engaged to Alik, who is horrible to her.  But Kisa feels trapped, some how she thinks she calms him and keeps him in check.  Then one night she is out helping her church hand out food to the homeless and is attacked.  A mysterious man, a homeless man saves her.  Grateful for his help, Kisa helps him in return.  Only she doesn't know how it will effect her life.  The homeless man is a cage fighter.  Just like Alik.  The attraction between Kisa and Raze grows, she feels a connection to him.  But doesn't understand the how or why, until she see's his face.  Could it be?  Will Kisa ever be able to get away from Alik?  Or will the new stranger who is an amazing fighter claim Kisa as his own?  

I could go on and on about this book.  And I have to admit I'm now a big fan of Tillie Cole and will be checking out the rest of her books.  She did suggest that I read, It Ain't Me, Babe!  So off I go, on a Tillie Cole reading frenzy!!