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 blood…life for life…souls for scarred souls…
“We found our own peace in our brutal world. And I wouldn’t change it for anything. This was my heaven. Zaal was everything. He owned me. Possessed me. Was soldered to me in every possible way.”
This book….I don’t even know where to start. To say that this book consumed me, would be a complete and utter understatement. This is one of those books that you need to cancel all of your plans for, because once you start reading this, you are not going to want to do anything else.
Reap is the second book in the Scarred Souls series and picks up where Raze left off. When we first met Talia we discovered that she is not only Kisa’s best friend, but she is also Luka’s sister. This is her story. Talia is tired of the Bravta life. She just wants a break from everything and goes away to the Hamptons in the hope of finding peace. However her peace doesn’t last long. See, Talia’s brother Luka, made a promise to his friend 362, when he died. He promised that he would save 362’s brother-221 and avenge 362’s death. That’s where Zaal comes into play. Zaal is 221. The only life he has known is of a drugged killer. He is an intense, stop at nothing, killing machine until Luka rescues him. Zaal is then brought to where Talia is staying in the Hamptons. The hope is that once all the drugs wear off, Zaal can be saved. Talia is at first furious because no matter how hard she tries to escape the Bravta lifestyle, there really is no escaping and once she meets 221/Zaal, all bets are off. Zaal’s tortured soul calls to her. She wants to help him. She wants to save him. Only time will tell if 221 can be saved….
I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. It’s dark. It’s gritty. It is so intense. It takes you on a journey that you don’t expect and it is one that you will never forget. This story is so well-written. I was pulled in from the very beginning. From the moment I tasted 221’s point of view, I knew I had to know more. I had to find out his story and if his scarred soul could be saved.
One of the things that I loved most about Reap was the multiple points of view throughout the story. Now sometimes more than 2 points of view can be a miss for me, I get confused or don’t really care for the other pov’s. This was not the case with Reap. In Reap,not only did we get Talia and Zaal’s point of view, but we also got Kisa and Luka’s points of view and I have to say, those extra two points of view really added to the story. It connected so many dots and made so many things make more sense. And as a fan of the first book, I definitely won’t complain about more time with Kisa and Luka.
The characters were fantastic! Talia was so strong and stubborn. I loved how she was with Zaal. She wanted to hate him so badly because of the histories of their families, but she just couldn’t do it. She couldn’t fight the draw that she had to him. She brought out the human side of Zaal and gave him a reason to fight the poison that was not only flowing through his veins, but also clouded his mind. And Zaal…he was such a tortured soul. He endured things that no one should have to. He was so lost and broken. I didn’t know if he would ever see light, but Talia made that possible. And as the story went on, I couldn’t help but fall for these two characters. “You are….for me. No other male. Just me. And me…for you. This is my, ‘I love you.’ These are my words from my scarred soul. They are not borrowed words, but words from my full heart, and my heart only.” Those four simple words, “You are…for me,” were the most meaningful words that could ever be spoken.”
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Scarred Souls series by Tillie Cole yet, I highly recommend that you do. This series is definitely one that should not be missed. Yes, it is dark, but there is so much more to this story than the darkness. This is a story about hope and redemption. It is about a second chance at life and finding peace. This book shows you the true power of love. And I loved every second of it. Fans of this series, you will not be disappointed. I can’t wait to see what Tillie Cole will have in store for us next!
*I was provided a copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review*