Reap (Scarred Souls #2)
by Tillie Cole
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…
I think one of things I loved most about this book was the authentic feel of the characters. The speech patterns, heritage influence, and attitudes of all of Cole’s characters screamed”Russian Mafia” without being over done or cheesy.
I really don’t feel comfortable going too deeply into the plot; I think this book should be experienced and discussing any plot point ahead of time would ruin that.
I will say that the development of the relationships between characters, especially the H/h, was so well done I was lost to their world. I didn’t read this book. As I said, I experienced it. The raw savageness of some people will disgust you. The pure hope in others will warm your heart.
I fell in love with a beast and a princess. My heart broke for two little boys who’s lives were ruined by greed. But it was worth it. So. Damn. Worth. It.