Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.
Mzia Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family’s massacre in Georgia as a child, Mzia lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Mzia that her brother Zaal is very much alive… and living with their family’s greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.
Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Mzia risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal’s apartment, Mzia is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal… Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that’ll do anything to get what he wants.
Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?
You really should read the first two books in the series for the best experience. You can purchase them in a set here -> Scarred Souls Raze & Reap
This series is SO intense. I swing from pissed to depressed to swooning and around again. AND I LOVED IT!
The H & I are addictive characters with so much depth I thought I would drown in them. The way they came together was reminiscent of Reap, but held it’s as an individual story.
Zoya is a surprising mix of strength and naivete. To see her look past the obvious into the soul of the “monster” took heart and courage – traits that speak to me as a reader.
Valentin’s layers were never ending; the conflict inside of him was so well written I became utterly wrapped up in him. In fact, of the two MCs, he’s my favorite. I wanted him to break the chains imposed upon him so badly and when hope came and was them ripped away, I was angry.
But I had faith in Tillie and oh boy did she put me through the wringer. And after that ending, I absolutely need the next book.