Goodreads Rating: 4. 17/ 5 stars
My Rating: ★★★★ / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult Dark Romance
Publication Date: December 29thth 2014
Publisher: Self Published
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.
Tillie Cole’s novels are on my radar for years but I never had a chance to read them because I was distracted by other books. I’m glad to update you guys I have a new series to binge read and Raze is included on my favorites this year.
Kisa Volkova is a Russian mafia rpicess. She’s the Pakhan’s daughter and she’s engaged to Alik Durov, son of an enforcer and the next heir to the Bratva of New York City. However, they have an unhealthy relationship. Alik is harsh and abusive and Kisa is trapped and has to endure the pain from a man he never loved. She’s sick of his obsession and there’s only one man in his life — Luka Tolstoi and she still grieves his death.
Raze / Fighter 8181 has one mission when he escaped the Durag (a prison where children are trained, drugged to become fighters in underground rings) — revenge on Alik Durov. He wants to kill the man responsible for his sufferings and trauma. He wants to enter The Dungeon, an underground gambling ring handled by the Bratva. From there, he crossed paths with Kisa. After saving her life, she did a favor by giving him money to enter the competition and he’s determined to win the deathly championship match against Durov.
The story gives a dark & gritty vibe. It’s intense and character driven. Despite predictable, Tille Cole’s writing keeps her readers on their toes. She mixed her romance with light and darkness which made Raze and Kisa’s story sweeter. It gave them hope and peace they deserved. If you want to explore dark romance / mafia romance, I recommend this book. I am continuing the series and I’m so happy to buddy read it with Kat @ Reading After Ten, Elena @ The Queen Reads and Mishie @ Read with Mishie.
P.S. I’m still gutted over one scene here. (view spoiler)