Review of “Raze” by Tillie Cole



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.


This novel blew me away!! I had never read any of Tillie Cole’s books before despite the fact that I have purchased a couple of her novels based on the great reviews. Now, I just want to binge on all of her books! I could not put Raze down!!

It is fast-paced, exciting and heart-wrenching. I fell in love with 818. He is a man who has been enslaved for so long that he has forgotten some of the most basic human elements other than survival. His every waking moment is spent training to kill his next opponent.

He doesn’t really feel any other emotion except for an intense amount of rage. Rage against the guards who torture him unless he kills and rage against the person who put him in there. He finally gets the opportunity to obtain vengeance and fervently works at making it happen.

He doesn’t want anything other than to kill that one man whose name he will never forget…

Despite the fact that he is such a hostile and angry character, I couldn’t help but root for him the entire time. I wanted him to retaliate against the man who caused him so much pain. That individual is the sole reason why 818 is the way he is.

Kisa is the daughter of a mob boss. She is no stranger to death or violence. That’s all she has ever known. She spends her days going to church and trying to helps others in order to make up for her family’s sins. She is a good person who just wants to make a difference for people in need.

I loved her personality, but I did become a bit frustrated with her at times when she would continue to protect someone who repeatedly hurt her. Nonetheless, I found her to be someone who was trying to make the best of her bad situation.

This novel was written exceptionally well with characters that you can’t help but feel for. There are some heart-breaking moments that had me tearing up and several violent acts that had me cringing.

The main thing to keep in mind is that this story has a lot of heart in it. There is a lot more to it than blood and guts. It will definitely pull on your heart strings. It is a book that is hard to put down and hard to forget. I have already read the second book Reap and it also amazing!

I highly recommend Raze if you are interested in a book that will take you out of your comfort zone, tear you apart and then piece you back together again.

Final verdict: 5 out of 5 stars!

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