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..
This book is absolutely amazing! I have quickly become a huge fan of Tillie Cole’s. I loved Raze and Reap is just as good! If you have not read Raze then I highly recommend that you read it prior to reading Reap as it will spoil the first book for you. There is also a subplot that is from the first book that carries on into the second book so reading Raze first will help to fully understand everything that is going on.
There are many things that I enjoyed about this book, but I really loved the fact that we get to see characters from the previous novel. In particular, the POV from Luka as he is one of my favorite characters of all time. Kisa makes several appearances as well so it was nice revisiting those characters.
We are introduced to 221 who is similar to Luka – he has been enslaved, tortured, and is mostly devoid of his humanity. He is treated worse than an animal and is pumped full of chemicals in order to turn him into a faster, stronger killer. This is all for the sake of cashing in and making his master richer.
They will do anything to make him a better killing machine even if it means using him as nothing more than an experimental subject in order to find the drug that will make him the most violent and unstoppable.
If you thought that what happened to 818 was bad, wait until you see what these guys do to their prisoners. It took me awhile to retrieve my jaw once it hit the floor. These guys are as evil as you can possibly imagine. Basically, they have no limits. No morals.
We also get to read from Talia’s POV. She is Luka’s sister and wants nothing more than to just get away from the watchful eyes of her father. She is surrounded by people, but still so lonely. When you’re the daughter of a high-ranking mobster, it’s difficult to find men brave enough who want to date you.
She decides to get away for some peace and quiet. Away from her family and all the problems and dangers that come along with the family name. However, she soon realizes that it isn’t so easy to escape her family’s business and soon she finds herself caught right in the middle of it.
I had already grown a liking to Talia in the first book, but getting to see what she was feeling and experiencing made me love her even more. She is a strong woman who believes in upholding her family name, but she also has a heart of gold and needs to do what she believes is right.
Immediately, I grew attached to 221. His flashbacks helped to see the type of person he was before his hands were sullied with blood; before he was forced to do the unthinkable.
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one and look forward to more by Tillie Cole!
Final verdict: 5 out of 5 stars!
Special thanks to the publisher for allowing me to read this book through Netgalley!!
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