Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: June 16, 2015
POV: Dual First Point of View
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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I bought this book, Raze by Tillie Cole, more than a year ago but I haven’t read it yet. If not because the amazing reviews from some bloggers I would never have read this book since I am a mood reader who is easily distracted by new great sounding books. This is the first one in the Scarred Souls series.
Raze has been stripped of his life and freedom since he was a teenager and turned to be a monster, a killer without compassion. He has killed for survival since he was sent to an underground prison called Gulag where the strongest gets to live. Years of killing has turned him to be the most feared man in the prison and when an opportunity came which led him to freedom, he has his eyes on one goal only, finding the man who has wronged him and turned him to be he is now—a monster.
Kisa has been stripped of her life since she lost her brother, her mother, and the boy she loved deeply. Now, living alone with no one to depend on besides his father, she has been under a full control by the rudest, brutal man who has been obsessed with her since he was a kid. Without hope, she has accepted her fate to be his wife while enduring daily abuse in order to survive.
“They were always meant to be together, one boy and one girl, two hearts split into two, sent to far-off lands on their own. For God wanted to see if true love could be tested. He wanted to see if two halves of one soul could find each other again, even against the odds. Years would pass. They would both be hurt. They would both be sad, but one day, when they least expected it, they would stumble into each other’s paths. The question is: would they recognize each other’s soul? And would they find their way back to love…?”
I enjoyed the romance between Kisa and Raze. It reminded me of A Thousand Boy Kisses by this author, which is one of my TOP favorites. It was SO strong you could feel each of the emotions. When it comes to romance, Tillie Cole is one of the masters. The dialogs were rich and deep that pierced into my heart, which was mind-blowing. Their chemistry was off the charts. I could feel their love for each other. Even deeper, I was living her life. Becoming her and experiencing all these emotions with her, which rarely happened to me.
“I know you. I remember you. You’re the girl I was designed to love, my God-given match, my solnyshko.”
The world building was good even though it was not enough for my taste. I did enjoy it but I wish it would have been richer. As a dark romance junkie, I was hoping to see more unique and detailed mafia world. While I enjoyed the most part of it, I thought some things could be made more believable. It would be great for a newbie mafia romance reader, but wouldn’t be enough for most fans of this genre I’m afraid.
The heroine was a little bit disappointing as well. I didn’t see the reasons why she let herself being abused for years when it was clear she had the power to prevent it. Her helplessness was frustrating to watch. Had her circumstances been explained more clearly that stated the worth-to-believe facts that she had no choice in those situations, it would have made more impact on me.
There were some aspects that had me question the believability of the story, such as why no one had any suspicions about the thing he was accused of. Everyone seemed too easy to believe and accept things as facts. I wished there would have been more complexity and depth in the drama and characters to hold my interest and curiosity.
The last thing that bothered me was that the story was too predictable. I could easily guess the plot and the ending and was proved right. Even though I appreciated the simplicity of the story and the heavy focus on the romance, it fell flat and took away my interest at times. I found myself putting it down more often than I usually did to a book.
Overall, Raze is still a decent read despite my issues. If you are a new reader of broken hero, mafia romance, you might enjoy this book. However, those who are big fans of this theme may find some things too simple for their taste. There are definitely a lot of things to love about this story though. Trust me! 🙂
“I love you, Luka. In all these years without you, I never stopped.”