"My affection for this man swelled to fill my every cell. He was perfect for me. In every single way."-Talia
Reap is the second book in Tillie Cole's Scarred Souls Series. Once again, Tillie Cole has brought me to my knees and I enjoyed every single second of it! I am in awe of Ms. Cole's ability to weave action, romance, steamy sex, and a touching story of perseverance in one read. She hits the magical blend every single time! Fans of Raze will be thrilled to be back in the dungeon with the Bratva men and their women.
Talia is a Russian Bratva Princess. She works hard to help support the family business. Although she seems to have it all together, it is simply a facade. She is playing the role she should play as the daughter of a powerful man. But, as her best friend Kisa has found love (with her brother Raze), the void in her life begins to consume her. Talia decides a much needed trip away is exactly what she needs to clear her head from the violent life of the Bratva.
"I needed this break. I'd earned this break. I wanted to be normal. I wanted to be plain old normal Talia from Brooklyn, if only for a little while."-Talia
Raze, Talia's brother (and the damaged hero from the first book in the series), is working hard to avenge the death of his friend. Additionally, he is trying to make peace with himself so that he can become the new Bratva Boss. Before he can move forward with his life, he must locate his friend's twin brother and rescue him from the clutches of an evil captor. However, as fate would have it, the man he is trying to save is a member of the Georgian Mafiya Family and therefore an enemy to the Bratva Family.
"I gutted. I culled. I fucking slaughtered them all."-221
Fighter 221 is being forced to battle to death in the cage, rape women, and face deplorable physical abuse from his master. He lives in the darkness and has no memories of his life before captivity. When Raze rescues 221, he is violent and dangerous as he begins to detox from the drugs that are in his system. Raze delivers Zaal (221) to the Bratva family home in the Hamptons in hopes that he can become human again. Talia is there on vacation and comes face to face to the enemy of her father. Yet, all she sees is a broken man that needs her help.
Despite her fears, Talia begins to heal Zaal. They form an instant bond. Although it begins physical, it rapidly transforms into a deep emotional connection. Zaal and Talia have many barriers to break through. Their story is painful and yet so very beautiful!
"Zaal roared into my mouth. He devoured me with his mouth. He dominated me with his strength."-Talia
"Zaal was in my whole heart."-Talia
Reap is a stunning read full of maximum steam, action, and just enough darkness to enhance the characters within the walls of the Bratva Mafiya world. I adore the dialogue in this series because the Russian language is so beautiful. The plot is well developed and the multiple POV gives us a panoramic view of the emotions felt by each character. The pacing is spot on with enough intensity to keep you on the edge of your seat but it is not in excess where you feel uncomfortable or "angsty" about the outcome.
"Zaal Kostava, you've stolen my forbidden heart."-Talia
Overall, Reap is a must read! It has something for everyone! Tillie Cole is an automatic buy for me and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! If you haven't met Raze or Zaal yet, get your kindle ready because this is a must read for 2015!
~ARC graciously provided via publisher via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review!~