Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, identity, and free will, meticulously honed to be a ruthless killing machine. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.
Zoya Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family's massacre in Georgia as a child, Zoya lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in Manhattan. At age 25, believing all her family is dead, Zoya learns that her brother, Zaal, is very much alive...and living with their family's greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva.
Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Zoya risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal's apartment, Zoya is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal. Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain and demands to know everything about her and her brother. He is a man who will do anything to get what he wants.
Contains mature themes.
©2016 Tillie Cole (P)2016 Tantor
i think it was a good story buy it was a slow start and the torture scene was dragged out. i understand you have to establish the connection and what all was involved but it seemed so long.
Seems like every new edition to the scarred souls series offers more depth and backstory to Tillie Cole's dark bratva world. It was nice to get to know Zoya and Valentin. Just like my reviews for the other books in this series, I'm going to mention that this is very dark. I loved the story but it seems like their love started with Stockholm syndrome. Trigger warning for torture, sexual assault, rape, mutilation and murder.
I know this isn't a conventional storyline for those who enjoy romance. It is very violent, more than other mafia novels that I have read. I guess I like the fact that it is more realistic. Yes, there is a romance that brings out the hearts of the heros, of this story. Unlike other such novels, it does not try convince the reader that a women's loves has made these men make a 180 degree turn; that's just not human nature. Instead, these characters redirect their violent natures towards goals that inhance the greater good, of their world. Learning to understand these characters can give the reader a real insight into PSTD and the struggles that sufferers have. In this paticular time, in our world, this is a type of understanding that we all need. My advice, when reading /listening to this series, is to focus on the underlying message.
- V from Kansas
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