Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill "the Silencer" Volkov, head of the infamous Red bosses of New York's Russian Bratva. Her life is protected, but it's also a virtual prison. Her father's savage treatment of his rivals and his lucrative and coveted underground gambling ring - the Dungeon - ensure that too many enemies lurk at their door. She dreams to be set free.
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's a man beyond saving, but Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man, this man they call Raze.
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Love listening to audiobooks, and being swept away by a great story and narrator. It's my therapy, and I need it daily!
Another heartwretching story by Tillie Cole that's dark, raw, brutal, and beautiful at the same time. Cole knows how to deliver a plot that will suck you in, take you on an emotional roller coaster ride, and keep you on the edge of your seat! But when it's all said and done, you'll remember these characters and their story.
Betrayed and taken from his home, Raze (818) has been brainwashed, tortured, and forced to fight to the death each time he enters the ring. Trapped in this prison, he loses his memories but vows to seek revenge on the one who betrayed him, and condemned him to this way of life. Until he can escape, he must endure the pain, and ensure he's the one who lives through each brutal death match.
Kisa looks like the picture perfect Mafia princess; however, she a prisoner to her fiancé and the Mafia way of life. Her fiancé, Alik, is over possessive, dominating, and controls Kisa by intimidation, and rough sex. After Kisa lost the love of her life, she has accepted her place within the Mafia organization and at Alik's side. Because of Alik's temper, she's afraid to defy or leave him. Not only is Alik cruel, he's also the undefeated death match champion, and is gearing up for his next big fight to the death.
When Raze gains his freedom, he starts his journey seeking vengeance, but finds himself facing an old rival, and a lost love.
While this story was dark, raw, brutal and sometimes hard to listen too, it was captivating, heart warming, and emotional. I loved it! Well worth the time and worth a credit.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Raze wasn't his real name, nor was 818.... he didn't know what it was because since he was a very young teen he has been brainwashed, injected, abused, treated like dirt, caged like an animal and used daily for one-on-one fighting to the death for gambler's kicks. It was a brutal life - kill or be killed and, as time went on, he forgot everything about his past..... except a name, a place and the word revenge because those words had been carved in his cell so he'd never ever forget. And when he finally escaped that's where he headed..... but he found much much more than he was expecting.
Kisa is a Mafia Princess who had been so in love with the boy she'd grown up with and, as the years passed by they became inseparable soul-mates destined to marry but tragedy struck when it was reported that he'd killed her brother and stabbed their friend. The punishment was a children's work camp but en-route his coach was in an accident with no survivors and only burnt bodies left. Now she was engaged to the friend who'd been stabbed, he was the Mafia Triad's heir which made him untouchable but he was also a junkie whose nature was to be sexually violent and demanding, abusive, dominant, crazy, jealous and unpredictable he treated Kisa like his prisoner and yet he couldn't live without her.
Her only escape was to help the Church feed the homeless a couple of times a week while he was off partying and whoring around. Then one night her life changed when a hero came to her rescue, a huge hero who was wearing a hoodie pulled down over his face, there was no words but there was something about him that stirred her soul and she went in search of him to thank and help him.... but she found much much more.... shocking life changing things.
This is dark, it's brutal and not a listen for the faint of heart because there's angry sex, beatings, rape, cage blood and gore, a sad history of Raze's torture, rape, being drugged in order to forget and a couple of cold blooded killings. But the main meat of this plot is the beautiful undying love story between two people whose souls had been ripped apart then gently reunited. Raze was trained to be a monster but he was so vulnerable, lost, alone and broken but when Kisa came into his life, and turned it upside down, he was tender, passionate and entirely focused on her. There's so so much more to this amazing story but I don't want to spill and spoil.
Worth a credit? What a listen, it was raw but it was compelling, it was brutal but also beautiful and it was heartbreaking yet also heartwarming. Dual POV's, Guy's narration was great and Amelie's was ok, no cliffhanger and a HEA ending. If you want a dark broody romance then very creditworthy but if you're looking for a bit more light then perhaps look elsewhere.
This is a Great Love Story. Sad, Love Found, Revenge, Kill. Good Naration after prolog. I really liked how this book dosen't ramble. Every min is important to the story. Can't wait for the next book Reap.
Audible Addict!!! My Favorite books have change since joining Audible and my taste for erotic has enhanced! Follow me to the dark side. ;)
I loved this book from the beginning and what I really love is No Cliffhangers. Sexy Brutal Luka!!!! I can listen to the over and over.
5 Crazy Ass Must Listen Stars!!!!!
First off, I'd like to send a quick shout out to my seester, Shanoff, for recommending this book. I had a couple credits saved up and she told me to grab this. I'm so glad I listened to her.
Both narrators did an amazing job and voices were matched perfectly for the characters. I'm definitely going to be looking for more books narrated by them.
I will admit that I'm not really into Mafia type reads. I was drawn into story unexpectedly. I didn't want it to end. My heart broke for Kisa and Luca and all their struggles. I was glad Alec got his payback. He deserved it.
This was my first Tillie Cole book and most definitely will not be my last. I'm off to one-click Reap now. ;)
The audio experience is way different than the reading experience. Your brain and imagination do different things when you read and listen. I have to say that by far this is one of my favorite audio listens. Not only was the story, completely original, but the narration was so spot on, all I kept thinking was big screen.
Laying in bed, I was thinking about the story. How talented an author Tillie cole is to take people who are in a horrible lifestyle, but born into it and make you love them in spite of their circumstance.
The narration for this was so good, particularly Guy Locke. It's not often that a male narrator blows me away, but this guy did a great job.
I read one other Tillie Cole book and I liked it, but wasn't blown away. This book blew other books out of the water.
This is story surrounded by the Russian Mob and all that in compasses, so be aware. In spite of that, there is a tender love story at the heart of the plot. This is not a cookie cutter romance and it's not an action-packed thriller, therefore, I'm not sure exactly to label it. I will say that if you are the type of person that can't handle a R rated movie, this isn't the book for you.
I did enjoy this novel but it did fall short of its potential. It was good but not great. The narration is just so so and there were a few areas of the novel that weren't realistic. One example is that just hours after a woman was beaten and brutally raped, she becomes aroused by the sight of another man. I suppose there might be some women who would have that reaction but my guess they would be few and far between.
I am going to go on to the next in the series and decide on book #3 after completing #2.
-V from Kansas
This was very Dark, Fair warning it isn't an easy listen. There's a lot of explicit violence. Trigger warning for sexual abuse, child abuse, and murder. With that being said I think it's very different kind of romance novel. You get the love and angst but you also get mystery, pain, and a look inside the Russian Mafia life style. I would have liked it more if the male narrator would have practiced the accent more. I will be continuing this series.
I could not stop listening to it. Went to the top of my all time favorites. I love the stories about the families and this book did not disappoint. The twist in this story was great and made it even better. Off to get the next is series.
This story kept me on my toes, excellent writing. Kept me guessing! A beautifully dark twist on a love story. Definitely worth the listen. The narrators were perfect, what can I say I have nothing negative to add. Read the whole thing in one shot.
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