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 250 pounds, and unrivaled in to-the-death combat, 221 successfully secures business for the Georgian Mafia boss of NYC until his enemies capture him.
Talia Tolstaia dreams of breaking 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 seems more monster than man, she starts to see the man underneath: a powerful, beautiful, damaged man whose heart calls to hers.
©2015 Tillie Cole (P)2015 Tantor
Love listening to audiobooks, and being swept away by a great story and narrator. It's my therapy, and I need it daily!
Tillie Cole knows how to deliver a very dark romance that will have your heart racing and your mind reeling for all the raw emotions this story will evoke! Reap is like a modern day Romeo and Juliet but with a dark, dangerous, mafia twist where family feuds and deep rooted hatred of each other lead to violence and death. Talia's and Zaal's story is not for the faint of heart. These characters face many obstacles forged from cruelty, but with their love and passion for each other, they not only survive but thrive.
Zaal, know only as 221 was kidnapped at a young age, drugged, beaten and conditioned to do only two things, obey his master and kill. Because of what he has endured for years, any memories he had of his past are buried deep in his subconscious. While he was a prisoner and forced to kill, we get to witness some of the horrors he has suffered throughout the years. When he's finally rescued, he acts almost like a rapid animal and is not safe to be around. He's stuck in his head, and has a hard time coming to terms with his new environment. However, as Talia cautiously and patiently takes care of him, he realizes he's no longer being controlled and his humanity slowly comes back a little at a time.
Reap continues the story from book one about Luka, who was known as 818. In the previous story, Luka was able to escape and seek revenge for being sold and forced to fight to the death in cage matches. However, his vengeance came at a cost and a promise, a promise he's determine to keep. Even though he escapade and has reunited with the love of his life, the years he spent in the dungeon has forever changed him. His story continues in Reap as his life crosses with the life of 221.
Reap is a dark, violent, intense story, built on the cruelty and betrayal of others, but the love and tenderness of Talia made this both brutally dark, but brutally beautiful. The emotions are real and raw, and their journey is worth every minute.
The narration was amazing! I really enjoyed both Griffin and Locke's performance and thought they did a great job bringing the story and emotions to life.
This story was well worth the time and credit! However, I will warn this story is unapologetically dark, violent but the love story is worth the journey.
I really liked Raze but I was interested to see where the author would go in this one. I figured it was going to be really good or a huge let down. But let me tell you, I was not disappointed. It's dark dangerous, raw and thought provoking. I really felt for Zaal and his family. I also liked to see how Luka and Kisa's story continued. This story isn't for the faint of heart. Trigger warning for rape/ sexual assault, torture and child abuse. The only thing I dislike about this book (and the series for that matter) were the long frilly monologues about undying love. They tended to drag on and on at times.
This was a great continuation. It broke my heart, made me fall in love with Zaal and Talia, as well as seeing how Raze and Kisa's love story continues to unfold after he discovers who he is. I'm excited for the next story!
I was totally blown away. The 1st installment was great and this one was even better. I shed a lot of ugly tears. This is so worth the credit.
5 Crazy Ass Must Listen Stars!!!!!
I've been itching to use my audible credit on this for a while. I finally did and didn't waste time. I dove right in and was not at all disappointed. I love these narrators that Tillie Cole has used for both books in this series. They make the characters come to life and so easy to get lost in the story. I don't think I've ever heard more perfect narrators in an audiobook.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book because I really didn't read the synopsis or really pay any attention to blog posts that I posted about it. I just knew I had to read it, well listen to it, after listening to Raze. I just needed to know Talia's story. I'm so glad I went into this somewhat blind because it made all the twists and turns that popped up all the more enjoyable. My heart broke for Zaal. Make sure to have some tissues handy because this is sure to pull at heartstrings.
OMG! The "Unnamed Female" part of the epilogue was so exciting! I have my suspicions on who exactly that "female" is but I will not divulge my thoughts on that. You just have to read (or listen) for yourself. Make sure to start with Raze first as it should be read first to know pertinent details.
Tillie Cole, you are have just put yourself on my Crazy Ass Stalkdar (stalking radar). I can't wait to meet in Jan. on Dallas!
Well it's actually not Dan. It's his wife who can't figure out how to change that on the profile. But I love to read and listen to books.
If you loved Raze then you will definitely want to read Reap. Not to mention you get to have some more time with Raze aka Luka.
This book is not the warm and fuzzy kind of romance book. This my friends is only for those who love to see scarred souls healed.
In Raze (spoiler alert) Luka or 818 is forced to kill his only friend 362. He is tortured with what he had to do to be free. To make peace, he want to find 362's brother and free him from his captors who abuse him, drug him, and force him to kill. 362's brother is Zaal. Zaal has been spent most of his life as a prototype for the Georgian Bratva's obedience drug. The drug that has stolen his memories. The drug that demands obedience. The drug that courses hot through his veins and makes him a slave to his master.
This is a beautifully violent love story of survival, healing, revenge, and peace. You will have action, steamy sex, and perseverance. Families that hate each other will be brought together. Forbidden love reaps great rewards.
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