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*** Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway*** Raze by Tillie Cole

Title: Raze
Author: Tillie Cole
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: 30th December  2014
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Purchase Links:  Amazon US  /  Amazon UK  / Kobo

To take back life, one must first face death...

One man stripped of his freedom, his morals...his life.

Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unremorseful, unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. Death and brutality are the masters of his fate.

After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge...bloody, slow and violent revenge.

Revenge on the man who lied.

Revenge on the man who wronged him.

Revenge on the man who condemned him and turned him into this: a rage-fueled killing machine. A monster void of humanity; a monster filled with hate.

And no one will stand in the way of getting what he wants.

One woman stripped of her freedom, her morals...her life.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill ‘The Silencer’ Volkov, head of the infamous ‘Triad’ bosses of New York's Russian Bratva. Her life is protected. In reality, it’s a virtual prison. Her father’s savage treatment of his rivals and his lucrative and coveted underground gambling ring—The Dungeon—ensures too many enemies lurk at their door. 

She dreams to be set free.

Kisa has known only cruelty and loss in her short life. As manager of her father’s death match enterprise, only grief and pain fill her days. Her mafia boss father, in her world, rules absolute. And her fiancé, Alik Durov, is no better; the Dungeon’s five-time champion, a stone-cold killer, the treasured son of her father’s best friend, and her very own—and much resented—personal guard. Unrivaled in both strength and social standing, Alik controls every facet of Kisa’s life, dominates her every move; keeps her subdued and dead inside...then one night changes everything. 

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 doesn’t talk. Doesn’t communicate with anyone. He’s a man beyond saving, and a man she must quickly forget...for both their sakes. 

But when weeks later, out of the blue and to her complete surprise, he’s announced as the replacement fighter in The Dungeon, Kisa knows she’s in a whole lot of trouble. He’s built, ripped and lethally unforgiving to his opponents, leaving fear in his wake and the look of death in his eyes. 

Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man...this man they call Raze.

My Review
This dark romance by Tillie Cole just made its way into my favourite reads of 2014 list. Raze, what a book! I have a total book hangover now, once again because of Miss Cole and the amazing characters she creates and their magnificent stories. If you love all things Tillie, then Raze will be a definite must read for you. This author has outdone herself, her quality of writing is outstanding and continues to leave me craving more. I was sucked in from page one as this amazing story unfolded before my eyes.

Raze is a love story between two people that was built to stand the test of time. Can a bond formed from childhood, a bond so strong, once again be found in the darkest of times? Kisa and Luka were meant to get their happily ever after. But that all changed. Life happened, and years later, after a lifetime of wounds that will never heal, after a soul so broken it could never be repaired, Kisa finds herself rescued by a man, a dangerous man who goes by the name of Raze. I don't want to give anything away to spoil the story, so this is as far as I will go in regards to the characters and plot. All I can say is READ.THIS.NOW. It is a must read for all dark romance lovers out there. 

He was as cold as an arctic winter... but he was a beautiful monster.

Raze does cover some dark elements that may be touchy subjects for certain readers, so keep this in mind when purchasing the book. Although some things that happen to our main characters are horrible, Miss Cole has written them in a way that doesn't have you cringing at the very moment as it is happening, for I thank her! She made those scenes much easier to digest and it is thanks to her incredible writing abilities. This story is one that held my attention from the get go, it holds depth and emotion that really allows you to feel a solid connection to Kisa and Raze and what they are truly feeling. The story was very well developed as were the main and secondary characters. 

Their connection was something beautiful, and oh so epic. I highly recommend Raze. A story I won't be forgetting any time soon. 

★★☆ 5 Epic Love Stars ☆★★
Reviewed by Bel Burgess

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About the Author
Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
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