Ravage by Tillie Cole: Review

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Posted August 16, 2016 in review Tags: ,

Ravage by Tillie Cole: ReviewRavage by Tillie Cole
Pages: 336
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Series: Scarred Souls #3
Genres: Dark Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: A Veil of Vines, It Ain't Me Babe
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Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. 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.
Mzia Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family's massacre in Georgia as a child, Mzia lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Mzia that her brother Zaal is very much alive... and living with their family's greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.
Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Mzia risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal's apartment, Mzia 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 brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that'll do anything to get what he wants.
Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one's true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?

Ravage
Tillie Cole

Tillie Cole writes some amazing books. They range from the VERY dark (Ravage) to much lighter, NA fare (Sweet Home), to even YA (A Thousand Boy Kisses). Ravage is certainly her darkest, in my opinion. There are LOTS of triggers in this book too so only pick this up if you really have no issues with anything you read. Consider yourself warned.

This is book 3 in the series and you really should read them in order. The characters all overlap a bit so it really will help you understand the story and the ‘world’ Cole has created. There is a lot of family interaction as well. Brothers and sisters who want to save each other leads to a deeper characterization than I expected. Because the book is so dark, having these deep relationships between siblings is so important!

Now, I haven’t really said much about the actual book, and thats because I don’t really want to give it away and, if you have already decided that this might not be a good book for you because of the triggers, I don’t want to bring any up! But, if you are a Cole fan, and have read Reap and Raze, you will read this one! It is darker than even those two, so be prepared! Ultimately, I am not too ashamed to admit it was too dark for me. Looking back, I am not sure why I grabbed it; maybe reading some of TM Frazier books made me think I was more badass than am? I’m not sure!

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Lawless by TM Frazier, Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain, Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn…then you will probably like Ravage!

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About Tillie Cole

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.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie Cole, at age nineteen, moved forty miles north to the 'Toon', Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. Tillie, regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven 'proper mint' and 'lush' years.

One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on her much loved and treasured Kindle, Tillie Cole turned to her husband and declared, "D'you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book." Several months later, after repeating the same tired line at the close of another completed story, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and "just bloody do it!" For the first time in eleven years, Tillie actually took his advice (he is still trying to get over the shock) and immediately set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination.

Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!). She also has a serious side (believe it or not!) and loves to immerse herself in the complex study of World Religions, History and Cultural Studies and creates fantasy stories that enable her to thread serious issues and topics into her writing -- yep, there's more to this girl than profanity and sparkles!

After six years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have finally given up their nomadic way of life and settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap wearing, Stetson-sporting cowgirl... Ye-haw!

Samantha
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One response to “Ravage by Tillie Cole: Review

  1. Having read all of TC’s books this is the one I liked the least unfortunately. It was too dark but that wasn’t the issue I had with it, the amount of darkness and the amount of romance (purely just the sex in the middle of the dark plot) make no sense to me. I just didn’t connect with them at all. I still think the first book in the series was the best one! Great review!

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