December 30, 2014

RAZE by Tillie Cole- Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway


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 fiancĂ©, 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.

Di's Review

4.5 Stars!
Dark, Gritty, Twisted Triangle!
 I have to be honest, I didn't read the synopsis, I just opened the book and hoped Tillie Cole could blow me away once again. She certainly shows her versatility, I'm a full blown fan now. I will read whatever she writes.

"From now on, you’ll be known as fighter 818, and if you want to live, you’ll learn how to fight and how to survive here, in hell." And 818 did. With the passage of time, 818 became unrivalled. 818 became death. A. Fucking. Stone. Cold. Killer.

In the beginning we get the start of 818, a boy thrown into a prison, a cage, barely living by fighting to the death in HELL. We don't get much more than that, the mystery is there from the beginning, sucking me in. As the story progresses, the boy, now a man escapes with only one thing on his mind, revenge.


I can't reveal too much more than the blurb did in fear of spoiling. Kisa is engaged to Alik, at first I thought he might be the 818. Alik is off his rocker, crazy, obsessive, possessive, and slightly terrifying. As a reader of dark books, I was smitten. Call me crazy, but I was falling for Alik. You can't give a lover of twisted dark books a sociopath like him and expect me not to swoon.

My dark heart was filled with an indecision between two killers.

Kisa protected, guarded at all times finds herself in danger, a homeless stranger comes to her rescue. She can't shake the connection she feels with him. Raze saves Kisa not knowing it was fate that brought them together, they have a connection that runs deeper than either one of them know. The chemistry between Kisa and Raze is off the charts dangerously hot. Raze is in danger just looking at Kisa. Kisa risks it all to feel the heat that blazes within Raze, a burning connection.

"He was smelling me, a deep rumbling growling in his chest as he inhaled my floral perfume. The attention he was giving me was almost primitive… Neolithic. It was like Raze had been stripped bare of any manners, ripped from the Stone Age and stripped of any boundaries."

As the story unfolds, there's a love Kisa had once before tragedy struck. A love Alik has fought to destroy from the very beginning. Could Raze be part of the past that was once lost? Can Raze take on another killer to avenge for a life of pure terror? 
Tillie Cole delivered a fantastic dark love story. Two killers, one woman, pasts full of tragic events, and a love story that even a darkie would love. 

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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, 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 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!


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