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?
Well I'm ashamed to say that this is the very first Tillie Cole book that I've read! And right now I have absolutely no idea why I waited so long because HOLY-FREAKING-MOLY did it rock my world! Even though I haven't read the first two books in this series I didn't feel like I was missing any part of the story. There was enough information on the history of these characters that wasn't left guessing at any moment.
194 is out on a mission when Zoya crosses his path and it just seems like fate! He is hell bent on accomplishing his mission and save his sister! He takes Zoya from the street and does what he does best, torture! Zoya was so unbelievably strong! Her courage was astounding! She met him head first and tamed the beast within him.
Everyone in this story has something to lose, especially these two. Valentin and Zoya have walked through hell and survived! But I also feel like their story isn't done, and I'm losing it because I need the next book in my hands immediately!
This book completely wrecked me! Valentin and Zoya. WRECKED. ME! At one point I was completely wretched, like pulling-my-hair-thowing-a-tantrum wretched! The emotional pain that was inflicted on these characters...I felt...in my heart I felt it! I now understand why this series is the Scarred Souls Series. What an emotion packed journey! So raw, gritty, and full of PASSION! My soul has been soothed, for now at least.