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.
Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, excessive violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up.
ebook, 256 pages
Published December 29th 2014
The cover peaked my interest, because let’s face it, it’s pretty hot no matter what size screen you’re viewing it on, the synopsis had me moving my cursor over to one click it and I figured what the hell, the author is new to me so why not give her a go and from the first paragraph I was hooked. Yes it is dark, there is abuse of all kinds: sexual, mental, emotional, there is a shitton of gratuitous violence, you do have to accept some things as fact and the course of the story is predictable but I accepted it all because I had this need to be apart of 818/Raze’s journey
This story is told in dual 1st person POV, so you are able to feel what both Kisa and Raze are, and though what Kisa is put through is gut wrenching in it’s own right, it’s Raze’s experiences, thoughts and feelings as he works his way to gaining his goal that got to me, especially as he starts to remember bits and pieces of his past and I saw who he was and what had really been lost. I just wanted to hold him, even though his, big, bad, scary scarred self probably wouldn’t be too thrilled with it.
Kisa, for lack of a better word, interested me. She’s the Bratva princess and only child of the head of the Bratva. She’s been raised in a world of privilege, never lacking for anything and yet she is a prisoner. First because being the daughter of the boss means she is always under watch and second, her fiance is an obsessive monster who would rather see her dead than not with him. And yet she manages The Dungeon, the illegal cage fighting business for the Bratva where she is surrounded by men just as psychotic and sadistic as her fiance and despite dealing with all that darkness she’s an inherently good person. Her reactions to some things, like finding out about the Gulag had me scratching my head considering what she does at The Dungeon, but then the lightbulb went off and I got it. I’d go into it, but then it would veer into spoilerville, but it’s there if you look just a little deeper.
I’ve seen comments saying that Kisa and Raze’s relationship falls under the insta-love category, but I don’t agree. Their relationship does move quickly and for some that is the definition of insta-love, but when you look at each step that was taken towards their HEA, which does happen, they were making emotional connections. And though it did feel as if she went from being with one possessive male to another one, there is no doubt that in the end the level of psycho was dialed down by a lot. The ending/epilogue did feel a little rushed because there were questions that I had wanted answered. Like the situation surrounding 362. Where Raze is in dealing with being apart of the Bratva, in all ways, now. But, Kisa and Raze got their HEA, or at least what would constitute as one in their world.
As I said in the beginning this story is filled with gratuitous violence, abuse of all kinds and you do bear witness to all of it since you are in their heads, as well being somewhat predictable, but there was heart and the journey that Raze goes on was what really grabs you and makes this read worthwhile.