The thrilling third installment of USA Today bestselling author Tillie Cole's #ScarredSouls series.
Is finding one's true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?
Taken as a teen, prisoner 194 was stripped of his name and freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless machine. Even as he tries to fight his captors' hold on him, he knows that obedience is the only way to save his sister, who is the one person that keeps him from turning into a monster.
As a young girl Zoya Kostava barely escaped the brutal attack that killed her entire family. Now twenty five she lives in secrecy. That is until she hears her brother also survived and is living with their greatest enemy.
Zoya risks her safety and anonymity to find the brother she thought dead and is captured by a beautiful, brutal man. A man who both captivates and scares her, in him she sees a soul as lost as her own.
They both have so much to lose - will they be able to save each other . . . and survive?
For some reason, it felt like there was a big gap between bk 2 of this series and this (my fault entirely btw). If you’re a fan of the series, you know how bk 2 ended to pave way for this. I felt like I needed to remind myself of the last few scenes from that one to refresh my memory.
Zoya is Zaal’s long lost sister. In her quest to get reunited with Zaal, she got in the way of 194/Valentin, the guy tasked with taking Zaal out. 194 saw her as his perfect opportunity to get his task done. And while he had her in captivity, they slowly learned to get to know each other, recognized similar emotions, and slowly fell for each other.
Undoubtedly, there’s an unassuming resiliency that just radiated from Zoya which I think shows real courage. She exhibited strength that only someone with a past like her learns to develop.
194/Valentin’s past, just like Luca’s and Zaal’s, just broke my heart. To go through what this men went through, to damage them in that brutal manner, for them to hold on to their good selves despite everything… it highlights their true measures.
So on that note, if you love Luca and Zaal, I think you’ll fall in love just as hard for Valentin. And as Zoya, I think she may be my fave so far. I like how she may be all mousy and she’s nothing but. Because of her past, she has this maturity that will surprise you. Her understanding of their world allowed her to see the beauty hiding inside Valentin and embrace every facet of his personality.
They’re off-the-chart hot when together, and I totally appreciate how they made each other stronger, even when they didn’t realize it.
And just like in the first 2 books, Tillie pulled no punches with the dark details, and I love her for that, but just warning y’all, a lot of triggers... The evil people that surrounded these fellas, they’re as evil as can be. I didn’t think I can hate a villain as much I did here, just sayin…
Next in the series is Valentin’s sister’s story. Seeing that this time around, the focus is on a woman “growing up” in that world, I’m nervous, to say the least. But of course, I’ll read it… no doubt.
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