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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: Riot by Tillie Cole

Title: Riot 
Author: Tillie Cole 
Series: Scarred Souls, #4 
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin 
Publication Date: March 7, 2017 

Stolen by the Arziani Georgian crime mob as a child, 152 was raised and conditioned to be a Mona—the most subservient of the Arziani Blood Pit slaves.

Gorgeous and kind, she has been and under the imprisoning influence of the Type B drug and under the command of the Blood Pit Master’s sister, Mistress Arziani, for most of her life, until the Master calls her back home to Georgia.

He wants her under his total control, and Master always gets what he wants.
But when 152 is gifted to the Blood Pit’s fearsome champion death match fighter as a prize, 152 suddenly finds out that the men who appear most brutal, may just own the kindest hearts. And love may be found, even when living in hell.

Freedom, family, love, 152 will have to fight for what she wants and ultimately make an impossible choice.

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Sonja's Review

I have been so excited to read Riot ever since we met Valentin and learned about Inessa in Ravage and Ms. Cole did not disappoint! It was even better than I was expecting and while they were high, they were easily reached. Riot was just outstanding and it's without a doubt one of the best books I've read so far this year!

Inessa wasn't at all who I thought she would be. I thought she was going to be dark and indifferent, but nothing could be further from the truth. Granted, she can't remember every bad thing that happened to her, she senses and knows things, but that hasn't made her into a hard person. Inessa is soft and so sweet, she's really a bright spot in a world full of darkness. She is just so kind, but she's also strong, full of spirit, and has an iron will. There wasn't anything that I didn't loved about Inessa - she's absolutely amazing!

I fell so hard for Ilya. He does everything he can to make sure he has no weaknesses and he's cold, stoic, and hard at first, but once he meets Inessa and spends time with her, his walls start crumbling down. And when they do - oh, it was so beautiful and heart melting to watch. I think I said it in another Scarred Souls book review, but there's something about these warriors that get you and Ilya was no different. What he feels for Inessa is so pure and true and undeniable that it just touches your heart and you can't help but lose your heart to him and the others. Ilya completely and utterly stole my heart - I loved him wholly.

I don't know if Riot is the last book in this series - I sincerely hope that it's not - but if it is, then Ms. Cole definitely saved the best for last! There was so much heart and meat and bones to this book. It's a heart pounding, thrilling, action-packed story that is heartbreaking, gut wrenching, and breathtaking. Riot is beautiful, sweet, and epic - I just wholeheartedly loved it!

Riot is the fourth book in the Scarred Souls series and while you could read it as a standalone, I would recommend reading them in order. It's mostly told from Ilya and Inessa's POV, but we do hear from Luca as well and Ilya and Inessa get their well-deserved, hard-fought happily-ever-after ending!

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars 

About the Author: 
Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

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