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?
Has Tillie Cole ever written a book that has disappointed me? No. This woman is incredible. She loves to rip my heart out of my chest and stomp on it, but she stitches it back together again. I can forgive her.
Zoya is incredibly surprised and filled with joy after learning that her brother Zaal is alive. She wants to see him immediately, so she slips into the streets at night to visit her long lost brother and she indeed sees him. He looks happy. He looks so in love. She’s just gathering the courage to see him face to face, but someone takes ahold of her, and she slips into unconsciousness.
194 and his sister 152 were taken by the night wraiths in an orphanage. 194 does everything his mistress says to save his sister. He is programmed to kill and to obey, so when he captured Zoya, he never expected to fall in love with her.
194 or Valentin could never comprehend how Zoya could love him. He thinks he looks and acts like a monster, and he thinks that he’s so undeserving of her love. It broke my heart. Zoya showed him that it didn’t matter what he looked like or what he did. She fought for him. She’s always been drawn to monsters, because she believed that they had to have been made that way due to circumstances, not born that way.
This book will push all of your buttons. I’m fairly used to Tillie Cole’s books, so I can take it. These two characters have had a rough life. Finding love from each other was the perfect gift to both of them.