by Tillie Cole
Published March 7th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin
There’s something about Tillie Cole’s writing that I love. She handles telling dark stories so well, in a way that does not make you feel odd for reading something so twisted. The first book I ever read by her was It Ain’t Me, Babe and it must have been the first of that genre I had ever read. Let’s just say she can get away with telling a twisted story and not end up making you doubt her sanity or your own. Get me? I remember binge reading (is that a thing?) the Hades Hangmen series and then I found out about the Scarred Souls one and dove in immediately after. And since then Tillie Cole has been an auto buy for me.
Riot is the final installation of the Scarred Souls series and it was the perfect conclusion to an amazing narrative. You can read it as a standalone but most of the characters have been set up in the previous books. In this one, the focus is on 152 who had been introduced before as her brother was part of the hell she is living in and is currently trying to get her out now that he is free. Some emotional stuff in there, be prepared for that if you have never encountered any of Tillie Cole’s work.
901 is the champion in the underworld but he has no weakness. This annoys his master since he has nothing he can use against him to reign him in when the need arises. His master formulates a plan to make 152 his weakness since women are known to bring men down to their knees. Samson and Delilah anyone? This is easy for the master since they are both his captives and he can play them to his tune even if it takes force. But 901 does not make it easy for any of them, he knows what is going on but he also knows that she will die if he doesn’t follow through with what has been laid out for him.
The topics dealt with in this book and in the rest of the series have always been difficult ones. Human trafficking is something that takes place today but we rarely see headlines about it. The horrors of people losing their family members to this illegal trade all over the world at whatever age and the worst is when they take people who they know will not be sought after. It’s just so heartbreaking to be honest and this book will make you think of all the people who could be going through their own personal hell in dens such as these. It might all be difficult to read but you know it must be worse out there.
This might be a romance book but there was nothing sexy about it. It was mostly sad and heartbreaking. I don’t know how else to put it because it did not give me any ‘aww how cute’ feeling but I was just mostly feeling pain and fear for the Hero and Heroine. But that was just me, I’m pretty sure some people felt the mushy stuff when reading it but that just was not me in this one.
Pick this one up if you do not shy away from the not so ordinary stories, the taboo reads that I absolutely love. Check out the series if you can stomach it but let me just plead with you, try out any of Tillie Cole’s books.
An ARC was provided in exchange of an honest review.