My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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.
*arc provided for an honest review*
I don't know what it is a out this brutal world, setting and series that captures so much of my attention every time a new book comes out. Riot is the perfect culmination of the previous books in the series. it's the ending we've been waiting for. it's the ending that all of our Gulag men deserve. there's not way Tillie could have given us a book that everything that a pretty little bow on it. it has to be ugly, brutal, gory, depraving at times with a soul touching love story intertwined with all the blood and fighting. and Tillie delivers.
I was afraid how the series would end. our previous books had such fight in them. not only for the men and what they are doing in the Gulag, but the fight to get out, overcome, heal, and love in the real world. I mean the men, and women for that matter, have all been through so much , I was afraid there was nothing left to give us. oh boy was I wrong. these two meet in the most unexpected of ways, her being the leaders top lady- the High Mona, and him being the head strong top fighter-the Pit Bulk who never loses, who never listens. and well, we just can't have that, something has to be done. but when you start to learn what she's already been through, what she's going through, what he's going through, and yet they have that connection. in the most unlikely of places. and boom, what Master needs is right there. his key to get the Pit Bull to toe the line. but he , the one who never loses, makes this huge sacrifice for her. something the master of the Gulag never expected, Love to be found there. him to be weak, for her.
I felt so animated when I read this book. I think it was because I needed so much, not just for these two, but all our other men from previous books. when he fought, I felt amplified. there was something about this book that just overwhelmed me with anger and hate and love all at the same time. seeing all our couples together, united in taking this down once and for all, and seeing this couple united in escaping and falling in love and having watched all these men fight for so much, fight for freedom in so many different ways, knowing this one would have a fight too, I was so committed to it. I wanted it for them so badly. and I'm so happy with how Tillie delivered the story. it wasn't easy, it may have been one of the hardest in the series. but I think it made it that much better.
4.5 stars from me :)
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