REVIEW – RIOT (Scarred Souls #4) by Tillie Cole


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.

*****Dee’s Review*****

5+++ ~My More~ Stars*****

Forbidden love, survival and fierce brotherhood are the main components that make RIOT a truly amazing read. A story about unexpected love born out of the cruel intentions of a master. But in the end, it was their love that became the freedom they never had, even when they were still inside the cage.

A woman with no name. Only a number, 152 and incredible beauty that caught the eye of the master. She doesn’t remember anything about her past, she only knows how to cope with her cruel reality as she has now become The High Mona of the ruthless master of the blood pit.

She submits to him day and night without hope, until one day she sees a tiny spark of freedom inside the eyes of the undefeated champion killer of the pit.

A merciless killer, 901 only wants to destroy his opponents in the arena where he trains and lives every day. He doesn’t submit to anyone or anything, he only wants to fight. What he doesn’t know is that his master has an evil plan, a secret weapon against him, love…

901 and 152 were forced to mate by orders of the master. They don’t know why or how but from the moment they saw each other they became more than just a number, more than two slaves, that are now falling in love inside the dark arena of the blood pit.

152 is actually Inessa Belrova, Valentin Belrova’s sister. Her brother, together with Luka and the other members of the Russian family have come up with a plan to rescue her and finally burn the blood pit to the ground. But will they achieve this complicated mission on time, or will it be too late?

“With you in my heart, and me in yours, I’m alive.”

“Happy. Together, we make happiness.”

This book was simply exceptional. It was amazing how this author was able to create such a special kind of love story, despite all the hate, blood and destruction in the background. Like a beautiful flower blooming in the middle of hard and dark concrete. RIOT was without a doubt my favorite book out of this wonderful series.



*****Patty’s Review*****

{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”You have made me feel, in here. You have made me want things I never dare let myself want. You have made me want to fight for survival, not pride. I no longer want to die on the pit’s sand, like a warrior. I no longer want to die at all.”
“You make me want to live.”


The Scarred Souls series, has catapulted itself to my number one favorite by Tillie Cole. Each installment manages to be even better than its predecessor. RIOT was the absolute PERFECT conclusion to this dark but ultimately beautiful story. This cannot be read as a standalone. You must have read each book to be able to follow the storyline and honestly, you won’t want to miss out on each and every amazing Hero and their equally fabulous Heroine! I found the love story within this one to be even more heartbreaking as both characters were forced to live under the brutality of the blood pit master from their early childhood. Having been drugged and tortured for so many years, their memories of who they once were, have been almost permanently erased. What I enjoy most about this series is somehow, even within the darkest depths of despair, when all hope is seemingly lost–love always conquers all!

Everything that we have read previously has led us to this point. All the characters from book one and on, are back, and they have a mission that they must accomplish at all cost! There is absolutely no room for failure. The Blood Pit and its Master are to be extinguished and Valentin’s sister, Inessa, is to be rescued. Luka, Zaal, and Valentin are on their way back to the Georgian Blood Pit to put to an end all of the atrocities that have befallen them and countless others.

The Master has taken a new “Mona”, which is what you would consider a sex concubine. 152 has spent most of her life being forced to have sex with the many guards and fighters under Mistress Arziani. Drugs are constantly administered into her system that makes her a willing body but they’ve also wiped out memories of who she was before she came to live in the blood pit. When the Mistress is murdered, her brother takes 152 and plans to keep her for his own pleasure, that is until he notices that his most prized fighter has shown some interest in her.



901 is the ultimate killing machine. He is Arziani’s best blood pit fighter. This man lives for the kill and closes himself off to all human contact. He refuses the Master’s offerings of women to have sex with. He has not made any friendships with the other fighters in his cell block. Relationships are a form of weakness. He hates his Master with everything that he is and will not give him any kind of leverage over him. But with just one look at 152, his weakness has been discovered. Arziani sends 152 to 901’s cell and injects a drug in her that has her crying out in pain. The only way to stop the suffering is to have sex with her. He unwillingly obliges but little by little, 152 is breaking through all of his walls he had built up over the years to protect himself.

Soon they come to find out their true identities, 152 is Inessa Belrova, Valentin’s sister. 901 is Ilya Konev, who was kidnapped from an orphanage in Russia when he was just a young boy. The two find true love during circumstances that can only be considered a living nightmare. How will they be able to live a life of love and freedom when they are facing insurmountable odds?

At the heart of each book has been the incredible and overpowering love that the couple feels for each other. It is the love of their women that sets them free from the torment and pain of their past. She is the one who gives them a new purpose, who beats into their hearts a new determination to live a better life. Without their women by their side, they are nothing and they never waste a moment cherishing these fierce females. Each Heroine may seem delicate but they are just as powerful and brave as their beloved Warriors.

RIOT is currently available! Don’t miss out on this truly amazing series!

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