Rating: 4.5 stars
Series: Scarred Souls #2
221 was abused, damaged, and completely dehumanized. He was forced to endure and do horrible things. He was a gulag prisoner. He would have remained that way forever, subjected to the whims of his master with no free will of his own if he hadn’t been freed by an unexpected person.
I desperately wanted to get my hands on this after reading Rave, and it was oh so good. I loved 221. He was so damaged mentally it was hard not to feel for him. The drugs he was given for years stripped him of any sense of self. He lived and breathed to do what his master told him to do. It was sad to see someone in that situation and know they had no control over it.
Talia became obsessed with 221. She was supposed to stay away from him but couldn’t help herself. No one else had been kind to him or had been there for him. She was determined to prove there was more to him than a mindless killer. There was insta-love between them, but I didn’t care. I absolutely adored them as a couple.
Aside from the romance, 221 had an interesting back story. It’s too complicated to say anything about without giving spoilers. I thrilled that some chapters were from Luka’s POV because I wanted to know more about how things were going with him and Kisa. Luka was struggling with his new position in the family. His past made him incapable of dealing with it the way others had.
Holy crap! That epilogue had quite the unexpected revelation. I want the next in my hands right now.
Thanks so much to NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!