Review: Raphael by Tillie Cole

Title: Raphael
Author: Tillie Cole
Genre: Dark Suspense
Type: Book 1 of Deadly Virtues series
POV: Third Person


10 years since they escaped The Brethren, The Fallen continued the rituals that allowed them to live a relatively normal life. Raphael had patiently waited for the One. When Maria walked into his life, he knew she’d be his ultimate fantasy, until she turned out to be a complication he wasn’t ready to face.

I liked Raphael in the prequel novella and I enjoyed seeing how he indulged in his proclivities. I appreciated how Maria had inner strength even though it was misplaced at times. What I enjoyed the most about this book is how the other characters had significant appearances without taking the spotlight from the main characters.

It was brotherhood in its strongest form. They didn’t know how to live without one another—they didn’t care to find out.

I enjoyed the darkness and sexiness of the story, however, 2/3 of the book was slow for me due to too much emphasis on the couple. It wasn’t until towards the end that The Brethren was included in the storyline. I also had a certain expectation before starting the book and was a little disappointed it veered away from the direction I preferred based on the immense potential of the prequel novella.

It was the scars underneath that cut the deepest. The scars that sliced into the soul, that clawed at the flesh of the heart. That mutilated the mind. She knew. She knew that all too well . . .

Raphael is a story of overcoming inner demons. This series would appeal to fans of dark books.

Books in the series:
The Fallen Genesis (Deadly Virtues, #0.5) by Tillie Cole Raphael (Deadly Virtues, #1) by Tillie Cole


This review is also available on Goodreads.


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.⁣⁣ 📖 #CurrentlyReading: Raphael by #TillieCole⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣★ Book Details ★⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Buy:⁣ Blurb:⁣⁣ They are the Fallen. A brotherhood of murderers whose nature compels them to kill. But guided by their leader, Gabriel, the Fallen have learned to use their urges to rid the world of those it is better off without.⁣ ⁣ For Raphael, sex and death are intertwined. Where there is one, there must be the other. He is a lust killer, luring his victims with the face of an angel and a body built for sin. ⁣ ⁣ And Raphael lives to sin. ⁣ ⁣ His newest mission takes him into the sadistic underworld of Boston’s secret sex clubs, and puts him face to face with his greatest fantasy made flesh.⁣ ⁣ Maria is everything he’s ever dreamed of, the kill he’s always longed for. She’s not his target. And he knows he must resist. But the temptation is too strong…⁣ ⁣ Yet Raphael is not the only one with a mission. Maria is not quite what she seems. And as her secrets and Raphael’s unravel, Maria begins to question everything she thought she knew—about evil, about the place she calls home, and about the beautiful sinner she was sent to destroy.⁣ ⁣ Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and topics some may find triggering. Recommended for age 18 years and up.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

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    1. It depends on what you’re looking for. When I read the novella, I don’t expect the main book to go the direction it did. I had high hope it would continue the level of darkness and intensity. I know others love this different direction, so it depends lol!

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