My Rating: 5 stars
Instead of reviewing each book separately, I thought it made more sense to do it all in one as all the parts are pretty short.
Filthy was recommended to me by a friend and I saw that book 1 was free on Amazon so I made an instant purchase. And from there I was hooked so bad. I just could not stop reading… book 1 turned to 2, 3, 4, 5. You know you love a series when you just cannot stop reading for even a little while. I went to sleep reading, woke up continued the series, went to the gym finished the series… I had it bad.
This is exactly what a forbidden ‘love’ story should be like. There are so many ‘step’ books out there which are so incredibly meh, as they consist of shmut from page one till the last page, as they all just flow over my head because I cannot connect. They lack a consistent story, character personality, and any significant emotional attachment one character has with another.
This story proved to be different. There was a ‘forbidden step brother’ element but it wasn’t just about shmut you know? It was about real trauma, real attachment and it was so much more than a love story. Believe it or not but the main characters don’t do the deed until like book 5. Do you understand what I mean about not instantly doing the dirty?
I absolutely loved the main Faye. She was a woman who’s journey I’m enjoying following. That girl has probably been through the worst kind of trauma and pain imaginable and she still managed to survive. She’s a coke addict, a prostitute, forced to live a life on the streets as the alternative luxury living she fled from is so much worse. Then her stepbrother; Rhett finds her. And boy is he hateful. The only person who was good to you in the entire world suddenly hates you? Yeah, I was so lost in her story. And then the story develops, of battling feelings, forcing to live with the ghosts of the past, diving in to self-hatred… It’s all a nightmare but so incredibly interesting to read. I mustn’t delve too much in to the storyline because it’s something that should be experienced as you go along reading it.
And coming to Rhett. He is so good for Faye, I mean I really don’t know where she would be if it wasn’t for him caring for her. He helped so much. And yes even though he has a girlfriend, he’s still linked to Faye. Poor her though, she can’t even have the one person she really does need. Although I am hoping they get the happy ending that they both deserve. They are opposites who are also very similar. Faye is 19 off the streets, living the kind of life no one should, while Rhett is a 29 year old lawyer, successful, decent. Could they be any more different? But it goes much deeper than that for these two, and that is what I’m hoping works out for them in the end.
Overall, I recommend the hell out of this. Do you love dark reads? Do you not scare easily by abuse? Then this one is for you! The story is just so good, you’re bound to get hooked. Best part? First book is free on Amazon so you can try before you carry on buying! Happy reading.