Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“She’s crack cocaine. One hit, and I’m addicted.”
Tia Louise’s Filthy is that delectable combination of spicy, emotional, and suspenseful romance. Carrying on from the first book of her newest series of standalones, Filthy provides us with more story about the wilds of New York City and its underbelly. Does it finish that story? Not in the least. Louise leaves us teased by the end of her bonus epilogue, letting us know there is more suspense to this story.
What we find in Filthy is a story of two people who feel broken and unloveable. However, they find passion and their soulmate in each other, redeemed through the power of love. Scar reminds me of a cinematic Jason Momoa, larger than life while also wanting to hide in the shadows. He cannot help but fall in love with Hana. The holes of his broken soul find completion in her. Like Scar, Hana’s past has left her broken. The trauma of abuse while also feeling inadequate in the shadow of her sister has left its mark on her. However, Scar feels suited to her. He is protective and makes her feel safe.
With his past, Scar fights his attraction to Hana, leaving Filthy strewn with moments of overwhelming emotion and eroticism. There is an emotional tug-a-war from the beginning to the end of this story, but it’s eclipsed by the deep, abiding love Scar and Hana share.
Filthy is quintessential Tia Louse. One minute, she makes you anticipatory for her story’s action; the next minute, she has you crying into a tissue. Then, she leaves you breathless as her hero and heroine, in this case, Scar and Hana, fall deeply, passionately in love with each other forever.
In love and romance,