Series: American Gods #1
on May 15th 2018
Genres: New Adult
Young. Wealthy. Elite. Attractive. The gentlemen’s secret society at Yale was filled with them.
And Nathaniel Radcliffe, the bane of my existence, was one of them.
As the right hand of the American Gods, he was conceited and arrogant. A dangerously handsome man in a tailored custom suit and shiny black oxford loafers.
The classroom was our battlefield. We made a sport out of arguing and debating, ready to do anything in order to win over the other.
Deadly opponents, deadlier minds.
I'd sworn I'd never give him the upper hand, until...
The secret I’ve been hiding for the last three years?
He just discovered it… and now he has all the power.
by R. Scarlett
As a rule I don’t rate novellas 5 stars. It’s an extremely difficult task to write much of a story into a very limited word count. So when there comes one along that actually feels almost like a full length novel I make an exception.
Filthy Gods is the first in the American Gods series by R. Scarlett – it’s a longish novella I didn’t want to stop. This enemy-to-lovers story is addictive as hell and reminded me in that sense of Erin Watt’s The Royals. The setup is similar – a couple boys who are the top dogs at Yale, rich, entitled, gorgeous and a girl, poor and struggling to make ends meet. However, this is where the similarities end. Filthy Gods is dirtier, steamier, hotter.
We see Nathaniel through Juliette’s eyes, manipulative, arrogant, super-smart and of course we hate him at the beginning but as she softens towards him we realize that he is good, loyal to a fault, protective and sweet, and entirely obsessed with Juliette. I couldn’t stop sighing and probably had hearts as eyes, he was amazing. He so believed in Juliette and supported her, tried to strengthen her and had her back.
“I don’t need your help.”
“No, you don’t,” he agreed. “You could get whatever you want without anyone’s help. You’re capable and strong, and intelligent. And you deserve all of the success I know you’ll have. More than I ever will, more than any bastards whose parents paid their way into Yale.”
And damn, his filthy mouth!
This heroine is feisty, strong and has severe trust issues, no surprise, all she ever learned about people is that they’ll eventually leave. She rather runs before exposing herself but Nathaniel doesn’t let her get away with it. You know how some heroines just grow on you over time? Yeah, Juliette is one of those. She isn’t somebody you fall in love right away, there is too much anger in her for that, but the more time she spends with Nathaniel, the softer she becomes. It was a little heartbreaking to see how alone she’d been until he came into her life.
I had fixated on Nathaniel Radcliffe as my enemy. He became a force that pushed me further, made a powerful energy thrive inside of me to meet him for every challenge.
Juliette and Nathaniel are very alike, apart from their lineage. Both are highly competitive, ambitious, their futures all mapped out. They both work hard to become what they are destined to be.
He was already inside of me. Consuming me. Burning me. He had been for years and now I was laid out in front of him to feast on
When you reach the end of Filthy Gods you are rewarded with one of the sweetest epilogues, I adored it but was sad that it was over. For some reason these two characters have sneaked up on me in the short period of a novella and settled firmly in my heart. This book also introduces the main characters of the upcoming full length novels and let me tell you those boys are hellraisers. They have angst written all over them.
R. Scarlett is a new to me author – I bought a couple of her books a while ago but haven’t gotten around reading them yet. I was not above begging for an ARC when I read the blurb for Filthy Gods. This author has an effortless writing style that makes you go on reading although your eyes are dragging and you actually need to sleep. This novella is a fast read though, I breezed through it. This series is off to a good start!