I’ve been a fan of R. Scarlett’s writing for a long time, so I was sure I would not be disappointed when she would publish this prelude of her new contemporary romance series, American Gods. I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I read that would be released, and needless to say, I adored it. There is just something about the way she crafts her stories that is alluring, never boring and surprising.
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Publication Year: 2018
Part of a series?: Yes, Book 0.5 of 4
You can buy it HERE on Amazon.com
The first book of this new series that I believe will be fabulous is “Filthy Gods”, and is about one of the core members of the American Gods, a secret society at Yale University where only the richest and powerful guys who will have influence in the future of the nation are accepted.
The main male character is Nathaniel Radcliffe, a handsome guy who is feared by many because he has a strong presence because of his family but also because of his imposing and balance personality. He’s basically the one who tries to put equilibrium among his inner circle peers. He has a sharp tongue and that is why our female lead, Juliette Monroe, doesn’t like him one bit. She is driven, determined, and won’t stop at Nathaniel’s smart debates skills; they only make her feel more passionate about who she wants to become in the future.
The tale is old as time: Nathaniel and Juliette come from different worlds. He is covered in money, while she has had a rough life and she’s barely making ends meet and paying tuition at Yale. A casual encounter far from campus and people who constantly scrutinize them will make them grow closer and face their feelings for each other; the good and the bad.
Nathaniel is a rich guy, but this doesn’t mean he is where he is because of his money. On the other hand, he achieved his goals thanks to his intelligence and skills, and this makes Juliette appreciate him despite she hates him because of said skills he has. She thinks he lives to make her angry during their heated debates in class, but she’s far from the truth because Nathaniel is commanding but he is also sweet and protective, among many positive traits he has. Juliette is a woman who had to work hard to get where she is. She is determined and smart, always trying to give her best and keep her integrity in the process, as we often see during the book.
I love the way R. Scarlett presents us places and people. Her way of telling the reader what the character is seeing or feeling or what the character does is always on point and never boring; she never gives you unnecessary details and surprises you when you least expect it. Her characters have their own personality and they are not flat: besides from Nathaniel and Juliette who are the main characters of this story, we were also introduced to the future three American Gods who are in Nathaniel’s circle: Gabe, James and Arsen. We only have glimpses of them, but let me tell you, I’m already excited to read about them because I love reading romance with bad guy as the main protagonists. I think they will get full novels instead of a novella. I don’t know why the author chose to write this prelude story as a novella and not a full-length book, but I guess because this one is set at University and the following books will be set out of it. Plus, I think the events of “Filthy Gods” are great as they are because they fit the aim of Juliette and Nathaniel’s story since they already knew each other before the story starts. Despite this is a novella, the timeline is perfect and the way they grow on each other is believable. On the other hand, if the characters had been strangers, I would have loved a longer build-up to strengthen their feelings towards each other.
I can’t wait for “Rich Boys Don’t Have Hearts” which will come out in Summer 2018 and will be about Gabe Easton.
RATING: 5/5 stars