Filthy Marcellos: The Complete Collection (Filthy Marcellos 0.5-3) by Bethany-Kris
Published by Self-published on February 8, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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Filthy Marcellos: La Cosa Nostra is not just a choice of regime and routine, it’s a culture. Born as mafia royalty, the Marcello brothers were raised ingrained with the beliefs and rules of what it meant to be a Mafioso prince. It is for life. Their status is considered a given right. They will always be these people. They will always be Marcellos.
Family first. God second.
From bosses and sons, to husbands and lovers. Made men, fathers, and killers. Life is a chess board in Cosa Nostra and these men are the kings.
You can't be a Marcello if you're not filthy.
The Complete Collection features the short novel Antony, and the three full length novels Lucian, Giovanni, and Dante. It also includes the 20k prequel to the Legacy series, featuring the Filthy Marcellos next generation.
Reading a series as a collection is a readers dream to have the luxury of going from one book to another without waiting. It risks the chance of the story becoming repetitive but not with this series. Each book held its own. Every member of the family had their distinctive character traits, allowing for each to maintain individuality without loss of the familiarity of the family connection. They are a family bound by tradition and rules. I was impressed by Bethany-Kris’s writing with this being the first time I had read one of her books and it won’t be the last!
Antony, Filthy Marcellos #.05
Antony’s journey to being the Boss was a brilliant introduction to the harsh realities of the life he was born into. The oath they elect to take to be a made man was akin to selling your soul to the devil. Considering Sunday Mass, followed by a family meal was a weekly ritual not to be missed, their oath sat eerily aside their Sunday masks compared to their working week.
Antony is a character who gained my admiration from the time he was introduced to the final moment shared with his son. The words they exchanged were few but they radiated so much. 5 Stars
(15%) Lucian, Filthy Marcellos #1
Lucian emulated both his biological and adopted father as a son in an admirable manner, filling his parents with pride. He was a genuine character who fit in perfectly into the Marcello family. Jordyn may not have met the criteria to sit at the family table as ‘family’, never faltering, holding her own magnificently.
I was able to pick the plot twist early on but not the rationale behind the mayhem being caused. Lucian and Jordyn are both people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, tragic beginnings in life and neither of them allowed their past to consume other consume their future. They were a match made in heaven. Again, another 5 Stars from me
(40%) Giovanni, Filthy Marcellos #2
Curious as to why the party boy has been chosen next. Gio gets away with a lot because he gets the job done. Antony’s youngest son has always stressed his family out with living on the edge and terrifying them he would fall. When a one night stand gets under his skin, he begins to make choices taking his previous risk-taking choices to a death-wish level. The self-assured woman he had met took his breath away and discovered too late she was someone a wise man in his life should have steered clear of. Love knows no rules. The boundaries they have to cross are massive and, at first, appear impossible. Gio is a man who doesn’t lose when he goes after something or someone. While I was entranced by Gio and Kim, at times their plight was hard to believe. A book where I had a running rating going through my head. It started off at 5 Stars, then dipped to 4 returning to 4.5 possibly 5 stars.
(65%) Dante, Filthy Marcellos #3
Dante is being slowly given more and more control and it was in one of his moments of being Boss, where he is thrown into a situation I hadn’t expected at all. The woman he happens to meet was nothing like I imagined for Dante. I had no time for the Queen who wanted to be his. This was nothing like Lucien or Gio’s stories of how they met the love of their lives. The pressure has always been on Dante as the heir apparent to find himself a suitable wife. Catrina Danzi, was not good enough for Dante in my opinion, I wanted better for Antony & Cecilia’s son. She didn’t represent the path to happiness for Dante in my mind. Somehow, though, Bethany-Kris turned my opinion around and I ended up warming to her.
In a world where women are admired, respected and revered, Catrina uses this to her advantage and puts a proposition to Dante he happily accepts. It’s a win, win situation for them both but it was the lack of transparency that had me worried along with the fact she was a well-practiced manipulator. I couldn’t see how their partnership could work. I obviously lacked faith because by the end of Dante’s story I was so glad I pushed through my prejudices towards Catrina. I should have had more trust in a Marcello man to hold face. 5 Stars
This is where we now meet Antony’s grandchildren as they make their way in the family business. Considering they were children in the previous three books, the story flowed remarkably well. Each generation stretches the rules of life a little further than the last generation. Pushing the boundaries removes the protection they provide letting danger into their already dangerous lives. The prequel is a short tease for what’s to come. Needless to say, I have been sucked into the Marcello family in a big way and can’t wait to read on. 4.5 Stars
Lily’s Rating for the Collection: Rounding it up to 5 filthy Stars
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