Filthy Gods (American Gods 0.5) Book Review

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Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett

Publication: May 6th, 2018

Genre: Na Romance

Rating: fivestars-02

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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.

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Plot

I am so happy I found this new NA series. I can’t wait for the author to publish the rest. If you love NA romance, enemies to lovers, and school rivals to lovers you MUST read this. This is a prequel series to the American Gods trilogy that follows Gabe, James, and Arsen in their secret society at Yale. But Filthy Gods is about a different member of the society but not one of the American Gods. Nathaniel is a best friend to the three boys and Juliette’s rival. She strives to be better, smarter, and never let him see her struggle. Juliette is not like the other students at Yale. She isn’t born from money. She has been in more foster homes than she cares to count and this summer she has to work for the elite to make sure she can continue paying for school. No one at school knows this but as she is cleaning up a mess the bane of her existence, Nathaniel Radcliffe discovers this about her. He hatches up a plan that will be beneficial to them all she has to do is relinquish all the power to him. R. Scarlett created such a sexy and fun story. But there is a plot which is really good especially that ending that hit me right in the feels. Some NA can be all about sex but not this masterpiece. I am so ready for the rest of the books.

Writing

I really enjoyed the way R. Scarlett wrote these characters and the plot. It is truly enjoyable when an author can write in a trope that has been done but still make it feel new. The sexual parts weren’t cringy or uncomfortable like some books can be. Scarlett wrote the light dominate/submissive type of relationship really well and I loved it. This is just a prequel/novella so I can only imagine how great her writing for a full novel will be. My heart was really happy reading this and I finished it in one sitting. 

Characters

Juliette is so smart and I love her so much. My favorite thing about her is she is not privileged. She came from nothing and works her ass off to get what she wants. She doesn’t let anyone in her way but she also is very humble since she came from humble beginnings. I also loved how when she had a choice at the end she took the moral road. It showed that even though she doesn’t let anything stop her she still has a heart and morals. Nathaniel is so smooth. At first, he just seems like every other narcissistic arrogant prick out there. But, the more we learn about him the more we really see his heart. All the ways he takes care of the people he loves is admirable and I can’t wait to learn more about his friendship with Gabe, James, and Arsen. I love how dominant he is but he a softie for Juliette and you realize it before him. We only saw a little bit about the other guys but I am so eager for more. Gabe is the level-headed one, James is the fighter/reckless one, Arsen is the quiet mysterious one. I can’t wait to read about all of them and their s/o but I am most excited for Arsen.

Romance

UGH be still my beating heart. I loved these two so much. They gave me so many heart failures because yes I need this. Scarlett knows how to write romance and I am not ready for a full novel of romance and sexiness. This romance was filled with fluffiness and loveliness. Just read it, people. 

Favorite Quotes
He was only twenty-one and with all his advantages: wealth, family name, looks, and grades, he had it all in one powerful fist.
Anyone with power, money, a significant family name. None of which I held. But one day I would. One day I’d be powerful and feared and I wouldn’t be scrubbing their dirty country club floors.
He was a mere man, I knew that, but he and his friends were treated like gods. It didn’t help they looked like it, too. Intimidating, perfect and deadly.
As a very driven and confident woman, most men preferred to stay as far away from me as possible. They tended to fear those things in a woman because it was intimidating—as if being with a confident woman made them any less of a man. But Nathaniel Radcliffe? He feared no such thing. 
“This will be the only time you ever see me on my knees before you.”
There was something untouchable, something holy and unholy about the boys. Sacred and sinful all at once. Bastards of Grace. Fame, wealth and power poured out of them. They were the things of legends and myths.
“I requested Juliette Monroe,” he said, his forefinger moving with the shift of his lips. “And whiskey.”
Him speaking of success and conquering and achieving my dreams sent a shiver down my spine. He was speaking a language I knew all too well.
“Women don’t distract me.” He moved closer and we only had a tiny space between us. I could feel the heat from his large body and my knees shook. “You distract me, Juliette, and I need to remedy that as soon as possible.”
“Until the end of summer, you’re mine,” he muttered and his head dipped, but his lips lingered on mine. “Swear it to me, Juliette.” I swallowed thickly, my lips bumping against his own. “I swear.” “Swear what, Juliette? I want to hear you say it.” Asshole. “I swear I’m yours until the end of summer.”
He was dissecting me, slowly, carefully—in a way no man had ever done. Exposed wasn’t the right word for how I felt. Naked. Vulnerable. To my enemy.
“I don’t care about your clothes, sweetheart; I care about what’s underneath them,” he said, his voice full of confidence
“And when you bent down to search the lowest shelves for books…your long, toned legs bare, I wanted to bite your thighs.”
His words, his words alone had the power to ignite me. His golden words. His mind had aroused mine even before his body had.
“You would believe that until you saw her singlehandedly destroy men with that sharp tongue of hers,” he said, a smile growing ever so slightly at the corner of his mouth.
“Your anger is desirable to me,” he said and my eyes snapped up to his, capturing my entire attention. I tried to straighten, tried to gather my wits, but under his gaze, I felt naked. “You’re the only one who makes me furious.” A smile stung his mouth. “Good.” He looked far too smug. “I’m the only bastard who gets your wrath.”
“But no one else can have your body or your mind.”
“Life is ten percent what happens to you; ninety percent is how you react to it. I chose not to engage.”
“Ad astra.”  I shivered at his voice, at his words. To see the stars. “You could do anything…”
“That mouth could bring past empires to their knees,” he said lowly.”
“You’re forgetting, sweetheart, who we are,” he whispered into my damp hair. His fingers played with my strands and he breathed me in. “We’re bastards with too much power.”
“If I want to be your husband one day, I know I’ll have to negotiate every single day to keep you happy,” he said, smiling one of those rare smiles I adored.
“You’re not even my boyfriend.” He pressed his forehead to mine. “I’m a greedy, overachieving bastard, Juliette. I examined the risks and you’re worth the fall.”
I needed her now. I needed to kiss her, worship her, and hold her.
“I’ll make an honest woman out of you before we scandalize my mother any more than we already have. Calling you Mrs. Radcliffe will make me one happy bastard.”
And no family name, political agenda or amount of money was worth being able to love Juliette every single day—until the day I died.

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2 thoughts on “Filthy Gods (American Gods 0.5) Book Review

  1. incredible review, as always Kathryn.
    although i kind of hated this book? hahha i thought juliette was really weak, and i hate it when the male is stronger, ( the mini feminist living inside of me).
    But god you make it sounds so good it’s like i read a whole different book 😀

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