I picked this book up after a friend of mine was ranting and raving about how amazing the entire series is. I was super excited, because usually all of my recommendations come from blogging, Netgalley, or whatever other virtual group that I’m a part of. So, to have an in person discussion about some in your face juicy romance novels, of course got me all excited about reading it.
Unfortunately, I think my expectations based on her rec was a little too high. I’m not even sure if I’ll finish the series. It’s still up in the air for me, and if I do then it won’t be any time soon. The OCD in me wants to keep on going, because ‘how could you’ not actually finish something you’ve started. Yet, the ‘I’m too busy to dick around with something that I don’t feel invested in’ side of me says to just put it away… for now.
Antony (Tony) is a no-nonsense, vicious, sexy, and powerful man. The Italian mafia runs his life, or in a way he runs it… either way is a fit. I like him, and I like his wife too! Cecelia is one of two of daughters of the big boss. The main man. It only makes sense that they end up together, as she is limited on whom she’s allowed to date. Yet, they are actually a great couple. They work well together. Their love is real. The sex is great. They have a beautiful family together, with the perfect home. Their hardships are devastating, and their good times are glorious.
So, you’d think with this premise, backed by a bunch of bloody mobster lawlessness it would be a great read. For me, it came up lacking. I felt like it left out too many important things. It was missing the sharp edged suspense I was hoping for. Granted, it’s hard to cover such a long length of time and still insert important details… but I feel like too much was left out. It bounced around in weird places, and came up short where it was important. I felt detached from the characters, and had a hard time forcing myself to take the time to read it.
Ultimately, I’ll probably finish reading the whole series, but it will be a while before I get to it.
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.