A smokin’ hot British player…
A jilted girl…
One night of mistaken identity…
★★ NOW LIVE★★
*A modern love story inspired by Romeo and Juliet*
4.5 Filthy CROWNS
Filthy English by Ilsa Madden Mills focuses on two characters, Dax and Remi, who have been left behind by people they love. Although the end result of their separate tragic events is the same, it shapes them into different people. Remi has become someone who needs stability and plans for everything, while Dax has become the life of the party, moving from girl to girl. This second-chance romance follows both of these characters as their walls fall down, and they decide whether or not to take a risk and love.
If you read Dirty English, then you have already met Dax Blay, as he is the twin brother to Declan. He is characterized as the fun, party boy. He is the player and manwhore, never settling down, and all the girls know this. Even though this description seems to portray a very one-dimensional character, Dax is anything but simple. Actually, what I like most about Dax is the complexity of his character. He isn’t a manwhore just to be one. His behavior is rooted in pain that he experienced as a child. As a reader, you heart aches for him because the reader can see he wants more. He wants what Declan and Elizabeth have, and he knows who he wants it with, but he lets his emotions and defenses get in the way for a majority of the novel. Remmington Montague is the new heroine in the book, and I adore her as a heroine. Her development and growth as a character is enjoyable to watch. She starts out, as I stated before, being a list-checker and rule follower, but, when she escapes Raleigh to lick her wounds, she starts to make changes, usually with the support of Dax. By the end of the book, she owns who she is and is making decisions to make herself happy. Her behavior at the end of the book is the best example of how her confidence and tenacity to go after what she wants has improved ten-fold. On a side note, I love her knowledge of birds and how the author integrates it into her characterization and development of the relationship between Dax and Remi. It makes me laugh so much, just thinking about it even now makes me chuckle! There is also the introduction of secondary characters Lulu and Spider. Lulu is a great friend, supportive and fun. I wish she was real so we could hang out. Then we have the cousin. He is an interesting character who is recovering from addiction, and I’m incredibly interested to see where Ilsa Madden-Mills could develop him as a character. The author leaves enough clues and information about these characters to make me hope for another book in the series.
The plot of the story is a second-chance trope, as I stated before. Dax and Remi had a short but hot affair, which ends badly and explains the animosity between them. After the affair is over, they both move onto other people, but they never truly let the other go. There are a lot of obstacles in their way, and, often, it is themselves, but this type of back and forth led to the angst. Some readers may not like the back and forth of the plot, but it fits with the character development created by the author. It fits who they are as people. I personally enjoyed the back and forth between the characters, because it’s authentic to the characters and how the author has developed them throughout the story.
An additional aspect of the book that I love is the incorporation of Romeo and Juliet allusions. Last names, places, parties, etc. I love it all. It appeals to my English teacher heart.
This is another solid read from Ilsa Madden Mills, and I cannot wait to see what she does next with the series. See, I’m already pretending that another book is coming. I just don’t want to let them go yet!
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Two weeks before her wedding, Remi Montague’s fiancé drops her faster than a drunken sorority girl in stilettos. Armed with her best friend and a bottle of tequila, she hops a plane to London to drown her sorrows before fall semester begins at Whitman University.
She didn’t plan on attending a masquerade party.
She sure didn’t plan on waking up next to the British bad boy who broke her heart three years ago—the devastatingly handsome and naked Dax Blay. Furthermore, she has no clue how they acquired matching tattoos.
Once back at Whitman together, they endeavor to pretend they never had their night of unbridled passion in London.
But that’s damn hard to do when you live in the same house…
One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.
Without much thought except for comfort, instinctively I pressed myself against him, fitting into his arms as easy as breathing. He leaned against the brick wall of the neighboring building and wrapped me up, sensing my need to be grounded.
I don’t know how long we stood like that—maybe a minute, maybe five—but soon our breaths were in sync; the rise and fall of his chest in perfect accord with mine.
One of his hands traced down my spine and then up. He outlined my shoulder blades with his fingertips. His hands drifted to my hips then caressed back up to my hair, massaging my scalp.
But what had started as an innocent hug changed.
Fire licked my skin everywhere he touched. Of their own accord, my hands slid down to his waist and teased the line where his jeans rested on his hips. I went further, my fingers toying with the V at his hip until I felt him harden against me.
Lips brushed the top of my hair. “Remi . . . look at me,” he said, his voice raspy.
If you look up, you’re going to kiss him . . .
I tilted my head up and his mouth fused with mine in an instant.
Insistent. Wild. Hot. Yes! This is what I needed.
I groaned, and my hands rushed to his shoulders and dug in.
He was wrong—terribly wrong—for me, but it felt so right.
I felt wonderfully alive, revved up, as if I could crush a car with my bare hands, or push Dax against the wall and fuck him senseless. I recognized the feeling for what it was—an I almost-died-and-now-I-want-to-experience-life feeling.
“Wait,” he breathed as I ran my hand under his shirt. “It’s adrenaline. You’ve been through a trauma. You don’t really want this—”
“Shhh.” I lifted his shirt and kissed his chest, my tongue flicking over his nipple. “You taste like every good thing I’ve ever wanted.”
His taut restraint snapped, and he swayed into me. “God, I can’t tell you no.”
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About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.
She’s addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding heroes in books. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she’s a Gemini), Sephora make-up, and tattoos.
She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education.
When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.
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Ilsa Madden-Mills’ other books:
VERY BAD THINGS
VERY WICKED BEGINNINGS
VERY WICKED THINGS
VERY TWISTED THINGS