Monday, 28 March 2016

BLOG TOUR: Filthy Marcellos: The Complete Collection by Bethany-Kris

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Publication Date: February 8, 2016 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mafia

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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.




RATING, Overall:

I read the stories within back-to-back, without break, and i just wanna say, what a ride! The story of the Marcello clan, from Antony's rise to power to each of his sons making his mark in the world of the Cosa Nostra.

It really is like reading a saga. It's got passion, violence, love, action, values and redemption. While each book was not a total winner, which I will go thru in more details later, I love the overall impact it left on me, and made me glad I requested for this. For a first Bethany read, it was definitely a winner. Seeing this romance, Bethany gave me a sizzling one. For a mob romance, I got exactly what I was hoping for. She gave me these men who live outside the law who love the women in their lives with all they have, understand the meaning of family, are violent in their thoughts and actions where warranted, do right by their women and their people when called for, and adhere to certain moral codes that felt appropriate in the most ironic way. In short, the perfect antiheroes. Sigh... Then the women who love these men with as much passion, understand the life that these men lead, and equally strong in their own rights. Women whose decisions might seem questionable to the outside world but somehow understandable at the same time. Sigh...


The prequel to the series. The patriarch of the clan. As a capo, he's got fire in his belly. Along the way, met the boss' daughter, Cecilia, and fell in love. From a capo, he moved on to be the boss. And so began the legacy of the Filthy Marcellos.

Antony is ruthless and very ambitious. But he also looks after the people he love. And Cecelia is the perfect woman to stand next to him, the perfect matriarch.


This is my most fave of all.

Lucian is a made guy, he's got everything he needs and wants. A brief glance of Jordyn was all it took for her to embed herself in his psyche. He has his own demons to slay brought on by childhood experiences. Jordyn is living her nightmare courtesy of her mother. She found her refuge in Lucian. And in turn, Lucian, found his kindred spirit in her.

Given what Jordyn has gone thru, there was an understated strength to her and I love how feisty she got when it involved Lucian. I love how Lucian took care of Jordyn and gave her exactly what she needed. I love the honesty between them. And while it started as insta-attraction, nothing felt contrived.


Probably my least fave of all, unfortunately.

Gio, the youngest of the Marcello, had his hard-partyin' ways all this time until he met Kim one night. That one night was just supposed to be just one night. But I suppose fate has other things in mind because he met her again. Kim felt the same. And she was spoken for, how about that! But I suppose the heart wants what the heart wants.

I had a slight difficulty relating to these 2. Not that they're bad characters. But I didn't fully understand their motivations. It all felt like first world problems, albeit within the context of the mob world. 

Regardless though, somehow Bethany sold me their chemistry and I actually thought they have the hottest. How about that!


Next to Lucian's story, this is the closest next fave.

Dante is the oldest of the Marcello sons. There are expectations laid on him, a lot of pressure on him, being the next successor to the Marcello legacy. Because of a childhood incident, Dante knew what he can and can't offer. In came Cat, who is pretty much his female counterpart, total badass of a chick!

I love how their relationship evolved, from a business partnership to friendship to a sizzlin' union. I love how they got each other. I love the lack of guile between them. 

Cat has her own dilemma to deal with, which somehow tied in nicely with what she and Dante are faced with, so for it to work nicely in the end, I couldn't have thought of a better ending.

The epilogue was perfect! Not just for both Dante and Cat, but for the entire Marcello clan.

I tell ya, these Marcello men! Heart!


And a glimpse into the next generation of the Marcellos, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Each with their own challenges. Each with their own very strong personalities, even the quiet one, yes. I am looking forward to reading them and getting more immersed in their world.



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Lucian Teaser


Gio Teaser


Dante Teaser


Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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