The Bastard by Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Filthy Trilogy #1
Published by Julie Patra Publishing on January 10, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Dark Romance
Source: Self Purchased
I’m the bastard child, son to the mistress, my father’s backup heir to the Kingston empire. He sent me to Harvard. I left and became a Navy SEAL, but I’m back now, and I finished school on my own dime. I’m now the right hand man to Grayson Bennett, the billionaire who runs the Bennett Empire. I’m now a few months from being a billionaire myself. I don’t need my father’s company or his love. My “brother” can have it. I will never go back there. I will never be the mistake my father made, the way he was the mistake my mother made.
And then she walks in the door, the princess I’d once wanted more than I’d wanted my father’s love. She wants me to come back. She says my father needs to be saved. I don’t want to save my father but I do want her. Deeply. Passionately. More than I want anything else.
But she’s The Princess and I’m The Bastard. We don’t fit. We don’t belong together and yet she says he needs me, that she needs me. We’re like sugar and spice, we don’t mix, but I really crave a taste. Just one. What harm can just one taste do?
BOOK ONE IN THE FILTHY TRILOGY
The Bastard is the first book in the Filthy Trilogy by Jones and I am just beginning to get into this author’s work and I am intrigued. Now I tried reading this one just a couple of weeks ago and yeah I set it aside when I saw that it was a step sibling romance and that is not my cup of tea. But then for some reason this week I was in the mood for this one, I don’t know why but I decided to try it out again and I quickly fell in love with this story. Its not your typical step sibling romance either, so I did enjoy seeing how this author implemented this aspect within the story.
The Bastard is a story of two people that once had an affair, but then Eric left and Harper was left alone. But then they are brought back together when Eric returns home to get justice against his family that wronged him, only to learn, the only woman he ever loved is now related to him when her mother married his father. Harper has her reasons for sticking with the Bennett family, but the feelings she carries for Eric are her undoing and they both end up stumbling on a plot to destroy them but there are secrets that Harper is keeping from Eric, could that be what destroys them?
Man this book was a whirlwind of a read and honestly I knew after that ending I would be picking up book two….dang those cliffhangers. I actually really fell hard for these two characters. There is such angst and deep emotion and the way that this author really balanced out those elements worked for me. Their romance is fiery and intense and the emotional build up is one that will leave the reader on the edge, highly looking forward to the rest of the trilogy to see where this author takes this pair.
The Princess by Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Filthy Trilogy #2
Published by Julie Patra Publishing on January 23, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Source: Self Purchased
The second book in the Filthy Trilogy – Eric and Harper’s story continues…
He’s the bastard of the empire, a savant, a genius, and a self-made success. He left it all behind, but he came back for her.
Their passion is a flame that ignites more than their bond. It ignites secrets, lies, and a puzzle that once solved, will shake them to the core.You know one deep, dark secret, but you do not yet know anywhere near everything.
The Princess is the second in the trilogy that we have here, and this story in “The Bastard” does end in a bit of a cliffhanger of sorts. Its more like a unrevealed secret that the heroine was keeping from the hero, although not intentionally I don’t think. What we see is a traumatic event that happened to Harper, one in which Eric had no clue in and where his horrid brother was there for her when he wasn’t. I will admit that even though the ending of “The Bastard” wasn’t enough of a cliffhanger to have me picking up this book immediately, I definitely wanted to see how this reveal would turn out for our hero and heroine and I actually liked seeing how it ended up being beneficial to their relationship.
“Caring about someone is a weakness,” he says, echoing my thoughts from moments before. “It opens you up to pain and hurt. We just choose to make it worth the risk. And you are.”
Because they learn the value that the past lessons define them and seeing them learn to accept each other’s mistakes and learn to move on into a place that worked for both Eric and Harper was truly wondrous to see. We, of course, also get a more build up of the overall plot which I had a fun time seeing as it thickened on the essence of the mystery of the story as a whole. It was also interesting to see Eric’s group of friends and their unconditional and unwavering support of him. The romance that we have between Eric and Harper definitely deepens on a level that I respected so deeply. Definitely had a blast with this second installment.
The Empire by Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Filthy Trilogy #3
Published by Julie Patra Publishing on March 12, 2019
Source: Self Purchased
Harper and Eric are now faced with trust issues.
Can they survive their enemies and find a path to love and forever?
The third and final book in the Filthy Trilogy.
Book one: The Bastard
Book Two: The Princess
Now we get the final installment of the Filthy Series ….”The Empire” and yeah this book worked for me in all the ways that we see building up within the trilogy. The suspense level of the plot is superb and it definitely had me so intrigued into wondering which of the family members were actually behind wanting Eric and Harper killed. Eric and Harper are definitely a unique couple, in that, nothing tends to get them down for too long.
In life, there are people who touch our lives and leave lasting marks. There are people who cut us and do so in a way that we feel as if we might never heal. If we’re lucky, we find that one person who can soothe the ache of our wounds, if not heal them. That one person who sees our flaws as perfection. That one person who can make us whole again.
They are continually fighting for each other and I was intrigued in seeing how this book would play out in deepening their bond out. I do want to mention that its not an easy read to see them struggle at times within this finale, but I was impressed in seeing their faith in each other that was unconditionally unwavering. I honestly couldn’t get enough, and truly seeing how evil Eric and Harper’s family members are is just a reminder in the strength of what solid characters they both are to rise above that evil and come out on top. In many ways I just didn’t want their story to end, because I fell so hard for them in many respects, and they will be a couple to be missed. Somehow, this author won my heart in this taboo of a relationship and I am eager for more.