Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills Is The New Adult Romantic Trope You're Always Looking For
Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to read an amazing, intense book that's sure to leave me in a book hangover for the next month or so. No, sometimes I just need than one mindless, romantic read that I can finish within the night, and call it my in-between book. This is that book, but better. Even in the best of times, I'm always on the lookout for that one New Adult trope where there's the super hot guy who is a player and the beautiful girl who is looking for true love - the two are always at odds, but of course, they belong with each other, no matter how much they refuse to accept it and how many misunderstandings they have. This is that book, too. I guess what that compiles down to is that as long as you're a romance junkie, it is never a bad time to read this book.
Usually with New Adult books the guy and girl don't know each other, but this is one of those second-chance romances. Remi and Dax had a three night-stand when she was a freshman and he, a sophomore, but thanks to a misunderstanding, they hadn't spoken to each other until three years later when they kiss at a bar, hidden behind their masquerade masks. From then on, Remi and Dax's shenanigans together only get more dramatic and comical - at times - and it is such a delight to read. They tell themselves they're just friends, but of course, their perfect friendship is rocked by yet more misunderstandings and hurdles and yay for all those cute and occasionally painful New Adult scenes we all love so much.
So exactly what classic tropes are included in this book? There's the fact that Remi and Dax are roommates for a certain amount of time, there's the whole not one but three night-stand thing, there's the hot guy who won't risk love because of some tragic event in his past, and also the girl who's backstory is also rife with tragedy. There are tons of drinks, a couple of tattoos, and even a fight to top off that one type of New Adult novel one can never get enough of. It's pretty great.
I suppose what kept this novel from being the perfect read is that Remi and Dax could have easily been a couple from the first few chapters in the novel, but instead, they willfully misunderstood everything that occurred and refused to talk things through. Rather, they decided to become roommates and ignore each other and their problems as much as possible, while secretly still caring for each other. As one does.
Still, Filthy English is a satisfying read that hits just the right spot, and it's easy to forgive the book its few negative points when there's such a cute happily ever after for the couple. This isn't the best New Adult romance in the world, but it's charming tale for readers who enjoy authors like Jennifer L. Armentrout. Dax's English accent doesn't hurt either.