Thursday, July 18, 2019

REVIEW: Filthy Vows by Alessandra Torre

Shel: Y'all.
Filthy Vows is bringing me back. Waaaaaay back to the early days of Blindfolded Innocence and the early days of the blog and the wild wild west days of the new romance community. This novel brought me back to the days when the couples were young and their sex lives were hot af and writers held nothing back--everything was fair game. And shocking to no one, I loved it. Court: Girl, I feel you so much...and Alessandra Torre is the queen. She made this story so much more than I was expecting (I mean, I thought she would, but I obviously couldn't know exactly how it would go!) and I loved it so much!

Shel: I loved the sexy bits but even more than that I loved the story of Elle and Easton's romance. I really enjoyed the chase--how they caught each other's attention and then kept it. Their interactions were fun, funny, and threw me back to the days of being single in college. And then when they married, I truly enjoyed how honest their struggle was--while their particular struggle was a little atypical because of what happened job-wise to Easton early on, in many ways it wasn't and that's what I think made them easy to relate to. Many of us in our early twenties have the desire for the luxuries and the Instagram perfection we see in the world and yet we are working with a budget that doesn't allow for those things. Instead of being public about those hardships, many times we put on the pretty face, swallow our struggles and fears, and keep going--which is what I saw with Elle and Easton and I just found it so real and honest. The love they exhibited was just so lovely to read and it made me invested in how they'd work through things and while the emphasis in this novel was definitely about how certain fantasies would play out, Alessandra Torre just announced that she's writing a second book and I hope that she goes into some of their other struggles a bit more, in addition to exploring more of their fantasies. I think this couple has a lot to offer in the way they trust each other and are cheering each other on and I'm interested in how Alessandra sees their future.

Court: ME TOO! Their story is so funny, but heart wrenching at the same time...but navigating it with them and seeing if they'll continue to cling to one another or not is such a real life thing that it blew me away. I loved the journey we went on with them, but I also liked that we didn't stay in the past too much. We got right into the thick of it, and Alessandra's writing is witty and funny, and beautiful and really made these characters stick out in my mind where I'm still thinking about them.I relate to their struggles while at the same time getting the fantasy that we (and apparently Elle) came for. 

Shel: In addition to the strong main characters, I fell in love with Chelsea and Aaron. If I had a magic fairy wand and could get even more books out of this series, I'd love to get to know them better and see how each of these characters get to their HEAs. They were interesting and funny and down to earth--much like Elle and Easton. Court: I think we can hope a lot for that! I love how unapologetically herself Chelsea is, and Aaron would have his hands full but I think he and we would enjoy the ride!  

Shel: Filthy Vows was the perfect weekend read. It was interesting and sexy and while it had a completely concluded ending, I'm so very eager to see what Alessandra Torre cooks up in the next book she writes with them....and fingers crossed she writes another one or two after that with these characters (I can't help it--it was such a fun read!). Court: It is. I absolutely devoured it...and I cannot wait for more. AND when you get it on the zon, there is a link at the end for a sneak peek into the first chapter of the next one and it is absolutely amazing! My jaw even dropped, y'all. 


Would you tell your husband everything?

Every torrid thought?
Every twisted fantasy?
The forbidden images that slink into your mind in your most vulnerable moments?

I shouldn't have. I hesitated to. But I did.

And my husband? He gave them all to me.

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About the Author

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest-blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for

In addition to writing, Alessandra is the creator of Alessandra Torre Ink, a website, community, and online school for aspiring authors.

Learn more about Alessandra on her website at, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or her Facebook fanpage.

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