The majority of the story takes place over the course of three days. During this portion of the book the author does an amazing job at letting the reader get a feel of the situation that Teddy finds herself in, the remorse that Louis feels and the danger that his friends (and they are famous friends at that!) represent for her. Although things happened quickly, particularly the love aspect, I felt the story was developed and told very well. It kept my interest and was a great character study in my opinion. But the love aspect did happen quickly and didn't really feel like love to me. I did believe that they were attracted to one another and that over time they would have believably fall in love with one another. Unfortunately it seemed too much like Louis was looking for something that Teddy fulfilled and for Teddy Louis was her primary source of kindness and caring in a house of threatening criminals. It also didn't hurt that he was amazingly attractive. Although I wasn't really buying the love, I did love the story and how it was told. Teddy was a strong and independent woman. She definitely had a backbone and stood by her convictions. Never did she play the helpless female even though her life was in the hands of criminals that would probably kill her. As for Louis you really want him to do the right thing and by the end of the book I was satisfied with the decisions and the path that he took. The supporting characters were amazing, particularly "sis." You get to know Sis and care about what happens to her. I also liked the fact that Teddy's neighbor, Mrs. Williams turned out to be more complex than we realize. I'd like a story about her life!
I looked forward to reading Filthy Lucre and was pleased with the story that was written. Although the actual romance wasn't as believable as I would have liked, it still managed to be a great read with characters that I enjoyed. I didn't hate the romance, just wished it had more time. It is a good book and like most Sharon Cullars books that I've read it is definitely worth reading. Recommended. I'm rating Filthy Lucre a 3.5 out of 5.
*The copy of this book that I read was a review copy that was given in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Rating 3.5 out of 5