Set in the 1930’s, Filthy Lurce is a historical romance between an independent law-abiding woman, Teddy (Theodora), and an Italian bank robber, Louis. Little did Teddy know that her handsome boarder was using her home as a prep spot for an impending bank robbery. Teddy ignored her suspicions of this new stranger and his money because of her attraction to him. Never go against the red flags!
The same held true for Louis. He had never experienced the kindness and beauty that he found while staying at Teddy’s home.
Day to day living brought the two closer together as secrets were revealed. Louis was a broken man going nowhere fast. He had been dumped by his ex wife for a “better man”. His father had run away from home. He ran away from the military. Life was hard for Louis. Crime seemed to be a way of avenging his past. His “friends,” Sis and Bud, the soon-to-be real life Bonnie and Clyde, were addicted to a life of crime and killing.
Soon the truth comes out when his criminal friends, Sis and Bud, come knocking on her door. Teddy is now a prisoner in her own home! Louis had betrayed her trust and lied to her! Now Teddy’s life was on the line!
Throughout the story, the humanism in Louis, Bud, Sis, and Buck is revealed. The unusual situation actually turns from one of hostility to one of a dysfunctional “family”. I liked the way the author used the “prisoner in your own home” to create tension and show character development. Also, I enjoyed the complicated love story of Sis and Bud. Can Teddy convince Louis not to rob the bank and become the man she fell in love with initially?
There’s plenty of action in this romance from the first page on, from store robberies and bank shootings to natural disasters. It will surely leave you rooting for Louis and Teddy and also Bud and Sis.
Both Louis and Teddy mature and go though life changes as the years roll on, yet the love they had never changed. I enjoyed this romance.
-Reviewed by Pamela