Firstly, I think we should all take a moment and appreciate the cover. It’s nice isn’t it?
When I started reading the book, I was a little confused, usually romance novels are about people falling in love this one started with a couple that was obviously established and happily in love with each other. I even had to check my Kindle to make sure I didn’t accidently start on the epilogue. But by the end of the chapter, I understood why the author started the book like she did and was overcome with all the emotions because of it. Cassia Leo did an incredible job of describing how Jake and Laurel dealt with the aftermath of that brutal instant. It was heartbreaking and intense.
The description pretty much has Jake summarized he really is a cocky a**hole. I have to say; I was disappointed at first. Usually, I fall in love with the hero, but this time I caught myself getting frustrated with Laurel for giving Jake so many chances, for trying to make it work. I wanted to empathize and at times I would but they were in this real fight – or – fuck cycle and while I know there are plenty of relationships where that’s the norm it didn’t sit right with me.
The intimate scenes were hot, but I didn’t feel any love or romance in them. Cut the pages out with no context, and damn… but knowing they were just doing it to avoid tough conversations made me feel uneasy.
Now, Issac. Where to start, I think I fell in love with him. I’m not sure if I was supposed to or not, but I really, really want to see him happy.
I have to say this book dealt with some heavy topics. Topics that are sometimes grossly romanticized or cloaked in a love conquers all blanket. After the first chapter, I was worried this would be another one of those books. I can’t even express how happy I am that it wasn’t.
The part of me that works as a social worker during the day is cheering, jumping up and down thrilled that a book realistically described the grief and struggles a couple faces when dealing with a tragedy.
The part of me that wants to go home in the evening, read fairy tales and forget all about the bad things that happen in the real world is eating a pint of ice cream and watching cute cat videos on YouTube.
Overall Dirt was a well written book, with a story line that I’m sure will hit close to home for too many people. I’m sure I will read more books by Cassia Leo and would absolutely recommend it.
It would be awesome if some of you could send me your favorite cute cat videos too. I need all I can get right now.