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DIRT by Cassia Leo
Publication Date: January 10, 2018 Publisher: Gloss Publishing LLC Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance Length: 326 Pages Purchase: Amazon Story Rating: 5/ 5 Romance Rating: 3/5 Hey all, I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review
When tragedy leaves Jack and Laurel’s perfect marriage in ruins, Laurel puts distance between them in a last ditch effort to heal her broken heart. Can they find their way back to each other before it’s too late? Jack and I had everything. Then, in one brutal instant, the universe tilted on its side, discarding us into black nothingness. Now, I have a cocky a**hole for a husband. The only way we communicate anymore is when we’re fighting or f**king. With nothing left to lose, I write Jack a goodbye letter and head for Portland, where I quickly meet a neighbor who helps me find a job. My new neighbor—hot, tattooed ex-soldier Isaac Evans—is complicated. Nevertheless, we form a fast friendship, bonding over our mutual desire to create something beautiful from the wreckage of our lives. But despite the distance between us, Jack and I are still trying to make things work—fighting and f**king dirtier than ever. And he doesn’t appreciate my new friendship with Isaac. Not one f**king bit.
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.
Over all it 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.