Dirt by Cassia Leo..Review

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Title: DIRT
Author: Cassia Leo
Series: Evergreen Series
Release: January 12, 2018


About Dirt

A hard-hitting, emotional new series from New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo.

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—broody, 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.

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So this book took me way longer to read than I had anticipated. :/

My review is definitely more on the unpopular side, so please remember it’s my take on the book. And parts of it may seem like I am being an asshole, but it’s these instances that hurt the book for me.

I had no expectaions going into this book. I know who Cassia is but have never read of any of her books before. Her writing technique was difficult for me to grasp on to; it felt sort of all over the place. Her writing style is new to me and one that I think will need to grow on me.

This book is told from 3 POV’s where two of them are the main characters, Jack and Laurel. The third is Isaac and I am still trying to figure out how he’s play an intricate enough part in this book that requires chapters from his POV at this point in the story. He’s apparently suppose to cause apprehension between Jack and Laurel, but I found the friendship between Laurel and Isaac very lacking and just not believable. There was a 3 week time span that was skipped and we are to assume that this where Laurel and Isaac became closer. Since there is only one time mentioned about their interactions, it was hard to believe anything was there.

Laurel and Jack are an interesting couple. They seem to have this intense love for another and one hell of sex life. But after suffering their great losses, they both have a really tough time dealing with how to move on. Jack delves into finding out the culprits and ignores his wife completely. Laurel isn’t able to talk about that night and pretty much wants to start anew and move forward with her life.

Without going into too much detail about the story, Laurel is very indecisive on her thoughts and actions. One minute she’s needs space and time from Jack and the next she can’t stand being away from him. And yes, I get that she’s suppose to be missing her husband, but she has no backbone with sticking to her guns. She drove me nuts – Jack would want something and she’d initially say no but he’d come back with stipulations and she’d give in. Hell, she went from stating she needed another two weeks before moving back home because she wanted to properly quick her job to the very next day stating that she would be moving back home that the weekend. WTF?!?!

Then there’s Jack and his obsession to find the killer. I found this whole part lacking the intensity it needed til the end. There was no sense of urgency from him on this. He just came across as obsessed and used his abilities to try and find the killer. I was just annoyed with Jack and thought he saw his wife as no more than a piece of property and just his fuck toy to avoid dealing with talking things out. I didn’t feel any love from him towards Laurel at all.

So yea, had this story not picked up in the last 15-20%, I am not sure I could have rated it a 3 star. The majority of the book played out like a couple who was separated and needed to work on things. There was no drama or angst and definitely hardly any suspense. There were very few sex scenes that were hot, but most that were mentioned were glazed over, however you got the idea that there sex life was pretty off the charts, smoking hot.

Overall, it is fairly well written. The majority of the book was about a couple going through separation. For me, the part was pretty boring. Had it not been for the curiosity of where Jack’s obessions was going and how Isaac played into this whole thing, I would not have finished the book. The last 15% definitely had me interests more piqued and had me turning the pages and helped move the book to 3 stars.

Let’s hope we don’t have to wait long for the next book!




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About Cassia Leo

New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time re-watching Game of Thrones and Sex and the City. When she’s not binge watching, she’s usually enjoying the Oregon rain with a hot cup of coffee and a book.

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  1. Thanks for your honesty . I wish more reviewers were honest but most are not willing to state the truth especially when the review is part of a tour or they are part of street teams etc where the reviewer is ‘expected’ to rave and give a 5 star review. When I see 100 5star reviews on release day I know many of the reviews will be of questionable truth. Thanks again

    • Thank you for saying that. One thing we prude ourselves on with our blog is honesty in our reviews. Those reviews are the hardest to write. We won’t ever bash an author or their book because every book is different for everyone but we always want our fellow readers to know why we may love (or not love in this case) a book want still promote it.

  2. Kathy valentine says:

    Thank you for your review court! Shared on all my socials!

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