Dirt (Evergreen Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 31, 2017
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About the Author
SHATTERED HEARTS SERIES
- Forever Ours (Shattered Hearts #1)
- Relentless (Shattered Hearts #2)
- Pieces of You (Shattered Hearts #3)
- Bring Me Home (Shattered Hearts #4)
- Chasing Abby (Shattered Hearts #6)
- Abandon (Shattered Hearts #5) (a spin-off)
- Ripped (Shattered Hearts #7) (a spin-off)
THE STORY OF US SERIES
- The Way We Fall (The Story of Us #1)
- The Way We Break (The Story of Us #2)
- The Way We Rise (The Story of Us #3)
- To Portland, With Love (The Story of Us #3.5) (a novella)
SHOOT FOR THE HEART SERIES
- Dirt (Shoot for the Heart #1)
- Seed (Shoot for the Heart #2)
- Bloom (Shoot for the Heart #3)
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The timeline made no sense at all and I skipped every sex scene. The f bomb is used so repetitiously, I would suggest the author to start using a thesaurus. There was no 'making love', the pair just f'd, graphically.
The last few chapters were rushed and felt incomplete. The lack of communication was juvenile and irritating at best. Dysfunction at its finest.
My final criticism would be the a that the introduction of new situations and characters was were obviously intended to suggest the purchase of more books that I have no intention of buying.
I read for the resolution but it didn't exist. No more!
I deleted the book.
Pet peeve the word "tiny" is so overused! A newborns hand is tiny not a grown woman. Rogets Thesaurus again comes to mind.
I couldn’t let go of that opening scene. I kept waiting for the story to focus on the character who broke into their home. Instead the story focused on the married couple and how this tragedy broke them.
Neither one of these characters knew how to cope or deal with tragedy. They both deflected, hid, and ignored what needed to be done to heal. They used sex as a coping mechanism which was a turn off. I skimmed over all the sex scenes because they felt abusive. The way they communicated about sex wasn’t appealing.
I found this story vulgar and very distasteful given the circumstances of this tragic event. The way these characters behaved using sex as the only means to heal was unproductive.
Where did the Cassia Leo go who wrote the Shattered Hearts Series? That series had emotion. This story is so focused on fighting and sex that it’s missing emotion. These characters are sexually driven, yet stunted by the tragic event. I’m not certain they even had an emotional connection.
The story is broken into three parts with alternating points of view between Laurel and Jack. Part one started off rocky for me. I didn’t like these characters. I didn’t form a connection with them. The dialogue was juvenile. I was disappointed by the lack of character development. I skimmed the chapters hoping to find something substantial to grasp on to. Part two was boring with introductions of minor characters. Part three was back to square one with the toxic relationship.
This couple was dealing with a category five meltdown in their marriage. The methods used to resolve their issues were great tools, however something sinister seems to live inside each character because they take one step forward and two steps back. They were an unproductive couple.
Jack and Laurel have sharp tongues when communicating with each other. They are harsh and volatile with the tongue lashing comments. I get how important sex is in a marriage, yet I was repulsed by the way they were addicted to it. I felt their sex life was unhealthy.
Laurel and Jack are forced to suffer through the worst possible loss imaginable. They have barely managed to maintain their lives together and now two year later Laurel decides a separation is needed to fix their marriage.
Laurel moves back to her childhood home in Portland while leaving Jack behind in Hood River. While she fully intends this to be a temporary move she needs to find the person she once was before tragedy and loss took so much from them.
Laurel - while extremely fragile - is still very much in love with her husband. Therefore she finds it quite difficult to stay away from him and rather enjoys when he comes to visit, but sex was never their problem. Now all that emotional stuff is what he can’t really deal with too well.
To make things even more interesting - there just so happens to be a insanely handsome ex-soldier with tattoos and a freaking man-bun living right next door that is there for anything Laurel “needs help with”.
Jack is broken, Laurel is broken and together they are a hot mess. I’m not sure what is gonna happen next but I can’t freaking wait to read it!!!
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We know what Cassia Leo is capable of, her stories are always full of heartbreak, emotional pain and thought provoking. It all started for me in 2013 with the brilliant (Shattered Hearts Series) and it’s never been any different.
I felt a constant level of worry and at times needed to put my kindle down for a few minutes because I dreaded where the storyline was headed.
Tradgedy struck for Jack and Laurel, its everyone’s worst nightmare to lose someone in such dreadful circumstances but to loose your beautiful baby is the absolute worst thing... the opening scene is awful.
Jack and Laurel are struggling with their grief understandably, they are both dealing in different ways Jack is obsessed with getting justice for the murders of their baby Jack junior and Laurel’s mother Beth... as for Laurel she’s become distant suffering from anxiety, panic attack’s and not wanting to deal or be associated with anything that reminds her of that dreadful night, this in turn causes friction they struggle to agree on most things and this drives a wedge between their relationship.
Dirt is full of heartbreak, promises and at times hope, there are some beautiful endearing moments between Jack and Laurel the banter and sweet talk when good is really good but there are a lot of angry moments...this is their way of dealing... it’s not healthy it’s pretty destructive. They are stuck in a moment that forever changed their life’s... can they ever move on from this can they find their way back.
As the storyline continues so does the concern over whether Laurel has done the right thing by moving away but when she meets Isaac her neighbor there is an instant connection because her mother had previously spoke of him, unfortunately you don’t realise at the time what the connection will end up causing.
Just like the beginning the ending changes in a blink of an eye... my jaw was hanging open...unbelievable.!!
Where does it all go from here??
Cassia leo please hurry with Seed.!!
they are both trying to deal with the tradedy. but are pulling in different directions.
The characters were cringey and terrible, they all need help and to separate from their destructive, demoralising and abusive relationships. Honestly, only character I liked in this entire book was Dylan a very small side character.
The main characters are in a 'loving' (co-dependant and awful relationship from the start) marriage when something horrible, devastating and life alternating happens to them. Fast forward a couple of years they are both trying to recover and grieve in their own ways. All they are doing is hurting themselves and each other move. Laurel makes the only healthy decision in the entire novel to leave Jack and doesn't succeed in even doing that. There's an unnecessary love triangle thing. This novel should be used as a warning of what an emotional, verbal and physically abusive marriage looks like. It's not a weakness to leave a relationship where you love someone but being in it so detrimental to your own well being.
Lots of triggers in the book but don't want to do any spoilers so will just say grief, PTSD, mental illness, anxiety, abusive relationships where you are suppose to ship the main couple but don't.
Wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Sorry for the harsh review but it is my honest opinion.
Looking forward to the next book