My Review: Dirt by Cassia Leo

My Review:  Dirt by Cassia LeoDirt by Cassia Leo
Series: Evergreen #1
Publication Date: January 12, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.

My Review

Dirt by Cassia Leo is a contemporary romance novel.  It is the first novel in the Evergreen Series.

“…there are so many ways to love someone. I just wish I knew how to love you in a way that would bring you back to me. If you figure that out, you know where I’ll be, waiting and wishing to say yes… again.”

Life’s tragedies can sometimes create a snowball effect of disappointments and emotional wreckage.  This was the case for Laurel and Jack.  Their love was solid and immovable, until tragedy became the demon lurking around every corner.

“We weren’t just lovers. We weren’t just husband and wife. We weren’t just best friends. We weren’t just occasional enemies. We were survivors, bound to each other by the kind of excruciating torture no human should ever have to endure.”

Emotional highs and lows are always present in books by Author Cassia Leo. I knew, from reading the synopsis of the novel, that angst and tears were likely to be my constant companions; I deeply underestimated just how much these emotions, and many more, would come spilling out of me with each turn of the page.

“…you’re not anyone or anything… You’re everything.”

My love for this novel came in many forms.  I craved the relentless nature of Jack’s love for Laurel.  Although not always an evident surface love, this man was a caveman for her affections. Equally as intriguing was Isaac, in the hot Jason Momoa kind of way.  He was a mystery I wanted to unravel.  I cherished the character flaws that were exposed.  I loved the openness and vulnerability.

“I know what it’s like… to meet someone new and all you can do is think of that one thing… that secret part of you that defines you, but is too personal to share with just anyone. How you wish you didn’t even have a secret part of you that you needed to hide.”

There are some books that leave an irreversible imprint on your heart because they hit so close to home. Dirt truly made me feel like Author Cassia Leo had spent countless hours researching hot topics for this novel, and maybe even lent her life’s experiences, to divulge the depth of emotional agony created by catastrophic life changes. I felt like I could have easily substituted myself for her characters; different circumstances, different events, but the same scars and battles.  Although difficult to read, it was rather cathartic.  Though a fictional story, it became very real. I anxiously await the next installment.

“I love you more than you can imagine,” I said. “I can’t imagine loving anyone more,” she replied.

4.5 Stars

About Cassia Leo

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading – sometimes both.

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