Series: Evergreen #1
on January 12th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
I was way anxious going into this read. Cassia Leo always twists me up and I knew that reading Dirt would leave me feeling no differently. With Dirt, my heart was in my stomach before the end of the first chapter and my anxiety only continued to grow. Dirt is story about a marriage in trouble so where Jack and Laurel should be supporting each other the way they react to tragedy is completely different and this is what makes for the conflict we are about to witness.
Cassia Leo has a way with creating some of the most confounding and conflicted heroines & hero’s. Laurel sets in motion a series of events that will either lead she and Jack back to each other or completely shattered what little was left of their relationship. Her desire is simply to feel cherished again, to move forward with their life, while Jack seems to be firmly stuck in the past. It’s obvious they love each other greatly, but they are coming from two desperate places and the gap seems to only get wider.
Someone who begins to fill the gap for Laurel is Isaac. They form a tenuous friendship with Laurel worrying about sending mixed signals, meaning she’s sending mixed signals. Or maybe it’s just Isaacs’ state of mind? He’s coming from a not so good place and Laurel’s friendship seems to be a salve. I look very much forward to seeing if their friendship continues in the same vein.
See Jack is not that in favor of anyone else getting Laurels attention, and what we learn from his past and the development of their relationship created an ah-ha moment. These two are passionate, leading to some really intense moments, throw-down moments. Yes, just when you think things may be back on track for them, well it all goes sideways.
“When there’s nothing left to save of your broken marriage, that’s when there’s nothing left to lose.”
You’ll have to read it to find out who says this and you might be surprised.
Leo uses symbolism and delivers the story through Laurels’, Jacks’ and Issacs’ POVs. It takes a skilled author to deepen our understanding of multiple characters while keeping the page count reasonable. These three are damaged people and combining that with some unexpected suspense, I was left feeling very uneasy about the situation. No doubt the push and pull will be intense I expect my anxiety will only grow as the next 2 books play out.
~Review by Cyndi
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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