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An angsty, childhood-friends-to-lovers romance, featuring a broody, overprotective hero, a heroine tortured by the mistakes of her past, and a long overdue second chance. She was all he ever wanted, even when she broke his heart… Growly and gorgeous band manager Brody Mason has been aching for his friend’s little sister, Jessa Mayes, since they were just kids. By the time th An angsty, childhood-friends-to-lovers romance, featuring a broody, overprotective hero, a heroine tortured by the mistakes of her past, and a long overdue second chance. She was all he ever wanted, even when she broke his heart… Growly and gorgeous band manager Brody Mason has been aching for his friend’s little sister, Jessa Mayes, since they were just kids. By the time they’d grown up, she’d broken his heart. Then she ripped it right the f*ck out. As it turns out, time doesn’t heal that kind of wound. It leaves a gaping, festering hole. Hence Brody’s sunshiny nature. Meanwhile, Jessa appears to be living the dream—blessed with beauty, talent, and a glamorous life. But she also has a secret. Six years ago, she ran away from her dream career as a songwriter with her brother’s band. She also ran away from Brody, the only man she’s ever loved. And she never told anyone why. Now Jessa’s doing the one thing she swore she’d never do. She’s coming home. As a bridesmaid in her brother’s rock star wedding, she’ll come face-to-face with the mistakes of her past. Including the sexy, surly, heartbroken one. It definitely won’t be easy. Love this intense never is.


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An angsty, childhood-friends-to-lovers romance, featuring a broody, overprotective hero, a heroine tortured by the mistakes of her past, and a long overdue second chance. She was all he ever wanted, even when she broke his heart… Growly and gorgeous band manager Brody Mason has been aching for his friend’s little sister, Jessa Mayes, since they were just kids. By the time th An angsty, childhood-friends-to-lovers romance, featuring a broody, overprotective hero, a heroine tortured by the mistakes of her past, and a long overdue second chance. She was all he ever wanted, even when she broke his heart… Growly and gorgeous band manager Brody Mason has been aching for his friend’s little sister, Jessa Mayes, since they were just kids. By the time they’d grown up, she’d broken his heart. Then she ripped it right the f*ck out. As it turns out, time doesn’t heal that kind of wound. It leaves a gaping, festering hole. Hence Brody’s sunshiny nature. Meanwhile, Jessa appears to be living the dream—blessed with beauty, talent, and a glamorous life. But she also has a secret. Six years ago, she ran away from her dream career as a songwriter with her brother’s band. She also ran away from Brody, the only man she’s ever loved. And she never told anyone why. Now Jessa’s doing the one thing she swore she’d never do. She’s coming home. As a bridesmaid in her brother’s rock star wedding, she’ll come face-to-face with the mistakes of her past. Including the sexy, surly, heartbroken one. It definitely won’t be easy. Love this intense never is.

30 review for Dirty Like Brody

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anovelqueen

    ***4 STARS*** Book 2 of the Dirty Series and it is still good! Have you ever had a heroine you just want to shake and say “open your mouth and tell what happened”. That is how I felt with this book. Frustrated and ready to pull out my hair at times. Jessa and Brody have known each other since childhood when Brody saved her from bullies. Their relationship developed over time because Brody is also best friends with Jessa’s brother Jesse (first book in the series). When Jesse and his friends form a b ***4 STARS*** Book 2 of the Dirty Series and it is still good! Have you ever had a heroine you just want to shake and say “open your mouth and tell what happened”. That is how I felt with this book. Frustrated and ready to pull out my hair at times. Jessa and Brody have known each other since childhood when Brody saved her from bullies. Their relationship developed over time because Brody is also best friends with Jessa’s brother Jesse (first book in the series). When Jesse and his friends form a band in their teens Brody becomes their manager and is still managing them now that they are selling out stadiums. Jessa basically ran away as a teen and became a model. She has isolated herself from her family unit including Brody for years. Now she is back for her brother’s wedding and Brody is pissed/in love. Boy does he tell her off! He has no problems expressing his feelings. But the entire book could be solved by a simple conversation and open communication and therefore my frustration comes in. That is the majority of the book....this secret Jessa is keeping from everyone about why she ran away. I am really loving this series though. The writing is great and it really keeps my attention. The books are on the longer side, but if you are looking for a good rockstar series Dirty is it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dianna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 6.5 years after leaving home to pursue her modelling career, Jessa is back for her brother’s wedding. She reunites with angry Brody, the boy she loved her whole life, now a man, the manager of her brother’s band, Dirty, and furious with her for leaving. Why did she? Too late, no explanations, Brody tells her. She should think of him as dead to her. Besides, he has a girlfriend and he’s banging her at this long wedding weekend thing, where everyone drinks a lot and talks about penises and music a 6.5 years after leaving home to pursue her modelling career, Jessa is back for her brother’s wedding. She reunites with angry Brody, the boy she loved her whole life, now a man, the manager of her brother’s band, Dirty, and furious with her for leaving. Why did she? Too late, no explanations, Brody tells her. She should think of him as dead to her. Besides, he has a girlfriend and he’s banging her at this long wedding weekend thing, where everyone drinks a lot and talks about penises and music and which band members they’ve hooked up with. It’s all very. Everybody is thrilled that Jessa’s back and they want her to stick around, write songs, play with the band, etc. And Jessa halfway commits to it, because she maybe wants to finally tell Brody why she left 6.5 years ago, although if she can get him back without telling him, maybe they could just do that? ‘What’s wrong with Jessa’ was a mildly important sub-plot in the first book of the series, ‘Dirty Like Me.’ Jesse, her brother, had persuaded her to write lyrics for his solo album, but she was dodging his calls and wasn’t committing to any meet up plans. Jesse didn’t know why she was being like this: unhappy, disconnected, refusing to do something she loved (write music) and he was worried she was still grieving over their mother’s death (about 8 years ago) and that she may have been thinking about suicide (their father completed suicide when she was 9). This is a long and empty book, and it makes me sad to say that because I read Diamond’s forward about how much she loved these characters and their story. I wanted to love them too. I think she spent too long with each of them in their miserable places, and then had an unbalanced ending that felt like a rush to the finish line. Jessa is highly introverted, and aware of her sadnesses and the dangers in falling into them. She’s very controlled in what she’s willing to share of herself. Frustratingly for the other characters in the book, she isn’t willing to share a great deal emotionally. Part of the story of her relationship with Brody is told in childhood flashbacks, where he was her protector. Their first meeting is told very early in the book, and it established Jessa’s character completely. She’s 8, and she’s retreated to the top of a climbing dome, while two older boys bully her and tell her she has shit on her pants and is dirty. Jessa is trying to ignore them and retreat into herself when along comes Brody, 13, a cool dangerous older boy who threatens the bullies and forces them to eat what’s either mud or shit before they run off. Jessa and Brody then discuss what Jessa is doing on top of the dome, and Jessa says she’s being the princess, which Brody thinks is cute, although he also tells her she has to stand up for herself and be brave. She won’t though. Jessa, when threatened, retreats into herself. Brody decides that child Jessa is adorable: she’s pretty, she idolises him and she’s a bit of a dork. He gets to spend more time with her as she grows up. It’s all a bit murky when he tells 15 year old Jessa that he’ll wait for her, but it’s nowhere near the worst thing that’s ever happened between a child heroine and her older hero. Brody’s faults are that he’s angry and judgemental and emotionally abusive to Jessa. And both of them seem willing to agree that Brody being angry and judgemental and emotionally abusive to Jessa is what Jessa deserves, because she left and because she retreats into herself. I don’t think they really properly resolve this. Brody and Jessa have very few genuinely nice moments together, because everything is overshadowed by whatever it is that Jessa is concealing from Brody, and because to Brody, Jessa is a flight risk and he can’t risk being hurt the same way again. He has his own rotten childhood stuff as well. The worst of it comes out very late, and as a sort of a full disclosure afterthought, which is disturbing since it doesn’t feel like it’s properly dealt with at all, as if just communicating it is enough to show that both these characters have suffered pain and because they’ve talked about it while now understand each other better and everything will be fine. Probably, it won’t be. The fact that they so rarely emotionally connected without a whole lot of tense baggage also overshadows their sex scenes. Diamond does a good long build up to sex, and writes a good passion scene, but it’s difficult to get enthusiastic about these two characters together when they are clearly so distant. My ‘what’s wrong with Jessa’ theory for almost the entirety of the book was that she was raped. The plot I’d constructed had her raped by Seth, the drug addicted band member who was kicked out of the band not long after the band completed its first tour. I’d had her keeping silent about the rape because she didn’t want to risk her family and friends not believing her, and because she devalued herself. I’d had her convinced that Seth was more important to the band than she was, so she just let it all go. I was sort of wrong. When the story finally comes out, it’s that Jessa traded sex in exchange for drugs. Seth introduced her to drugs when she was at her most vulnerable, after her mother’s death, and kept feeding the addiction he’d helped her form. Jessa was also feeling incredible pressure to be the girl her brother and Brody and all her friends wanted her to be, the sweet, perfect pretty good girl. Jessa was 16 when this started, Seth 19, and Jessa had told Seth that she was in love with Brody (but Brody was with another girl) and Seth had told Jessa he was in love with her. This revelation comes near the end of the book, as Jessa confesses all this to Brody, and Brody immediately leaves to punch Seth, who he accuses of rape, and kick him out of the band. Seth had been invited to rejoin the band when Jessa turned down the offer of playing with the band, as well as being their lyricist. Jessa, prior to confessing all of this to Brody, had warned Seth that she was going to reveal all, and she was giving him the opportunity to tell his side of the story. Which he didn’t do. Jessa denies that it was rape. She felt ashamed of keeping her addiction secret, and she felt like a whore for trading sex for drugs and that’s why she got out. She knew she couldn’t be in the band and free herself of her addiction. The whole tone of this book is dark and it feels like a departure from the first book, which was a more fun ‘ordinary girl meets rock star’ plot. I could have let this one go as just slightly off and not for me, but then the epilogue switches to Seth’s POV. He’s gone into exile with a different name, playing with another band, when he discovers that the band will do a documentary based on the search to fill his place in the band. Seth has grown a beard and doesn’t look like he used to look, so he decides he’ll go audition in disguise. He’s annoyed that Jessa told everyone that he’d raped her, because he didn’t. So all of this is sounding vaguely threatening and like he’s going to be the villain in the next book, but the title of the next book is ‘Dirty Like Seth,’ suggesting that he’s the hero. Which just seems horrible. Even if we accept that Seth isn’t a rapist, he’s still a boy who got a vulnerable girl addicted to drugs, and exploited her vulnerability. I’d take a redemption story where he acknowledges and atones for what he’s done, but how is he romantic hero material?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Sexy musicians, friendly banter and some strong chemistry makes Dirty Like Brody a 5 star read to me. The band Dirty’s manager, Brody, has a secret thing for Jessa Mayes, sister to his fellow band mate. Keeping his feelings under wraps for all these years was hard but now that he has been put in charge of Jessa’s attendance and behavior at her brother’s wedding…its nearly impossible. Jessa has been running from Brody, the biggest mistake of her life, since that one day that sent her running in the Sexy musicians, friendly banter and some strong chemistry makes Dirty Like Brody a 5 star read to me. The band Dirty’s manager, Brody, has a secret thing for Jessa Mayes, sister to his fellow band mate. Keeping his feelings under wraps for all these years was hard but now that he has been put in charge of Jessa’s attendance and behavior at her brother’s wedding…its nearly impossible. Jessa has been running from Brody, the biggest mistake of her life, since that one day that sent her running in the first place. Now she is back to be a bride’s maid in her brother’s wedding and she is going toe to toe with all the wounds from her past…including Brody! AMAZING ROCK ROMANCE! Copious amounts of meaty story and character development to back up the explosive chemistry and a marvelous supporting cast to boot! My Rating: 4.5 stars Written by: Jaine Diamond Series: Dirty Sequence in Series: 2 Paperback: 408 pages Publisher: DreamWarp Books Publication Date: June 13, 2017 ISBN-10: 0994984332 ISBN-13: 978-0994984333 Genre: Contemporary Rock Romance Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Like-Bro... Reviewed for:

  4. 4 out of 5

    Doris

    I’ve become a fan of Jaine Diamond and her boys and girls in the rock band Dirty. This is Brody and Jessa’s story and it is written with the drama that seems to usually follow bad boys in famous bands. Dirty was a band made up of childhood friends who are more like family than anyting else and like most families along with their love comes a lot of heartache. Brody was always their friend; just not one of the friends with musical talent. His talent came in the form of being their manager and he I’ve become a fan of Jaine Diamond and her boys and girls in the rock band Dirty. This is Brody and Jessa’s story and it is written with the drama that seems to usually follow bad boys in famous bands. Dirty was a band made up of childhood friends who are more like family than anyting else and like most families along with their love comes a lot of heartache. Brody was always their friend; just not one of the friends with musical talent. His talent came in the form of being their manager and he did well for the boys and himself. Brody had a tough life and took on a bad boy persona from the start but he also became the savior of Jessa Mayes. As kids Brody took to Jessa but knew with the age difference at that time he could only admire her from afar even though she was the kid sister to his best friend Jesse. This meant that Brody had watched Jessa grow up into an amazingly beautiful woman. Jessa had talent not only being a lyricist to a lot of Dirty’s music but also as a model. Jessa was dealing with her demons that she let take her from the only family she knew and kept her from them for six years. The only thing bringing Jessa back at this time was her brother’s wedding. The man she ran from was going to be there…along with his girlfriend. That had to hurt but she couldn’t stop watching Brody. As for Brody he was pissed off that after all of this time Jessa had not once answered any of his calls or messages. Just how long was Brody to wait for Jessa? That attraction was still there but along with that attraction came all of the demons that had sent Jessa running away from her friends and family. So what did send Jessa running and how long can you actually expect someone to wait? Is loving someone worth the risk that they may very well hurt you and/or leave you yet again? Ms. Diamond has done a great job again of bringing you characters that she molds into people you can’t get enough of and leaves you feeling totally invested in their lives. Dirty Like Brody takes you in and behind the music scene along with taking your heart and putting it all out there. This is one of the series that always has me waiting with great anticipation as to who we are going to be up close and personal with next! I received this book as an ARC from a freely given and honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    It's just me Shelly B

    I’m LOVING this series....seriously LOVING!!! However this one was just ok for me BUT this book is pivotable in this series bc a lot of info is involved. These characters....ALL of them are freaking ridiculous GOOD! I just wish these characters were less in their head/past and more in the present with the dialogue. Either way I’m continuing....LOVING THIS!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kami Dodson-Perry

    Dirty Like Brody (Book #2) by Jaine Diamond Jessa & Brody’s story Jessa ran away from her family and herself at the age of 18 to pursue modeling. Jessa has done very well in her career choice however leaving Brody behind was hard but necessary. Brody never understood why Jessa could not commit to him but he gave her the space she needed. But 6 ½ years of silence on Jessa end was just too much to take and it pissed him off. Jessa has to overcome her demons and face her actions by telling Brody and ev Dirty Like Brody (Book #2) by Jaine Diamond Jessa & Brody’s story Jessa ran away from her family and herself at the age of 18 to pursue modeling. Jessa has done very well in her career choice however leaving Brody behind was hard but necessary. Brody never understood why Jessa could not commit to him but he gave her the space she needed. But 6 ½ years of silence on Jessa end was just too much to take and it pissed him off. Jessa has to overcome her demons and face her actions by telling Brody and everyone the truth about her past. She just never seems to get the words out but she loves Brody and if she wants to be with him Brody has to know the truth. Brody might hate her forever and not want her anymore but she has to try because the secrets and the lies are going to tear them apart anyway. Brody loves Jessa and has told her so, she just is not listening. He has tried to move on, unsure what Jessa’s problem is with being with him. Jessa’s main problem is she hates herself and does not want to face her past actions much less tell her family. Jessa has no idea who she really is and needs to figure that out. Brody has to get through to Jessa and Jessa needs to understand her family loves her and is here for her no matter what. Can Brody’s love for Jessa conquer her fears and bring her back to life? Rating: 2 ½ STARS

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dana ~ The Dirty Smut'atter

    I wondered why Brody [Band Manager] was always all business and never one to let down his facade?? That said I guess the reason behind that is that is heart belonged to Jessa and it was his own dirty secret he kept only to himself. Jessa is that younger sister of Jesse and basically a family member of the band. We are introduced to her character in the earlier books and find out she use to write for the band and is now a model. What we don't know is that both Brody and Jessa are hiding feelings I wondered why Brody [Band Manager] was always all business and never one to let down his facade?? That said I guess the reason behind that is that is heart belonged to Jessa and it was his own dirty secret he kept only to himself. Jessa is that younger sister of Jesse and basically a family member of the band. We are introduced to her character in the earlier books and find out she use to write for the band and is now a model. What we don't know is that both Brody and Jessa are hiding feelings for the other from not only themselves but each other. Jessa has been running from her past for years and is finally forced to confront her biggest mistake when she attends her brother's wedding. Brody is tasked with making sure Jessa doesn't skip town and miss his best friends wedding. What becomes evident from the moment they finally see each other again is that well the feelings have been buried they are still right under the surface waiting to bubble over. The hidden jem in their story is that we get to see where it all started and looking back into the years [Jessa at the age 8 on the playground and Brody the bad boy 12 year old protecting her from the start] was a treat that makes their story so much stronger. Their family life stories are both different, but it is evident that both faced challenges that left them scared. It is evident pretty quickly following Jessa's return to everyone associated with the band how important these two are to one another. The real question is will these two be able to let down their guard long enough to ensure they can finally build on the feelings they have for each other. Let me just say that I am totally digging all of the members of the band and I really can't wait to see what comes next in the series. **I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  8. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This was addictive. Once I started reading I didn't want to stop! I liked Brody but he was too hard on her at times. This was addictive. Once I started reading I didn't want to stop! I liked Brody but he was too hard on her at times.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ferbooks

    A brilliant read.Brody and Jessa waited so long to be with each other but the time they spend apart living their own lives going through the experience they did has helped then to understand more whet they meant to each other the maturities of life can help you appreciate everything better. They are so good together. Lots of love and Passion, they were made for each.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kay Jacobs

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I will do a more thorough review later - I finished reading this on an overnight shift so I am a bit lagged. I really enjoy this author's style of writing and I have fun with the characters she creates. The first book was fun and I immediately signed up to follow the author because I really want to know what happens to these guys. That has only increased after reading this one. I feel like I really got to know everyone much better after this and I am seriously looking forward to the next book. I I will do a more thorough review later - I finished reading this on an overnight shift so I am a bit lagged. I really enjoy this author's style of writing and I have fun with the characters she creates. The first book was fun and I immediately signed up to follow the author because I really want to know what happens to these guys. That has only increased after reading this one. I feel like I really got to know everyone much better after this and I am seriously looking forward to the next book. I am going to rant a little about one aspect of this book that irritated me but I would like to say ahead of time that I did still give this book a solid B rating and I was really glad I read it. I just need to rant about this one thing... SPOILER...ISH AHEAD That said...this book would have been a 4+ star easy with an A rating if it hadn't been for one thing. It is sometimes necessary to withhold past information for a time to add mystery or to keep the reader guessing/interested/involved, etc. After that certain amount of time...I hate you and want to punch the characters in the face. (The lag may be adding emphasis) When I looked at my kindle and realized we were over 40% into the book and we still had NO IDEA what the freaking reason was for all the angst...I will be real, I threatened the kindle, the author and the characters. I may have also gestured aggressively. This is annoying by itself but to keep it going (as any good author does in this situation) she gave small pieces that don't fully explain the whole. My struggle with this was it didn't really feel that way. It ended up feeling like I kept being trapped in a room with two people arguing about something in a code that I don't know. I couldn't even choose sides or reason things out because: CODE. It also went something like this *me watching back and forth as the argument continues* "Oh! So maybe it was...Ok, apparently not. Wait, did she just mean...? Nope. Not that either." *BIG REVEAL in the argument* "SO it was really about..." *Turns out that was something they were mad about that wasn't the real issue still* After about 4 of these arguments - followed by the heroin thinking "I really have to tell him the real issue, the real reason but I don't know how he will feel when he knows so I am going to be a chicken and not say anything for a while more" (EVERY TIME) - I was intrigued enough to stick around, invested enough because of the characters likability but it was a VERY close call. I stopped being intrigued and started just feeling left out of the story. Like watching a sequel film that is going to tie up answers the first film left only to have the sequel made up of scenes where the camera only shows up in the middle of conversations or scenes and fading out before resolution. WHAT ARE YOU SAYING TO ME?!?!?!?!? It was incredibly frustrating. As a reader, I like to know what's going on. I like to choose sides. I like to guess how this is going to play out. I like to give the characters advice that I am fully aware they can't hear. I also like to be able to comfort myself by justifying behaviors with reason and logic. It is exceptionally annoying when the characters are doing ridiculous things (the same things repeatedly) and you are half way through the book and you still don't know why. You can't guess how soon they will get over it (if ever). You can't tell if they are within reason or just being jerks. Maybe the big reveal is big. But maybe not. I would like to assume they are acting within proportion to the situation but that is not always the case. I once read a book and I was trying really hard to be sympathetic to the heroin because the few insights we had implied serious trauma. Only to have the delayed reveal turn out to be that her 'trauma' was her parents divorcing when she was an adult but they still loved her, showed it and individually openly adored her. Now, not to downplay the trauma that is divorce but the hints made it seem like serious abuse...I couldn't take her seriously after that. That is not the fault of this author (Jaine did not disappoint) - or maybe anyone except me because my imagination tries desperately to fill in the blanks but Limbo is not fun for me as a reader. Now, maybe you are a reader that has no problem with this kind of thing. If that is the case, Enjoy. It truly was a good read. Just beware otherwise. Sometimes knowing the struggle ahead of time helps me keep my expectations in check so I can truly enjoy the story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ellie

    i wanted to like this book, but i would have liked it a lot more if Brody didn’t continuously just shit all over Jessa any chance he got. he never really gave her the opportunity to speak and let her be heard, always screaming about his own problems when Jessa has enough of her own that he just wouldn’t listen to. instead, he just painted her as the villain of his story, as this awful person without giving her a chance to actually SPEAK and for him to LISTEN. even when the pair weren’t arguing, B i wanted to like this book, but i would have liked it a lot more if Brody didn’t continuously just shit all over Jessa any chance he got. he never really gave her the opportunity to speak and let her be heard, always screaming about his own problems when Jessa has enough of her own that he just wouldn’t listen to. instead, he just painted her as the villain of his story, as this awful person without giving her a chance to actually SPEAK and for him to LISTEN. even when the pair weren’t arguing, Brody would some how manage to start something and immediately turn it around on Jessa, like after her friend Roni dragged her to a not very legal or safe party involving a biker gang, and Jessa called Brody for help, and upon arrival he immediately accused her of being slutty and being with other men, when there was literally no proof of her doing that. he didn’t SEE her do anything because she didn’t do anything. he just assumed because she’d be ‘stupid enough’ to let Roni drag her to the party that it automatically equates to Jessa sleeping with some random guy at said party. and after that, he again managed to turn the situation around on her and dredge up more of their past, blaming her and accusing of things, when she didn’t even get the chance to defend herself. honestly, i think Brody just loved listening to his own voice and painting himself as some jaded victim, when all along Jessa just deserved more and deserved to be heard and understood. and the shit with Seth was fucking annoying. Brody was the person who introduced Seth back into Jessa’s life without any warning, inviting Seth to his house the night Jessa was cooking for Brody and only told her Seth was joining them when he rang the fucking doorbell. if Brody was so insecure about Jessa’s relationship with Seth, then he shouldn’t have fucking invited him over in the first place. it was like Brody did it just to drag up the past, again, and not let Jessa explain herself and what she’d been through. like i said, it was like Brody was desperate to be victimised and wronged, in this endless loop of their turbulent past together without even trying to communicate with Jessa. instead just proceeded to scream and verbally abuse her any chance he got. then got pissed that she was withdrawing from their friend group and acting all high and mighty that he was right about her all along, when in actuality the main reason she’s isolated herself yet again was because of Brody’s pathetic, childish behaviour by constantly tearing into Jessa any chance he got. don’t get me wrong, I do think Brody has a right to be pissed a her since she just upped left all those years ago without a word. but, the endless cycle of him just hurling abuse at her got old really fast; there was no development in his anger. it was like he just turned it off and on whenever he felt like it, whenever he felt he wanted to go at it with Jessa for the umpteenth time. but i think they needed to BOTH work through everything; it always was Jessa having to apologise and go after Brody, when at times things were more his fault than hers. i wanted him to just get his head out of his arsehole and listen to her while taking some responsibility for the part he played in their falling out. i’m also aware Jessa wasn’t forthcoming with what occurred between her and Seth for the majority of the book, but i felt like Brody constantly insinuating things pushed her even further away and didn’t help the situation whatsoever. i think she found it difficult to be honest with him because he was such a judgmental person, extremely angry and his anger would just burst from nowhere. so, i understand why Jessa didn’t say anything for a long time because Brody just loved to jump down her fucking throat every chance he got. and obviously i wasn’t a fan of the double standard: Brody being pissed that she’d been with other guys before him, but it’s totally fine about the girls he’s been with, right? like fucking always. so overall, i dunno really, the book kinda just fell flat for me. i felt like nothing really happened, everything was going around on endless, mindless circles until everything was finally revealed in the last few chapters. and by then it felt redundant and i was bored shitless, just wanting it to be over. i really enjoyed the first book and the novella, and i wanted to love this, but i just didn’t.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Dunk

    Oh man, this was QUITE the ride. Book one, Dirty Like Me, ends with an epilogue from Jessa’s point of view. About Brody. And oh my god it sucked me in immediately. I had to know what happened between them and what their future would hold. This story satisfied my every desire. Oh sweet, self-sabotaging, furious Brody. What a perfect alpha male. I think I may have actually physically drooled while reading this. Brody and Jessa have known each other since she was eight and he was thirteen. He was t Oh man, this was QUITE the ride. Book one, Dirty Like Me, ends with an epilogue from Jessa’s point of view. About Brody. And oh my god it sucked me in immediately. I had to know what happened between them and what their future would hold. This story satisfied my every desire. Oh sweet, self-sabotaging, furious Brody. What a perfect alpha male. I think I may have actually physically drooled while reading this. Brody and Jessa have known each other since she was eight and he was thirteen. He was this tough-looking, leather-jacket-wearing, knight in shining armor in Jessa’s eyes. She loved him from the moment they met. He became Jessa’s older brother, Jesse’s, best friend, meaning he was around all the time. Especially since none of the kids had great parental figures, they all kind of banded together and became their own family. Throughout the novel, Jessa thinks back on all her memories with Brody, and we get a front row seat to their complicated, emotional relationship. Brody saw Jessa as this beautiful, spunky child until one day she blossomed and he realized he was attracted to her. He remained her protector throughout her youth, until she mysteriously left him and her family behind after she graduated college and never looked back. The beginning of this novel is the first time Jessa and Brody have seen each other in six and a half years…and they are still just as furiously in love. The beautiful way this novel weaves the past and the present together, painting the picture of these characters incredible lives is profound. I craved learning about their past as much as I needed to know what their future held. Book two in the Dirty Series filled my heart just as deeply as book one did. As much as I love every single one of these characters, knowing that book three is about Seth makes me nervous. It’s difficult to get on board with him finding his HEA after everything that happened with Jessa is revealed in this novel. I know I could never be let down, partially because I’m wondering if this is ultimately Elle’s happily ever after too…but I’m still nervous! I’m keeping my fingers crossed and my hopes high. “I have loved you forever, Jessa Mayes. Pretty sure I was fucking born to love you. I know you didn’t really believe me what I said so, or maybe you just didn’t want to…but I would’ve waited for you forever.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cary Morton

    I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Jaine Diamond is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. Dirty Like Brody was another great addition to the Dirty Series. The characters were complex and vivid. They were complicated and realistic, even though they lived in this larger than life world of modeling and rock stars, motorcycle clubs, and drug addicts. It was so easy to sink into their world and be drawn in by I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Jaine Diamond is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. Dirty Like Brody was another great addition to the Dirty Series. The characters were complex and vivid. They were complicated and realistic, even though they lived in this larger than life world of modeling and rock stars, motorcycle clubs, and drug addicts. It was so easy to sink into their world and be drawn in by their drama. The book was exceedingly well written. I didn't feel bogged down by the narrative or distracted from the overall focus of the plot--and with a book that had so much conflict and backstory, that was rather amazing. I didn't run into any typos or structural errors that pulled me out of the narrative. The romance between Brody and Jessa was equal parts sweet, broken, and steamy. The sex scenes were hot and very well written. They didn't feel rushed or exaggerated in the way I find a lot of sex scenes to be written in romance books at times. It was the perfect balance of romance and raunchy. I loved Brody and Jessa as a couple. They had a good balance of sexual tension, hatred, and undying love that made you want to root for them. The author did an excellent job of dangling the unknown drama of Jessa's past in front of us, making us wonder what her big secret was, without teasing the reader to the point of frustration. I think the book was very well handled, and I was thoroughly entertained for the couple of hours it took me to get through it. If you enjoy contemporary romance with an undertone of "bad boy" drama, a whole lot of conflict and tension, and steamy sex scenes, this book is going to be right up your alley. I highly recommend you give it a try.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    Brody Mason has been with the band, Dirty, from the beginning. He’s their long term manager who’ll do just about anything to keep the band happy, performing, and out of trouble. Especially when that trouble has the potential to break up the band. Jessa Mayes is coming home to celebrate the marriage of her brother, Jesse. She’s been away for six years—and for those years she’s tried to forget all about the past, all about how her dream to be a song writer ended, how she let the love of her life go Brody Mason has been with the band, Dirty, from the beginning. He’s their long term manager who’ll do just about anything to keep the band happy, performing, and out of trouble. Especially when that trouble has the potential to break up the band. Jessa Mayes is coming home to celebrate the marriage of her brother, Jesse. She’s been away for six years—and for those years she’s tried to forget all about the past, all about how her dream to be a song writer ended, how she let the love of her life go without saying goodbye. But coming home is going to stir up that hornet’s nest. Six years is a long time to be gone without contact, without resolution and still carrying a torch for each other. Brody and Jessa’s relationship may have ended before it really got a chance to start, but the heart knows what the heart wants. Has too much time passed or will a love this intense still burn bright? I am a total sucker for a rock star book. I love the debauchery, the music, the groupies, everything. And it makes it even better when a book is so damn well written, the story just sucks you right in and doesn’t loosen its grip until you read the last word. That’s what happened with Dirty Like Brody! Though, Dirty Like Brody is a bit different than the norm—it’s from their manager’s POV! Nice twist! It’s also a second chance romance and an enemies to lovers romance too. There’s so much going on between Brody and Jessa. I loved how they finally worked their way back to each other, loved them together, but I think the storyline could have been tighten up a bit—getting them together sooner, as it seemed to drag in some spots. Over all, I really enjoyed their story. Loved getting to know more about the band and I can’t wait for the next one! ~ Missy, 4 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Mooney

    4.5 stars I love a good rock star romance and here we get the romance and then some. We get Jesse & Katie's wedding and Jessa & Brody's truth of their life. In the first we met Brody, who is the band's manager and Jessa is Jesse's little sister and she is a songwriter with other band members but she can't stay part of the band so she runs from the idea. She becomes a model and for six and a half years she feels guilty about a lot of things. So now it is time for her to come clean with Brody and h 4.5 stars I love a good rock star romance and here we get the romance and then some. We get Jesse & Katie's wedding and Jessa & Brody's truth of their life. In the first we met Brody, who is the band's manager and Jessa is Jesse's little sister and she is a songwriter with other band members but she can't stay part of the band so she runs from the idea. She becomes a model and for six and a half years she feels guilty about a lot of things. So now it is time for her to come clean with Brody and herself, and see if they can make a future together. Jessa has always loved Brody, from the very first time she met him when she was eight years old, she began falling for him. But will all the band members feeling like her brothers and Brody wanting to protect her too, she turned to someone that she thought would help her but in the end, all it did was make her feel guilty and run away. Brody can't let Jessa hurt him again but he can't let her walk away again. He has loved her for too long. He only wants to protect her and make her happy. He knows something happened to make her run all those years ago but she will not talk to him about it. He has to get her to talk to him before she runs again. What happens when Brody learns the truth? Can Jessa trust those she loves to tell them the truth of why she left? Can she stay and write songs again? Will there be a future for Brody and Jessa after the truth comes out? I love this series and can't wait to see what happens next. If you love a good rock star romance then you need to read this series, I would recommend reading them in order, you can read them as a standalone, but you don't want to miss anything. So sit back and enjoy the "Dirty" ride. **A copy provided by the author and this is my honest review**

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Love This Series I was hooked from the first book Dirty Like Me and couldn't wait to read about Jesse's sister Jessa. In that book we are given little information on why Jessa has stayed away from her brother, her friends and most of all Brody for six and a half years when she returns for her brothers wedding to Katie only to find a very cold and pissed off Brody waiting for her at the airport. Brody was very hurt by Jessa's disappearing and total radio silence since leaving to become a successf Love This Series I was hooked from the first book Dirty Like Me and couldn't wait to read about Jesse's sister Jessa. In that book we are given little information on why Jessa has stayed away from her brother, her friends and most of all Brody for six and a half years when she returns for her brothers wedding to Katie only to find a very cold and pissed off Brody waiting for her at the airport. Brody was very hurt by Jessa's disappearing and total radio silence since leaving to become a successful model and once you read about their history, you get why. I was shocked at what was revealed and that revelation only leads to wanting the next book in the series that much faster. Jaine Diamond writes characters that are multi layered, with sub pots that I hope become future books. The wedding, rehearsal dinner and bachelorette party were some of my favorite scenes, the closeness of the characters is tangible. Highly recommend so go on and get Dirty!(

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shari

    The Delight A love that started while still in elementary school grows, but doesn't necessarily roll into the greatest of loves. Communication isn't a strong suit between these two and hardship abounds. Choices are made, some good, some bad and the story takes on some dark edges. Passion isn't the problem, but the only glue that seems to draw them together. Review The story starts with Jessa being saved by Brody from bullies. A sweet kind of hero worship love. They meet again when she is trying The Delight A love that started while still in elementary school grows, but doesn't necessarily roll into the greatest of loves. Communication isn't a strong suit between these two and hardship abounds. Choices are made, some good, some bad and the story takes on some dark edges. Passion isn't the problem, but the only glue that seems to draw them together. Review The story starts with Jessa being saved by Brody from bullies. A sweet kind of hero worship love. They meet again when she is trying on a bra for the first time. The age difference her is enough, that Brody may be falling for her, but he won't act on it. The story moves on and we find out Brody was often the one sent to take care of her at the most embarrassing and sometimes vital times in a girls life. And I thought this was going to be a sweet romance with a bad incident that pushed Jessa away, only to really be flabbergasted on what truly happened. We learn from Dirty Like Me, that Jessa ran away when something happened we don't become aware of until close to the end of the story. She co-wrote some of he best songs on Dirty's debut album only to up and leave it all behind, with no one in the band, not even her brother knowing why. She goes on to build a modeling career, but as soon as we get into her mind, I find her to be a cold, dead personality. Her brother's wedding is pulling her back into the fold and especially putting her in contact with Brody. Brody loved Jessa beyond measure. Sure they were dumb and young, but it was always going to be Jessa he ended up with even if he did date and bang other girls. The night before Jessa leaves, he begs her to stay, to tour with the band, to be with him. He mentions one name, Seth, and she freezes and leaves him for years. Their back in contact and it isn't all roses and hearts. Brody loved her beyond measure and she stomped on his heart. He called her. He texted her. He did everything to stay in contact with her and she never returned any of it. So why should he feel bad he has a date with a wonderful woman to the wedding of his best friend? Jessa is burning out as a model. The wedding is showing her she misses her life with the band. She misses the town she grew up in, but Brody isn't welcoming her back with open arms. One night of phone sex and suddenly things turn around. Brody's cautious, but his love never really went away. He still manages the band, Dirty, and makes decisions with them. Everyone wants Jessa back, but no one but Jesse has the deep connection to Jessa that Brody had. This story is full of pitfalls. Jessa got into a bad situation. You could say it was of her own making. You could say she just lived in poverty and didn't know better. You could say she just was a dumb teenager. Or even the guys who make up Dirty tried to protect her too much. She got into drugs and into a relationship with Seth, a guitarist and song co-writer for Dirty. I understand why she does what she does, but I also don't know why she doesn't let Brody help. Or even her brother Jesse. She goes it alone and it wasn't always smooth, but it also hurt those who loved her. It felt selfish in some ways and necessary in others. Mostly selfish. Brody struck me as a guy who loved Jessa, but because of the age difference, needed to experience dating, sex, and romance. He never was the manwhore, only dating one woman at a time and showing her respect. Begging Jessa to choose him, to stay with him and humble himself to keep her with him. I just really had wished she shared why she had to leave, taken his help and her brother's and made a better life. The passion explodes, old wounds interfere, deep talks are needed. It all felt almost like it was to intense to last. While I enjoyed the story there was one big problem when Brody accuses Seth of raping Jessa. Seth was the guitarist in the band and also co-wrote many of the songs on the first album. Jessa and Seth were a couple in a weird sort of way. Later when Seth overdoses, the band cuts him out, and without a great contract, he is left with no royalties or claim to the band. Seth is back after recovering and being clean. He just wants back in the band, but when Brody claims he raped Jessa, Seth is out the door one more time. But don't worry, he gets his own story and I can't wait to find out more. Jessa and Brody are soulmates, but not the kinds that live happily ever after. Love conquers all they say, and they need love to survive all of the drama surrounding them. They have grown up and are all in a better place financially and mentally. I found the reason for Jessa leaving to be a weak reason (note she never says Seth rapes her so that isn't the reason). Brody has to forgive. Jessa has to admit her failings. They all have to learn to love again. It's a lot for one book, but we will see them again in future books I am guessing! Challenges Review Writing Challenge #9 Bad Boys of Romance Challenge #5 Never Ending Series #2 Literary Pickers #6 - Canada Books 'N Tunes #6 - Sucker Punch by Sigrid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uHt2... Series Preview This review was originally posted on Delighted Reader

  18. 4 out of 5

    Justine Freund

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this book I was also getting mad at Brody in this book because he was so quick to get mad at Jessa, she was fighting Demons and she was always the one to run from her problems. Brody thought he was the problem but he really wasn’t they both loved each other but Jessa has battled depression she all because of another band mate and no matter how hard it was for her to come clean about it she couldn’t not right away. She text the band mate told him to meet at the cafe and he thought Brody w I loved this book I was also getting mad at Brody in this book because he was so quick to get mad at Jessa, she was fighting Demons and she was always the one to run from her problems. Brody thought he was the problem but he really wasn’t they both loved each other but Jessa has battled depression she all because of another band mate and no matter how hard it was for her to come clean about it she couldn’t not right away. She text the band mate told him to meet at the cafe and he thought Brody was the one texting him. Well Jessa had confronted him and told him to tell the band what he did to her. And then she got a hold of her friend Maggie and they talked Brody showed up and she was forced to tell him basically it’s a great book

  19. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Wow! This one, (Book #2), kept me turning the pages to solve the mystery of why Jessa walked away from Brody, and stayed away for 6 1/2 years. Jessa broke Brody's heart and shredded her own. I thought she was hiding a secret pregnancy but Jessa's secret is so much worse. Didn't see THAT coming! Wow! This one, (Book #2), kept me turning the pages to solve the mystery of why Jessa walked away from Brody, and stayed away for 6 1/2 years. Jessa broke Brody's heart and shredded her own. I thought she was hiding a secret pregnancy but Jessa's secret is so much worse. Didn't see THAT coming!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ann Howes

    I love this one just as much as the first one, Dirty Like Me. Again Jaine Diamond's writing is killer, making you really empathize with Jessa and Brody's longing for each other. As in the first my only critique would be it's a little slow paced with a fair amount of repetition. Other than that, definitely recommended. I love this one just as much as the first one, Dirty Like Me. Again Jaine Diamond's writing is killer, making you really empathize with Jessa and Brody's longing for each other. As in the first my only critique would be it's a little slow paced with a fair amount of repetition. Other than that, definitely recommended.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This one was good, but not as good as the first one. I liked Jessa but didnt love the anger issues and jealously Brody had. I found the end a bit underwhelming. Overall I still loved the rock and roll world and continued characters from the first book, so I'll definitely be reading the next few in the series! This one was good, but not as good as the first one. I liked Jessa but didnt love the anger issues and jealously Brody had. I found the end a bit underwhelming. Overall I still loved the rock and roll world and continued characters from the first book, so I'll definitely be reading the next few in the series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ciara Collins

    5🌟 I loved the 1st book but this book really got to me. It was just really good and I couldn't put it down. 5🌟 I loved the 1st book but this book really got to me. It was just really good and I couldn't put it down.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bec

    Jessa Mayes turned her back on Dirty; the hottest rock band ever to escape her past. However, she isn't sure the glamorous life of being a model is what she wants anymore. Not when she comes face-to-face with the man she's always wanted after six years apart. But finding happiness with Brody Mason means facing the past and confessing the painful secret she's kept from everyone. Will she have the strength to admit why she chose to run rather than tell Brody the truth, so the two of them can have Jessa Mayes turned her back on Dirty; the hottest rock band ever to escape her past. However, she isn't sure the glamorous life of being a model is what she wants anymore. Not when she comes face-to-face with the man she's always wanted after six years apart. But finding happiness with Brody Mason means facing the past and confessing the painful secret she's kept from everyone. Will she have the strength to admit why she chose to run rather than tell Brody the truth, so the two of them can have a second shot at happy ever after? Having absolutely loved the first book of this series, I couldn't wait to read more about the heroes of the band Dirty and the women they fall in love with in this one and I've got to say that this story was just as charismatic and captivating from start to finish as the first book, Dirty Like Me. Yet, where Dirty Like Me was fun and flirty, this story was so full of angst and a lot more emotional due to the history between this couple, the heroine's fears if she lets anyone get too close, and whether the hero can overcome his fear that she'll leave again. Can Brody convince Jessa to stick around this time? Will Jessa ever feel like she's part of the Dirty family; a bond that goes beyond being blood related? As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the heroine. She did a lot in her past that she's not proud of and which took her down a path she wished she'd never resorted to. Especially since it made her feel ashamed the more she continued to spiral out of control with her need to diminish the hurts of what she was going through in her life. How is she supposed to tell Brody and her brother the truth when it may make them look at her differently? However, I liked that Jessa has overcome her past to create an incredible career she should be so proud of. Seriously, it shows how resilient and courageous she is, and that even though she may still have a ways to go when it comes to making things right with those she loves, I liked the challenge she faced. Brody did not make things easy for her from the moment they came face-to-face. His words were painful, but necessary to make Jessa realize how much she'd hurt him, considering how close they were growing up. While Brody, he was a fascinating hero that I loved from the moment he entered this story. He's been through so much in his life, and the band members of Dirty and those associated with the band have been more of a family to him than his own ever were. Really, I loved the tight bond he shared with Jesse and Jessa over the years, especially the one between he and Jessa because it's palpable how much he cared for her growing up and even more so as they got older. I also liked that Brody wasn't willing to be strung along by Jessa, and that if she felt she couldn't trust him enough, then there way no point of them being together. Will Jessa tell Brody everything about her past before it's too late? Overall, Ms. Diamond has penned another wonderful read in this book where the chemistry between these two was extremely strong from the moment they came face-to-face for the first time in years, and spilled over onto the pages explosively in scorching sex scenes that revealed how much these two have missed each other and how they shouldn't let anything keep them apart. The way this story ended had me loving the secondary characters just as much as the main ones, because Maggie helps Jessa so much with her advice and her need to protect the heroine against Brody, if he reacts badly to things that come to light about Jessa's past. Yet, what I liked most is how things worked out between the hero and heroine, as they're a couple meant to be. Certainly, Brody knows how to impress Jessa with his actions and his words. Furthermore, the epilogue made things interesting for the next book of this series. Will one of the secondary characters earn his redemption? Will he be accepted by those that once considered him family? I would recommend Dirty Like Brody by Jaine Diamond, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors AL Jackson, Kristen Callihan or Kylie Scott.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Badass Bloggettes

    Dirty Like Brody is the third book and second full-length novel in Jaine Diamond’s Dirty series. Dirty is the name of a rock band that hits it big. They are now dealing with the many issues that rock bands face; relationships, drugs, a lot of money quick, etc. Each book in the series examines the life of a band member and his/her attempt to adjust to the fame, enjoy life in the spotlight and find a lasting, loving relationship. I can’t decide if this is my favorite of the first two novels (I Dirty Like Brody is the third book and second full-length novel in Jaine Diamond’s Dirty series. Dirty is the name of a rock band that hits it big. They are now dealing with the many issues that rock bands face; relationships, drugs, a lot of money quick, etc. Each book in the series examines the life of a band member and his/her attempt to adjust to the fame, enjoy life in the spotlight and find a lasting, loving relationship. I can’t decide if this is my favorite of the first two novels (I like both), but I can say it has a little bit of everything I like in a good romance. Drama, (there is a lot of drama) good characters that have a fair amount of demons running around in their past, moreover their personalities and chemistry are captivating, and finally, there is rock and roll. Dirty Like Brody examines Brody and Jessa struggles. Brody is the band’s manager. He grew up with Jesse, Jessa, and some of the other band members. He works hard to make the band a successful business. Dirty is his focus more than anything else including relationships. We find out that he has loved Jessa since they were kids. Unfortunately, he was too old for her when they first met and Jessa was too young to realize he did the right thing—waiting. Jessa Messa has a lot of talent. She is a talented songwriter her major contribution to the band. The death of her parents has a significant impact on the young girl. The pain and loss are the impetus for making a lot of bad decisions--the biggest--running from Brody and the band. She left music and her life and became a top model. However, she never stops loving Brody. As I said earlier, there is a lot of drama. Jessa is home after almost seven years for her brother’s wedding. It is a small intimate affair, and Jessa is going to spend a lot of time with Brody. Anyone who read the first book knows that Jessa has issues. It worries Jesse. He sees her sadness, is afraid for her and doesn't know what to do to help her. Jessa has secrets that she keeps from everyone that explains why she runs away. Why she is so unhappy and why she never responds to Brody’s text or phone calls. Jessa and Brody are complicated characters with red hot chemistry. I like them both even if Jessa did put off talking to Brody a little too long for me. I know this is a typical romance writer’s technique, but I find it annoying. I like adults to act more mature and communicate. Honest communication is a personal preference, but since it is not common in romance novels, my guess is it doesn’t sell. Jaine’s writing style works well. In telling the story, Ms. Diamond uses flashbacks to reveal Jessa's and Brody’s past and get in their head. The technique is used effectively and gives the reader a lot of insight into what these two went through in their youth. They survive a complicated youth, and some choices and the hurtful things said were the reasons behind what, on the surface, appears to be irrational. Overall, I enjoyed Dirty Like Brody , and I love the series so far. Brody’s pain at the way Jessa treats him and his love for her jumps off the page. He struggles to understand why she left him and now pushes her away to protect his heart. It is painful. What I loved most about the story is that it is wrapped up with a satisfying ending. There is a major tease for the next book too that sounds wonderfully deceitful. I’m looking forward to reading it. Dirty Like Brody has a lot to love about the story in general and this couple in particular. If you are a fan of rock star romances or romance novels in general, you need to read Dirty Like Brody . I am a Jaine Diamond fan and looking forward to more. Final reminder: Jaine Diamond “DEEP” you know what I mean. 4 STAMPS

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anna Brookes

    Wow I love Jaine Diamond's books, if you asked me to choose a favourite I dont actually think I could, but every single book is always amazing and I can never put then down until I'm finished! If you haven't already get them all! You won't regret it. Wow I love Jaine Diamond's books, if you asked me to choose a favourite I dont actually think I could, but every single book is always amazing and I can never put then down until I'm finished! If you haven't already get them all! You won't regret it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    J. Greene

    I've reviewed this new-to-me author's book, last year, and while I enjoyed it--it was lackluster in the emotion department. And as you all know I live in a glass case of emotion--especially when it comes to reading. I need to feeeeel the book, not just read it. And by George, I think she's got it. So, in Dirty Like Brody--we have a second chance at romance type of read. Jessa's walked out on Brody, and she hasn't been back since--well since now. Her brother is getting married, and she must be the I've reviewed this new-to-me author's book, last year, and while I enjoyed it--it was lackluster in the emotion department. And as you all know I live in a glass case of emotion--especially when it comes to reading. I need to feeeeel the book, not just read it. And by George, I think she's got it. So, in Dirty Like Brody--we have a second chance at romance type of read. Jessa's walked out on Brody, and she hasn't been back since--well since now. Her brother is getting married, and she must be there, but of course. Jenna has been running her entire life. Except now that she's coming back she has to face not only her past--but the man who's heart she broke all those years ago. It'll be easy, right? No. Enter Brody. Brody is heartbroken, and definitely angry about all that happened between him and Jessa. But, he nor she can't deny the chemistry is definitely still there. What really worked in this scenario is the back and forth. Not so much banter, but a good build-up. I am all for the build-up, the tease. It gives the reader something to hope for, and, oh, how we love to root for something. I rooted for Jessa and Brody all the way through. I wanted to lock them in a room and force them to reconcile their differences, almost immediately. The blurb says their love was intense, and it was pretty intense. It was obvious from the very beginning they needed to be together. The struggle with this, between the two, was one of the better parts of this book. It was what was lacking in book one. The author came through with book two and made the series even better--and that's all I can ask for. All in all I was pleased with this read. The characters were pretty solid. The story had good pacing, and the plot itself was interesting enough--even as a rock-star romance (you know how I feel about these!) to keep me reading without faltering. I'd say it was a winner. This is a series, but don't feel absolutely required to read the previous book. The stories are interconnected--but I don't feel like you'd be completely lost, if you skipped a book, or read out of order. To be honest this is the better of the series, so if you want to skip book one, don't feel guilty. Just my opinion, it's what we do around here. :) Otherwise, enjoy. It's worthwhile music-based read, with feeling and spark.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hines

    *I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review* I remember bits and pieces about Jessa from book one, Dirty Like Me, but I never would have guessed her significance in Dirty if it wasn't for this book. Her story is not one I would have expected, which made it all that much more interesting. She has secrets....oh so many secrets...and not only will she learn to overcome them, but to finally admit all her failures to the people whose opinions will make or brea *I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review* I remember bits and pieces about Jessa from book one, Dirty Like Me, but I never would have guessed her significance in Dirty if it wasn't for this book. Her story is not one I would have expected, which made it all that much more interesting. She has secrets....oh so many secrets...and not only will she learn to overcome them, but to finally admit all her failures to the people whose opinions will make or break her. Especially Brody's. Brody survived an abusive childhood, running with a not so good motorcycle gang, and broken heart that continually haunted him. Now as Dirty's manager and Jesse's best friend he had it made. All he was missing was the one who owned his heart and consumed his mind...Jessa. Brody has loved Jessa since she was 15. Jessa, on the other hand, has basically loved Brody since the first day she met him when she was eight. But her life took her down a winding road that led far from where she wanted to be and although no one was willing to give up on her it took her a while to realize that. Years away from her brother, the band, and Brody only proved how much she missed and needed them. Thanks to Jesse's wedding she got her reason to return and thanks to Brody she had a reason to stay. Dirty Like Brody is an entertaining ready about would've, could've, should'ves. It'll give you a taste of the dark road drugs can lead you down and the hope and love family and loved ones are capable of giving when you need it. As for heat level, it wasn't as dirty as the first two books, but it did have its moments. On the downside there are some flashbacks that aren't always easily identifiable until you're well into them. They weren't a bad thing necessarily it just threw off the reading flow at times. I may be a little weird, but my favorite moment was a little semi-awkward moment for Jessa. Way to go Brody, nice way to change the subject! "Just...talk about something else." "Like what? Like how I'm gonna slide my tongue between your legs the first chance I get?" "You are?" "Yeah. Definitely. You gonna let me?" "Um...okay..."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim Coburn

    Jaine has done it again!! Absolutely love love love the Dirty series!!! The characters suck you right in!!!! Totally addicting- Jaine has a way of keeping your interest & wanting more. I’m jumping into the next book in the series now!!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    LaDonna

    Another 5 Electrified Guitars for Dirty Like Brody. This series is so good. Just so, do, so...good. great. Fantastic. Sexy. Angsty. Dramatic. Hilarious. Sexy. Loving. Loyal. Sexy. Good. Looking forward to Seth's book...BUT I STILL WANT MORE ZANE AND MAGGIE. At least we got a touch more of the story in Brody....but I still NEED more. ;-) Okay, Brody and Jessa. They Rock. They are stupid when it comes to each other - but that is usually what makes second chances work. They have so much chemistry it Another 5 Electrified Guitars for Dirty Like Brody. This series is so good. Just so, do, so...good. great. Fantastic. Sexy. Angsty. Dramatic. Hilarious. Sexy. Loving. Loyal. Sexy. Good. Looking forward to Seth's book...BUT I STILL WANT MORE ZANE AND MAGGIE. At least we got a touch more of the story in Brody....but I still NEED more. ;-) Okay, Brody and Jessa. They Rock. They are stupid when it comes to each other - but that is usually what makes second chances work. They have so much chemistry it burns everyone around them...of course, all of the characters in this series seem to have an overabundance of chemistry - which is definitely a treat for the readers. Is it wrong of me to love Jessa almost as much with her big brother Jesse (he named her after himself. Lol. Almost as good as my cousin naming his baby sister after a monkey on a TV show. True story....and probably part of the reason my son wasn't given any input when his little sister was born. Lol.) I adore them. I adored them in Jesse's book, I love them even more now. The setting for Jesse and Katie's wedding....oh My! I want to run away there, now. Sounded absolutely amazing....right down to the way the drink was stirred at the bachelorette party. Too much fun. Can I have a Dolly, Please? I love Her! Reminds me so much of my male bff's grandma - think I miss her as much as I miss my own. Will never forget taking her to see her grandson play....she had bought some red pumps for the occasion at a yard sale...there were too big so she grabbed the duct tape. I love fiesty little old ladies. They melt my heart. (Oh, and I cannot wait until Dolly finds out the secret Zane and Maggie are keeping. Glee, pure glee to think about!)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chantal

    Janie has a way to suck you in and keep you reading! This book was amazing!! I couldn't put it down. She writes with such passion for her characters. Dirty Like Brody is filled with such passion, love, and misplaced trust. Jessa has finally returned home, but for older brother Jesse's wedding. She has been gone for six and half years, traveling the world as supermodel. She is insanely talented when it comes to music, whether it be singing beautifully or writing songs from her soul. Brody is the " Janie has a way to suck you in and keep you reading! This book was amazing!! I couldn't put it down. She writes with such passion for her characters. Dirty Like Brody is filled with such passion, love, and misplaced trust. Jessa has finally returned home, but for older brother Jesse's wedding. She has been gone for six and half years, traveling the world as supermodel. She is insanely talented when it comes to music, whether it be singing beautifully or writing songs from her soul. Brody is the "I mean business" manager of Dirty and Jesse's best friend since they were kids. He is very alpha, well known, and has a temper that is kind of hot. Brody had a rough upbringing and acted out a lot as a kid. Everything he does, is mainly for the band and the ones around him. Jessa finally has come back home to Vancouver for Jesse and Katie's wedding. Her flight was somewhat delayed, causing everyone to panic that she wasn't coming. Brody went to the airport to make sure she stayed and got to the wedding. When she left, it broke Brody. He had, in his own way, told her that he loved her, but Jessa still ran. Even though she had been in love with since the day he stuck up to bullies picking on her. They fight and each try to explain things. The chemistry that pours off these two is incredible! Will Jessa stay? Can Brody forgive and forget? Do they finally make a go at it and see where it lands? This book may be my favorite in the series so far. You get so much more history and background on them and other key characters. I highly recommend it and the other two books in this series so far. Janie, I loved it!

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