Title: Getting Dirty
Series: Dirty #1
Author: Cheryl McIntyre
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Pages: 59 pages
Heat Level: 4 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
Three. This is my number. It’s the exact sum of reasons I continue to go on.
One: To strengthen my body. Make it strong. Make it a machine. Make it so that what happened before can never, ever, happen again.
Two: To help others find their own strength so that what happened to me, what happened to my Olivia, doesn’t happen to them.
And three: My favorite—to find the bastards that took my life away and make them pay for what they did.
This is what my life is now. A dead man, inside a scarred body, living only for revenge.
This novella that spawns the series packed quite a punch for me. This always surprises me when the book was a freebie. So, needless to say, I was excited when I finished it. Yes, it’s a cliffhanger of sorts but just that you know it continues.
You have a man, who is scarred inside and out. He and his girlfriend were victims of a random act of horrific violence that led to the girlfriend’s rape and death. He was left severely beaten and for dead. A part of him wishes he would’ve died also. Now, as he strengthens his body, he teaches women self defense so that they can defend themselves should someone try to hurt them.
You also have a woman, who was sexually active in high school and was raped by a love interest. That incident altered the course of her life. It has led to a string of one night stands in bars. Mostly, the bathroom, which makes me shudder. She has to control the trysts as she seeks her release.
This was a powerful start to what I hope will be a great series of novellas. The gritty scenes were emotional and sad. I can’t wait to get back into the series.