Heat Level: 3 or 4, depending on your disposition. Some sexy stuff shown but not too in detail. Reader mostly views heavy petting and making out.
Synopsis: Thrand, a man that went to Nashville to escape his small town past, runs into Cassie, the last person he'd want to see from his past. They grew up together as Thrand was Cassie's older brother's best friend. When Cassie's brother dies in a tragic accident, Thrand blames himself and runs out of town without saying goodbye to Cassie. Meanwhile, Cassie has blossomed into a passionate woman trying to make it on her own. She's a little bit wild and crazy but in a totally endearing way. Thrand and Cassie fight their feelings for each other despite the incredibly magnetic pull between them.
This was a great read. I might be biased as I love the "I love her but I don't want to love her" kind of stories. Have you ever had a thing for the drummer in a band? A man that falls into the rhythm of the music and everything else just falls away? You like a female lead with some sass and wildness about her. Cassie is just the right kind of crazy for Thrand.
It was a steamy and passionate read despite me wanting to reach in the pages and push Thrand and Cassie's faces together to make them just kiss already!! The anticipation was great though and had a wonderful payoff. I loved the nuanced layers of back story that is slowly revealed to the readers which shows the undercurrent of conflict between Thrand and Cassie.
In the end, I loved this story and I'm looking forward to others in the DirtSlap universe. Pearce has set up the series for another book and another possible love story between two characters. This is a series about a band and the women who can't resist them.