ARC REVIEW: Dirty Like Me (Dirty #1) by Jaine Diamond

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Katie Bloom is an adorably, awkward mess who inadvertently bursts into a meeting at her BFF’s talent agency with her equally adorable dog, cherry pie and a wet t-shirt. Without trying to, she grabs the attention of Jesse Mayes, rockstar extraordinaire!

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Jesse’s team decides that Katie has that somethin’ somethin’ to play his love interest in his upcoming music video. Katie becomes an overnight sensation, the interwebs eat up their on screen chemistry.  So why not give the fans and the paparazzi what they want by acting as Jesse’s new (fake) girlfriend for six weeks while he’s on tour promoting his solo project.  It’s just playing a part, right?

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I thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry between Jesse and Katie and their journey to HEA. Usually I’m not a big fan of the rockstar and the ‘regular girl’ trope because too often the male lead is a total douche (at least at the beginning) and the heroine is lead around by his stardom and her hormones for much of the story. [insert eye roll here] Jesse had some flaws but he’s overall a real sweetheart.  And Katie…as I said, she’s an adorable mess, but stronger than she gives herself credit for being. As much as Jesse needs her to promote his tour/album, Katie needs to find the woman she was before becoming a broken shell of herself, hiding from the world.

Dirty Like Me gives readers flawed, yet likable young characters, laugh out loud moments, loads of sexual tension and anticipation while these two figure out what’s for the cameras and what’s real between them.

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In addition to bringing the heat, DLM has some moments that made me a little misty too. The secondary characters were just as intriguing as the MCs and their relationships with Jesse and Katie are portrayed convincingly. I will definitely continue with the series for more of these characters.  Lastly, if you’re like me and interested in what’s happening between the band’s assistant manager, Maggie and lead singer, Zane, there’s a prequel to DLM, Dirty Like Us for free featuring them.

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.*

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