Review: Dirty Like Jude by Jaine Diamond

Posted September 21, 2019 by Shari in Reviews / 5 Comments

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Review: Dirty Like Jude by Jaine Diamond
Dirty Like Jude

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Series: Dirty #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 27, 2018
Pages: 382
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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Getting closer to the end of the series, this one gave me fits. Roni was likable, lovable and very good a job she takes on. But unfortunately I ended up not liking her. Jude also does a few things that tick me off. So while I wanted these two to come together, they just did things that left me wanting to smack them Gibbs style.

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Dirty Like Jude is a rougher story than what I have read in this series. Yes, Dylan’s story was rough, but not for Dylan as much as Ash. But Ash does get his story which I will review soon. Jude is in a motorcycle club and you don’t really know just how deep he is, or how much he wants in or out. He also provides security to Dirty and its band members. Part of the original group of friends, he still comes off as the most mysterious of them all with little glimpses in other books in the series.

Roni Webber is also a little mysterious in the fact she likes sex a lot, has not problem with people knowing it, but seems to have a deeper side we haven’t really seen yet. She is best friends with Jessa from Dirty Like Brody which is were we meet her….at a wedding. In fact she gets her own short story in the Dirty Wedding group of shorts. We know she wants revenge on Jude, but is also so attracted to him she can’t seem to stay focused to that fact.

Through the story we have flashbacks to how these two know each other, how Roni had a crush on Jude’s brother, how Jude and Roni grew close, but misunderstandings set a course of self-destruction in both of them in different ways. Now years in the future, Roni makes no bones about doing what she wants with whomever she wants. Jude secretly has her watched and deals with problems that come her way. But now she’s done with this shit of half foot in half foot out.

I like Roni for her honesty of who she was. She wasn’t someone who pretended to be something she wasn’t just to make everyone happy. Smart, hard-working, she shows she can do something she loves and take on responsibility. We peel away the layers of Jude. Joining the club was in his family, but his other family was music. He was a nomad. Someone who manages the shit that is the darker side of the world. But he always had a thing for Roni and felt betrayed by her when in fact she didn’t betray him…but instead drove her away.

Neither of them are perfect. I am ok with that. I just never felt I got to crack Jude’s shell. He was a hard man, who wasn’t a concrete wall, but I never really felt I got to know him or accept that he wants Roni for herself.

This series is one I adore, and I love these characters, warts and all. It’s just not my favorite romance story out of the series. Sometime I am going to force myself to read Dirty Like Zane. I just don’t want the series to end.

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About Jaine Diamond

Jaine Diamond is a romance author, fond of writing the love stories of built and badass men endowed with massive hearts, and strong, complex women she’d love to have a cocktail with.

She lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada with her real-life romantic hero (Mr. Diamond) and their daughter, where she reads, writes, and drinks copious amounts of tea.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
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I get what you mean about liking a story and even the characters, but not feeling the connection with them or their romance. Glad you’re still loving this series.

Teresa Mary Rose
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Glad you are still enjoying this series, even though this one wasnt your favorite. Its hard when you dont just fully connect with the characters. Great review.

Carole Rae
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Bummer you couldn’t connect with him.