Book Review: Dirty by Michelle Horst

Goodreads Synopsis:

Degraded. Ravaged. Dirty

I fuck. It’s all I’m good for.
People pay thousands just to have a taste of me.
I have to obey for the sake of my brother. As long as I’m the perfect slave, David remains safe.

A life of depravity and cruelty is all I’ve ever known … until her.

I might be damaged, but I’m not destroyed. I crave revenge for what was done to me. I have a need to kill, to feel their lifeless blood dripping from my fingers.

But I also crave her. She makes me feel. She makes me want. I just have to make her see me. The man. The fighter.

Freedom. No one is ever truly free. She doesn’t want to enslave me, but damn, I’ll willingly be a slave to her heart.

When my past threatens to take her from me, revenge and wrath burn hot through me.

She’s not just worth living for. She’s worth killing for.

** A Stand Alone Romance. Not recommended if you don’t enjoy dark romance with sensitive scenes. +18 Only **

Saved By Her has been unpublished, rewritten with additional scenes, rebranded and re-edited – Republished as Dirty.

Chick and Brain Rating  5 out of 5 Stars

Michelle Horst is a brilliant writer! It doesn’t matter if she is writing quick insta-love smut or a gut wrenching story like this one, her words and characters leap of the page and grip your hearts and soul from the first word. I did not have the pleasure of reading Dirty in its original form, but if it was even remotely close to this then I wish I had.

This is the story of Jack who grew up knowing nothing but pain. Jack had to watch his mother’s dead body being burned and then he was turned to a life of sexual slavery by the only father he ever knew. What would have broken any person never broke Jack. The one thing that kept him going was the thought of protecting his baby brother David from the same horrible fate he himself was living. For David, Jack would do anything. However, that all changed the day River came to purchase him from his horrible life. River then became everything good in the world to Jack, but some demons can not remain hidden forever. One horrible night after being rescued, Jack is forced to face his demons and finally cleanse himself of his horrible past for good.

Horst grips your soul within the first few paragraphs with Jacks depiction of his life in slavery at the hands of his step-father. We see the true evil of the world through the stories that Jack tells. Even his own personal savior in the form of River has her own demons she must face in order for them both to be free from their past in order to find true happiness together. Horst does an amazing job in showing the pain and despair that ever character must feel throughout the entire narrative to the point that we too experience them along with them. This is not a book for the faint of heart, but if you can get past the ugliness and degradation a testament to the human spirit shows through.

I would give this story more stars if it was possible. Horst writes a story that gives us hope that even in our darkest moments, we are able to survive. If there is one thing that we need to ensure we never lose it is the hope that we can overcome the worst. Anyone that needs to be reminded of this fact, needs to read this immediately.


Until next time,



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