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Some of Scola's least convincing scenes, indeed, have the relatives lined up choruslike for marches through town or a ride on top of a peddler's truck. They look too choreographed: On top of the truck, the illusion of reality is spoiled because they're all looking the same way. There is a message here somewhere, I guess. Most of the time it's overlooked, and then Scola hammers it home too obviously. The message is that the kids are trapped in this slum and will never realize their potential.

An early scene has the nubile teenage girl, not yet quite a hooker, boasting about the money she makes posing for pinup pictures. She brags to an innocent younger sister, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the young blond in Fellini's " La Dolce Vita. I'm not sure if this is a comedy or a shout of outrage. Maybe he means it to be both. It may be that Scola is depicting a real squatter society that exists in Italy, but I got the feeling he was making things more colorful, romantic and improbable than real poverty would permit.

He shows his poor people as brutal, dirty and ignorant the title is apt , but he shows money as corrupting them. What's the lesson? That you should never allow yourself to be born into deprivation? Thanks a lot, but say you are: Scola doesn't seem to have a clue what you should do then. This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland.

He and a fr Reviews Down and Dirty Print Page Tweet Ettore Scola's "Down and Dirty" positions itself somewhat uneasily in one of the squatters' settlements ringing Rome, and his ragtag family lives in its tarpaper shack like a cross between the hillbillies of Erskine Caldwell and the urban refugees in Kurosawa's " Dodes'ka-den.

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Who do you read? Good Roger, or Bad Roger? Roger Ebert This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. View all 4 comments. Jul 26, Jo rated it liked it Shelves: 3-stars , heroines-i-love , gr But I must say this book was a bit of a disappointment. View all 14 comments. Dec 14, Jennifer rated it liked it. HOWEVER, though this seemed to be another great addition to the series in the beginning, its tidy, all too quick ending had was completely disappointing.

It truly felt like she had a deadline to meet and said I'm hoping we aren't going to see this continue. View 1 comment. Jan 08, TJ rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , reads. First, however, the good part. I LOVE that this series focuses on a couple who are happily in love and working together to make sure their relationship lasts forever.

What an awesome - and rarely used - plot device. So often authors feel the need for tons of angst and heart-break, problems and dram 3. So often authors feel the need for tons of angst and heart-break, problems and drama. Hart does such an exceptional job of portraying it as real.

The villain in this one was also confusing. I guessed who it was pretty soon unlike all the previous books. But the whole reveal was weird and quickly wrapped up. No real depth, just a quick resolution and explanation. And one last small thing - the whole thing with J. It continues to be left dangling without any significant progress - teaser after teaser.

Either push it forward or wrap it up, already! Jan 05, Kjen rated it really liked it Shelves: love-this-series. I love these characters. This is not five stars and doesn't make my favorite list for a couple of reasons. Jaye and Jack were off in this. They started out great, and the discussion of someone from Jaye's past was good stuff. However, Jack's PTSD came out of nowhere, and there really wasn't time to for Jaye to absorb it and them to handle it. Maybe that was the point? Also, the case I actually had to go back and re-read the 'catching of the bad guy' because I almost missed it!

Geez; Things I liked: The series is going to continue: We have lots of loose ends to wrap with Jaye's dad and lots of potential for this crime fighting couple. It's rare for a writer to be able to maintain the hotness of the lead couple after they commit. I think that Hart's been able to do that with Jaye and Jack since they've gotten together. I hope she can do as well after the "I do's" as she's done in the last 3 books. Their relationship is fascinating! Side-note and nothing to do with the actual book. This blurb is off. It totally doesn't match the book. Jul 07, Neil rated it liked it.

I just picked this book up by chance, as I don't normally like to delve into a series part of the way through, and this was book 4 in the JJ Graves series. It began well, it was well written, the characters were well thought out, but for something purporting to be a mystery it seemed to fall well short. There was a major house fire, resulting in five deaths, and halfway through I had worked out who the culprit was, though not the reasons behind it all.

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Several issues sprouted up, and then disappe I just picked this book up by chance, as I don't normally like to delve into a series part of the way through, and this was book 4 in the JJ Graves series. Several issues sprouted up, and then disappeared just as quickly. It all felt a bit rushed and haphazard, and the conclusion was almost glossed over. Had I read the preceding books in the series, then this might have made more sense. The only problem being, is there a chance that they are of a similar standard, and would they leave me with more questions than answers?

Second time reading this and it did make more sense this time around. The ending still felt slightly hurried though, almost as if the writer had a deadline to meet. So once again it is beneficial to read the series in the correct order. Jan 29, Minx rated it it was ok Shelves: contemporary , romantic-suspense , , got-house-martell.

I did like reading Down and Dirty but it was really missing the criminal suspense element. There was some parts where J. There was a lot about her and Jack's upcoming nuptials and then the end Apr 30, Jo Ann Reinhold rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.

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A house has burned down and with it an entire family is gone. Is it murder or an accident? That is what J. J Graves and Jack have to find out with only a couple of days before their wedding. A wedding J. Being married to Jack is all she wants but the wedding has her panicked so she leaves the "fluff" and arrangements to her friend and her future mother in law, true J. Graves back story flavors every part of these books and you watch as she struggles to overc A house has burned down and with it an entire family is gone.

Graves back story flavors every part of these books and you watch as she struggles to overcome everything thrown at her with the help of her best friend and now lover Jack. Jack is the one that has always had J. These characters are just great and so are all the supporting characters! At points I found myself laughing out loud, yes people say that but it truly happens, just watch!

Thank you Liliana for another great story! Jul 02, Chanel rated it liked it Recommends it for: those wanting a romance and mystery. Shelves: mystery-action-romance , romance-with-law-enforcement , romance-with-a-doctor , series-j-j-mystery. It is so nice that J. It is like these two can never catch a break.

This plot started out well, but all the sudden the book ended. I was not ready for the ending, as I was just starting to form my opinion on who did it. I really felt the ending was rushed and anti-climactic. He is the best, with his one liners, stran It is so nice that J. He is the best, with his one liners, strange relationship with his computer, and I just love how he talks about his wife!

Rating 3. Sep 07, Karsyn rated it liked it Shelves: nbrc-tt3-ringwraiths. I know this says it's a page book but it read more like pages. It was so quick, but it was also really really lacking. A tad disappointing.

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Dec 19, Christi Snow rated it really liked it. My Review: Overall I love both these characters and what they each bring to the table in their romantic relationship and their working relationship. But this book had a few issues Yes, J. It's like Liliana Hart wrote an entirely different book, scrapped it, and then rushed to come up with this version. Really odd. While I thought the suspense was well-done overall I knew where it was leading for who did it, but couldn't figure out how all the details fit together , it needed more at the end. I had to stop listening to the audio with 15 minutes left and was sure the audiobook wasn't going to be complete I've had that happen once before because there was no way to wrap everything up in that amount of time.

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It was wrapped up, but it wasn't done to the level that I've come to expect from Liliana Hart's novels. There was a black moment in the novel that seemed to be just thrown in there because that's the way you're supposed to write a book But it was completely out of the blue, didn't even make sense, and then was resolved with hardly any effort. Despite all of these issues, I did still enjoy listening to this audiobook. Like I said before, Laura Faye Smith does brilliant narration. There were sweet moments between J. But I understand this is supposed to be the final main book in the series.

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What about J. What was on those flash drives? There's some discussion of that between her and Ben, but it's not complete. Matilda got fried in the crash That tiny epilogue for the wedding I needed MORE. Mar 23, Terri Lee rated it really liked it. The murder mystery and subsequent solve of it seemed a bit rushed. Dec 11, Bookish rated it really liked it. Good story told too quickly. An interesting story and Hart is always good, but this felt rushed. The denouement was ungainly and overly simplistic. There were issues raised, closed over, and left laying.

I had looked forward to Jack and JJ's wedding and we got none of it. Hart is better than this, but seems to have joined many other authors of late in publishing a book to satisfy fan demand more than tell a story. The writing is still good and the characters are true to themselves, but the story Good story told too quickly. The writing is still good and the characters are true to themselves, but the story just isn't up to her usual stuff. If you don't have a full story to tell, wait until you do. Putting out a book just to keep people reading or to satisfy folks who don't want to wait, is never a good idea.

Hart does a good job here, as usual, but overall, it just wasn't her usual quality. Readable, enjoyable, but underdone. Dec 15, Robin rated it really liked it. Love JJ and Jack Although I love the characters in this book, this one seemed a bit more shallow to me than the others. The PTSD sort of came out of nowhere and then got tucked away as quickly as it appeared. Of course I am thrilled that there's a wedding but after everything it seemed a bit of a letdown.

Maybe I've just forgotten that these stories are just a little less intense and a bit more fun than some of my reads lately. In any event the dialogue is perfection as usual and I simply love Ja Love JJ and Jack Although I love the characters in this book, this one seemed a bit more shallow to me than the others. In any event the dialogue is perfection as usual and I simply love Jack more than I can say.

I sort of hope the next one is a wrapper on this series and that it delves deeply into the father and into their relationship a bit more. Details, I need details! Dec 16, Laura Wardale rated it really liked it. I love Liliana and this series but I was a bit disappointed to be honest. It felt a bit rushed and there wasn't as much development of the plot as there has been previously.

The book was short compared to the others and we learned next to nothing about what is going on with her father, the flash drives etc. I also wanted more detail on the wedding. I wanted to be there and experience some of the day, and while it was a nice passage that she wrote about it, I didn't feel like I was there. I hope I love Liliana and this series but I was a bit disappointed to be honest. I hope the next book answers questions and feels less rushed. All of that being said, I still love the characters and writing style.

I was just expecting a bit more. Jun 03, Rosie rated it it was ok. Down and Dirty was a like for me, but it wasn't a love. I do love the author, but not sure what is up with her book 4's of late especially with my favorite series of hers? Both this book 4 and her book 4 of the Addison Holmes series felt rushed and short. I don't EVER think an author should rush or cut a book short because it can send the wrong message to us readers.

The book needed more substance especially at the end. I can say for sure though that JJ Graves had the most unromantic wedding of t Down and Dirty was a like for me, but it wasn't a love. I can say for sure though that JJ Graves had the most unromantic wedding of the century.


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I can also say that JJ Graves is the only bride that didn't care how she looked going down the isle, shameless. But I do still love JJ Graves. Dec 21, Piseog rated it liked it. I felt cheated. I love JJ and Jack and the storyline was interesting. I just really wish that the author put a bit more work in to the ending and dragged it out.

Because it was an exciting ending, if it wasn't so rushed. That epilogue was just annoying.