Monday 22 July 2013

Real - Katy Evans

© Bianca

Real, Raw & Ripped #1

5 of 5 Stars

New Adult
(sexy fighter Romance)

320 pages
Gallery Books 
September 3, 2013


A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

About the book:

24 year old Brooke Dumas doesn't have time for relationships. She's desperately looking for a job. She just finished school to become a physical therapist. What she really wanted to be was an Olympic gold medalist - but that dream was killed the day she hurt her leg in a race 6 years ago.

Her best friend Melanie drags her to a fighting event to see her new Man Crush - Underworld Fighting's Superstar Remington 'Riptide' Tate (26). And as soon as Brooke sees him - she's in Lust and Love and totally in over her head. Because the moment her eyes meet Remy's - that's it!

I just stare like an idiot from my place. My god. My God. Dimples. Dark scruffy jaw. Boyish smile. Man's Body. Man's Body. Killer tan.

She doesn't know what it is or what will happen - all she knows is - she wants him - she doesn't want to admit it to herself - but she wants him.

 I think I like him, and I dislike that I do.
I think I want him, and I hate that I do.

As Remy sees Brooke leaving her seat he forgets all about his just-won-fight and the chanting audience, and he follows her - he has to know who she is.
He invites her to come to his fight the next day - and she agrees - hoping and fearing to finally have sex again.

But everything doesn't happen the way she expected it to happen - Remy doesn't want sex - he wants to hire her.
As his physical therapist.

Of course that's not all Remy wants - but things are complicated - Remy is complicated.

Brooke accepts the job - and leaves to go on tour with him for the next 3 months.

Sparks are sooo flying between Brooke and Remy.

♫ Heart - All I wanna do is make love to you ♫  

THAT'S IT.....
I'm not telling you more about the story - it would spoil your reading pleasure ☺ - you have to read it yourself!

OK, I might be persuaded to tell you a few tiny facts:

 - there will be LOTS of kissing and licking ☺

- there will be lots of music
- we spend most of our time in Hotel-rooms
- we spend a lot of time running (not AWAY but for training)

 (ok - I might have imagined a half-naked Jogger - but Remy and Brooke are really running a lot!)

 - we constantly wish that this was a movie - so we could see Remy half-naked ;)

- there will be scary parts

 - parts where we want to slap one or more persons for being - stubborn, stupid, or just an idiot!

- there might be a few pages that will make us cry!

OK - That's it - you have to read it to find out if there will be a happy end or a cliffhanger or if everybody dies at the end ☺


 I couldn't wait to get started with it - I had it on my Kindle for a while - and because I knew there were more books coming in the series - I wanted to wait - but now I'm glad I didn't wait. Well - glad and sad - because now I have to wait until November for book #2 to come out :(

I loved Remy and I loved Brooke - female book-people are normally not really my thing - most heroines get on my nerves a lot. But Brooke is great - the way she cares for Remy and stands up for him...

One thing I really loved about the book was the music - the way Katy writes the music into the book. Remy and Brooke each have their own iPod with lots of songs - and they give each other songs to listen to. So adorable - and so important - because Remy can't express in words what he wants to say to Brooke - so he does it with music.

♫ Goo Goo Dolls - Iris ♫

  And I'd give up forever to touch you 
'Cause I know that you feel me somehow 
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be 
And I don't want to go home right now 
And all I can taste is this moment 
And all I can breathe is your life 
And sooner or later it's over 
I just don't wanna miss you tonight 
And I don't want the world to see me 
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand 
When everything's meant to be broken
I just want you to know who I am 
And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming 
Or the moment of truth in your lies 
When everything feels like the movies 
Yeah you bleed just to know you're alive 
 And I don't want the world to see me 
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand 
When everything's meant to be broken 
I just want you to know who I am 
 I just want you to know who I am

 I really liked the rest of the cast - Remy's team and Brooke's friends. Remy's 'problem' (I'm not telling you what it is - he won't tell us about it until the middle of the book) - I think it's great to put something like that in a book - I never had a hero with this kind of issue. The book can really give hope to people with the same problem.

♫ Avril Lavigne - I Love You ♫

You're so beautiful 
But that's not why I love you 
And I'm not sure you know 
That the reason I love you, is you 
Being you, just you 
yeah the reason I love you 
Is all that we've been through 
And that's why I love you


Book 2 will be the sequel and book 3 will be book 1 again - but from Remy's perspective. Book 4 will be about Brooke's friend Melanie and Book 5 is still a secret!

Click here to see the book's page on goodreads

Iris - Goo Goo Dolls  
I Love You - Avril Lavigne  
That's When I Knew - Alicia Keys  
Love Bites - Def Leppard  
High On You - Survivor  
Love Song - Sara Bareilles  
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel  
Kiss Me - Ed Sheeran  
Come Away With Me - Nora Jones
 All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You - Heart  
Anyway You Want It - Journey  
I Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez
 My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson 
Flaws And All - Beyonce  
The Fighter - Gym Class Heroes   

                                 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:    
Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love, married him, and now they are hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches "The End." Which, is hopefully, only the beginning...