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Review: Ripped by Katy EvansRipped by Katy Evans
Series: Real #5
Published by Gallery Books on December 9, 2014
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Author, Netgalley
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The fifth book in the New York Times new adult series that began with Real. When an angry, heartbroken girl is forced to be near her rocker ex-boyfriend, only time will tell if the fire between them will consume them both.

Pandora, the gothic friend of Brooke (Real, Mine, Remy) and Melanie, thought that getting her heart broken by her bad boy rocker ex could only happen once. But now, he's back in town with the biggest concert of the year. Pandora hates him so much that she gets Melanie to come with her and play a prank on him at his gig. But when they are caught by security, and her ex himself is summoned, he decides not to press charges if she'll follow certain conditions. Pandora likes none of his rules, or that he's in charge of her, especially since they seem designed to make sure she's in close contact with him again. But the closeness reignites the passion they once shared, and soon no matter how much she wants to hate him, it's clear she's still hung up on him. And worse: he knows it too.

While I enjoyed this book, I don’t think it was as good as the first four. I guess Remy spoiled the series for me. I mean don’t get me wrong. This was a great read, but to me it didn’t hold my attention as well as the previous books. I didn’t get that “I can’t put it down” feeling.

Pandora is an odd duck. I’ve always felt she was the weird friend. It isn’t that I didn’t like her, because I did. She’s just different. Her and Kenna go way back. Back in high school they were a thing until he abruptly left.

I think the chemistry between them was strong. The sex was hot which is pretty common for all of Katy Evans’ books. The characters really scorch up the sheets. Frequently.

In the end, I was happy with how things turned out for these two. I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series. It’s one of my favorites.

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Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now 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

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
RELEASE DAY and REVIEW: Rogue by Katy EvansRogue by Katy Evans
Series: Real #4
Published by Gallery Books on July 29, 2014
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: the Author
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HE SAYS HE’S NO GOOD FOR HER.
SHE HATES THAT HE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

Brook Dumas found Remington Tate in REAL, and now it’s her best friend Melanie’s turn to find the man who makes her heart sing. After years of searching, one night in the rain, the strong and mysterious Greyson King comes to her rescue. He’s bold, and maybe just the lover, friend, and protector she’s been searching for. When they make love, he says her name like it means something. Like she means something—and that’s everything she’s ever wanted.

He disappears for days without a word, and when he’s around, he says he’ll only hurt her. Buy when he’s away, her heart hurts more.

Then Melanie uncovers the dark world he’d been determined to keep hidden, and suspects that their random first meeting might have not been so random after all.

Caught in a free fall of emotions, Melanie has no one to catch her but the man she should be running from. . .

But what do you do when your Prince Charming has gone Rogue?

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My thoughts…

Woah! I’ve been wondering about this book. I wondered whether Ms Evans could write a book that could compete… Or should I say be of the calibre of Real, Mine, and Remy. One that had characters I would love as much as Remy & Brooke. One that would be a great addition to this awesome series. Well, after having read Rogue I can honestly say that Ms Evans nailed it.

The story flowed smoothly. It captured my attention from the beginning and held it until the very end. I loved every word of it! I loved the characters, the plot, and all the emotions I experienced while reading it.

I really liked Melanie in the previous books. I wanted so badly for her to find her Real. And in Greyson I think she has.

Greyson defines the very words Alpha Male. He’s an enforcer of sorts. He’s known as “Zero” in the Underground world. It’s his job to collect debts owed to his father. Debts from those whose lost on bets they’ve made on Underground fights. Sadly Melanie is on his list.

It’s apparent from the beginning that the attraction between these two is strong. Greyson has a lot of secrets he’s keeping from Melanie, but she also has a few secrets of her own. It’s because of these secrets that things get really tense at times. They added a suspenseful element to the story that kept me turning page after page to see what would happen next.

I think the chemistry Greyson & Melanie shared was powerful. At times it seemed they couldn’t get enough of each other. Because of this the sex scenes were really hot. I seriously had to fan myself several times while reading them. The scenes are plentiful and well written. Greyson is a quite the dirty talker.

Overall, I really enjoyed Rogue. I can see myself reading it again in the future. It’s definitely a great addition to the Real series. Up next is Pandora’s book. I’m really looking forward to reading it!

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About Katy Evans

Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now 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

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Remy by Katy EvansRemy by Katy Evans
Series: Real #3
Published by Gallery Books on November 26, 2013
Pages: 208
Format: eBook
Source: the Publisher
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Underground fighter Remington Tate is a mystery, even to himself. His mind is dark and light, complex and enlightening. At times his actions and moods are carefully measured, and at others, they spin out of control.

Through it all, there's been one constant: wanting, needing, loving, and protecting Brooke Dumas. This is his story; from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew, without a doubt, she would be the realest thing he's ever had to fight for.

My thoughts…

Finally! We get to hear Remy’s side of the story. I love reading books from the heroes POV. I like being able to get into their head and experience things from their perspective. After having read the first two books in this series I know how the story goes. Having said that, in this story you can get a feel for Remy in a different light.

While the majority of this story highlights the high points in both Real and Mine, you also get a sense of what Remy’s feeling as they’re about to get married. It switches back and forth between the past and present.

I think Ms Evans did a great job writing this one. Even though I’ve read the two previous books and I know what happens, the story kept and held my attention until the very end. Speaking of the end… The final sexual scene is really hot. You’ll sure to be fanning yourself.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this one. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series which is entitled Ripped and will be Brooke’s friend, Pandora’s story.

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Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now 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

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Mine by Katy EvansMine by Katy Evans
Series: Real #2
Published by Gallery Books on November 5, 2013
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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I belong to him. He belongs to me. Our love is all-consuming, powerful,imperfect, and real...

My thoughts…

See that? ↑ Yep, up there. The synopsis? Those few short words aren’t very descriptive are they? That’s okay because we’re getting more Remy, right? Right! I could summarize Mine for you, but I’m not going to. Here’s why. I really don’t want to spoil anything. Trust me. You’ll thank me when you start reading this book.

Here’s what I can tell you. Author Katy Evans will take you on a journey. There are twists and turns in this one. Some I sort of figured out and others I did not. Remember that douche bag Scorpion? Yes, he makes another appearance.

The plot for Mine was really good and I couldn’t put this book down. I kept turning page after page to see what would happen next. I both laughed and cried while reading this one. It’s can be highly emotional at times.

Remy. Sexy, strong, alpha all the way, and bipolar to boot. Let’s face it. The man is amazeballs and totally swoon worthy. Rawr. He always gets my motor running.

If you read my review of Real you will already know that at times I think a little bit of the bipolar issue was unrealistic to me. I’m not saying the way things happen in this book are wrong, just that in my personal experience I’m never heard of such things happening. That doesn’t mean they don’t. I can’t say that these elements take away from the story because they don’t. I just sort of think they aren’t actually accurate.

Brooke. I really liked her in the first book. I think she was good for Remy. Together these two share a strong bond. They both have jealousy issues though. A time or two I found myself getting irritated with her while reading this one.

The sexual content within this one is not only hot and steamy, but plentiful as well. I had to fan myself quite a few times.

Even though Mine is a series book it doesn’t end with a cliffhanger. Thank God. I’m over cliffhangers at the moment.

Up next is Remy. We get his prospective on how things are. I’m so excited about this one! He’s such a complex character and I can’t wait to experience things through his POV.

Overall, I really loved this book! It’s left me hungry for more. More Remy that is. 😀

 

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“Ladies and gentlemen, we all remember our crushed souls—our crushed spirits!—when the crowd favorite lost the championship final last year.”

The crowd boos in memory, and my throat clogs thinking about how Remy’s broken body had been carried out of the ring.

“Have no fear, people. Have no fear!”

REMY!!!!!!!!!” someone screams.

“Bring him out already!” another yells.

“Oh, we will. Have no doubt about it, we will,” the announcer somberly says, painfully drawing it out for the crowd. “After much speculation and many rumors, it’s completely official. The man is fighting this season, and he’s taking no prisoners, people! Here he is, ladies and gentlemen. Here. He. Is! You all know who I’m talking about?”

The crowd roars, “RIP-TIIIIIIIDE!”

Who?”

“RIP-TIIIIIIDE!”

“One more time, ’cause I can’t hear you!”

“RIPTIIIIIDE!”

“That’s right, ladies and gentlemen! Here’s our favorite bad boy with that infamous smile and those deadly fists, ready to carve R.I.P. into anyone who stands in his way this year. The one, the only, Remingtoooon Tate, your RIPTIIIIIIIIIDE!!”

Wild excitement rushes through me as the crowd stands and roars like never before.

“My god, the fans are thirsty for him,” Pete breathes.

And so am I. My god. So am I.

Across the ring from me, women are waving panties in the air. Panties! Another lifts a sign that reads pull me under, riptide!

My mouth is dry, and a thousand and one winged things flutter in my stomach when I see a flash of red.

And then, he’s closer.

Trotting out of the walkway and to the ring.

To his ring.

My body enlivens with sensations as he breaks through the crowd.

Some fans have escaped their seats and make a grab for him, but he easily shoves his way through the throng, his face shadowed by the hood of his red satin robe. Remy. My Remy. The man I love with every ounce of me.

“Riptide, you put the sex in SEXY!”

“Remy, I want you to fucking impregnate me!” 

He climbs into the ring with a fluid jump, and then he removes his riptide robe, slowly, without hurrying. Hundreds of female screams ring in my ears as he goes to his corner to hand the robe to Riley, his coach’s second.

Riley pats his muscled back with a smile and tells him something. Remington throws his head back as if he’s laughing and then takes the center of the ring, spreads his long, ripped arms out, and starts doing his slow and cocky I-know-you-all-want-to-fuck-me turn.

I’m dying.

I will never, ever, get used to the sight of him in that ring. My heart whams excitedly into my rib cage while all my insides pulse with need, and my chest feels like a balloon about to burst in excitement. Hard, lean, and perfect, he is all dangerous, all beautiful, and all mine.

My eyes absorb every inch of what every other woman here is drooling for, and I helplessly let my gaze run up and down his perfect athletic form. My eyes lovingly caress his tan and kiss the inky Celtic bands over his biceps. I admire his torso and his long, strong legs, his sculptured arms, his narrow waist and broad shoulders. Every muscle in his perfect body is so defined that you would know exactly where one structure ends and the next begins if you trailed your fingers along his magnificent form.

And as he turns even more, I see the washboard abs with eight squares—eight! Yes, it is impossible, but he’s got them . . . and his face.

Oh god, I can’t even take it.

The scruffy jaw. The brilliant blue eyes. The sexy smirk. The dimples. He’s got a smile on his face, his expression, one that tells you he’s got a whole lot of trouble planned for the evening and you don’t want to miss it, is playful and boyish.

A collective gasp spreads out in the rows behind me as he moves to face us.

The butterflies in my stomach burst awake when those dancing blue eyes start scanning the crowd, silently laughing at all of us. He’s clearly amused by our obsession over everything Remington Tate!

Beside me, a middle-aged blonde with too much Botox jumps up and down and screams like a lunatic, “Remy! Give me a taste of that Riptide!”

The impulse to drag the woman down by her hair seizes me, but at the same time, I know you can’t look at him without dissolving into a pool of lust.

He is a stud. He was made to mate. To procreate.

And I want him like my next breath.

I want him more than any one of these screaming women wants him.

I want every fragmented part of him. I want his body. His mind. His heart. His beautiful soul.

He says he’s mine, but I know that there’s a part of Remington Tate nobody will ever have.

I am his, but he is untamable and unconquerable.

The only one who can defeat Remington Tate is himself.

He’s up there, ever elusive and mysterious, a black box of mystery without end. And I want to get lost in him, even if I never come out the same.

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Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now 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

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Review: Real by Katy EvansReal by Katy Evans
Series: Real, Raw & Ripped #1
Published by Self Published on April 8, 2013
Pages: 266
Source: Purchased
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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?

My thoughts…

I’ve heard many things about this book. Some of my fellow readers are going wild for Remington “Riptide” Tate. There’s even a Facebook Group centered around him and the other characters within the book.

My first impression of Remy was that he is cocky. I mean really cocky. When Remy and Brooke first meet things are a little bit awkward to me but for the most part was believable. I liked the connection between the two and enjoyed watching their relationship grow. They both have issues they are dealing with, but together they seem to fit well.

Not to give away any spoilers, but it’s mentioned that Remy suffers from Bipolar Disorder. While some of the issues he goes through are part of what a person with Bipolar goes through. There were other issues he dealt with that I’ve never heard of being related to Bipolar Disorder. This does not in any way take away from the story. Just something that I noticed.

The sexual tension between these two is off the charts. Ms Evans wrote several steamy scenes between the two and at times I thought I was going to spontaneously combust.

The storyline was really good. I experienced all sorts of emotions while reading this book. I laughed. I fanned myself. (lol) I cried. I mean really cried. REAL is definitely highly emotional. From it’s high to lows, it’s ups and downs this story will keep you entranced. You’ll be turning page after page to find out what happens next.

REAL is the first book in the Real, Raw & Ripped series. The second book which is entitled MINE is due out sometime in June. I’m really looking forward to reading it.

If you’re a fan of bad boys then might I suggest you read REAL. It’s truly a great read.

 

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Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now 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