Monday, April 8, 2013

Review: REAL by Katy Evans


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:

Star rating: 5 out of 5 
Heat rating:  you will be blushing a LOT (I suggest a fan)!

Remington Tate.  I don’t think I have ever crushed on a character in a book more than I did while reading REAL!  I started reading this book on a road trip with my family and found myself sneaking away with my Kindle during "family" time just so I could keep reading.  This book was so addicting, I had to have more and I devoured it in just a few hours.  I am not a reader who re-reads books, but I WILL be re-reading this book very soon.  REAL was so good that immediately after finishing, I contacted Katy Evans begging for more and asking (ok, demanding/pleading) when she was releasing more in this series.  (good news there will be more).  

I am totally blown away by this book and her writing.  I read a LOT of books (84 so far this year alone) and hands down REAL was one of, if not the best, books I have read.  Katy Evans is a DEBUT author and knocked this book out of the park.  Well done, my friend, well done.  I have been gushing about this book for weeks to my husband, my friends, Katy (poor thing) and all my outlets in social media.  YES, it is that good (NO, I don't gush like this over every book I read, just a handful in the last year).  

Words fail me about how to explain/describe this book...  but trust me, if you can only buy one book this month, buy REAL.  It will not disappoint.  I will try to sum up the book without giving away too much, you need to read it fresh, unspoiled.  (maybe not the best book to read at work/in front of family because it is HOT and will make you blush).  

The book starts when Brooke Dumas was dragged to an underground fight by her best friend, Melanie.  She isn’t particularly excited to be there but since she is trying to start off her new career in Sport Rehabilitation she decides to use this as an opportunity to pass out cards and get her name out.  What she wasn’t expecting was Remington Tate.  (drool)

“His face is suddenly before me, illuminated by the lights, and I just stare like an idiot from my place.  My god.”

Brooke falls into the hoopla that orbits Remington “Riptide” Tate and is surrounded by screaming women.   Women are losing their minds over this guy and shouting all kinds of things to get his attention.

“The guy is just too much.  Too much male.  Too much masculinity and pure raw beast.  Put together, he’s just like sex on a stick and every female around me is shouting at the top of her lungs how much she want to lick.”

 Suddenly, Remington’s gaze finds hers in the crowd and the spark ignites. (wait until you read about their first actually meeting.... it will melt you!)

“There’s no apology in his stare.  In the way he ignores everyone that shouts his name and stares at me with a look that’s so sexual I almost feel taken right there.”

From the moment Brooke and Remy’s eyes meet the story takes off at a fierce gallop.  Remington Tate, my goodness, I was right there with Brooke, lusting over a book character!  I love how intense and raw Remy comes across, (think silent, hot and brooding), he doesn’t say much but when he does.... it is amazing.  He uses music to help him express feelings and communicates better through the songs he chooses  to play to Brooke than by just talking.  He is so closed off that it is hard to crack his shell but when he finally opens up he makes your heart sigh and pulse race.  **Also, I really enjoyed the information that Katy gives the reader about the fights, the nutrition and basically how his world functions.  It really helped me get into the story and feel what he was going through day to day (well done, Katy)**

"I’m every woman’s adventure, damn you, and I don’t want to be yours.  I want to be your fucking REAL.”

Remington Tate is troubled and has secrets that keep him from getting too close to Brooke and Brooke has her own obstacles to over come (way over simplifying here but no spoilers!).  It was such a great ride watching these two come together, become friends then become more.  The tension was THICK in this book, but so worth it.  

"He’s like my Olympics, something that I’m never going to have, but which I crave with my entire being.”

Getting to know these two characters as individuals, then as a unit was a roller coaster full of ups, downs, twists and stomach dropping moments.  My emotions were all over the place; tears, heart palpitations, laughter and lots of heartfelt sighs.  Even two weeks after reading the book I am STILL thinking about how amazing the story is, still wondering what the rest of their story could be (still bugging Katy for MORE).  My poor husband, he might need to start boxing soon since Dwayne Johnson won't answer my tweets ;)

“He wants to be my real, not my adventure.  Even when he will be the realest thing in my life, I know it’s still going to be an adventure.”

REAL is Katy's first novel and I can't wait to read what she comes up with next!!  Ms. Evans is now an automatic buy author for me, and I know you will love this book as much as I did.  Enjoy Remy and Brooke, be sure to drop in on Katy to make sure she knows how much we need more of this adventure that is REAL.

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review