Friday, August 8, 2014

**Review** ROGUE (Real #4) by Katy Evans


The fourth story in the new adult series that began with the New York Times bestseller Real, featuring Brooke's best friend, Melanie, and the ROGUE she can't resist.

Greyson King...
My boyfriend. My friend. My protector. He's the reason I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, and the reason I fall asleep limp, worn out, and aching for his warm arms around me. When we make love, he says my name like it means something. Like I mean something.
His name is Greyson King, but his alias is Zero.
There's zero trace of him, he has zero past, and now I know that with him, I will have zero future.
He may leave no trace of him anywhere, but his imprint is in me, in my very soul--and I hate that a mere look at him commands the beat of my heart. The temperature of my body.
I've looked for love my entire life. I've waited for the butterflies, the rainbows...
Instead I'm in a free fall of emotions and there's no one to catch me but the one man I should be running away from. The one man I thought was my prince charming.
Except this prince charming went rogue.
Greyson will stop at nothing to make me be with him. He'll let no one stand in our way, will allow no one to threaten me, and maybe this is what scares me most of all...
What will my rogue do to keep me?



*If you haven't read Real (or any of the Real series) you can jump right into Rogue and read it as a stand-alone book and still enjoy this book*

Ah, Katy Evans!!  I adore you.  It is no secret that I fell in love with your writing when I first read Real last year, but you changed on me with Rogue.  You wrote a story that was not only hot (whew, get some ice) but a story that made me fall into your words and want to live there!  Rogue is this amazing, beautiful story that pulls at your emotions and makes time disappear, I loved every page and was sad when I got to the end.  Melanie and Greyson's story in Rogue is special.  It is different and it is fabulous!  I knew I was going to get a good story from Katy Evans but she WOWED me with Rogue (to the point I email fan-girled her to tell her this) and I have a whole new level of awe and amazement for the talent that is Katy Evans.

Rogue, damn.  This was one of the best books I have read this year.  I checked, I have given six 5-star reviews so far in 2014 (that is out of almost 150 books read by me in 2014) and I would definitely say Rogue is right at the top!  I can't pinpoint what exactly makes this book so different from all the other books I have been reading lately, but it has to do with a combination of the writing style, the story itself, the characters and the dialogue.  I was hooked at page one and I fell in love with Greyson immediately.  The pacing of this book was great, it didn't speed you through things fast, their was a slow burn, great tension and then an exciting pace when one was needed.  

Melanie and Greyson's story was just a treat to read.  I loved that their situation, though filled with dramatic things, wasn't an angst-filled/tug-of-war on your heart read, it was exactly what it needed to be to get these two characters to a believable place at the end of the story (vague enough for you?).   Katy Evans wrote Melanie and Greyson's story with a vulnerability that was unique and with an honesty that was addicting.  I believed their fall into love, you get wrapped up in the emotional struggle that Greyson is dealing with, you understand Melanie's need to find love and you get why kissing lots of frog sometimes works out.  Together Melanie and Greyson were magic!

If you have read the Real series and think you know Melanie, you are wrong.  I LOVED the Melanie we meet in Rogue and I really hope we get to see more of her in the next installment in the Real series.  If you have never read Real or Real wasn't your cup of tea (no judgement here) give Rogue a try.  Katy Evans really delivers a powerful story, great emotion and strong characters that are truly "real".

I HIGHLY recommend Rogue and if you can only read/buy one book this week I would grab Rogue, you will not be let down! While you are reading Rogue this weekend I will be sighing and waiting for Pandora's story to come out later this year or re-reading Rogue.   

I can't wait for more from Katy Evans!