Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Book Review: Real by Katy Evans

Title: Real
Series: Real #1
Author: Katy Evans
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Self-published: 04/08/2013
Republished: 05/28/2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre(s): Contemporary Erotic Romance


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 (Short and 'Squeet')

*language, sexual content, and minor(?) spoilers contained herein*

Well, CRAP! I have succumbed like so many others. I didn't expect to think that Remington was "all that" but dammit he IS! Even with the graphic championship fight description, which left me feeling queasy, I LOVED this book! I had scanned some reader comments, before committing to read Real, mentioning a deficit in dialogue, an excess amount of talk about muscles and hormones, and an inaccurate description of bipolarism. GAH! I don't care about all that. I loved Brooke's narration, how protective Remy's team was of him, and how primal Remy and Brooke were. RAWR!

GAH...AGAIN! I gotta wait for Mine and it's gonna feel like FOR-EV-ER!


“By the time those electric blue eyes seek me out in the stands, my heart throbs fiercely in my temples, and my insides bubble with emotion when he spots me. He stares straight into my eyes, and his eyes are only mine, and his smile is only mine, and for this fraction of an instant, nothing else matters but us.” ~ Brooke


"'It's because of this woman I'm still fighting!' A sudden silence falls across the crowd, and Remington's hard, enraged voice continues telling them, 'Next time I'm on the ring, I'm going to fucking win for her, and I want all of you who hurt her tonight to bring her a red rose and tell her it's from me.'" ~ Remington


“Why’d you want to have sex with me? To have a fucking adventure? What was I supposed to be? Your one-night-fucking stand? I’m every woman’s adventure, damn you, and I don’t want to be yours. I want to be your fucking REAL. You get that? If I fuck you, I want you to belong to me. To be mine. I want you to give yourself to me—not Riptide!”  ~ Remington


“You're all I think about, dream about. I get high and low and it's all about you now, it's not even about me anymore. I can't sleep, can't think, can't concentrate worth shit anymore and it's all because I want to be the fucking 'one' for you and as soon as you realize what I am, all I'll be is a fucking mistake!” ~ Remington

The "Real" Playlist

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

Thankfully I have most of these already, but will most assuredly be getting the rest! Music was very important to Remy, Brooke, and the story.

Authorgraph: Katy Evans - Real
I received my Authorgraph from Katy Evans on 07/31/2013!

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