REAL (Real, Raw and Ripped #1) by Katy Evans-a review
About the book: April 8, 2013
A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
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?
REVIEW: REAL is the first storyline in Katy Evans’s contemporary, new adult series that focuses on underground fighter Remington ‘Riptide’ Tate and physiotherapist Brooke Dumas. The story is graphic, gritty and leaves nothing to the imagination.
Remy is a fighter in the world of illegal underground boxing. His persona is that of Jekyl and Hyde and he is the first to admit that during certain episodes in his life, he makes the lives of those closest to him, unbearable and dark. He is an enigma-a man with two distinctive personalities and he has paid dearly throughout his existence.
Enter Brooke Dumas. A recent graduate who, one night, attended an underground fight and her life would never be the same. Remy spies Brooke prior to a fight and offers her a three month position as his personal masseuse and physiotherapist. When ensues is a story of forbidden love, heartbreak and sorrow, a hidden history of a painful past and a need to claim one woman as his own. But Remy has a dark side and he fears that losing Brooke will finally push him over the edge.
The novel is a story of a building relationship between two people who are desperately attracted to one another but also about a man who pushes the people away who care for him the most. The relationship is one of sexual frustration, blatant attraction and sensual acts that can only be described as claiming one’s mate.
The storyline is slow to build as the author pulls the reader into a construct of a relationship when background information about our couple is revealed on a need to know basis. Each has a painful past, but Remy’s psyche and emotional health are in the balance when the woman with whom he falls in love, is pushed away one too many times.
The writing style is simple and there is a bit of redundancy as it pertains to Brooke’s thoughts and emotions but in retrospect the author is trying to show the enormity of the character’s feelings and pull toward the one man who could break her heart.
The is plenty of sexual tension as the couple dance around each other for a good portion of the storyline and there is also tension in the building of the story because you know that at some point Remy will jump the precipice and never look back. The sex scenes are hot, descriptive and palpable.
Katy Evans has written a story that is dark and emotional as is the leading character of Remington Tate. You will experience the highs and lows of one man as he tries to win back his life as well as win the girl of his dreams. I am looking forward to book #2 MINE as their story will continue.
Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.
Reviewed by Sandy