Real – Katy Evans – 4 Stars

September 22, 2013 Purchased, Read in 2013 0

Real – Katy Evans – 4 StarsReal Series: ,
Format: eBook
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:

This review is for the self-published copy and I have not read the new release so am not sure what might have changed between my copy and the new one.

This book has been in my pile for a while but I let myself get sidetracked by other reads and when I finally had a chance to sit down and read this I was impressed.  There is some repetition with the descriptions of how Remy makes our heroine feel but I found myself not caring about that as there is something mesmerizing about this complex man.  Ms. Evans does a very good job of showing the impacts of mental illness on an individual without making it cheesy or overworked.

Brooke is still reeling from the disappointment of her injury but has rebuilt her life to be about taking care of other athletes and helping them regain their lives post injury.  She’s very repressed because up until recently everything in her life was about being an Olympian and everything else took a backseat.  When she sees Remy fight the first time there is a part of her that is repulsed by the violence and aggression this underground fighter unleashes but he makes her feel things she never has before.  She tries to rationalize this by quoting medical jargon and facts from human sexuality texts but she can’t deny her attraction.  When his team approaches her about touring with them as his personal physical therapist she says yes but is determined to leave this as a purely professional relationship.  Of course we all know this isn’t possible but watching them dance around one another was fun and when they finally cross the line it makes sense.  I didn’t like some of the side story with her sister but I liked how she really did try to stick it out with him even when he reveals his big secret.  I didn’t like her knee jerk reaction towards the end even though I did understand it but it did feel like a bit of a cop out on her part.

Remington Tate is a beast.  An amazingly sexual man with a huge personality that just draws women to him like moths to the flame.  When he sees Brooke he is drawn to her more than he ever has been drawn to a woman or honestly an individual in his life.  This is a man who gets what he wants when he wants it and watching him pull back from her to take things slow was fun but I could see how it was maddening for Brooke as he seems to play with her but not give her what they both obviously want.  As we get to know him and see what he is struggling with it was eyeopening to say the least.  This is a very complex man with major demons to slay but those demons are not ones that can be killed but just controlled.  I loved our insights in to his mental state but at the same time wish he had been able to find something that really worked for him long-term without causing himself so much physical damage.  He’s such a sweet person under the surface but getting there is such a tough haul.

While there are issues with the story being a bit slow at times I found myself still engaged enough to keep working through this story.  It isn’t 100% easy to work through the descriptions but ultimately Remy is worth it!  He’s just something else and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the stories.

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