Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Book Blitz and Review: Katy Evans' "Real."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Book Blitz for Katy Evans "REAL."

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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?

Review By Surj :

When I announced on the blog that I would be reading Katy Evans "Real" the comments our followers posted made me want to read this book even more:

Caroline: I love Remy. Total alpha. Scenting has never been so sexy.

Jo: Omg, you'll love it.

Katy Evans I loved it. In fact I could say "loved it" a thousand times over and it probably wouldn't come close to how I feel about this book. From the moment Remington "Riptide" Tate stepped into the ring, I was hooked. I handed my heart (and other parts of my anatomy) over to him on a platter 
and nothing and no one was going to tear me away until he was done with me:

“Your name,” he growls, panting, his eyes wild on mine.
“It’s Brooke Dumas,” she says, and then she happily shoots out my cell phone number.
To my chagrin.His lips curl and he meets my gaze. “Brooke Dumas.”
He just fucked my name right in front of me.

See, how could you not fall for a man who "fucks your name" just by saying it? 

 From the first chapter, I felt a nervous anticipation which left me with a constant flurry of butterflies in my belly and as I progressed through the book, this feeling just intensified. My connection with the characters was so strong that I felt like I went through every single emotion they experienced (and trust me there were a few) but I wouldn't change it for the world. 

The chemistry between the two main characters (Brooke and Remy) was off the charts leaving me in a huge puddle of mess. There was so much between them left unsaid but but the sexual tension was there by the bucket loads:

"My legs wobble and I'm left with the distinct impression this man
wants to pound me next. With his cock."

There are so many lines just like this that left me with a raised pulse rate because I was so desperate for  them to "get it on!!!" There were so many moments where they almost did... almost and then poof.... it was gone leaving me more frustrated that the characters. I was starting to understand why Remy needed so many cold showers. And that whole "scenting" thing... holy cow that was hot:

My sex pulses when he inhales me, and he keeps scenting me as he rubs he cock along my ...

The music connection in "Real" added something special to Remy and Brooke's story. Despite the lack of communication when it came to expressing how they felt about one another, their choice of music seemed to speak volumes: 

And I'd give up forever to touch you... Cause I know that you feel me somehow...
You're the closest to heaven that I've ever been and I don't want to go home right now....

Brooke's character was one that I definitely related the most to. Some may say she was weak when it came to Remy but in the real world, when you fall for someone, it doesn't matter what they do, sometimes you've just got to go with your gut and that's exactly what she did:

I love him. He’s not just a star, he’s the whole fucking sky to me.
He’s the sun and every planet in this galaxy.

But I did see strength in her character, especially when it came to what she felt was right and wrong and she make sure her voice was heard. Sometimes these decisions were right and other times they were wrong but it showed she wasn't a door mat and  she was willing to speak up for what she believed.

And Remy... he was the mother of all alphas, primal even but I loved it. Despite the mystery surrounding his character and the intensity he bought to the story, I could help but fall for those blue eyes. He was a man that would go to extremes to protect the woman he loved and to make her happy and all he wanted in return was to be loved unconditionally, through the good and the bad:

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!”

Holy smokes I think he just gave me an orgasm!!! 

I loved the extended family this book gave me, from Pete to Riley and especially Melanie who definitely bought some much needed humour to the book. She was hilarious and put her and Brooke together, they had me in stitches.

There were so many things about "Real" that kept me reading, the main characters for sure, the sexual tension and intensity most definitely but the story behind Remington Tate was the clincher. I just knew there was something about this man, especially with all the whispers, the secret conversations, the behaviour .... I was drawn in and I just had to know what he was all about. Why did he want to be so close to Brooke yet was so unwilling to have a physical relationship with her? 

This book was so well written and  full of emotion, description and inner thoughts which allowed me to ride the wave with the characters. The story was told from Brooke's POV with an epilogue from Remy's perspective which made my day.
There were definitely a few unexpected twists that left my heart broken and a few moments that infuriated me but that didn't change how I felt about  the story or the characters.

I rated this book 5 Hearts and I can't wait for the rest of the series which is called "Real, Raw and Ripped." 


I stare up at the ring as the guy whips off the red satin robe with the word RIPTIDE on the back, and the spectators stand screaming and cheering as he slowly turns to acknowledge them all. His face is suddenly before me, illuminated by the lights, and I just stare like an idiot from my place. My god.
Dark scruffy jaw.
Boyish smile. 
Man’s body.
Killer tan.
A shiver shoots down my spine as I helplessly drink in the entire package everyone else seems to be gaping at.
He has black hair, standing up sexily as if women have just had their fingers there. Cheekbones as strong as his jaw and forehead. Lips that are red-kissed and swollen, and, as a souvenir from his walk to the ring, there’s lipstick on his jaw. I look down his long, lean body and something hot and wild settles in my core.
He’s mesmerizingly perfect and incredibly hard. Everything, from his beautifully slim hips and narrow waist to his broad shoulders, is solid. And that six-pack. No. It’s an eight-pack. The sexy V of his obliques dips into his satin, navy blue shorts, which gently hug his powerful legs, thick with muscle. I can see his quads, traps, pecs, and biceps, all gloriously tight and cut. Celtic tattoos circle both of his arms, exactly where his bulging biceps and the rigid square deltoids of his shoulders meet.
“Remy! Remy!” Mel shouts hysterically at my side, hands cupped to her mouth. “You’re so fucking hot, Remy!”
His head angles to the sound, one dimple showing with a sexy smile as he faces us. A frisson of nervous energy passes through me, not because he’s extremely gorgeous from this perfect view—because he is, he definitely is, goodness, he really is—but mostly because he’s looking straight at me.
One eyebrow cocks, and there’s a glimmer of amusement in his entrancing blue eyes. Also something . . . warm in his gaze. Like he thinks I’m the one who shouted. Oh, shit.
He winks at me, but then I’m stunned as his smile slowly fades, morphing into one that’s unbearably intimate.
My blood simmers.
My sex clenches tight, and I hate that he seems to know that.
I can see he thinks he’s the ultimate creation, and he seems to believe every woman here is his Eve, created from his rib cage for him to enjoy. I’m both aroused and infuriated, and this is the most confusing feeling I’ve ever felt in my life.
Breaking our connection, he curls his lips and turns when his opponent is announced with the words “Kirk Dirkwood, ‘the Hammer,’ here for all of you tonight!”
“You little slut, Mel!” I cry when I recover, shoving her playfully. “Why did you have to scream like that? He thinks I’m the nutcase now.”
“Omigod! He did not just wink at you,” Melanie says, visibly stunned.
Oh my god, he had. Hadn’t he? He did.
I’m just as astounded as I relive the wink in my head, and I’m totally going to torture Melanie because she deserves it, the little tramp.
“He did,” I finally admit, scowling at her. “We telepathically communicated, and he says he wants to take me home to be the mother of his sexy babies.”
“Like you would have sex with someone like him. You and your OCD!” she says, laughing her head off as Remington’s opponent takes off his robe. The man is all beefy muscle, but not an ounce of him can visually compete with the pure male deliciousness of that “Riptide.”
Remington flexes his arms at his sides, stretches his fingers out and forms fists, then bounces on the balls of his feet, his calves flexing. He’s a large, muscular man but surprisingly light on his feet.
Hammer throws the first punch. Remington evades it with a smart duck, and he comes back up with a full swing that connects and knocks Hammer’s face to the side. I inwardly flinch at the power in his punch; my body clenches at the sight of his muscles contracting and tensing, working and releasing, with each blow he delivers.
The crowd watches, enraptured, as the fight continues, those awful cracking sounds filling me with goose bumps. But there’s something else bothering me. The fact that beads of perspiration pop on my brow, in my cleavage. As the fight progresses, my nipples strain, ever more puckered and tight, against my top, pushing anxiously against the silk of the fabric. Somehow watching Remington Tate pound a man they call “Hammer” makes me squirm in my clothes in a way I don’t like, much less ever expected.
The way he swings, moves, growls . . . 
Suddenly, a chorus begins: “REMY . . . REMY . . . REMY.”
I turn and see Melanie jumping up and down and saying, “Omigod, hit him, Remy! Just knock him dead, you sexy beast!” She screams when his opponent falls to the ground with a loud thump. 
My panties are soaked, and my pulse has gone haywire. I’ve never condoned violence. This isn’t me, and I blink in stupefaction at the sensations whipping through my system. Lust, pure, white-hot lust, flutters through my nerve endings.
The ringmaster lifts Remington’s arm in victory, and as soon as he straightens from the knockout blow he just delivered, his gaze swings in my direction and crashes into me. Piercing blue eyes meet mine, and something knots and pulls inside my tummy. His sweaty chest rises and falls in a deep pant, and a drop of blood rests at the corner of his lips. Through it all, his eyes are glued to me.
Heat spreads under my skin, and the flames lick me all over. I will never admit this to Melanie, not even to myself out loud, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a hot man in my life. The way he stares at me is hot. The way he stands there, with his hand held in the air, his muscles dripping sweat, with that air of authority Mel told me about in the cab—it’s just hot.
There’s no apology in his stare. In the way he ignores everyone who shouts his name and stares at me with a look that’s so sexual I almost feel taken right here. An awful awareness of the exact way I look to him sweeps over me.
My long, straight hair, the color of mahogany, falls to my shoulders. My button-up white shirt is sleeveless, but it goes up my throat in a lacy mock-neck, and the hem is tucked nicely into a pair of high-waisted, but perfectly presentable, black pants. A small set of gold hoop earrings nicely complement my honeyed whiskey eyes. Despite my conservative choice of clothes, I feel completely naked.
My legs wobble, and I’m left with the distinct impression this man wants to pound me next. With his cock. 
Please, god, I did not just think that; Melanie would. Another tightening in my womb distresses me.
“REMY! REMY! REMY! REMY!” people chant, the sound growing in intensity.
“You want more Remy?” the man with the microphone asks the crowd, and the noise builds around us. “All right then, people! Let’s bring out a worthier opponent for Remington ‘Riptide’ Tate tonight!”
Another man steps into the ring, and I can’t bear it anymore. My system is on overload. This is probably why it’s not a good idea to forego sex for so many years. I’m so worked up that I can barely talk right or even make my legs move as I turn to tell Mel I’m going to the restroom.
A voice blares loudly through the speakers as I charge down the wide path between the stands. “And now, to challenge our reigning champion, ladies and gentlemen, is Parker ‘the Terror’ Drake!”
The crowd comes alive, and suddenly, I hear an unmistakably hard slam.
Resisting the urge to look back at what’s causing the commotion, I round the corner and head straight for the bathroom hall as the speakers flare up again. “Holy cow, that was fast! We have a KO! Yes, ladies and gentlemen! A KO! And in record time, our victor once again, I give you, Riptide! Riptide—who’s now jumping out of the ring and— Where the hell are you going?”
The crowd goes crazy, calling all the way to the lobby, “Riptide! Riptide!” and then they fall completely quiet, as though something unscripted has just happened.
I’m wondering about the eerie silence when pounding footsteps echo at my back. A warm hand engulfs mine, and the touch frissons through me as I’m spun around with surprising force.
“What the . . .” I gasp in confusion, and then stare into a sweaty male chest, and up into glowing blue eyes. My senses reel out of control. He’s so close the scent of him tears through me like a shot of adrenaline.
“Your name,” he growls, panting, his eyes wild on mine.
“Uh, Brooke.”
“Brooke what?” he snaps out, his nostrils flaring.
His animal magnetism is so powerful I think he just took my voice. He’s in my personal space, all over it, absorbing it, absorbing me, taking my oxygen, and I can’t understand the way my heart is beating, the way I stand here, shivering with heat, my entire body focused on the exact spot his hand is wrapped around me.
With trembling efforts, I pry my hand free and glance fearfully at Mel, who comes up behind him, wide-eyed. “It’s Brooke Dumas,” she says, and then she happily shoots out my cell phone number. To my chagrin.
His lips curl and he meets my gaze. “Brooke Dumas.” 
And as I feel his tongue twist roughly around those two words, his voice sinfully dark, like things you crave to eat but really shouldn’t, desire swells between my legs. His eyes are hot and almost proprietary when he looks at me. I’ve never been stared at like this before.
He just fucked my name right in front of me. And right in front of Mel.
He steps forward, and his damp hand slides to the nape of my neck. My pulse skitters as he lowers his dark head to set a small, dry kiss on my lips. It feels like he’s marking me. Like he’s preparing me for something monumental that could both change and ruin my life.

“Brooke,” he growls softly, meaningfully, against my lips, as he draws back with a smile. “I’m Remington.”

Believe it or not, there are five books on the way in this series:

Book #1: Real Remy and Brooke's story

Book #2: Mine  The sequel to Real (22nd October 2013)

Book #3: Remy Real from Remy's POV (25th November 2013)

Book #4: Raw   Melanie's story (31st December 2013)

Book #5: Ripped  (18th March 2013)

Author Bio:

Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning...

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