Monday, 11 November 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Katy Evans "Mine (Real # 2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Katy Evans' "Mine (Real # 2)."

~ 4 Hearts Review: Surj Harvey ~


Synopsis: 

“I will do anything to make her MINE.” —Remington Tate 

In the international bestseller REAL, the unstoppable bad boy of the Underground fighting circuit finally met his match. Hired to keep him in prime condition, Brooke Dumas unleashed a primal desire in Remington “Remy” Tate as vital as the air he breathes . . . and now he can’t live without her. 

Brooke never imagined she would end up with the man who is every woman’s dream, but not all dreams end happily ever after, and just when they need each other the most, Brooke is torn away from the ringside. Now with distance and darkness between them, the only thing left is to fight for the love of the man she calls MINE.

Blog Tour Review: Surj Harvey:

My heart whams excitedly into my rib cage while my insides pulse with need, 
and my chest feels like a balloon about to burst in excitement. 

And that's exactly how I felt when "Mine" appeared on my kindle this week.  Squeeee!!! I was like a kid in a sweet shop dying to get myself another fix of the man they called Remington "Riptide" Tate, the man who had stolen my heart back in June when I first read "Real". And here he was, larger than life just waiting for me to turn the first page.... and so I did. 

"Mine" started two months after "Real" finished and life was good for Remy and Brooke... like really good. Remy was at the peak of his physical fitness ready to jump back into the ring again and Brooke, well she was just hopelessly in love with her lion man. Yup, the first 8% or so was all hearts and flowers and as lovely as that was, that wasn't going to keep me reading. In fact if anything, much more of it, and I would have been bored to tears (sorry!). 

Thank god for the first bout of drama which came at 10% because that definitely peaked my interest and my first thoughts were:  "well isn't this just going to throw up a shit storm" and low and behold I was right. It wasn't nice and it did leave me with a sinking feeling.

"Where were you Brooke?" 
"I was broken," I cry in a mix of anger and pain. "You broke me."
"No. You. Your letter. Broke me."

From that moment, I was completely invested in where this story was going. Katy Evans just couldn't help herself, throwing in twist after twist, curve ball after curve ball knowing full well she'd have her readers insides doing all sorts of crazy shit and my god, did I feel it. Don't get me wrong though, not all of the drama was bad. Some of it was so touching and heart warming and so perfect for this couple, very much the icing on the cake as such. But other times, I felt hurt just reading the words on the pages, my stomach in knots, tears threatening to come. 

Brooke and Remy's relationship was intense at the best of times, if anything, I would say it was all consuming. It was like they lived and breathed each other and couldn't bare to be apart. There were moments I questioned whether what they had was healthy but for some reason, I still couldn't help but root for them. Their touching, caressing  licking, scenting, their words of love and adoration   to one another.. on the surface just sounds weird, but honestly, It was their thing and I found it just beautiful and so personal. However, life changing events and demons from the past (namely Scorpion and Brooke's sister Nora) would definitely put their relationship to the test and there were moments I wondered whether they would ever make it:

My heart hurts when I think of how much effort it's going to take him not to let this fuck 
with his head. I want to whisper reassurances, but I can't even seem to speak,
I'm so pissed at life for throwing me a curve ball again.

Remington Riptide Tate continued to steal my heart. He was beautiful, selfless, courageous, loving, passionate yet so completely alpha and I couldn't help but get butterflies at the very mention of his name. Yes I put my hands up... I am a Remy groupie!!!

Some called him 'beautifully broken" but for me, if he was broken, it would imply he was fixable. And this man did not need fixing. I loved him for the fighter that he was both inside and outside of the ring. Remy's bipolar disorder continued to affect his life with the disease rearing it's ugly head on numerous occasions. Katy Evans gave such a realistic account of the condition and in it's worst form, it was brutal not only for Remy but for everyone around him:

Why does a beautiful person who doesn't want to harm anyone feel chemical 
impulses to hurt himself? To feel worthless? To think he might rather does?

Brooke's character really surprised me in "Mine." Where as in "Real" I had found her to be strong and often quite feisty and cocky, that side was now gone and in it's place I found a very insecure,venerable and often very jealous woman. Her life had been turned on it's head and yes, she had the man who held the key to her heart but could she deal with everything that went with him? 

He seems to be watching me like he can't figure out what to do with a detonated grenade. 
I'm trying to figure out what to do with myself too.
I have never felt so consumed with jealousy and hurt, anger and self loathing in my life, 

Brooke's insecurities and jealousy came out time and time again and yes she knew she was being irrational, but I guess in her defense, this was all new to her. Put myself in her shoes and would I have behaved any differently... I don't know. A past that involved a lot of women, women constantly throwing themselves at your partner, throw into the mix a life changing event... and I guess my emotions would be carnage too. Unfortunately, her jealous streak and her tantrums did sometimes have a direct effect on Remy, especially when he was in the ring and that did make me angry, especially because she knew what the consequences would be:

"Remington is the strongest he's ever been right now," Pete says. "But you're a big 
weakness of his. He'd lose for you, quit for you. Kill for you. Medicate his ass off for you."

"Mine" gave me the perfect ending to Remy and Brooke's story. The story line was completely engaging and the last 10% had me on the edge of my seat. If you're at all squeamish, you may want to skim because the final fight is full on violence and Katy Evans didn't hold back in coming forward when describing it. I'm talking the breaking of limbs, twisting of fingers... enough to have me wincing and my stomach rolling. However, it was part of the story and I don't know if wrapping it up in cotton wool would have helped. 

The music connection continued throughout this book and the Goo Goo Dolls song "Iris" will forever remind me of this amazing couple who overcame obstacle after obstacle to find their happy place in the world. The final letter from Brooke to Remy tore at my heart strings and the epilogue brought tears of happiness. Yes I'm a sucker for a HEA and if ever there was a couple more deserving, it would be these two. 
I can't wait for the release of Remy... the story from my beautiful man's POV. 
I rated "Mine" 4 Hearts but Remington Riptide Tate will always get a massive bear hugging 5 Hearts from me. 

“You, are going to love me until I die. I’m going to make you love me even if it hurts, and when 
it hurts, I’m going to make it better, Brooke. You’re going to fucking love me if it kills us.”

Author Bio:

Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!

Author Links:

Website: www.katyevans.net 

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