There aren’t many book series that I can safely say kept me hooked until the very end. Usually the first is brilliant, the second is no where near as good and the third either pulls it back or is a complete flop. But, Katy Evans’ debut series REAL does no such thing – it’s intense, passionate, gripping and so damn HOT you practically combust!
An indie phenomenon and New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller, the first in a heartwrenching New Adult series about a beautiful young sports rehab specialist who can’t fight her attraction to a dangerously sexy underground fighter.
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?
I warn you now these books will have you fan-girling after the first page…why? Two. Words.
Remington “Riptide” Tate
Remington F**king Riptide Tate
Remy. Riptide. RIP.
Oh. Holy. Yum. Your other book boyfriends will pale in comparison to this one man – trust me.
But you can’t have an incredible man without a pretty awesome girl for him to chase…
Brooke Dumas has just graduated from her masters degree and is now searching for a job as a sport rehab specialist. She once had Olympic dreams as a sprinter but after a serious injury her dreams were shattered and she was laughed away from the track. Fast-forward to 2 weeks after graduation and Brooke finds herself sat in an Underground Fighting Arena with her best friend Mel. Melanie has been telling her how amazing these Underground fighters are and how they’re such “sexy beasts”. But there is one fighter in particular who takes “sexy beast” to a whole new level and it’s him Mel has dragged Brooke to see. As she looks around she sees women everyone in various stages of undress, wearing red with Riptide painted on their practically naked bodies. Brooke has never felt so out of place in her sophisticated shirt and black pants, but then she forgets everything and realises what all the fuss is about…
She sees him. Remington ‘Riptide’ Tate, the Underground’s bad boy and favourite fighter. Dressed in a red robe he’s the hottest thing Brooke has ever seen…that’s until he takes the robe off. Piercing blue eyes, dimples, dark rumpled hair and ripped muscles are all Brooke can see as he surveys the fans all screaming at him in the crowd – including Mel.
“Remy! Remy!” Mel shouts hysterically at my side, hands cupped to her mouth. “You’re so fucking hot, Remy!”
Thoroughly amused Remy turns in their direction and spots Brooke, cocking an eyebrow at her, he winks and then turns to his opponent with a grin. The fight starts and Brooke watches as he pummels his opponent – her pulse goes haywire, her skin flushes and butterflies fill her stomach as she watches him, and when he turns to fix her with a hot stare after the fight, she’s completely lost. As he starts the next fight, she makes her way to the bathroom to calm down, when she hears an almighty crash and a commotion behind her. Someone grabs her arm and turns her around, her face level with a sweaty male chest – and the glowing blue eyes of Remington Tate. He asks for her name and when it’s clear she’s too shocked to answer, Mel (whose caught up with them by now) tells him her name and her number.
He steps forward, and his damp hand slides into 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.”
After this intense meeting Brooke runs home, only to be sent tickets to his next show a few days later with her 3 closest friends. When the fight is finished they’re taken upstairs to Remy’s suite where Brooke thinks she’s about to agree to a one night stand, but instead Remy offers her a job as his rehab specialist for the next 3 months of the season. After some negotiating she agrees and the next day finds herself on a private jet with the rest of his team jetting off to his next fight. From here the story continues, their relationship growing as they move from city to city for Remy’s fights and his secrets and past are revealed.
Now if you’re thinking this is just another alpha male smutty story then you are SO wrong!! I can’t tell you why otherwise I’d be revealing a massive part of the storyline but Remy isn’t your typical alpha male, there are reasons for his actions and behaviour. And I have to say I absolutely love it! I love the complexity of Remy’s character, how he won’t sleep with Brooke until she knows him because he wants to be her REAL, not just “another fuck”. And I’m glad that Brooke stuck with him until he eventually admitted his baggage to her and finally made her understand why he’s the way he is. For Remy he’s so used to people only wanting him for his fame and money, not even his parents wanted him until he hit the big time, for him to finally find Brooke who only wants him for him, it’s understandable he’s obsessive with her.
Now I know I said the book wasn’t you’re typical smutty tale but it does have some rather naughty scenes and a whole lot of sexual tension so this is definitely a book for the adults! But if you want more from a book than just the smexy stuff then you still won’t be disappointed. Brooke is a strong female lead but is still completely relatable and down to earth and Remy may be obsessive and difficult sometimes but he can be gentle and protective, and some of the things he says to Brooke just make you melt! And the other characters in the book are brilliant too and really add to the story, especially Remy’s team who have been the only family Remy has ever known.
I can’t tell you how much I love this series enough, it’s an all-consuming story with two lovable but complex characters which takes you on an emotional journey that’s still able to make you laugh. I cried like a baby, laughed out loud and stayed up until the early hours to finish this book and have since read it over and over again. If you haven’t read the series, READ IT NOW! I can’t say too much more without spoilers so you’ll have to read my review of book 2 for more. As for Katy Evans, after a series like this I can’t wait to read more from her, if you can write such an exciting and popular debut series such as this then just imagine what she’s capable of next…
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