Confessions of the Hosipital Work Experience

For any of those still in the academic system and are desperately attempting to get into to uni or acquire a job you’ll be well acquainted with CV building and the joys of work experience. For the lucky few you’ll land some brilliant experience where you’re welcomed in as part of the team and get to do some really amazing stuff. For the less fortunate you end up the office slave for the week and gain intimate knowledge of stuffing and sealing envelopes. Having taken part in a lot of work experience through the years, I’ve done both kinds of placements – some where infinitely better than others.

I worked in a elderly care home for while, pushing the tea trolley around the rooms. Pros? Some residents are very sweet, telling you stories of the ‘good old days’ and give you sweeties. Cons? You have no clue where said sweets come from and therefore can’t eat them and some of the residents are, well, sort of creepy – the ladies get confused either thinking you’re their daughter or ‘some lady of the night here to steal her husband with her whoring ways’ and the gents ask you to sit on their knee or call you an English rose (normally I’d think this sweet but when a 93 year old man leers it at you whilst staring at your arse, its sweetness is somewhat diminished…)

I also worked in a children’s charity admin office once – I loved the kids and their families, even my boss but after folding and stuffing paperwork into over 300 envelopes only to be told they’d given me the wrong pamphlet and I had to re-stuff them all, the week did drag on a bit.

But in more recent years I’ve done more medically related work experience as I’m hoping to gain work in the healthcare sector. Now anyone in the field will know that there are some, *cough cough wink wink*, rather amusing stories gained from working in a hospital. From working in Radiology and having to X-ray someone who “accidently fell on a toilet brush which then got stuck up their bum”… to debating with the staff about the relationship status of a 90-year old man and his 30-something female friend after listening to them talking about her getting him naked…..

You do meet some very, interesting, people in a hospital though – some of the staff are absolutely lovely but you do meet the odd person who thinks and acts as if they’re much better than you, but then you get that in any work setting. There are a couple of things you have to get comfortable with in order to survive though –

  1. Nakedness – when you’re dealing with health and fixing peoples’ bodies you’re going to see a lot of naked people. Everyone reacts differently in these situations – some laugh out of awkwardness, some get ridiculously uncomfortable, some rather like it (ewww) and others (such as myself) don’t really mind the nakedness but panic about what their face looks like and whether people think they’re uncomfortable. To deal with this you need to work on your poker face and act professional – if you give off the air of not caring they’re naked and that you’ve seen it all before then you should be fine…just don’t stare at certain places for a great lengths of time…Also Top Tip do not, I repeat do not, do this sort of experience with a family friend – I did it with a friend of my brother’s and ended up having to watch a male genitalia check up…I have never heard the last of it!! Family friends + nakedness = mortifying experiences which should be avoided at all costs.
  2. Scrubs – if you’re over 18 and get theatres experience you’re going to wear scrubs. There are various problems with this. Firstly get ones that fit! Trust me when I say walking around with huge scrubs that you have to slyly pull up every 2 minutes is not attractive. And secondly the Crocs!! You have to wear either special trainers or the guilty pleasure we love to hate, Crocs. Top Tip #2 bring socks with you – borrowing someone’s Crocs for the day is bad enough but doing it bare foot is awful. On my first day I failed to do this, oh how I would come to regret this. One of the junior doctors asked if I’d like to go on a cardiac arrest run if his pager went off to which I of course replied yes! When it did happen though we had to run to the other side of the hospital and me with my short legs and my bare feet a size too small for the Crocs I was wearing was not a good combination and I ended up looking like a really slow idiot puffing away down the halls!
  3. Ward Rounds – ward rounds tend to go on a while, of course if its a massive ward it can go on for hours. Whatever you do make sure you eat loads and find drinks on a regular basis. On one placement they fed me chocolate and gave me coffee as we walked around and I ended up having a great time. At another place the person I was following did not give a shit and I spent over 5 hours trailing her around in a 30 odd degree ward, standing up the whole time having not eaten or drunk anything in over 8 hours…not being used to this kind of thing I had to sneak off to find water before I fainted and then re-join the group. They didn’t notice. Joy.
  4. Wear Comfy shoes – you’re going to be standing and walking around. A lot. So wear something comfortable!
  5. Get good at hiding your emotions and thoughts – you’re going to see some really gross things, some really smelly people, disgusting people, arrogant/obnoxious people, so you need to keep your disgust on the down low!!

As the work experience you need to be prepared for just about anything – from people get odd things stuck in inappropriate places to women who wander around the hospital, use the loo in reception as they think they’re desperate for a wee but end up giving birth in the toilet bowl. True story. It’s not all bad/weird though, I got to watch some amazing operations including major heart surgery and sometimes they let you do things (nothing major though, work experience doing surgery is generally frowned upon 🙂 ).

Whatever you end up doing, whether it’s in a hospital or in a marketing office I’m sure you’ll have the odd story to tell – and anyway it’s another thing for the CV!

If you have a story please share in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

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It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole

So I’ve reached the last book to review in my Tillie Cole series! (At least until Sweet Fall is released at the end of August anyway!!) And this book is a little different to those I’ve reviewed before….There’s still heart break, despair and a hottie to get your blood pumping…. but this time around? There’s a Biker MC and a religious cult thrown in the mix too…

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It Ain't Me, Babe by Tillie Cole

Sinning never felt so good…
A fortuitous encounter.
A meeting that should never have happened.

Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…

Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.

Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.

River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.

Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.

Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…

Dark Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel.

Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*

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When I first read the blurb for this book I was both intrigued and wary – having read some MC books before, I was wondering how Tillie Cole was going to pull it off as her previous books are nothing like this! But I should never have doubted Tillie’s writing ability because once again it’s utterly flawless and completely compelling.

In the opening scenes we meet a young boy named River who accompanies his MC President Dad to bury a body. Wandering away from the car he comes across a high metal fence around a large compound of some kind, and sitting at the edge is a young girl who must be either his age or younger. Seeing she’s crying he tries to talk to her but River suffers with an awful stutter and apart from his dad and best friend Ky he has to use sign language to talk to everyone else. But somehow he manages to talk to this girl making her his number three. This girl, though she barely speaks a word, enthrals River with her long dark hair and wolf eyes – she’s also his first kiss. His dad calls him away before he finds out her name and for years since he tries to find the compound again and the girl with the wolf eyes but he never does and the rest of the club believe he dreamt it all.

Salome (or Mae as her sisters call her) has lived in the commune her whole life – one of the four Cursed women whose beauty is believed to cause others to sin, she’s spent most of her life in solitude, locked away and treated abysmally for supposedly being created by the devil himself. Along with her two blood sisters and her best friend Lilah she’s suffered sexual and physical abuse since a young age but unlike her sisters Salome was chosen to become Prophet David’s (the leader of the commune) seventh wife on her 23rd birthday but after a horrendous event Mae manages to escape the commune but badly injured and finds herself outside the Hades Hangmen MC.

River, now known as Styx, has recently become the club President and finds Mae outside covered in blood and on the verge of death. Seeing her eyes he realises this may be the wolf eyed girl he discovered all those years ago and doesn’t hesitate to take her in. The rest of the story describes Mae’s new life in the world outside the fence, a world she was only taught is full of evil but now she realises she truly knows nothing about. She struggles with outside customs, the MC and her growing relationship with Styx – but can she ever really escape the commune’s clutches? And what about her sisters she left behind?

This story is full of grit and also tackles so many issues that I previously didn’t know anything about. Mae’s religious cult is something else – and the ‘Lord’s Sharing’ as they call the sexual abuse Mae suffers is horrifying, especially as the stories shared are based on true ones Tillie was told during her University studies. Again with Styx’s speech impediment, I really loved watching his journey as he slowly tries to find his voice for Mae. Much like all of Tillie Cole’s characters you can’t help but love those found in this book. Mae’s sweet naivety and determination to find herself a better life mixed with Styx’s strength and adoration of Mae makes for a great read.

Along with the fab characters, Tillie always adds a great twist into the story and boy is there an absolutely brilliant one in It Ain’t Me, Babe!! I loved her take on a biker MC book and the depth that the cult added to the story – it was completely compelling. It’s dark, gritty and hot as hell – with some hunky bikers to boot! Yet another Tillie Cole bestseller to add to your collection!

To read It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole for yourself check out…

Amazon.co.uk (UK) or Amazon.com (USA)

To find out more about author Tillie Cole check out her website or Facebook page

What did you make of It Ain’t Me, Babe? Let me know in the comments below!

Bring on Book 2!

Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole (#2 Sweet Home Series)

As a follow up to my review of Sweet Home I thought I’d do a quick review of Sweet Rome the next book in the series, telling the original story from Rome’s point of view.

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Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole

You met Romeo Prince in the Amazon & USA Today bestselling novel, Sweet Home. Now hear the story from his lips: unbarred, uncensored, and raw to the bone.

It makes me laugh when I hear folks think Molly and I rushed into things too fast, spouting that we couldn’t possibly have felt what we did for each other in such a short space of time. I say, how the hell would they know? We made it, didn’t we? She became my whole life, didn’t she? And as for my folks not being real, being true? Tell that to me aged ten, eleven, twelve—damn, all my bastard life—when I was never enough, when I was beaten until I bled for being too good at football and not being everything they’d dreamed: the perfectly dutiful son. Tell that to thousands of kids around the world getting wailed on by asshole parents for whatever stupid reason; tell them evil don’t exist in their eyes.

Fuck Romeo and Juliet. This is the story of me and my girl, from my lips. No mushy sentiment, no cheese, just the plain, hard truth, and, because I’m feeling generous, I’m going to let you in on more of our story too.

Sweet Rome is a New Adult Companion Novel to Sweet Home—contains adult content, sexual situations, and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.

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In Sweet Rome we revisit the original story found in the first book but this time around we get to read it from Rome’s point of view. As I’ve already described the main story in my previous review I thought I’d spend some time talking about what’s new and my opinions on it all. As you already know I’ve never been too keen on reading alternative POV books but I have to say that Sweet Rome managed to pull it off and keep me interested.

Molly and Rome’s story is one filled with such emotion and depth that reading it from Rome’s POV only added to the story and your emotions whilst reading it. Yes there are the inevitable repeated scenes and conversations you read in the first book but this time round you get to read Rome’s thoughts on each and feel the run of emotions he feels. The addition of these to the scenes keep them fresh and keep you engaged. There are also some bonus conversations thrown in which were an added bonus!

The first time I read this story I was, quite frankly, an emotional wreck, but after reading it again from Rome’s POV with his depth of emotion and pain it was utterly heart breaking. I fell in love with Rome in the first book but I still managed to fall harder after reading this one! You feel his pain, despair and heart ache – but at the same time you also feel his joy and happiness when he finally finds his happy ending.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again Rome’s parents are just so horrendous – the way they treat Rome is completely devastating and when Molly miscarries their baby because of Rome’s mum….those scenes are hard to read without watery eyes, especially as you now get Rome’s take on it all. This book is just packed with so many emotions, with the addition of Rome’s feelings it’s heart breaking. At the end of the book there are some extra scenes from Molly and Rome’s future which I really loved! I’ve always been a sucker for finding out where a character’s future is going and I was so happy we got to read Rome’s happily ever after with his Molly Juliet.

Sweet Home left me an emotional wreck yet still salivating for more, but Sweet Rome? A whirlwind of emotion, packed full of heart ache, steamy scenes and a leading man who will ruin you for all book boyfriends – it’s a deep, swoon worthy, full on sobbing and laugh out loud tale which will leave you reeling for weeks after reading it. And Romeo Prince? If you don’t fall madly in love with this romantic hunk of muscle there is clearly something wrong with you!!

Read Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole for yourself at…

Amazon.co.uk (UK) or Amazon.com (USA)

Or visit Tillie Cole’s Goodreads or website for more about her new books

Don’t forget Tillie is releasing Sweet Fall, the third book in the series, at the end of August! Stay tuned to hear all the latest news about the release….

Eternally North by Tillie Cole

In the next of my Tillie Cole reviews, the focus is on Geordie RomCom novel Eternally North. As an English girl myself Eternally North has to be one of my favourite stories purely on the amount of British humour it contains and the absolutely fabulous characters, particularly Tash and Tink….you can never have too much glitter!

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Eternally North by Tillie Cole

Natasha Munro is your typical twenty eight year old girl, well, your typical twenty eight year old Geordie: curvy, fun and a whole load of fab-u-lous. Her life is all going to plan — good job, great friends, close family and a loving boyfriend — until an unexpected event turns everything on its head.

Nursing a broken heart and decked head to toe in tasselled chaps and rhinestones, Natasha and her flamboyant fairy of a gay best friend, Tink, uproot from their Northern nest, throw caution to the wind and embark on a new life together in Canada — the land of Rocky mountains, Maple Syrup, oh, and an ‘in-between movies’ Hollywood mega-star.

Enter infamous bad-boy of the big screen, Tudor North.

Bonafide hunk and actor-extraordinaire.

Tudor is big, brooding and gorgeous and is harbouring a deep secret. Tudor’s cold and intimidating demeanour successfully keeps everyone at bay, that is everyone but a certain Ms Munro. It soon becomes clear, what with her smart mouth and lusciously ample arse, that Natasha proves more than a match for the emotionally distant star.

Will Natasha and Tink settle into their new life abroad?

Will Natasha ever find her fairytale happy ending?

Can a movie star and an ordinary girl ever really make it work?

Or will the secrets lurking in Tudor`s past threaten her chance at happiness?

Addictive, hilarious and heart warming. A fast paced comedic journey of self discovery, unyielding friendship and of course, a suitable dose of slap and tickle.

Warning: contains a foul-mouthed voluptuous Brit, a self-named ‘Friggin’ Fantastic Fairy’ and an abundance of bulging muscles and tattoos.

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If you’re looking for a fun, light-hearted and completely lovable book this summer then you’ve just found it! Written about a couple of fabulous Geordies who move continents to start afresh, Eternally North is a fresh new take on the old fashioned RomCom with bags of glitter, quirkiness and British sarcasm.

Natasha (Tash) Munro is a secondary school teacher with a low-life boyfriend. After catching said boyfriend in a… err *cough* compromising position, Tash packs her bags and asks the universe for a sign on what to do next. A Jane Austen quote and a run-in with a homeless man later, Tash finds herself at her best friend John’s house – or as he’s more commonly known as Tink! As you can probably guess Tink is quite fabulously gay, and has been Tash’s BFF since they both were forced to join the victims of bullying group at school. I have to say at this point how amazing Tash and John’s nicknames are – Wilbur and Tink! Tash was fat in school and John was gay, causing them to name each other Wilbur (as in the pig character from Charlotte’s Web) and Tinkerbell (as in the fairy from Peter Pan)!! Some of the pig and fairy related terms of endearment thrown around had me laughing all day – the humour in this book is amazing! But back to the story…

Tash tells Tink all about her now ex boyfriend and his antics and vows to live her life to the full from now on. After several drinks of Tink’s concoction they come up with the brilliant idea to move abroad for a year – if they like it, they stay but if they don’t they return to Newcastle. They let the television and fate decide and end up moving to Calgary, Canada.

Tash gets a great job at a posh school and though her classroom decorations were looked down on (who doesn’t love a mini henry hoover for your desk?!), she’s soon asked to take charge of some problem girls after school using performing arts to conquer their problems (cue the Lady Gaga dance routines!). In this class she meets the shy but lovely Boleyn Jones, who she helps to bring out of her shell.

One fateful night Tash and Tink decide to paint the town red meaning a whole lot of fake tan, short skirts, fake eyelashes, hair extensions and glitter descended onto Calgary. Meeting Tink at the restaurant he works at, Tash enters at the back greeting the staff with her usual drunken antics, only to discover her student Boleyn is there eating with her family, and unfortunately, wants her to join them! And who just happens to be Boleyn’s big brother? None other than Hollywood’s own Tudor North, brooding bad-boy and gorgeous hunk of a man! After a couple more run-ins (literally) Tash and Tudor soon become inseparable but after a series of events regarding Tudor’s past and how he’s dealing with it things become strained. Eternally North tells the tale of Tash and Tinks’ adventure in the cold climbs of Canada and their new found love of their home and the men they find there. You play witness to both Tash and Tudor’s growing love affair and Tudor’s secrets – but the question is, will Tudor ever tell Tash the truth? And will their relationship survive the fallout?

There are so many elements to this book to fall in love with – the story, the language, the characters. Each character in this book you can’t help but fall in love with, whether it’s because their so relatable or just down-right hilarious! Tink the flamboyant fairy BFF comes out with the most amazing comments sometimes – and the pig related names (“my little pork scratching, pork chop…”) are so ingenious I found myself laughing like a loon! Tash is just so Geordie! With her love of fake-tan, drinking for England and her witty humour, she makes for a fab-u-lous heroine. I really enjoyed reading her thoughts and her dialogue – she’s such a refreshing female lead with her no bullshit attitude. Her parents are equally as brilliant, especially her overly Scottish Dad! As for the Norths, Tudor is just what you want in a hunky book-boyfriend and his secret just makes your heart melt for him! The rest of Tudor’s family are pretty great too, especially Boleyn and Tate (who I’m classing as Tudor’s family!) who are both so sweet and completely lovable.

I guess the main reason I’m in love with this book is the way it’s written. With such witty sometimes sarcastic commentary, and other times rather Geordie language and humour you can’t help but fall in love with them all – though for those non-Brits amongst you fretting about not understanding the jokes, don’t worry this book will still have you laughing out loud and definitely will not disappoint. At the end of this book I was near ready to bow down to author Tillie Cole for her pure writing skill and awesome use of language! The story itself is pretty brilliant too and would make for an amazing summer holiday read with its refreshing humour and yumminess.

Eternally North is sheer brilliance – with witty humour, relatable quirky characters and a storyline which will have you gripped and begging for more, this is a book I can’t recommend enough. So lather on the fake tan, stick on your eyelashes, and get ready to slut drop in a whole lot of glitter because this is definitely a must read!

Read Eternally North by Tillie Cole for yourself by visiting…

Amazon.co.uk (UK) or Amazon.com (USA)

Check out some more reviews on Goodreads and to find out about Tillie’s other books visit her website

Remy (#3 The REAL Series) by Katy Evans

So I’m sad to say that this is the last book in the REAL series so far – at least its the end of Brooke and Remy’s story – and it’s their whole story, from REAL to MINE, all from Remy’s perspective…of course there are a couple of extra scenes and some new ones from 4 months after we left them at the end of MINE, but we get to hear the whole story again with a whole new perspective and come to understand the events that unfold more through another character’s eyes. Here’s the blurb…

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REMY by Katy Evans

New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans expands upon the intense love story begun in Real–this time from Remington “Riptide” Tate’s point of view in an engrossing novella length.

Underground fighter Remington Tate is a mystery, even to himself. His mind is dark and light, complex and enlightening. At times his actions and moods are carefully measured, and at others, they spin out of control.

Through it all, there’s been one constant: wanting, needing, loving, and protecting Brooke Dumas. This is his story; from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew, without a doubt, she would be the realest thing he’s ever had to fight for.

 

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I’d firstly like to thank Katy Evans for writing Brooke and Remy’s story from Remy’s POV! Usually I’m quite wary about reading the same story from a different character’s perspective as it can sometimes be quite samey and not as exciting as you know what to expect. But as Remy is such a complex character, mainly due to his bipolar, and with the addition of new scenes we either knew occurred but only heard about or completely new ones we haven’t read about before, REMY was still a fast-paced and enthralling read much like its precursors, REAL and MINE.

The majority of the book focuses on the events from the first book, describing what Remy felt like when he first saw Brooke and what he was thinking as she slowly broke down all his walls and let her in. After every chapter or so, there’s a chapter set in the present, which is 4 months after Brooke and Remy had baby Racer and got married. It’s set on the day Remy gets to marry Brooke properly with the church, flowers and white dress – everything Brooke has ever wanted and what Remy wants her to have with him. In these chapters Remy is getting ready to go the church, reminiscing about how they met and how they got to this point- the chapters from the past are his flashbacks as he remembers where it all began. I really liked how the book was interspersed with these chapters from the present – I felt they kept the book moving and your interest still captured. Though I still would have probably enjoyed a book entirely set in the past all from Remy’s POV, with the addition of the new present day chapters it added something different to the story so as you read it again it came across as a fresh new read with parts you still didn’t know about and were desperate to hear. Personally I just wanted to read more about their baby boy, Racer – he’s so cute!! I love how he only has one dimple and not two like Remy, because as Brooke puts it, he’s only half Remy’s.

Clamping my jaw, I pat Racer’s head and he grins at me. He has one dimple, not two. Brooke says it’s because he’s only half mine. I contest he’s all mine, and so is she.

I found it great to hear the story told by Remy, both when he was black and blue. Not knowing all that much about Bipolar, I found hearing about how he felt, what he thought, when he was black a really interesting read. Hearing about how even though he knew Brooke needed him and he needed to get up and train or fight, but sometimes he was stuck in such a depressed state he couldn’t bring himself to move from the bed, to do anything, how there was no escape from his dark thoughts, made you connect more with Remy’s character – seeing his vulnerabilities and how his mind worked added a new level to each scene you read about. I read once that to write a good book you should “flaw your heroes” which I think Katy Evans has done very successfully – Remy is a strong fighter most of the time but he battles daily with his mind, his own dark thoughts. I know not everyone likes to read about a flawed hero/male lead and prefers the perfect all-American guy but, what I can say, I’m a sucker for the vulnerable but strong ones!

In the previous books you don’t fully grasp Remy’s insecurities and his reasoning when it came to taking things slowly with Brooke. In REMY, you can feel his pain, confusion, hurt – his emotions are palpable and your heart breaks along with him as you read his story. Even now, when I re-read the first two books I see them in a new light because of Remy’s POV in this book and you can’t help but fall in love with Remy even more…if that’s even possible!

If I’m honest I could probably write pages on how amazing these books are, especially REMY, but really the books speak for themselves. Katy Evans is such an amazing author, I can’t wait for the next book in the series ROGUE which is Mel’s story, something that’s hinted about in REMY as she turns up to the wedding with her new mystery man…But until then I shall just have to get my Remy-Fix by re-reading all three books over again!

If you’re looking for a new series for your Summer Reading list I completely and utterly recommend The REAL Series – it’s heart felt, enthralling, passionate and so much more than you average love story. And if you’ve read the first 2 books but not REMY yet, you must read it! Katy Evans described Remy’s bipolar so well in the previous books but its not until REMY that you really appreciate everything he goes through and I guarantee that afterwards, Remington Tate will be one of your favourite book boyfriends, he’s certainly mine.

To read REMY by Katy Evans for yourself head over to:

Amazon.co.uk (UK) or Amazon.com (USA)

And to read more reviews and about Katy Evans check out her Goodreads page

Katy’s new book ROGUE book #4 in The REAL Series hits the shelves July 29th – to read more about it check out Katy’s website.

There will be hundreds of days in my life that I won’t remember.

But this is one day that I will never forget.

Today I marry my wife. Brooke “Little Firecracker” Dumas.

I promised her a church wedding. And a church wedding is what she’ll get.

MINE (#2 The REAL Series) by Katy Evans

After reviewing the first amazing book in the REAL series I thought it only fair to review the second book too – plus it means I can gush some more about how awesome it is! I still get a book hangover from it even after re-reading it so many times!

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MINE by Katy Evans

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 “Riptide” 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.

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In this the second book in the series we find Brooke once again travelling with Underground fighter Remington ‘Riptide’ Tate as he starts the next fighting season in a bid to take back the title.

At the end of the last book Brooke had run back home after Remy allowed Benny the Black Scorpion to beat him to a bloody pulp to win the title, which landed Remy in hospital. Brooke, not knowing the truth, left him because she thought he allowed Scorpion to hurt him on purpose, that he was suicidal because of her, so thinking he would be better off without her and not wanting to watch him kill himself, she left him a letter telling him she loved him but couldn’t watch him do this and left him in his hospital bed. A month later Remy came back to her with her sister Nora who had been in Scorpion’s clutches. As it turns out Remy had given up the championship title in order to free Nora and get her back to Brooke.  Remy gives Brooke 3 days to come back to him – to take her job back for the next season – which of course she does. And this is where we find ourselves at the beginning of book 2 – two months on from the day Brooke came back into Remy’s life.

Now we’re on book 2 of the series I can finally talk about Remy’s bipolar! In MINE Brooke finally understands Remy in terms of his moods and actions – him being black or blue. It really explores more aspects of his bipolar and how it affects their daily lives – how Brooke thinks and acts slightly differently to adapt to his ways. I really loved this storyline, it really adds another dimension to the series – it’s not just another alpha male love story. This book also explores Brooke’s feelings after she left Remy and Remy’s insecurities about her leaving him again, that he’s not good enough for her.

There’s not a lot about the second book I can talk about without revealing lots of spoilers but the story revolves around them and their life as a couple in the new season and the difficulties they face. With Scorpion watching their every move and trying to provoke Remy by threatening Brooke, their lives were already quite stressful. But then something happens with Brooke which means she has to return home once again for another 2 months before she can travel with Remy again. After promising herself and Remy that she would never leave him again, this forced separation hits them both hard.

It also revisits the storyline with Remy’s parents and we learn more about what his life was like with them and the devastating consequences they caused him back then as a child and now as an adult – his parents are just so horrible, still can’t get over how horrendous they were! There are a couple of really quite emotional and intense scenes which focus on how bad Remy’s bipolar can get and what Remy is willing to do for Brooke. This is another reason why I love the bipolar storyline – it creates these really touching and gripping scenes which pull you in and you can’t put down.

I want him more than any one of these screaming women wants him.

I want every fragmented part of him. I want his body. His mind. His heart. His beautiful soul.

He says he’s mine, but I know that there’s a part of Remington Tate nobody will ever have.

I am his, but he is untamable and unconquerable.

The only one who can defeat Remington Tate is himself.

Much like the previous book there are some rather steamy scenes – it’s passionate, intense, obsessive and gripping. So definitely a book for the adults! Katy Evans manages to maintain this level of emotion and intensity throughout the book, caused by their problems and Remy’s bipolar, yet she keeps it light-hearted with some truly hilarious moments. I loved the complexity of their story and the characters – the brotherly relationship between Pete, Riley and Remy, Mel’s (sort-of) relationship with Riley, how Brooke and Remy use music to express their feelings (some of those scenes just make you melt!) and also the reason why Brooke had to go home for 2 months, I really liked how this affected their relationship. I also can’t not gush about how adorable and amazing Remy is once again – he’s this amazingly strong fighter on the outside, fighting to protect those he loves but inside he’s constantly fighting himself, to stay blue, to stop doubting himself and Brooke’s love for him. It doesn’t hurt that he’s just so HOT either! Yum.

If you read the first book and loved it as much as I did, then you definitely need to read MINE – it’s soul-shaking, emotional, steamy and grips you until the very end. There are twists and turns, highs and lows – their love will be tested to the limit. You get to know Remy more as a character, understand him and his feelings. Brooke faces new challenges and you get to watch her come to terms with her new life with Remy and his condition. This book is absolutely brilliant, I loved every minute of it – I cried, laughed and got so involved with their story I had a major book hangover afterwards! Definitely one for your summer reading list!

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Real (The REAL Series) by Katy Evans

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!

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REAL by Katy Evans

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.
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?

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I warn you now these books will have you fan-girling after the first page…why? Two. Words.

Remington. Tate.

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…

To read Real by Katy Evans for yourself go to:

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