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35 out of 36 people found this review helpful.
Ok when I usually review a book I always review straight after r
With this book I have had to sleep on it, it rendered me speechless. Even now a...
With this book I have had to sleep on it, it rendered me speechless. Even now after 10 hours have passed I'm numb.
The excerpt :
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.
Had me hooked from that. So our story begins with Brooke and her friend Melanie going to watch an underground boxing match. When they are at the ringside and they announce Remington Riptide Tate.
"A shiver runs along my spine as the crowd goes crazy over the name alone"
This is even before Brooke has seen Remington. When Melanie dares Brooke to "look at him and tell me you wouldn't do anything for that man" When Brooke first sees Remington's face
"his face is suddenly before me, illuminated by the lights, and I just stare like an idiot from my place. My God" There are so many quotes I could use. when Melanie shouts how hot Remy is he turns and winks at Brooke. When Remy takes on Hammer in his first round he has Brooke melting in his seat. Then when he wins that round and turns and stares straight at Brooke she feels taken right there. As Remy takes on his second fighter Brooke stands to go to the toilet Remy k'os the man quickly and jumps out the ring and runs after Brooke. This is the start to their relationship, and omg is all I can say.
I loved this whole book, everything about it, the story, the character's, the pace, the setting. It drew me in like an addict and had me hook, line and sinker. There is so much I can say about the story to give you an insight but I wont because you need to read it with a fresh mind with no spoilers.
This is an amazing read, its made me numb and fried from reading it. My favourite quote from the book that can explain how I felt when I had read it is:
" Something rushes through me as if this is the first sip of water I've had in weeks, and every pore in me is dehydrated"
This book has plenty of move moments in it and I would give it 5/5 for movie moments( which is for me when your watching a film and it gets to the exciting part that grips you and you either have to go for a walk around the block or leave the room then come back, when I read a really good book and I get like this, for me the author has hit everything right about the story)
The only advice I will give about this book is this
1) Be prepared to forego all normal duties.
2) Make sure you have blinkers and earbuds, so cant see or hear anyone.
3) Preferably lock yourself in a room which has a lock.
4) You need a huge DO NOT DISTURB sign.
To the author Katy Evans, thank you for an amazing read I can't wait for Mine(Raw & Ripped#2)
posted by purpinkrose on April 14, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.
Was the male lead raised by wolves? That is the only way I can
Remy is grunting and sniffing the whole time. Also, this book does a great job making people with bipolar look like social outcasts. Just a hot mess.
posted by 10642326 on April 17, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2013
## I have never had so much trouble rating a book before. On the one hand, I loved how fiercely Remy wanted Brooke. The alpha and possessiveness was definitely hot. The scenting and licking didn't bother me at all like some of the other reviewers. In fact, I found it downright sexy. However, I had many other issues with this book. First, I couldn't stand how the hero barely spoke. How can you fall for someone that doesn't talk to you? It was beyond frustrating that the hero kept putting Brooke off without telling her why. And would you really want to be with someone who has slept with that many prostitutes? 4 times a day? Really? Gross. Also, I felt more research on 'bipolar' was in order. Why not try the medication until the dose is correct instead of these days of black outs? Not remembering anything. Makes no sense. Apparently the author is writing 2 more books about this couple a la 50 shades BUT you do get a "happy for now" ending (no cliffhanger). And as a bonus the hero actually has several pages of dialogue in the last chapter. Yay.
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Posted May 22, 2013
Now I hope the fans don't chew me up for this, but honestly this book was "okay". I dont know how many times I had to read through the same scene in a different location, same words, same reactions, same outcome. Overall it had a interesting twist, but all I could feel was "its alright" compaired to other romance novels
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Posted April 27, 2013
I bought the book with high expectations but was very dissapointed. I just kept waiting for something exciting to happen, but it never came. I didnt feel the chemistry between the two characters at all and kept an eye on the page number waiting for the end.
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Posted December 1, 2013
A rough love story
Remington Tate is a swoon worthy unattainable bad boy that every girl dreams to change and make him her one and only. Remy is a fallen boxer who has resulted in only fighting in underground matches. He has grown a loyal fan base and rises to the number one spot in the underground fighting ring. Remy has his demons that he fights with the help of his understanding staff that have become his family. They understand and know how to calm the wild beast that lives within Remy’s soul that spontaneously takes over from time to time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Brooke Dumas is a former champion runner who aspired to be in the Olympics. She trained her body to the max and disciplined herself to reach for her goal. Sadly, Brooke never got her chance because while she was training for the Olympic trials, she blew out her ACL for the second time in six years. Her horrid accident was caught on YouTube and she lives with her fallen dream not only within herself, but also all over the internet. Faced with the fact that she could never be a part of the Olympics Brooke immersed herself in school. End result of getting her masters degree in sports rehabilitation.
Brooke isn’t looking for love or any male attention as she focuses on getting her career started. One night it all changes when her boy crazy best friend Melanie drags her to an underground match. Feeling out of place and disturbed by the fighting she finally sees the man Melanie has been drooling over. Remington “Riptide” Tate enters the room and the crowd goes wild with hollering and women screaming his name at the top of their lungs. There is an instant connection between Remy and Brooke just from a simple exchange of looks.
Brooke is leaving the fight and Remy stops her before she leaves with a sweet kiss. Remy tells Brooke he wants to see her again and she does not know what to expect when she sees him again. In the end she gets what she least expected which is a job offer. Remy wants Brooke to travel with him for three months and be his sports rehab/physical therapist. Reluctantly agreeing to the offer she soon learns that is a very mysterious, dark and complicated man.
The least thing that they both were looking for or wanting came to them within the short time period. They fell in love and deal with the obstacles, demons and setbacks that detain them from finding their happily ever after.
It seems like this love story will keep fighting to the end and knock us down with Brookes and Remy’s steamy and unforgettable love story.
Posted September 7, 2013
Posted August 23, 2013
I wanted to love it. I wanted to enjoy the fight for love and li
I wanted to love it. I wanted to enjoy the fight for love and life in Remy and Brooke. I wanted revel in the Real experience, like so many readers have. In some respects I did. In most, I couldn't.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Real was a moving story. Its underlying depths, revealing the loneliness and isolating misapprehensions about people suffering with bi-polar, were relayed sensitively and thoughtfully.
Ms Evans' attention to detail, regarding the fights, healthy self-care, and physical therapy was admirable. Remy's battle between self hatred and self love, again, well handled. The final chapter of the book was the absolute pinnacle of the story, and highlight of Real for me.
What caused my distraction and frustration, particularly as a Proofreader, was repetitive word choices and redundant phrasing, particularly occurring in Brooke's obsession with Remy. His body, his eyes, how hot he was, how magnetic. I was continually brought out of the story as a result. Significant trimming of monotonous text, could have made this story wonderful.
Hence the low rating. I believe Katy Evans could produce much better, especially apparent after reading the final chapter, Seattle is Rainier than Ever.
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review Real, in exchange for an honest review.
Posted August 18, 2013
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Gallery Books and Edelweiss.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
24-year-old Brooke isn’t into boxing, but goes along when her best friend drags her to an underground fight. What Brooke wasn’t expecting though was to immediately feel something for one of the fighters – Remington Tate.
It seems that Brooke has caught Remington’s eyes as well, and he offers her a job as his physio, which quickly turns into something more personal.
What secret is Remy hiding though? Can they ever make a relationship work? And will either of them walk away from this relationship unharmed?
This was an okay erotic romance novel, but there were things that let it down for me.
Brooke initially seemed like a fairly level-headed person, but this soon changed. While she was attracted to Remy, she initially wasn’t going to do anything, but the moment he showed an interest she was all for it.
She then went from being someone who wasn’t really all that interested in sex, to someone who was constantly hot and trying to get in Remy’s pants. Considering that she was supposedly employed by him, she didn’t maintain her professionalism for very long at all.
I disliked Brooke most towards the end of the book though, I’m sorry, but when someone tells you that if you leave them they will probably commit suicide, you really shouldn’t then wait ‘til they’re at their lowest point and then leave them. Especially not with such a flimsy reason as Brooke had. In my opinion her reasons for leaving were flimsy, selfish, and downright ridiculous. If she really loved Remy the way she claimed to, she wouldn’t have run off at the first sign of a problem. I know they weren’t married, but she really wasn’t in it for better AND worse.
The storyline in this book was also something that I had issues with. While the erotic scenes were decent enough, there were also parts that were unrealistic, and possibly physically impossible. I also thought that closing an entire gym to have sex in it was pretty unprofessional.
Leaving that to one side though, there was also a medical condition discussed in this book that I’m pretty sure the details for where incorrect. People may not notice this unless they know someone that has the condition, but it annoyed me that the details weren’t correct. People will read this and think they know something about the condition, when all they’ve been given is false information! I’m not happy about this.
I also had an issue with a certain thing that Brooke did, that she was obviously going to get caught doing, seeing as Remy was such a celebrity that people were constantly following them and snapping pictures. This again seemed selfish and short-sighted of Brooke, and a very silly move on her part.
The ending of this one was both okay and predictable, but was a happy ending at least.
Overall; an okay erotic romance, but some plot points annoyed me.
6.5 out of 10.
Posted July 22, 2013
Posted July 5, 2013
Posted June 27, 2013
I liked this story. It really wasn't bad. I just got a little
I liked this story. It really wasn't bad.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I just got a little lost when Katy Evans had Remington acting like some kind of Neanderthal. I get that he didn't have the best of childhoods, but he didn't need to be made into some kind of caveman..licking, and grunting claiming his "mate". That was strange to me.
I did think it was interesting and sweet how he used his music to communicate what he felt when it came to Brooke. The music she chose to tell his story was pretty spot on...and some great music too.
This one's one of those stories you have to be the judge for yourself...though I do recommend picking it up and trying it out.
ARC provided by NetGalley.
Posted June 9, 2013
I liked this book and i loved crazy remy and cant wait for the sequel due nov 25 th 2013. Brooke is a stand in, i mean she doesnt annoy me like some female leads. I liked the story its not the best one ive read but i have no complaints or anything bad to say about it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2013
Posted June 7, 2013
A Fallen Boxer A Woman with a broken dream A competition We are
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A Woman with a broken dream
We are introduced to Remington “Riptide” Tate. He is a clearly a celebrity in the underground boxing world. Remy is the unattainable, he is HOT, dangerous, and unbeatable. But with all these alluring qualities to make every girl swoon over him, its his broken past and present that prevents him from seeking any real relationship.
Here enters Brooke, the girl with a broken dream that has altered her present and future. But unbeknownst to her this broken dream will lead her into the path of the most elusive man in the boxing world. Their worlds collide, bringing them obstacles and hurdles within their relationship.
With that being said, I want to make it clear that the book had potential to be pretty good. Unfortunately, I felt no connection to Remy & Brooke. I couldn’t understand how someone can fall in love with someone when they hardly spoke. Remy is a man of little words, he uses his actions to explain his feelings. Which is fine and dandy, but I wanted more of a connection between the two, their chemistry felt mediocre and dry.
But the kicker here is how overly repetitive Brooke explained her clenching, throbbing, or dripping va-jay-jay.
It was just TOO much at times. And in addition to her overused throbbing va-jay-jay, she would not shut up about how gorgeous, and perfect, and dangerous, he was..
Ohhhh, and then the infamous licking... who freakn licks someone? Am I missing out on something? There was just to many eye rolling moments for me to enjoy Remy and Brooke
Posted May 31, 2013
I was riding the fence a lot trying to decide if I wanted to rat
I was riding the fence a lot trying to decide if I wanted to rate this book 3 or 4 stars. I ultimately went with three stars because even though the book is good and I did enjoy it, I felt there was a lack of substance behind the romance/love story here. Really liked the charachters (enough so that I hope to see some storylines for them in the upcoming book this fall). I've read the Fifty Shades bookds and Bared to You and they are full of the hot, steamy sex scenes as well. However, what sets them apart from this book is they have very well developed details of how the couple falls in love. This book was more of a "lust at first sight" kind of story so I found that disappointing. I was also a little disappointed with Nora's story (our main characther's sister). I found it a little far fetched that her story occured coincidentially rather than Nora going the path she did after knowing her sister started her job and began traveling with Remy's team. I think the underlying medical condition with Remy was also a little hard to digest as well, I agree with the other readers in that it would have been nice to see a more accurate portrayl of someone with the degree of the condition he has and choosing not to use medicine as a treatment (seriously, do you think someone that extreme could really function, stay focused on training/fighting?). Having said all that, I did enjoy this book and do plan on reading the second installment later this year. I was happy to see an ending in book one that will flow well into the 2nd book without leaving us readers with a huge cliff hanger :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2013
Posted May 15, 2013
Typical bad boy reformed by goid girl. Would like a Remy of my own. Wanted to shake brooke reallllllly hard a couple if times. Gave it 3 stars because its on the bandwagon with attitude boys and wholesome,perfect looking girls. But it's pretty intense and will take you away from reality for a bit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2013
While the writer needs to work on better descriptions to set up scenes that are about to happen so the reader doesnt feel so lost, the book was good. I think her follow up work will be better and better thought out, because this is a good and sexy premise to run off of.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2013
Good book but author needs to do research
This was a good book and had a steady plot with some suspense and lots of steamy sex scenes with a VERY alpha male. The reason why I'm giving it 3 stars is because the way the author writes about Remy being bipolar and how he handles his mood swings is just filled with inaccuracies about the mental disorder. She really should have done more research about bipolarism before writing about a character that never takes his medication and is instead pumped full of tranquilizers. So once I got past the false information I enioyed the story more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2013
Posted April 14, 2013
3.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
If you’re looking for a mature New Adult series that has a smoking hot hero and follows a sports theme, then this is one you should pick up. Steamy doesn’t cover it and Remy “Riptide” Tate may just steal your hearts! ~ Under the Covers
There was a lot of buzz surrounding this book so I jumped at the chance at reading it. I can immediately see the appeal. The hero Remington is a hot – and I mean, super burn-your-finger, melt-your-panties hot MMA fighter who is brimming with sexuality and aggression.
Right from the get-go the ladies want him! Who could blame them? So it’s no wonder that the heroine, Brooke instantly falls in lust with him when she sees him at a fight. The intense gazes they share is only just the beginning and Brooke already feels as if she is going to pass out from the potency of her reaction to him. So when Remy asks that he come see her after, Brooke – and I’m sure a lot of readers – will are on the edge, wanting to know what he wants. Brooke is a sports rehab specialist and Remy tries to use that to his advantage. He hires her to travel with him and that’s when things really start to heat up!
One thing about this book is that it doesn’t hold back. Evans certainly gives 100% and you can see it in the descriptions of Remy and Melanie’s (Brooke’s friend) enthusiasm. While that sets this book apart from others of its kind, it can also make it feel over the top in some scenes as well. In the underground atmosphere with the fights and the events right after, the drama is necessary and welcome. However, in some scenes, I would have liked that to be pulled back a little bit just so we can see the true rawness in Remy’s character.
That being said, I read this book for Remy. I was dying to know more about him and found that I was interested in knowing his dark secrets. You see just how damaged he is and yet, he is still sensible. I loved how he was with Brooke but also felt that some scenes were too drawn out. The romance is there, but in some cases, I think Brooke confused lust for love. All in all, the story sticks with you. I’m definitely interested in reading the rest of the series.
If you’re looking for a mature New Adult series that has a smoking hot hero and follows a sports theme, then this is one you should pick up. Steamy doesn’t cover it and Remy “Riptide” Tate may just steal your hearts!
*ARC provided by author
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