29 September 2013

Review: Real by Katy Evans

What they say:
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.
What I say: There's been a lot of hype surrounding Real and I wanted to wait a while before reading the book to make sure I ignored the hype and developed my own opinion.
Real is one hell of an emotional story; I both loved and hated it. I found myself struggling to get through certain sections. The two MC's Brooke and Remy 'Riptide' are both intense and extremely complicated. Theirs is the all encompassing, ground-breaking, obsessive type of relationship which can either be something beautiful or implode into something horrific.
I'm a big fan of Beautiful Disaster and Real is in a similar ballpark. Like Travis, Remy is a strong, dominate, Alpha-male, who once he finds something he wants goes all out to possess it. From the first second Remy sees Brooke he wants her and comes up with a complicated way to have her.
Remy has a large amount of baggage (his parents are hideous), but when I discovered the reasons behind most of his actions I could totally understand why he behaved in certain ways. He's never had anything 'real' or anybody who see's past the fame, money, fights etc to simply see him... until Brooke.
I liked Brooke (far more than Abby from Beautiful Disaster) and could understand why she's so guarded. A lot of Remy's actions are bizarre and extremely controlling; I'd personally have considered running on several occasions. Sometimes I really wanted her to realise what she was doing to Remy. Towards the end of the book, I was torn between wanting to salute her courage and smacking her for doing the one thing Remy was afraid of.
The sexual tension is extreme, I found myself really wanting them to channel 'Nike' and just do it! When they finally er... get together, it's all kinds of smexy. There's a lot of naughty sections, so keep this one away from the kiddies - Real is most definitely a New Adult book.
A brilliantly complicated story, which puts both the reader and characters through the ringer, yet manages to make you smile!
4 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • "I don't know if you're good for him, or the worst kind of Achilles' heel there is to him."
  • "I'm every woman's adventure, damn you, and I don't want to be yours."
  • "I've never seen a man go after a woman like that. Holy shit, it's like porn with the romance."

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