Title: REAL (Real, Raw & Ripped ~ Book 1)
Author: Katy Evans | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: April 9 2013
Tour organized by: Good Choice Reading Blog Tours
Length: 266 Pages
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Buy It: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: I love this cover, however I do picture Remy a bit more beefy.
Point of View: 1st person, following Brooke
My Rating: 5 Stars
Holy alpha hottie Batman...
Wow. I read this book over a week ago and I am still sat here fanning myself. I read a lot of different kinds of books, Romance, Young Adult, New Adult... but REAL is in a category all it's own. It is called the 'Sexually Charged Tension' genre. I have never, and I mean never, experienced this much sexual chemistry between two characters. It is practically rolling off of them in waves.
I am going to start with Brooke because I am afraid that if I mention 'his' name this early in the review I will lose all train of thought, and this will turn into a fit of rambling. I like that she is a strong and independent character. I really appreciate that she has a head on her shoulders that isn't just there to tilt and bat eyelashes at the hot male character. She is an athlete in her own right, went to college and has an actual profession. I love her for that. Do all of her decisions make sense or seem to be the right ones? Nope. But if they were would we have a book to read?
(picks herself up off the floor) Remington Tate. What can I say about this man? And that is exactly what he is folks, he is ALL man. Remy is tattoos, lust, rage, sex, possessiveness, muscles... all rolled into one nice package. And there is absolutely one thing for certain, you will never forget Remington Tate. I have had the pleasure of reading some awesome books with amazing alpha male characters but Remy leaves them all in his dust. From head to toe the man oozes confidence, and plain and simple sex appeal.
Is Remy perfect? Of course not, he is probably as messed up as they come. But his flaws make you love him even more. As the story progresses and more about Remington and his past come to light it all starts to click into place. It is then that you understand him, and even though you didn't think it possible you love him even more.
Now, at this stage you are probably thinking this book is nothing but a giant game of fore play and ultimately hot and sweaty sex. Well, those two things are in fact true but there is so much more. There is romance. Yes, you have in fact read that correctly. Romance.
Remy has a hard time expressing his feelings and one way that he manages to do this is by playing songs for Brooke. They get into a routine of picking out and playing songs for each other as a way to show the other what they are thinking and feeling. This is soooo romantic, and I loved the songs that were picked. I know a lot of authors are releasing play lists with books now a days but this is the first time that I actually wanted to listen to the songs in question. Throughout the book they are perfect and I love those moments they share with each other.
Okay, I have rambled enough. If you haven't guessed yet I am strongly recommending REAL. This is the first book in the series, Real, Raw & Ripped. There are going to be two further books that follow both Remy and Brooke and then another two for side characters. I don't want you to worry about there being a dreaded cliffhanger, because even though their story is set to continue there is an ending to REAL that you can be happy with until Mine is released in June 2013. And the best part? Mine is being told from Remy's point of view. I am beyond excited for this release...