Publication Date: September 28th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Racer, an all-new standalone in the Real Series from New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans is LIVE!!!
It's Brooke and Remy's love child! I could not wait to dive into this story to see what kind of man Racer Tate had turned into. I knew this was his story, and he's his own man, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to scope out the similarities to his BELOVED parents. REAL will always be one of my favorite books because it reminds me of when I started in on this crazy book frenzy, and to see the series come full circle 4 years later is just the sweetest gift.
Lana and her family have a failing formula one racing team and they need a driver, badly. So, she sets out on a trip to find a great driver that's needs a team, her team. Little does she know that a little parking incident would lead her to exactly who she needed, Racer Tate. And guess what? He's cocky, moody, and gorgeous just like you'd imagine him being. OH, and there's a dimple too. The attraction is immediate, and I could already tell these two were going to have some feisty banter. Racer also showed some signs of being quite the gentleman, I knew his parents would raise him well! Those little things made my heart happy.
From the moment Racer saw Lana he felt connected to her. He knew in his gut that this woman had to be a part of his life. This is where the fantastical writing of Katy Evans comes into play. I'm not a huge fan of Insta-love, but Katy has a way of making it feel real and magical all at the same time. It really FEELS authentic, and the ebb and flow of their courtship seemed so organic mixed with all the great and wonderful things that new love should feel like. The fear, the hunt, the butterflies. I loved it!
“I don’t know if I should warn you again to stay away, but what’s the point? I’d only chase you.”
Racer Tate is a force to be reckoned with, and just like his father, when he wants something, he gets it. Racer is passionate in everything he does. He has a job to do and he makes it his priority to be the very best. I love the restraint he shows in regard to Lana, it’s not much but he tries really hard! he's broody but sweet, rough around the edges, yet so charismatic. He's the complete package in my opinion, and dare I say he rivals his father's legacy. This guy will make you swoon hard!
“Tell me it can happen for me like it did for you. That I can find someone to get me. To take me, as is.”
I can't tell you how much I loved these two characters. I fell in love with them almost as immediately as Racer did for Lana. I could not put this book down! I've read other Katy Evans books, and have adored them all. There's something SO different about the Real series, and especially this book. Maybe it's that magical Tate DNA, I'm not sure, but I love it SO much and I didn't want it to end. I could tell that Katy poured her everything into these characters, because I felt it so deeply while I was reading. It was heartfelt and true, passionate and pure. Everything about this book was perfect to me.
"I’d fight death for my crasher. I’d fight my own monsters harder, every day, for her."
The side characters were great like I knew they would be. Of course, we are blessed with the presence of Remy and Brooke, and Racer's sister, Iris. Which had me grinning from ear to ear by the way. But we also get to meet Lana's father and her 3 protective older brothers who I I'm secretly hoping get books too because I’m kind of into this whole racing thing now.
This book was everything I hoped it would be, and more! Whether you’re a fan of the series already or a newbie, you will fall in love with these characters like I did, for sure! And this can be read as a standalone. Of course, I recommend the whole series, but it’s not necessary at all. Katy, thank you for writing this story, I didn’t even know I needed that.
I’m still reeling. While people approach him, he cuts a path straight to me, his gaze penetrating and target-like; making me want to bolt.
His lips do that little upward tilt they do that seems so sexy, and for a second, I feel like I’m lightheaded.
I gulp, and then feel mad at myself for acting like some idiot as fucking devil-Racer Tate reaches me, throws himself into a seat next to me, and turns to look at me expectantly with the most gorgeous grin on his face.
I don’t know what to say.
This guy has left me sort of speechless.
“So … ” I say, staring in the distance at his beat-up mustang, then at him.
“So … ” he says too, in his deep voice, his smile a little more wicked than it was two seconds ago. He glances at my mouth.
Why am I licking my lips?
It only made his eyes narrow and darken.
I open my mouth to speak, failing to find words. He smells like sweat and soap and shampoo, and I feel my traitorous nipples push up to my top again. Why do they do that when he’s around?
“This is illegal,” I state.
His voice is husky from exertion, and his eyes glint with laughter. “That’s why it’s fun.”
I look away from his eyes, trying to focus and clear my head. He leans over and peers into my face, his face shadowed by the moonlight and his jaw now carrying a little scruff. “Are we in agreement?” he presses.
“No.” I glare and shake my head, meeting his cocky gaze. “You’re reckless, Racer.”
“So are you, Alana.”
“It’s just … Lana.”
His brows fly up in surprise. “And a bit of a liar too.”
I purse my lips, still glaring as my gaze goes back to his car. Girls are rubbing against it as if it were him, and I find it disgusting. Why are women always acting so slutty around race car drivers and bad boys?
“You crashed your car,” I say flippantly.
“You crashed my car,” he contradicts, amused.
I laugh, then scowl in his direction. “You crashed it more. I can’t believe you were making such a fuss about me crashing into you when it was just a little kiss—”
He leans in to peck my lips—fast but firmly. “That’s a kiss.”
I lose my breath.
My eyes wide.
He eases back, lips smiling as he comes to his feet and stretches his hand out to take me by the elbow and help me to my feet.
“Let’s get out of here.” He starts walking, leading the way.
“And go where?”
“Anywhere I can get my hands on you.”
About The Author
Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.
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