“She’s my real. She’s my only.”
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
I don’t even know where to begin with this book. I don’t want to turn it into a huge love fest but really if you have read about Remington Tate and Brooke Dumas then you will know it’s impossible not to. It was after a chance interaction on twitter that Katy asked me if I would like to review Real. The blurb had me straight away, a fallen boxer? This I had to read about. It sat there in my inbox, Remy minding his own business when I was looking for something good to read and I just had a feeling Real had that potential and I started reading it. Oh my, Remy and Brooke have taken over my life since!!
I couldn’t put Real down. From the very first chapter Katy had me hooked with her writing. The atmosphere and the tension she built was perfect, I was squirming in my seat already!Remington Tate = BEST BOOK BOYFRIEND EVER! I am a fool for broken bad boys and this man was crumbling. After being exiled from professional boxing he takes part in the underground fighting circuit, it is there he meets Brooke and then the chemistry flies off the page!! This was brilliantly written, I shared every emotion that Remy felt, he had hidden demons and my heart broke for him! I loved the connection between Brooke and Remington, I kid you not the first 50% of the book was pure unadulterated foreplay- be still my flamin’ loins and then when they did get together FIREWORKS!!
I loved Brooke, she was a strong independent girl. She was trying to map a career out for herself as a sports rehab therapist after her initial dreams of Olympic stardom were cut short due to a cruel injury. So when Remy offers Brooke a job on the road with him, she was powerless to resist. Brooke held her own through the book, sure there were times when her thoughts and actions were consumed with Remy (can we blame her really?) but she could stand up for herself and wasn’t afraid to challenge anyone. I loved her loyalty, especially to her friends and family. When her sister, Nora,was in trouble Brooke had to make a hard decision between her and Remy and my heart was in my mouth the whole time. This book was filled with action, suspense, sensuality, romance and raw sex appeal!
I fall hard for books that integrate music through the story, and Real done this perfectly. The way Katy introduced the music and how it became Brooke and Remy’s way of communication, ugh I may have melted on the spot. The songs were lyrically perfect, some of them were already favourites of mine and the rest quickly became my new favourites. I may have or may have not created said playlist to listen to whilst I reread Real repeatedly (don’t underestimate my level of obsession.
This story was not just smexy, it was smokin’. Like seriously hawt!! When I first started tweeting with Katy my first impression was she was so sweet so when I started reading Real my jaw hit the floor. Miss Katy is a minx between the pages!!! Brooke and Remy’s relationship was so passionate, tender, loving and raw. I would attach myself to that man like a Koala and never let go.
Real also deals with an important subject matter of mental health. I would have perhaps liked a little more depth when addressing Remy’s ‘speedy’ episodes as this is one complex condition with many grey areas. If I thought I couldn’t love Remy any more I was continually reminded there were many more reasons why. Towards the end of the book, I had guessed Remy’s actions but only because I continually conspire as I’m reading. It came as a surprise to others and it was the beauty of Katy’s writing that enabled that.
So would I recommend this book? Um yes!! Everyone needs to discover the power couple that are Remy and Brooke. If my heart broke for Remy in book 1. I dread to think of the state I will be in when we read the story from his point of view in his own book Remy. Then if my heart survives that we get a sequel in the form of Mine!! Miss Katy is truly spoiling us!! p.s I heart her loads!!
“He’s in my personal space, all over it, absorbing it, absorbing me, taking my oxygen.”
“I want him to go on until I lie dead in his arms, burnt to the ashes from my want of him. I want him. Every hour, minute and second.”
“I’m not even afraid that he will hurt me. I know this will hurt.”
“My heart pounds because I know this is the first night of the rest of my life, and I want it to be.”
“Protecting you is my privilege. I will protect you and anything you value as if it were mine.”
Katy Evans grew up with book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love, married him, and now they are hard at work on their own happily ever after.
Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which, is hopefully, only the beginning…
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