Real by Katy Evans is a fun, steamy book. Not one to be taken too seriously even though it does cover a serious mental health issue. If you take it as just a steamy, fantasy read then its good entertainment.
Series: Real, Raw & Ripped #1
Published by Gallery on 8 Apr 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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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.
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?
Remy is a boxer on the underground fighting circuit with hundreds of screaming fans all fangirling like crazy over his body. But at just one glance he falls for Brooke. Brooke is an failed athlete who had to make new goals after injuring herself and shattering her dreams of an Olympic qualification. Remy offers Brooke a job on his team as a sports rehab agent and from there the sparks are set to fly.
My Thoughts :
New Adult is a tricky genre for me. Some I love (like The Edge of Never, Girl with Guitar), others I despise (like On Dubin Road) and yet others (Real included) are ok reads. I have issues with Real but it still kept me turning the pages and it did get me invested in the storyline. This book is told in first person perspective from Brooke’s point of view. And Brook I like, she is conservative, driven and despite her setbacks has created a new life for herself.
Remy has killer looks to go with his killer fists. And a killer body. I just hate how possessive he is through. When touching various parts of Brooke’s body, he proclaims them ‘mine’, I wanted to scream ‘No, Hers’! I can’t find that a turn on. Plus the possessive, jealous caveman is clichéd now in NA books and it’s a trend I find a bit disturbing.
Also I had to deduct stars because I don’t get the immense instance chemistry that Remy had for Brooke (or maybe I’m just jealous!), I never saw what was so special that made her stand out from his screaming fans.
And (don’t laugh!). there was too much sex! I would have rather more tender moments showing them getting to know each other. I loved when they played music for each other, this was my favourite part of the book. Would have loved more of those moments.
Like all NA books, it’s an emotional rollercoaster. This is your warning and I recommend you take note. Expect to have your heart ripped in half and then stomped on. Hard.
Final Impression and who should read Real?:
Putting my issues aside, if you switch off some brain cells and just enjoy the book as a raunchy, steamy read, then it’s fun. If you look at the cover, you know what you are getting. And on that score it delivers. So basically if you like NA, go for it!