Real by Katy Evans
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Format: eARC, 268 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
Series: Real, Raw & Ripped #1
Description from Goodreads:
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?
I read this book a while ago, so I've spent a bunch of time thinking about what I wanted to say in this review. And after all that time of thinking, I've decided something.
I have a love/hate relationship with this book.
I know there are SO MANY people who adore this book, and at first I was one of those people. Remy is totally swoon-worthy and Brooke isn't a terrible female protagonist, so that's two big things people can easily like about this book.
BUT. But but but. There were also a few things that I didn't like that some people may have been able to look past because they were having a good time reading and whatnot.
So, first-- the things I liked about this book:
I'm not going to lie, I love me some Remington. From the moment we first met him I was 100% On His Team. Personally, I'm okay with the alpha-male thing he had going. And then there is Brooke. Don't get me wrong, she got on my nerves quite a bit. But she was still smart, strong, and determined, and I can't overlook that.
I really enjoyed the whole fighting/sports aspect of this book. I just thought it was a really cool premise. I know it's been done before, but I still liked it. And lastly, REAL. I adore the whole idea of how they were each other's real. So I guess I liked the romance aspect in this book. They were just so sweet and REAL and I loved it.
Now, the things I did not like about this book:
Sometimes, I got bored. And I don't mean only a page or two of boredom. I mean a long enough couple of chunks that I considered more than once to just skip ahead to see when I'd get excited about what was coming next again.
Also, I felt like a lot of this was repetitive. There was a lot of this book that was "Oh, no, I can't tell her my problem, she'll run." And then when that was over, there was a lot of BEING TOGETHER that was nice to see at first, but then got to be too much.
Lastly, there was nothing about this book that REALLY surprised me. I pretty much saw it all coming. There was one point at which I was like "Ahhhhh, yeah, that makes sense," but that was it.
Overall, I did enjoy this book even though I had some issues with it, and I will be continuing with the series. I liked the characters and the romance was sweet, so I look forward to reading more of that in the next books!