Twisted by Emma Chase | 4.5 Star Review



Summary

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. In this heart-pounding follow-up to Tangled by New York Times bestseller Emma Chase, Kate reveals that there is trouble in paradise, when unexpected circumstances force her and Drew to “renegotiate” their relationship.

There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself—and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice; the most important of my life. Drew already made hisin fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville, Ohio, alone. Well, sort of alone…

What I’ve come to realize is that old habits die hard, and sometimes you have to go back to where you began before you can move ahead.

Book Review:
So completely different than the first…..the story that is. There are very few things that I can tell you about this book. Here is what I can tell you:

1. Twisted is funny. Twisted is written in the same hilarity that Tangled, the first book in the series.
2. Twisted is a completely different story to Tangled. Drew and Kate do not ride off into the sunset.
3. Twisted is told from Kate’s point-of-view. Tangled was told from Drew’s. 
4. Twisted ends in a cliffhanger. It isn’t horrible, but it is definitely a doozy. Be prepared. 
5. Twisted is so, so, so, so good. Yes, it has all the heart wrenching angst of a thirteen year old love, but it is amazing. There is no way Emma Chase is going to let us down. She still keeps it hilarious and true to the Tangled series. 

 
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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true. 

Forever Jack by Natasha Boyd | Book Review 4.5 Stars



Eversea by Natasha Boyd
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance 
Publication date: June 10th 2013

Synopsis:

Eversea, a love story, is a Winter Rose Contest FINALIST 2013. Emilia Pisani of Simon & Schuster (judge) says “Great southern flavor!” and “Jack is an alluring leading man!”

An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.

A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.

A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.

When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her new director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.

Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.


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Forever, Jack by Natasha Boyd
(Eversea #2)
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
A feisty small-town girl and the Hollywood star who broke her heart

An all-consuming love threatened by fame

One last chance at FOREVER

Keri Ann Butler’s life changed on the night she met movie star, Jack Eversea. She thought she knew a Jack that was very different to the man adored by fans the world over. In the wake of his betrayal and abandonment, Keri Ann has had to pick up and move forward with the life she was supposed to live and has put off far too long.

Suddenly Jack is back, and his explanations for why he left seem more and more plausible, and his declarations more seductive. But being Jack’s latest tabloid accessory isn’t on Keri Ann’s career agenda, no matter how much she is attracted to him. And how can she can ever trust him again?

Jack knows he let the only ‘real’ thing that ever happened to him slip through his fingers. And his hands have been tied to try and stop it. Until Now.

Jack is now fighting to save his relationship with Keri Ann, even as his crazy life threatens to tear them apart. Again. The question is, can he convince her she can have it all? And have him? Forever?

Read how it all began in “Eversea “…

Review:

I didn’t think it was possible to like a second book more than the first, but that is just the case with Eversea. There are several other celebrity meets normal person books out there, but the way the author handles the decision to stay together is what separates them for me. 
In Eversea, Jack is being brought to his knee’s by his conniving Co-Star Audrey. He is begging to save his life, not physically, but his ability to do whatever he wants with it. She is happy to have it in her hands and crush it, along with him.
Through the story, you learn what Jack has accepted to be his fate in life and how he handles it. The decisions he has had to make because of the realities and what happens when his worst thought becomes reality.
Eversea is a complicated modern day romance with trust at it’s common core. It is a book of forgiveness, exercising your ability to fully trust someone and being able to see the hope on the other side. Eversea is the struggle of someone trying to find themselves, their way in their own life, their own identity while still being accepting love when it’s right.
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Natasha Boyd is a writer with a background in marketing and public relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and lives in the coastal Carolina Lowcountry, complete with Spanish moss, alligators and mosquitoes the size of tiny birds.  She has a husband, two sons and a host of scared relatives that worry the next book will be about them.  She is a member of Georgia Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America and Island Writers Network, where she has been a featured speaker. Forever, Jack is the sequel to her award-winning and first full-length novel, Eversea.

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Raw by Belle Aurora | Book Review

Book Blurb:

***Author Note: This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.***

Growing up the way I did, you’d think I’d be more screwed up than what I actually am.

Soon as I turned sixteen, I left that bump in the road I called home and took my chances on the street.

Best decision I ever made.

Now, at the age of twenty six, I’m educated, employed and damn good at my job.

My friends have become my family. Like me, they know what it’s like to grow up unloved.

But the saying is true.

The world makes way for those who know where they are going.

That’s me.

I know where I’m going and I’ll get there eventually. On my own terms and at my own pace.

But then there’s him.

I feel his eyes on me. I see him hiding in plain sight. He watches me.

He makes me feel.

It’s unconventional.

But it’s real.

I’m sure you’re wondering how a person falls in love with their stalker.

So am I.

This isn’t a story.

This is my life.

Book Review:
So I really thought this was a physiological thriller or something. This is definitely a dark read. Like belt around the neck dark read and consensual adult rape scenes.
Did I like the book? Yep. 
Was the book a dark read? Yep
Was the book a page turner? Yep
Was I surprised where it was going? Yep
Did it keep me guessing? Yep
Was I shocked by the ending? Kinda
Is this a HOA? can’t say, but don’t read it if you require them
Is this book a standalone? Yep
Is the author writing another? Nope…she has answered this many times

Who should read this book? If you have read Captured In the Dark, this could be up your alley. However, I think this book is darker. The sex is darker and so is the tone. How can a book be darker than Captured In the Dark? IDK…..it just was to me.

I’m really kinda disappointed with the ending. I mean, did I see it coming? It was a possibility. I wasn’t sure exactly where the author was going to take it, but I knew it was an option. This isn’t my first book with a crazy ending so I think that is why I’m not crazy shocked and in love with it like so many other readers. 

I give it 4-4.5 stars because the sex was insane and the story was original to me. Raw was just what I needed to shake my reading up.

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Holy Frigging Matrimony By Emma Chase | Book Review

Book Blurb:

What does Drew Evans have to say next? Find out in this forty page short story, filled with his sexy charm, unique advice and hilarious one-liners.

Marriage: the final frontier. Steven went first. He was kind of our test subject. Like those monkeys that NASA sent off into space in the fifties, all the while knowing they’d never make it back.

And now another poor rocket is ready to launch.

But this isn’t just any posh New York wedding. You’ve seen my friends, you’ve met our families, you know you’re in for a treat. Everyone wants their wedding to be memorable. This one’s going to be un-frigging-forgettable.

Holy Frigging Matrimony takes place about a year after Tangled’s end and is from Drew’s POV


Book Review:
So, if you haven’t read Tangled, by Emma Chase, stop what you are doing, go to your local e-commerce site and purchase it right this very second. It is the most laugh out loud book I have read to date. I told you in a previous review that I have this unhealthy bond with Drew.
Holy Frigging Matrimony (HFM) is a short story that you will be able to finish after the kids go to bed, or if you read fast enough, you can always lock the bathroom door to get you a little bit of cheeky jokes in for the day. 
Yes, it is Steven’s wedding, but remember who he hooks up with? Yeah, it makes for an interesting wedding. During this wedding there are mentions of phalacio, shouts of “Go Kate’s Dad and, “no….no….nooo….what did you do to my baby?” Yes, lots of messed up stuff happens in this action packed short story. It will give you a great laugh and you can go to bed with a happy smile on your face.

Jake Undone by Penople Ward | Book Review | 4.5 Stars |

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Nina Kennedy was alive…but not living…until she met him. Planes, trains, heights…you name it, Nina was afraid of it and led a sheltered life ruled by irrational fears and phobias. When she moves to Brooklyn for nursing school, that life is turned upside down, as she develops an intense but unwanted attraction to her gorgeous roommate, who’s pierced, tattooed and just happens to be the smartest person she’s ever met. Behind Jake Green’s rough exterior and devilish smile, lies a heart of gold. He makes it his mission to change Nina’s outlook on life. When he agrees to tutor her, they forge a bet and the stakes are high as Jake forces Nina to face her demons. He just wasn’t expecting to fall hard for her in the process. What Nina doesn’t realize, is that Jake has been living his own private hell. Once he drops a bombshell, will their love survive it? Told in two parts from both Nina and Jake’s points of view, Jake Undone is a standalone story and a companion to the novel, Gemini.

Book Review:
So, I have been kind of in a book funk. You probably couldn’t tell because of the reviews that I have put up recently, but I have been reading a ton of other books that I’m really just not feeling. You know, once you start reading a genre and are deep in the heart of it, they all kind of feel like they are cast from the same mold. Well, this one breaks from the mold.
Jake has a secret. He is dark, but funny at the same time. The book serves as a great lesson that things are not always as they seem. When you do find out Jake’s secret you could just die. You feel everything that Nina feels. 
There really is no better guy with a bigger heart than this guy it seems. I can’t believe what he has had to endure during his life and he really seems to be a fantastic book boyfriend. The way he helps Nina with all of her fears in a most interesting way is a testament to Penelope’s creativity. I’m kinda wondering how long it took her to create such interesting ways.
For all the love that Jake has in his heart, the things he did for Nina and the man that he is, I give Jake Undone 4.5 Stars. 

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Author Photo Black And WhitePenelope Ward grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family friendly career. Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 9-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 7-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life. Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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Let Love Heal by Melissa Collins

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Perfection. We all strive for it, but what happens when the desire to be perfect consumes you? What happens when the need to bury your mistakes blinds you? Melanie Crane has always been the perfect daughter, friend, student – she’s been perfect at everything, in fact. But when she lets her insecurities, the ones that she keeps hidden from everyone, get the best of her, she falters in her pursuit of perfection. Melanie crumples under the pressure and buries her pain. Numbed by sadness and guilt, she is determined never to let anyone find out how broken she really is. Bryan Mahoney may appear to have everything in order. He’s charming, witty and completely swoon-worthy. In short, Bryan has life all figured out, but appearances can be deceiving. When the landscape of Bryan’s family changes in an instant, he’s left to pick up the pieces. Not all bruises leave a mark. Now, weary and afraid, Melanie and Bryan must find a way to let love heal their broken and jaded hearts.

Book Review:
Okay, can we first discuss this cover? It is sick. It is dope. It is amazing! I cannot wait to order my signed copy from Melissa (you can on her blog) because this book is so beautiful, literally, inside and out.
So, let’s get to the story. Finally. Finally we have a normal sized woman and a hot guy together. Finally, something we can connect with, but still fantasize with during those few sexy times.
In Let Love Heal, all women can connect with Melanie on some level. She is a girl coming into her own, an insecure girl trying to find herself like all girls her age. She has the same insecurities about her weight, her body, her attitude, you know, stuff all women deal with. The constant comparison. I bonded with this book
What I loved most about this book is that Melanie found herself, but if she hadn’t met Brian, and experienced the things that she did, she would never be the woman she is today. She may have never found her true calling. 
Another thing that I loved about this book is the fierce friendships that and formed. Some girls just can’t have more than one friend, or feel left out. Let Love Heal really shows you what being a loving, caring, accepting friend is all about.
Let Love Heal has it all. First love, longing, lust, angst, growing, changing, anger, protection, loyalty, acceptance, friendship and love. It runs the gamete and I’m so thankful I got to read this book.

4.75 Stars!

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  Melissa Collins 2I’ve always been an avid reader. Majoring in English Literature was a no brainer. Becoming a teacher and instilling my love for reading into my students was also a no brainer. I’ve spent the last ten years teaching and I’ve loved (mostly) every minute of it. When I was home on maternity leave for my third son, I discovered a new genre that sparked my creativity. My passion for writing sprang from my love of reading and once I knew I had a story to tell, I couldn’t wait to get it out there. I only hope that my readers enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.


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Her by Carey Heywood | Book Review

Her by Carey Heywood, Him by Carey Heywood, Her 
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You know her side of the story, now learn his. “It was useless. I felt branded beneath my skin by a girl who left without even saying goodbye.” When Will Price was assigned a partner for a sixth grade class project he had no idea she would become his best friend. After years of friendship, she eventually became so much more. Then, one day she left with no explanation. Will’s life shattered right before his eyes and he was left alone to pick up the pieces. Floundering without her, Will must figure out a way to carry on, to find a way to exist without her. Seven years later, a chance encounter leaves him desperate to get her back. He has one week to make her his again. Not everyone gets a second chance with the love of their life and Will is determined to never lose her again.

Book Review:
Once again Carey hit it out of the park. I absolutely loved Her. This is Will’s point of view and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I really thought there couldn’t be more to the story, but in Her, Carey takes us past where Him ended and gave us a wonderful happily-ever-after.
There were so many questions that I had after reading Him and I just couldn’t fathom why that 7 years happened, but Her addresses that. It also shows the growing relationship between Brian, Sarah’s brother, and Sarah’s family. 
My most favorite moment is when Will calls Sawyer for a sneaky scene and the thought behind the detail in that scene was so brilliant. I don’t want to say what it is because it would spoil it, but it was such a thoughtful touch that really adds to Will & Sarah’s relationship.
Also in this book, we have a little bit of Sawyer, Sarah’s best friend for the last 7 years, but she doesn’t play a dominant role in the story. I really can’t wait until we hear her story because from the foreshadowing in these two stories, it’s going to be a doosey. I absolutely love the way she treats Will’s Mom and hope that is included in her story as well. 
Her is a completely sweet and satisfying story that helps me come to terms and closure on Will and Sarah’s story. A wonderful read that I highly suggest. 4.5 stars.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. I make up stuff and write it down. Here are some things that make up who I am, in no particular order; Books, Swedish Fish, Rivers, Kids (I have some), Husband (I have 1), Dog, Wuss, Reader, Elephants, Mermaid Shows, Belgian Chocolate, Plastic Rings, Fizzy Water, Abs (I don’t have them…well yes, I have them but they’re nothing to look at I meant Abs that I like to look at), Twitter (@careylolo), Making up Words, Chair Dancing, Old Movies, Cartoons, Belgian Waffles, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, People, Kayaks, Screen Porches, Laughing, Colored Paperclips, Junky Green Laptop, Golden Rule, Falling in Love, Jumping in Puddles, Spellcheck, Windy Days.

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Fraternizing by C.C. Brown | Book Review

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Book Blurb:
Sometimes rules must be broken.
Sometimes your beliefs are challenged.
Other times… you just have to follow your heart.
For Marine Corps Sgt. Alex Cruz, the Corps’ rules and regulations have served as a blueprint for how he should live his life. In his mind, the way to maintaining proper conduct and order relied heavily on the ability of the individual to follow orders without question. Alex was that individual.
Until…
Pfc. Cassie Bennett.
She is brand new to the Corps, looking to cement a place in the world for herself after breaking free from the oppressive life she’s lived with her mother. Making it in the Corps is her way of showing her mother that she is more than she thinks she is, while also proving to herself she can survive one of life’s biggest challenges.
Both Alex and Cassie are tested when an intensely strong attraction develops between them. They feel it, they want it, but one thing stands in their way… The Marine Corps order on Fraternizing. Their lust filled thoughts, their strong and aching cravings for one another, and their conflicted minds lead them on a roller coaster of emotions and feelings that neither can ignore, no matter how hard they try.
Loyalties will be tested, hearts will be broken, and careers will hang in the balance. Can Alex and Cassie keep their forbidden relationship a secret, or will they lose it all by Fraternizing?

Book Review:
Oh my goodness I really liked this book. I just couldn’t seem to put it down. This is a great story about a Marine instructor that falls for one of his students and their inability to stay away from each other.
Fraternizing had great, hot sex; a yummy love story; a lovable BFF(s); consequences; inability to stay away from each other and suspense. All this equals an awesome book!
I didn’t feel like there was drama to be drama. There was angst  and lots of it, but what do you expect when you want something you can’t have? 
The only thing I have to complain about it is the Alpha Male leading character. So Alex was a little bit too Alpha for me. A little too controlling and had some real anger issues. Look, I’m all for a hot alpha male, but when they have anger issues and pop off the handle and see “red” really easily, it makes me slightly uncomfortable. I don’t feel like he grew out of that issue and no one really addresses it as a problem in the book as a character flaw, not even Cassie.
However, with that minor character flaw, I’m giving Fraternizing 4.5 stars because it really is a great book. It is 399 (whoa) pages long and needed every single page of that book to tell Alex and Cassie’s story.
The story is technically a cliffhanger, with a book 2 to wrap up their story, but I don’t feel like you would be ticked that book 2 isn’t ready right away. You can totally read this one and wait for the next without being uber pissed at the author. I will definitely be reading book 2 and I’m really excited to find out how Alex and Cassie’s story ends. 

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Finding It | Review | 4.5 Stars

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Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.

It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.


Book Review: 4.5 Stars!!

This book had me turning the pages one right after another. The story flowed so smoothly that I read the whole book in one sitting. This is the first book that I have read like that, both because of time and because it was just pretty darn good.
I really like learning about just picking up and traveling. Something I have always want to do, but have a family now, so that ship has sailed. I felt like I was connected with Kelsey and was seeing and living her travels through her eyes. I learned about Europe, living in hostels and the dangers of both.
Finding it is a book of self-discovery, something that I think most of the population goes through and probably still feels in their lives today.
While reading the book I told my husband that I wish I knew what I was passionate about and what work I would love with a deep connection. I wonder what separates people who know what they want to do from the others of us who just drift, living just to live, smoldering and not burning brightly. Is this something the parents instilled in those, or are people just born knowing? I want to help my child figure out what he burns for instead of feeling like Kelsey and just sort of drifting without purpose.
Cora did a great job with Finding It. Every sentence was brilliantly written, like a melodic symphony. Nothing extra put in for added effect, but hummed with purpose and meaning. Her words flowing down river to an epic waterfall when Kelsey’s life comes crashing around her. A beautiful story of a girl’s control, taken from her, and her journey to find herself in a most unique way.



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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
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4.5 Bloody Stars

Remington RiiiiipTideeeeee! Who wants him? Everyone. Absolutely everyone, including Brooke.
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An indie phenomenon and New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller, the first in a heartwrenching New Adult series about a beautiful young sports rehab specialist who can’t fight her attraction to a dangerously sexy underground fighter.
A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…
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?

Now, let’s resume our Remy Riptide Tate and Brooke Dumas show, shall we?
First, let’s know that Remy is hot. He is so hot that when Brooke met him and he chased her into the hallway this scene happens: 
“His lips curl and he meets my gaze. “Brooke Dumas” he just fucked my name right in front of me…..” Brooke, he’s just so hot. Everyone wants a picture of him. Even my insides are buzzing from the way he went after you and I’m not even the one he kissed. I’ve never seen a man go after a woman like that. Holy shit, it’s like porn with romance.”

Brooke, she is a “has-been.” She was an Olympic hopeful sprinter that had the unfortunate event of blowing out her knee. Someone video’d it and was nice enough to put it up on Youtube for the whole world to see. It was her lowest of low. She picked up the pieces, literally, of her life, went to college and has now earned her degree in sport rehab.

This story is based around Remy and Brooke. Remy has hired Brooke to stretch him and be part of his team. He has also hired her because he likes her, wants her to be his, wants to claim her, but really doesn’t have the emotional or verbal tools to know how to express himself to her. He shows her through music.

“Fighting is all he knows. It’s all he’s had that he can control in his life. Growing up, it was pure rejection for Rem. It’s damn near impossible to get him to open up. Even with those who’ve been with him so long.

In Real, we learn about Remy’s past, we get to know him just like Brooke gets to know him. We get to find out how primal, alpha-male, emotionally handicap Remy is while he tries to have his first relationship with a women. A relationship that isn’t just sex. Don’t worry, there is sex, and a ton of angst. I haven’t had this much angst since the 8th grade. 

The book flows so well. You have the angst beginning, the hot-as-hell middle and the explosive end. I’m so glad that my friends encouraged me to read about Remy and Brooke. I feel like a part of me would be missing and I wouldn’t even know it, which I believe is much worse to experience in life. Thank you Katy Evans for sharing you characters with the world.

The next 3 books: YES!! You can even pre-order:

MINE Oct 22, 2013
REMY Nov 25, 2013
RAW Dec 31, 2013
RIPPED March 18 2014

Now, the music. The music is vital to this book. Here is the playlist for Real:

MUST LISTENS. MENTIONED REPEATEDLY IN THE BOOK:

Iris by Goo Goo Dolls 
I Love You by Avril Lavigne 
That’s When I Knew by Alecia Keys

Others connected in the book:
Love Bites by Def Leppard
High On You by Survivor
Love Song by Sara Bareilles
In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
Come Away With Me by Nora Jones
All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You by Heart
Anyway You Want It by Journey
I Love You Like A Love Song by Selena Gomez
My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelly Clarkson
Flaws and All by Beyonce
The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes


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