A Story For Those Who Like Their Love "Real"

RealTitle:  Real
(Real, Raw, and Ripped #1)
Author:  Katy Evans
Format:  Print
Length:  320 pages
Publisher:  Gallery Books
Rating:  4 Stars

HOT. SEXY. POWERFUL. PAINFUL. REAL. The scorching international bestseller that strips away everything you’ve ever believed about passion . . . .

Remington Tate has a bad-boy rep in and out of the ring, a granite-hard body, and a raw, animal power that sends his female fans into a frenzy. But from the moment their eyes lock, the only woman he wants is Brooke Dumas. His desire is pure, all-consuming, and REAL.

Hired to keep his perfect body working like a machine, Brooke finally has the lucrative sports therapy job she’s been dreaming of. But as she tours the dangerous underground fighting circuit with Remy and his team, Brooke’s own body becomes alive with the most primal of hungers. If what happens between Brooke and Remy is ever as light as a flirtation, it quickly becomes an erotic obsession for them both, and promises so much more.

But their white-hot lust has a dark side—and when Remy’s deepest secret comes to light and Brooke’s familial duties demand action, will the pair be able to hang on, or will everything that once seemed so real suddenly fade away like an illusion?  -Goodreads

My Thoughts
Real, is a love story for those who like their romance a little rough. Remington Tate and Brooke Dumas are two people that are made for each other.  Physical, attractive, wanton, and scarred these two understand each other from the inside out.

Katy Evans achieves the perfect blend of brain, brawn, and heart in Remington.  His body may be made of steel, it becomes more than clear to readers and one special woman, that his heart is made of gold.
Bad boy/good heart/great body is a combination that makes for a great story.  There are however, much darker secrets hidden in Remy's closet that only the light of Brooke's love and a few hundred pages can bring to light.
Not to be outdone...Brooke Dumas proves herself to be quite the Aphrodite, to Remy's Apollo.
An ex-Olymp hopeful; Brooke understands Remy's competitive fire. She also understands his need to recover from past disgrace.
What she doesn't understand is love.
With Remy fighting for her heart and her body...she will.

The one sucker punch in this tale of powerhouse passion is the story of Nora, Brooke's sister.  While all others areas are slow to unfold and very well thought out; the last part of Nora's ordeal seems rushed.  This may be because it is so near the "happily ever after bow".

This is a wonderful first book that reads like a stand alone.  This reviewer can not wait to see what is to come.

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