Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Blog Tour ~ Review & Guest Post by Katy Evans ~ Ripped (Real 5) by Katy Evans

The fifth story in the new adult series that began with the New York Times bestseller REAL.

Book Description: 

Every woman wants me--except the one I sing for.

Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.

But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.

So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?

Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.

When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I'm a god--but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.

Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her -- Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.

That's alright.

Let her come at me. Because I'm out for her heart and, this time, there's no way she can stop me.

Our Review:
**ARC received for honest review**
Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 Stars

“Promises. Lies. Loss. Hatred.”

It is no secret I am a huge Katy Evans fan and The Real series is up there with my all-time favourites. These characters have embedded themselves into my heart and head and any Katy Evans book is always eagerly anticipated and gratefully received. There is something about Katy Evans’s writing that resonates deep within my heart and soul. Every single character that she has created has wormed their way into my affections and I cannot help but devour every word. So it was with anticipation and bated breath that I dived into Ripped.

Although Pandora has appeared in previous books she has always been quiet and lurking around in the background. It was only when trying to place her that I realised that we actually know hardly anything about her, only that she was very anti-men and seemed very introverted and all woe is me. It wasn’t until I started this story that I realised the reasoning behind her outward persona.

“Not me. I choose hate. It makes me feel good. Protected and safe. Hating him is all that keeps me sane. Hating him means what he did to me doesn’t matter. I can still feel something. I am not yet dead, because I can feel this hate corroding me. He’s ruined me for other men. Stopped me from being the woman I could have been.”

Pandora had had her heart broken when she was just seventeen, something that she had never, ever got over. Adamant that she was never going to be put in that position again, Pandora put up the walls that guarded her heart, a seemingly impenetrable fort that no one had ever been able to penetrate or infiltrate. Seemingly permanently scarred by her past she lived a day by day existence, never happy, forever despondent and melancholy. I felt so sorry for her and I wanted to know “the who” that had caused all this pain and anguish.

When an opportunity to exact revenge on the man that had broken your heart materialises, most women would probably grab it with both hands and that is exactly what Pandora does. MacKenna Jones the lead singer of Crack Bikini (Katy, where on earth did this name come from?) is the man behind the despair that invades Pandora to the core. Six years’ worth of anger, pain and hate has manifested itself and is about to be unleashed to the unsuspecting MacKenna, but this can only lead to trouble.

“I want to say something painful that will hurt him. But no. He wants to punish me because I ruined his concert? I’m going to ruin. His fucking. Life.”

First and foremost this story is about second chance love and this is one of my favourite romances to read about. This story is also about misunderstandings and forgiveness and being the bigger and better person. Delving deep down within the recesses of your heart and mind to remember what was present before the hurt, remembering the old you and letting yourself be open to be that person again.

“I was not programmed to have feelings. It just wasn’t coded into my hard drive.”

It is a huge struggle for Pandora but I have to say MacKenna does not make it easy for her to stay in those deep dark recesses of her past. When MacKenna goes all out, he goes all out and this made him such an endearing character. His rock star persona is a far cry from the beautiful person on the inside and once he is aware of what has happened in the past and the reason behind their circumstances he makes it his mission to get back the girl that he has always loved. I loved the fight, I loved their journey, and I loved it all.

“I had your heart once, Pink and it wasn’t enough. I have your body now, but it’s not enough…I want your mind, your dreams, your hopes, your fucking soul. I want it all.”

Katy Evans has a way with words that manages to evoke all of my emotions and this was an emotional read. But it is not all angst and tears; Katy Evans has interwoven all of the above with some steaming hot scenes too along with a smattering of wit and humour. All in all a fantastically balanced book that has a bit of everything to whet everyone’s appetites.

Katy Evans really put me through the mill with this one and it was an incredible journey to take and one that will stay with me for a long time but this was a great addition to a fantastic series and all of our favourite characters make an appearance at some point. Kudos to Katy Evans on another great read. I can’t wait to see what she pens next; I will be at the front of the queue.

“The devil knows more from being old than it does from being a devil.”
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By Katy Evans

RIPPED – I’m so excited to be sharing with everyone RIPPED, Real series book #5!

RIPPED began with Pandora, Brooke (Real, Mine and Remy) and Melanie’s (Rogue) goth friend. She’s such a wounded warrior and so bitter that I was completely hooked wanting to know—what happened? What made her like this? Why does she hate men so much?

And that’s how I met her man, Mackenna Jones.

He’s back in Seattle for the concert of the year, and Pandora hates him so much, she is still so stuck in the past for having loved (and lost) him when she was young, she’s determined to go pay him a visit and give him a little something to remember her by. Nothing nice, I assure you.

And that’s where RIPPED totally exploded for me. It’s one of those books where I couldn’t stop writing even for a second. It seemed like I just opened Pandora’s box of secrets and they came spilling out, one after the other. Memories, what truly happened in her eyes, in his eyes, their first kiss (sigh) and so much more. Their past is tumultuous and passionate and their present, when they reunite again, is just as passionate and rocky. They have a long way to go to their HEA but, though Pandora doesn’t feel she deserves it and has never let herself want it, Mackenna has another plan to conquer back his girl.

What I love about this couple in particular is how equal they seem—the push and the pull always kept me guessing as to who had control of the situation, sometimes Pandora had Mackenna by the pants, and plenty of others it was Mackenna who kept getting the upper hand, knowing each and every one of Pandora’s weaknesses (including that he is the main one.)

He is the boy she could never forget.

She is the girl no other girl has ever compared.

Things are about to get RIPPED during Mackenna’s concert tour when his manager thinks it brilliant to force Pandora to tag along.
About the Author:

Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now 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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