Wednesday 8 July 2015

Review ~ Manwhore + 1 (Manwhore #2) by Katy Evans

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review*** 

“You’re the only heaven I will ever know, Rachel...and if you were a hell, I’d sin my whole life just to stay with you.”

Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint, gah this man, I just love him, that is the one thing synonymous with a Katy Evans book and that is she always writes lovable characters. It was no secret he was a player in his time but it took one woman to knock him off his feet and he hasn’t been the same since. After the ending of Manwhore I was afraid, these two were obviously meant to be together, they fitted, they clicked, they complemented each other, but after that ending could Saint forgive, or would he forget?

To say I have been on tenterhooks would be an understatement, what would Saint do? What would Rachel do? Did Saint see Rachel’s article? Katy Evans left us in limbo so I was itching to read this book; I needed to be put out of my misery.

“There’s always something beautiful breeding in the darkness and the pain.”

We all know the main trait that Saint needs in those close to him is trust. It is the one thing he insists upon, it is the most important thing to Saint and Rachel blew it in Manwhore. Even if Rachel were to see him again would she be able to rebuild what she demolished? Rachel is extremely remorseful, she cannot believe that she so royally screwed up, but at the end of the day she was stuck between a rock and a hard place. Her intentions were good, but the shit hit the fan before she had a chance to explain.

Saint has his ways of keeping an eye on Rachel and then he comes up with an offer that Rachel shouldn’t refuse (work related) but Rachel needs more, she wanted what they had in the past and to be near him and not have him was totally incomprehensible. You felt Rachel’s pain in this book but I loved that she still stood up for herself no matter how much she was hurting. She knew what she wanted and she wouldn’t settle for anything less...she couldn’t.

“Saint is offering me...the world. But a world without him is nothing now.”

This book was Katy Evans at her best, she always writes real relationships. The mistakes, the misunderstandings, the reconciliations, but she makes her characters work for them. I felt their pain, their reticence but I also felt their love. Despite everything, these two were truly made for each other and even though everything tells Saint to steer clear, he cannot help himself. For him Rachel is like a siren and his siren is calling.

“I’m human and flawed and hopeful and afraid and strong and weak and independent – and in love with him in a way I’m sure they are not. I’m proud to be who I am. I’m proud of where I stand.”

This book had everything, the emotions, the sizzle, the spark; the lightening...Katy Evans knows how to write a sex scene and these two light up the sky at night. It is that intense connection and chemistry that makes you fall in love with her characters, you just can’t help yourself. You champion them, you root for them and you want them to succeed. While on paper they shouldn’t work, they just do. Opposites do attract and these two were like magnets, even though they were poles apart in the beginning that magnetism just brought them back together.

“You’re like a spark, Rachel, all I need is to breathe on you and you catch fire.”

This book is not just about Saint and Rachel though, we finally get to understand a bit more about Saint’s background and in particular his father. He really is the scum of the earth and has no qualms about scraping the bottom of the barrel with his business ethics. After reading about him it just goes to show how Saint is definitely not his father’s son. He has learned the hard way and it is easy to see why he insists on being his father’s opposite.

“The hardest things to do are sometimes the ones that prove most meaningful, but not necessarily the ones we remember most fondly.”

This was a great conclusion to Saint and Rachel’s story and I adored the epilogue. Once again Katy has delivered a great story with amazing characters and I cannot wait for what she delivers next.

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