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Real | [Katy Evans]

Real

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.
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Publisher's Summary

An indie phenomenon and a New York Times and USA Today best seller, 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?

©2013 Katy Evans (P)2013 Simon and Schuster Audio

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    Jordy 09-05-13
    Jordy 09-05-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "5 SERIOUSLY SMOKING HOT INTENSE STARS!!! "

    One thing I do have to say is that this book is intense!  I was so absorbed in this book, that when it came to the end I wanted to start back at the beginning! When listening to this book, be prepared. Cold showers, panty changes, or other forms of...stress relievers may be needed. We're talking sexual frustration here. Don't get me wrong, these two were sizzling! It just seemed something or someone just kept getting in the way. Hell, Remington himself got in the way but he had his own reasons for that. Reasons that made perfect sense once explained later. Not that it made the sexual tension any less torture! The book starts out with Brooke being dragged to an underground fight one night with her best friends Melanie. Brooke isn’t the type of girl that usually goes to these types of things. She is a recent college grad and focusing on career in sports medicine/therapy. Brooke spent most of her life training for the Olympics, until she hurt her knee. Now she is just interested in helping other athletes. While watching the last fight, she see’s someone that gets her attention. Remington. He notices her right away in the cheering crowd. He knows right away she's special and wants her. Brooke receives tickets for another fight to see Remington. She starts talking herself into having a one night stand with him, because let's face it, she wants him. But he actually has a different offer all together, and next thing Brooke knows she's on the road with him. Remington “Riptide” Tate is the king of the underground boxing circuit. He’s beautiful, strong and easily the best piece of eye candy any woman will find. Brooke & Remy are inseparable. The longer together, the more the sexual tension between them builds... and builds... and builds... It makes you ready to combust, along with Brooke! The sexual tension in this book was un-freaking-believable! Eventually we got some major SMEXY scenes... Seriously! On the gym mats, shower, bed, anywhere and everywhere. Remy cannot get enough. The reason I love the character of Remington "Riptide" Tate was because of his animal magnetism, his possesiveness, loyalty, agression, vulnerability, and most important he was "Real!" The intensity of this man is off the charts!!  Katy Evans has created a very well written, seductive and passionate love story. Nothing in the story was roses and perfection. The road to HEA was a complete struggle with heartache and pain. The only thing I didn’t like was that it had to end. I’m very anxious for more and can hardly wait for audible to release the next book!

    41 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 12-30-13
    BluBumbleB 12-30-13 Member Since 2015

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "INTENSE, RAW, ABSOLUTLELY FANTASTIC!!"

    I loved everything about this book--narration, storyline, characters (lead & supporting), EVERYTHING. It's intense, sexually charged, emotional, heartbreaking, and worth every penny and second you spend listening to it. I love an alpha male/strong heroine type of story, but this one paints the alpha and love interest as challenged and scarred by life circumstances that have broken them down inside; but they find themselves and literally save each other through love and acceptance. In terms of intensity, there was a lot of 'build up' to when they finally get together. When it finally happens--YOWZA!!--it's EXPLOSIVE, but so delicious! I've already purchased the other two books and can't wait to see what happens next with these colorful characters. Definitely credit worthy, but it is reasonably priced so you could purchase it out right. Happy listening, you won't be disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 09-13-13
    Angela 09-13-13
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    "Wow. WOW!"

    Hoooollllyyy..... One of THE BEST books I've read (and there have been over 100) so far, this year. Prepare to *sweat* through this one. 9-)

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Twitterpated 09-25-13

    Phoenix, AZ, USA

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    "Can we say "clenched"???"

    I can't understand all the rave reviews for this book (on Audible and other book review websites). There are so many problems with it. I will just name a few here. The narrator was absolutely AWFUL. I will never buy another book narrated by her. The author's treatment of Remi's decision not to take medication for his bipolar disorder is very disturbing. He didn't want to poison his body with toxins, but apparently he didn't think it was a big deal to wreak havoc on his team members' lives, destroy property and be unpredictably violent when he was "speedy". Nice trade-off, huh? Interesting side note - apparently Brooke (who is portrayed as being practically virginal) didn't have a problem poisoning her own body with a birth control implant. What's the underlying message there? And parents can just abandon their minor child to a psychiatric hospital w/o any legal action taken against them? Really??? Also, no explanation was ever given for the postcards coming in from all over the world to Brooke's parents from her sister Nora. That really bugged me. And seriously - Nora does a month in rehab for cocaine addiction and comes out all picture perfect! Sooooo "realistic", huh? Exactly how much money does a boxer make in the underground circuit? Seems to me that Remi was living very large (not to mention all the bills he had to pay for trashed hotel rooms and other property damage). Since I'm not familiar with the underground boxing circuit, my only frame of reference is professional boxing. Champs in that sport can make a lot of money, but the author never addressed this issue as far as the underground boxing circuit is concerned. Another thing that really made me want to scream - Remi wakes up from a coma and Brooke immediately starts ranting at him. The guy has a tube down his throat and can't even respond to her angry tirade. Did anyone else want to throttle her at that point? I could go on.....but I will wind it up with these last two comments. The word "clenched" was so overused that I hope I never hear it again ANYWHERE. And being inside Brooke's head for hours on end almost made me develop a mental health problem.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lucina Round Corner, Australia 09-12-13
    Lucina Round Corner, Australia 09-12-13 Member Since 2013

    I do not just want to read books; i wish i could climb in and live there.

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    "I loved this book!"
    Where does Real rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 <3


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Real?

    I don't want to be your adventure I want to be your REAL!


    Which character – as performed by Charlotte Penfield – was your favorite?

    Remy!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Real made my heart hurt want to burst and then feel so good!


    Any additional comments?

    REAL is now in my top 10 reads and I have already re - read and listened its just such a beautiful read. Remy is so lovable !!!!!! Thankyou to Katy can't wait for MINE...

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Liza-Maree Belgian Gardens, Australia 09-10-13
    Liza-Maree Belgian Gardens, Australia 09-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Intense!!! Loved It"

    This book was really intense. Not a book you can listen to and also have your mind half on other things. Loved how the author made Remy testosterone charged, and not half metro as some authors tend to fall into. The story flowed really well, but I was disappointed with the end a little. I don't believe Evans stayed true to Brooke's character, won't say more then that as I'd hate to spoil it for someone. Looking forward to Book 2.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 09-06-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 09-06-13 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "RIPTIDE! Awesome... and super smexy!"

    This was really really good. Actually, this was Awesome...! I thought I was gonna be really irritated with all the angst from Remy and Brooke not hooking up when they totally wanted each other...but the angst was soo hot, I got my fix without the smex scene coming to a completion (if you know what I mean)...

    When we find out the reason behind all the Remy pushing Brooke away, or not really pushing her away, but not giving in... Man O Man... I was taken a back! I knew it was gonna be something good... And the fact that after Brooke finds out, Remy didn't change to be all healed and whole... It was great... and added depth to the story.

    Remy remain... well Remy, struggle with all his issues...and Brooke...well she coped... And the end! WHAT!!! I knew the ending was gonna be a shocker...

    I really hope there is a book 2... I want more of Remy and Brooke sooo bad!

    The only reason this isn't a 5 is because I wish the narration was just a bit better. It was good, not great. A little bit more of a distinction between some of the voices would have made this even better... It was still good...just not great...

    A good Credit, Sale or Buy... Either one... you will be happy with your purchase...

    RIPTIDE!!!!

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    Jenny 04-07-14
    Jenny 04-07-14
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    "Oh Remy!"
    If you could sum up Real in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy, mysterious, loving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love learning the details of Remy's condition and how Brooke deals with it.


    What aspect of Charlotte Penfield’s performance would you have changed?

    She's a little more monotone than I would've liked.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definitely made me cry! Happy and sad tears.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina 03-17-14
    Christina 03-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The author and narrators did a great job at making me want to climb inside the story!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ALuvs2Read across the pond 03-07-14
    ALuvs2Read across the pond 03-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I enjoyed this more in Audible!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would use the Bipolar disease angle differently. I think the character Remington did not act like he was in his Manic phase with her, he should have been sleepless having tons of sex with her and other people and spending all his money.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Remy--duh!


    Have you listened to any of Charlotte Penfield’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did Real inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I realize that there is a sequel to this and I am not interested in reading or listening to it. I wish sequels would involve a DIFFERENT couple, there is NO erotic tension for the reader when a sequel is about the SAME couple!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Yara
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    3/19/14
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    "Romance it not dead..."
    What made the experience of listening to Real the most enjoyable?

    The narration as well as the story are nice and hence it is a great book for relaxing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter - the brother like figure that is realistic and funny


    Which character – as performed by Charlotte Penfield – was your favourite?

    I think she was able to get every character a great own voice and personality


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zacharoula
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    "One of the REALest books ever. FULL of emotions"

    I cannot begin to describe how intense this book really is. It got me going from the very first chapter. You know when a book is REAL when it gets you all emotional, gets you fidgeting in your seat, talking to the characters, crying and laughing.

    The narrator is one of the best I have heard. Such a clear voice getting you in the storyline with just the right fluctuation of her voice. I will be looking to listen to more books with this narrator. Really loved her.

    The books itself is a jewel. Very sentimental, it describes so well the feeling of the main character and gets you to feel for her and all the drama that is going with her. I will for sure buy ALL the books from the series because now I am seriously hooked.

    Thank you Katy Evans for wrenching your soul out in this book.
    Thank you Charlotte Penfield for bringing it to life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    5/10/15
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    "Great ... Love and lust"

    So great!
    I loved the fact that they just knew their feelings... Yes there where complications but not the mistaken assumptions that som writers fall on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • vicki
    5/8/15
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    "REMY"
    If you could sum up Real in three words, what would they be?

    hot,intense,sexy


    What did you like best about this story?

    Remy just wants to impress


    What about Charlotte Penfield’s performance did you like?

    shes not the best she seemed a little slow on the reading


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    mma fighter does good


    Any additional comments?

    loved the book glad i read it before listening to it though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lorretta Husbands
    4/17/15
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    "5* ALL THE WAY!!! AMAZING DOES NOT COVER IT"
    What did you like most about Real?

    OMG it brought this book and finish it all in the same day, it was so gripping, I was hooked from the first chapter. I have never felt more emotionally involved with character before!!! RIPTIDE!!!!!!!


    What other book might you compare Real to, and why?

    No other book i can think of compares to the emotional rollcoaster will take while listening to Real!!!


    What about Charlotte Penfield’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance from Charlotte. The depth of emotion that she reads with you can't help but feel for the characters. She id fast become more new favorite narrator.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    An extreme emotional reaction yes!!! I could not help but cry and the turmoil that that characters go through. AT time you just want to yell out loud at them.


    Any additional comments?

    Katy Evans is an amazing outher and i will be downloading every novel in the series without a doubt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    4/19/14
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    "Enjoyable listen"
    Would you listen to Real again? Why?

    Yes already on 2nd airing


    Any additional comments?

    Sound quality at first was very hissy but it did improve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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