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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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    Delta108 Wisconsin 12-30-14
    Delta108 Wisconsin 12-30-14 Member Since 2014

    Like a good romance book. I also like any good writing whether it is fiction, classic, etc,

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    "Great Book To Read"
    Would you listen to Real again? Why?

    I love this book. I would definitely take the entire series and listen to it again. The narrator, Charlotte Perifield, does an excellent job in reading the book and keeping my attention throughout the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Brooke. Her sincerity towards Remy is real. She has a big heart and is willing to deal with a partner who has a mental illness. She wants to follow a healthy diet and exercise program for Remy's bi-polar disorder, but the depression is so low chemical help is needed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Brooke broke her word and left. Remy after the fight. He was unable to speak due to just coming out of a coma and tubes were still down his throat. Brooke felt she could not watch the man she loved, intentionally injure himself for Brooke, or Nora, or Remy. She asked Remy to stop doing that. But Brooke also promised that nothing would separate her and Remy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Alcorn aussum1216 10-23-14
    Tammy Alcorn aussum1216 10-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Can't stand the way she made her out to be!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not!!! I can't stand The way she makes her out to be. No I would not recommend this book to anyone at all


    What could Katy Evans have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not made her out to be such a freaking horn dog and not trying to have sex with him why he's drunk and passed out.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The way she read the Book was no excitement she was very dole and she was very bland and she didn't read read it Good at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-08-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Very good start to the series :D"

    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked both Brooke and Remy and liked their story. This is the first book I've read by this author and based off this, I'll probably be trying more of her work in the future.

    Brooke use to be a track star with a chance at the Olympics. She had an unfortunate accident where she tore her ACL and it ruined her chances of staying in her sport. Brooke went to college and just graduated with a degree in physical therapy and is now looking for a job in her field. She hasn't had the time or inclination to date.

    Remy is a good guy but he has mental issues that can cause behavior issues that makes his life difficult. He used to be a professional fighter but got thrown out due to mis-conduct (because of his mental issues). He now has a good career in the underground fighting and is trying hard to keep his life on an even keel.

    Brooke lets her BFF (who is a big fan of Remy's) convince her to go to an underground fight with her. They get there and things are pretty normal until Remy comes out for his first fight. Remy takes the ring and when he sees Brooke he can't stop looking at her and they exchange a very hot exchange before the fight. Remy wins his first fight and as he's beginning his second fight, Brooke decides to leave her seat (just for a bathroom rum) and before she's even partway down the aisle, Remy has knocked out his opponent and jumped out of the ring to chase her down. They end up exchanging names (and Brooke's BFF throws out her phone #) and after a hot kiss, they go their separate ways. Brooke is hoping that Remy will contact her and so is surprised when she instead is sent tickets for her to use to go to his next fight. Brooke goes and since she hasn't been able to forget about Remy since she saw him last, she fully intends to have a one nighter with Remy. Brooke goes to the fight and when she sees Remy, the attraction is just as strong. She thinks it's on both sides but soon becomes confused when she finds out Remy isn't offering her a night in his bed but instead is offering her a job as his personal physical therapist for the next 3 months. Brooke is rather frustrated since she's really attracted to Remy but she really needs a job and a job with Remy would help her career greatly so she accepts.

    Brooke and Remy start traveling and working together and things go well...outside of some major sexual frustration on Brooke's part. Since a good portion of her job includes touching a rubbing Remy's body, Brooke ends up rather frustrated and it isn't helped by the fact that as things progress, it appears that Remy still is attracted to Brooke. Regardless of the possible mutual feelings of attraction, Remy isn't willing to allow their relationship to include sex (at least in the beginning). Eventually they start kissing and even more, but Remy wont let it go all the way. During this time, Brooke's feelings are being fully engaged by Remy (as they talk together and do sweet things like exchange Ipod songs and such) and she realizes she's falling for Remy. She's also concerned about him though because the longer she's around him, the more she realizes that Remy has issues he's not sharing with her (his mental issues). Eventually Brooke pushes things and Remy admits that he wants her but not just for a night, he wants her completely. He tells her that the reason he wont have sex with her is because he wants her to know they're "REAL". Remy convinced himself that he needed to let Brooke know the true him before he claims her and because once she's claimed by him, he won't ever let her go. There's some ups and downs during this time but Brooke and Remy's feelings only grow stronger and eventually they do end up having sex and their relationship gets very serious. Unfortunately, some issues interfere with things and drama ensues. Remy does something that Brooke reacts badly to and ends up leaving Remy because of it (I can understand what she thought it was and why she left but I still felt it was wrong). Things look bad for a bit but Remy and Brooke are reunited and, after they talk some things out, they get back together and start their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Remy and Brooke. Remy had his issues but I really liked him and considering his issues, I thought he did very well for himself. I liked Brooke overall but she made some stupid decisions that made it difficult at time. I realize that most of the mistakes she made were due to ignorance but there were a few things she did that were just stupid (but maybe not quite to the TSTL point). I liked how things ended in this story..it does leave it open for more of Remy and Brooke's story but it's not really what I'd call a cliffhanger. I may decide to read the next book in the series in the future. I'd recommend this story. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luvthatbook 02-18-14
    Luvthatbook 02-18-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Horrible writing, horrible narration"

    Was there an editor for this book? If there was, fire him or her. No qualified editor would have let this horribly written book get out to the public. The writing makes no sense, words are used incorrectly and sentences run on and on. The narration is no better. Characters all sound the same so you don't know who's talking and the book is read in a sloooooow breathy whisper. Deleting from my library.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-10-14
    Carrie Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-10-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Did I miss something?"
    What disappointed you about Real?

    Where do I start? I was extremely disappointed with all the characters; I didn't find any of them even the least bit compelling. The main female character (I just finished listening to this book two days ago, and I already can't recall her name) seemed like she could have been interesting if there had been any time devoted to fleshing out her back story, other than just reminding the reader over and over that her Olympic dreams had been crushed by an injury. I found Remy just ridiculous, especially after the big "reveal" that was supposed to explain and excuse his behaviour. Actually, there was no time spent developing any of the characters in this book. They all seemed extremely one dimensional to me, and I honestly didn't care what happened to any of them. And I won't even start on the pathetically weak side story of the main character's sister.

    I found myself often literally rolling my eyes while listening to this book. And I do mean literally, unlike when the author wrote that the character "literally" had a ball of fire in her throat! Not only is that poor writing, it's also lazy editing. I also found the author's frequent use of the word "tummy" strange and distracting. In the middle of a passage describing how the character is "instantly soaking through [her] panties" and using such fairly raunchy language as "pussy" and "cock" she'll suddenly reference a feeling in her "tummy". This my seem trivial, but to me it sounded very juvenile and off-putting. I'm not a prude and it was not the more adult language that bothered me, it was the incongruity that bothered me. This is just one example of how the writing pulled me out of the story and had me thinking more about the writing instead of what had been written.

    I forced myself to listen to the end, thinking that it must get better as it was so highly rated, but I was sadly mistaken. I have listened to hundreds of Audio books, and I certainly don't mind a bit of romantic escapism now and then, but this is the first time I will be taking advantage of Audible's return policy.

    SPOILERS:
    I am an RN and worked on a psychiatric unit for many years. My favourite patients to work with were actually bipolar patients in the manic phase. I had no idea when I downloaded this book that there was any link to bipolar disorder, and I was (again) extremely disappointed to discover that the author had chosen to base a huge amount of the book on this disorder, with what appeared to be little to no research done on this interesting diagnosis. Eyes changing colour during different phases of the illness due to different gene expressions?? Please. And Remy only very loosely resembled any manic patient I have ever worked with. If anyone is interested in a much more accurate depiction of an unmedicated person with bipolar disorder in a manic phase, please watch Brad Pitt's portrayal of Jeffrey Goines in 12 Monkeys. I am a huge advocate for mental health and for de-stigmatizing these conditions, but I don't think trivializing the extreme consequences this disorder can have when left unmedicated is doing anyone any favours. Proper diet and exercise will certainly help, but only so much. Of course, there is much more that I could say on this subject, but this isn't really the place. Again, for anyone interested in this subject, I beg you to do some research on your own. And preferably more than the two minute internet search that the main character did on the condition that the love of her life will be dealing with for the rest of his life!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think I need a well written book with a strong female character to cleanse my palate. Perhaps something entirely different altogether, like the fabulous Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Or anything from one of my all-time favourite series, the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't think the narrator necessarily detracted from the book, but I don't think she really brought anything to it either. Adequate would be the highest praise I could give.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 01-13-14
    Mike 01-13-14

    40 something devoted wife , Mother and grandmother . Live in Alabama ROLL TIDE Addicted to Audible favorite narrator Natalie Ross,Sab York

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    "Sex ,violence, and love"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because it was all consuming


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Real?

    The revelation of why the fight with Scorpion happened the way it did


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Yes I do it was ok but kind of robotic


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he finally made Love to her


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    NATALIE Walnut Creek, CA 01-10-14
    NATALIE Walnut Creek, CA 01-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Overall Entertaining"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    YES! The main character, Brooke Dumas' inner monologue. Overall, I liked the story and the other characters but i kept feeling trapped in Brooke's inner monologue (and wishing she would shut up and/or be less annoying).


    If you’ve listened to books by Katy Evans before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    What three words best describe Charlotte Penfield’s voice?

    Nice but not dynamic enough (i.e. specifically when distinguishing the characters)


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The story was entertaining and the writing pretty good (just a little overshadowed by the main characters mental rants).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    The Elf in the Kitchen Madison, MS USA 01-07-14
    The Elf in the Kitchen Madison, MS USA 01-07-14 Member Since 2012

    passionate reader and vegan

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    "GET 'REAL'--Like REALLY"

    If I could give this audio book 10 stars, I would. I had read it and liked it ok BUT when I HEARD it, the whole story came to life in a big way. Charlotte Penfield was amazing as Brooke Dumas but also did everyone else justice. Remington Tate, badass fighter, has got to be one of my MOST favorite book boyfriends EVAH!! I have now listened to all three in the series two times and will keep it handy when I need a Remy fix (which is gonna be fairly often). This book also deals with Remy's issues in a sensitive and meaningful way. Don't want to go into detail as it would be a spoiler, of sorts. If you have any doubts about this book....don't. It's the beginning of a wonderful and wondrous love story and we can all use that kind of warmth. I am going to say the same thing about each of these books, so if this looks familiar in the reviews of MINE and REMY...that's the reason.

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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 12-08-13
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "INCREDIBLE & YES, 'REAL'"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Real to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version, however, I am always up for the audio version of a book with an incredible narrator vs. the narrator in my head when I am reading. This book was so very different from other sensual, sexual & dramatic romances I've had the privilege to listen to over the years. This one was truly "REAL". Katy Evans wrote such that I could feel Remington's anguish, torment especially during his manic phases and Brooke's naiveté regarding bi-polarism and her desperation to protect and "do something" for this man.


    What other book might you compare Real to and why?

    There's nothing I have read that compares to this book. My emotions were all over the map when listening to REAL but most especially during the tumultuous times of sorrow, anguish, heartbreak, heroism and regret.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were virtually no scenes in this book that made me giddy or happy, but a few that made me sigh with relief or gasp and hold my breath. I guess I would have to say that there were no favorite scenes as I equate favorite with pleasurable, but would have to say instead that the scene that was most memorable and gripping was (without any spoilers) Remi's last fight with Scorpion.


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

    Yes, but very difficult.


    Any additional comments?

    There are two more books in this series, but due to the extreme emotions this one pulled from me I'll have to wait awhile and listen to something light in between.Thank you Ms. Evans for this book. I realize this was only a glimpse into what one experiences when bi-polar and not on meds, but your portrayal gives me a hint that you either did your research and/or you have a close relationship with or an intense interest in this disease.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer maple shade, NJ, United States 12-01-13
    jennifer maple shade, NJ, United States 12-01-13
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    "HEART STILL POUNDING FROM THIS BOOK!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    IF YOU DONT READ THIS BOOK IT WOULD BE YOUR LOSS!! THIS AUTHOR KEEPS IT TO REAL LIFE. THE ALPHA MALE REMY MEETS THE STRONG INDEPENTANT WOMAN BROOKE.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Real?

    THERE ARE MANY MEMORABLE MOMENTS THROUGH OUT THIS BOOK. BROOKE AND HER FRIEND ARE WATCHING AN UNDERGROUND FIGHT. REMY "RIPETIDE" TATE STEP INTO THE RING EVERY WOMEN IN THE PLACE IS SCREAMING FOR HIM. HE CIRCLE AROUND SMILING AT HIS FANS, UNTIL HE NOTICES HER, HE IS STARING AT HER. THEN HE WINKS AT HER AND THE FIGHT STARTS....HIS IS FACE ANOTHER FIGHTER, HE LOOKS FOR HER, SHE IS LEAVING, BELL RING AND HE KNOCK THE GUY OUT, JUMPS OUT OF THE RING AND CHASES HER.....


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

    I DID LISTEN TO IT IN ALL ONE SITTING AND EVEN STARTED "MINE" THAT SAME NIGHT, I DIDNT WANT TO PUT EITHER DOWN, BUT A GIRLS HAS TO SLEEP SOME BEFORE WORK..LOL..


    Any additional comments?

    THIS BOOK MADE ME LAUGH, CRY AND FALL IN LOVE WITH REMY AND BROOKE...THE NEXT BOOK "MINE" CONTINUE RIGHT WHERE THIS LEFT OFF...HOT HOT HOT!! DONT MISS OUT ON THESE BOOKS!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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