Ripped by Katy Evans

As far as rocker romance novels go, this is a pretty good one. I just have one little question. Who the hell are these people?

What’s it About?

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Pandora, the gothic friend of Brooke (Real, Mine, Remy) and Melanie, thought that getting her heart broken by her bad boy rocker ex could only happen once. But now, he’s back in town with the biggest concert of the year. Pandora hates him so much that she gets Melanie to come with her and play a prank on him at his gig. But when they are caught by security, and her ex himself is summoned, he decides not to press charges if she’ll follow certain conditions. Pandora likes none of his rules, or that he’s in charge of her, especially since they seem designed to make sure she’s in close contact with him again. But the closeness reignites the passion they once shared, and soon no matter how much she wants to hate him, it’s clear she’s still hung up on him. And worse: he knows it too.

First Impressions

I feel like the further we get into this series, the further away we get from how it all started. Did I like the characters? Yeah! Was it an interesting story line full of sex appeal? Sure! But I couldn’t help but feel like this novel in particular was really disconnected from the rest of the series. Pandora made a brief appearance in the last novel, and Kenna was her first love from adolescence. Not a whole lot of connection with the other characters in the series.

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Lack of Connection

Overall, this novel had a very interesting story line of rekindling a past romance, and making up for lost time. However, I did feel like this was where we saw the biggest disconnect from the previous 4 novels. In the first 3 books, Remy is a boxer in an underground fighting circuit. In book 4, Greyson came to be in control of that underground. And Kenna? He’s a rock star. The underground is barely referenced at all in this book, other than a brief mention that Remy sometimes listens to Kenna’s music before a fight.

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Lack of Struggle

In addition, I felt like this novel really lacked the sense of urgency and struggle that was present in the other books. Yes, there was some initial drama when our lead characters are first reunited after so many years, but once they sleep together everything is pretty copacetic from there on out. There is an interesting twist at the end which is introduced between Pandora and her mother. Unfortunately though, that story line never really comes to a full resolution.

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Series: Real, book 5. Can’t imagine who the focus of the sixth novel will be.

Should you read it? If this had been a complete stand-alone novel I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more. However, I was left feeling a bit confused as to how it related to the series as a whole, as well as where the series will go from here.

Smut Level: Ohhh my. To be locked in a closet with a rock star. Seven unbelievably delectable minutes in Heaven indeed.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $8.99 Kindle Price. Gallery Books. 337 Pages.

Rogue by Katy Evans

Melanie and Greyson meet in a rainstorm. They flirt, they get wet, and then they proceed to a hotel where they have sex until the sun rises the next day. Just goes to show the power of a good ole’ fashioned rainstorm.

What’s it About?

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Greyson King…My boyfriend. My friend. My protector. He’s the reason I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, and the reason I fall asleep limp, worn out, and aching for his warm arms around me. When we make love, he says my name like it means something. Like I mean something. He. Lied.

His name is Greyson King, but his alias is Zero. There’s zero trace of him, he has zero past, and now I know that with him, I will have zero future. He may leave no trace of him anywhere, but his imprint is in me, in my very soul–and I hate that a mere look at him commands the beat of my heart. The temperature of my body. I’ve looked for love my entire life. I’ve waited for the butterflies, the rainbows…

Instead I’m in a free fall of emotions and there’s no one to catch me but the one man I should be running away from. The one man I thought was my prince charming. Except this prince charming went rogue. Greyson will stop at nothing to make me be with him. He’ll let no one stand in our way, will allow no one to threaten me, and maybe this is what scares me most of all…What will my rogue do to keep me?

First Impressions

The first three books in this series dealt with the tumultuous relationship between good girl Brooke, and the devastatingly handsome fighter, Remington “Riptide” Tate. I’ll admit, it was almost jarring to suddenly be presented with a different couple as the main focus of the novel. Yes, they had interesting stories to tell, and were unique characters, but it took me a while to really open up to them.

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His and Her

The telling of the story from both characters’ points of view was probably the standout feature for me. We see how both characters are falling quickly in lust with each other, yet they are both hiding some dark secrets. Melanie owes a large debt of money to an underground crime organization after losing a bet on Remington’s last fight. Greyson is the debt collector, and his dying father expects him to use whatever means necessary to collect what is owed to them. Such a delightfully intriguing story. We know it’s only a matter of time before Melanie finds out the truth to Greyson’s identity, and the suspense is rather delicious.

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Don’t Gamble!

I really enjoyed the fact that Melanie’s debt is sort of what makes her and Greyson’s paths collide. That being said, the matter of the debt also annoyed me at times. At one point, a friend of Melanie’s offers to pay off her debt as the deadline to pay is quickly approaching, and he feels responsible for having encouraged her to bet on the fight in the first place. And Melanie refuses!

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Now, I know that Judge Judy would say that accepting large amounts of money from a friend is stupid, but when the alternative is to be kidnapped and possibly raped or murdered? Sometimes it’s ok to swallow your pride and just accept some help.

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Series: Real, book 4.

Should you read it? Definitely an interesting story, which technically ties into the previous novels. However, I felt like it could have been a spin-off series. Personally, I would have enjoyed more integration of the characters from the previous novels.

Smut Level: Ahh, l’amour. It’s all about building trust. They do this by having anal and bareback sex. Adorable.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $8.99 Kindle Price. Gallery Books. 321 Pages.