16 December 2014

Blog Tour Review - Ripped (Real #5) By: Katy Evans

Title: Ripped (Real #5)
Author: Katy Evans
Publisher: Gallery Books, 288 Pages (December 9th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: The fifth book in the New York Times new adult series that began with Real. When an angry, heartbroken girl is forced to be near her rocker ex-boyfriend, only time will tell if the fire between them will consume them both.

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.

Review: 4.5 Stars - Ripped, the fifth book in author Katy Evans Real series follows Pandora, Brooke and Melanie’s friend who we’ve met in the previous books. She’s a closed off character who keeps her feelings nonexistent from a past heartbreak(s) she believe she knows the truth of, yet Evans proves to her characters and readers that what you think you know just might not be correct.

For me Pandora’s been a mystery. She has her few close friends but even they don’t know what’s caused her to be so closed off as she is. They know only small pieces about her past, who she is and what makes her tick. They know she’s sworn off men because of an allusive ex that we’ve only had really hints about.

And what an ex he is! When Pandora gets a chance to take out her anger on the ex she hates with a fiery passion she takes it and ends up in more trouble than she expected. Kenna’s a bad boy rock star with his own past and issues and when Pandora comes smashing (read the book and you’ll understand why I chose that specific word) back into his life he’s beyond angry as he tries to weed through his emotions that have left him over the years.

The thing I loved about these two characters is that they both believe they know what happened years ago. Each has their own secrets they are keeping and it’s their hearts and souls that are hurting because of the issues they’ve failed to talk about and work through.

They have to deal with the past if either will ever have a chance at a future. And boy, does Evans write a whirlwind of a story for these two!

Another thing I loved is that… there’s a thing that happens in the middle of the book that you find out has so much more meaning at almost the end. It gave me a chance to see things so much differently and made me appreciate the characters more and see them in a different light.

Now, while I did love the book… as I have loved each of the books in this amazing series by an amazing author… there’s one thing that kept me from giving it a five star rating. There’s a much larger issue in the book that I didn’t see coming. There were hints to it but I didn’t see it coming. And when this thing came out it wasn’t talked about much. It was short and quick and while it was mentioned I didn’t feel like there was much closure to it.

The epilogue touches on it again yet I feel like its left open. I have no idea if Evans has plans for more for these two, but I know I’d love it!

In the end I’ve loved these books and I hope Evans has more up her sleeve because I don’t want to say goodbye to her characters from the “Real” family anytime soon! If you are looking for Alpha men, look no further. I highly recommend these books, this series and this author. Happy reading!

About the Author: 

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