Romance Books

Real by Katy Evans

Book description from goodreads.com:

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?

My rating:

4 stars

My review:

Real is an intense joyride from start to finish.  This book is about Brooke Dumas, a woman who graduated with a degree in sports medicine after a failed Olympic bid in track, and Remington Tate, an underground fighter who was a pro, but was kicked out of the circuit for his  bad behavior.

Real starts with Brooke’s best friend Melanie taking her to an underground fight.  There, she spots Remy in the ring, and all the ladies in the crowd are screaming his name and things they want to do to him sexually.  Remy spots Brooke and that’s it.  She feels it too.  As soon as the fight is over, she is leaving, and Remy jumps out of the ring and goes after her, and asks for her name.  He then googles her, finds out what she does and offers her a job as his personal sports medicine specialist.  She would have to go on the road with him, leave her friends, and Seattle, and be at his beck and call 24/7.

Remy’s coaches aren’t too excited about Brooke, because they can see how Remy feels about her.  Brooke is drawn to Remy like she’s never been drawn to anyone.  She has a physical want for him, but Remy keeps refuting her advances.  They finally come to blows, and she discovers why Remy is “broken”.  I won’t spoil it, because it was an interesting twist I didn’t see coming, but it puts everything into perspective.

There are some sub plots with another fighter named Scorpion that were both stupid and interesting.  I don’t know much about underground fighting, so I don’t know if its realistic or not.  The sex scenes in this book are steamy and intense.  I really liked Remy – he was genuinely vulnerable and open.  I also like Brooke – she was a confident heroine, who didn’t need to be constantly reminded of how beautiful she is.

Overall, this was a good book, and I will continue reading the series.

My recommendation:

Read it.

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