Happy Hump Day, lol. ;D I'm SO stoked to host a stop on the Ripped Blog Tour organized by AToMR Promotions!! Click here to follow along with the full tour schedule.
The fifth story in the new adult series that began with the New York Times bestseller REAL.
Series: The REAL Series #5
Author: Katy Evans
Publication date: December 9th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Source: Copy for review
Every woman wants me - except the one I sing for.
Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.
But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.
So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?
Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.
When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I'm a god - but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.
Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her - Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.
Let her come at me. Because I'm out for her heart and, this time, there's no way she can stop me.
When I found out I was approved for a copy of Ripped to review, I jumped up and down from sheer excitement. This book couldn't come out soon enough with that cover! That synopsis! And you know what? Katy Evans delivered!
Ripped is an apt title for this novel - that's exactly how I felt while reading, as though I was ripped in half. I felt Pandora's pain intensely with the hopes and dreams she had for a future with Kenna that never happened. I desperately wanted the walls she had built up to come tumbling down.
I loved how Ripped began with a prank by Pandora and her friend - it drew me into the story quickly and made me laugh. It was the perfect way to begin Pandora and Kenna's story, especially with the complicated history they share, because a lot of emotional heaviness came my way not long afterward.
This wasn't a bad thing at all - they had a secret and super hot relationship that ended badly. There was bound to be a lot of hurt and pain left over. Their lives at home as teens weren't filled with happy memories, and they were like life preservers for each other back in those days. I wanted them to become life preservers for each other again.
When they come back into each other's lives, things quickly heat up. You could light up the entire state of California with the electricity between them - it's as though time has stood still and the last six years never happened. I'm pretty sure I spent much of the book blushing, hoping no one would notice!
I haven't read the first four books in this series, but this story was easy to follow and can read as a standalone. I do want to read the other books in the series to get to know Pandora's friends better as their stories are told before hers. Ripped was a humorous, emotional, and sexy read that I didn't want to end.
Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now 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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