The fifth story in the new adult series that began with the New York Times bestseller REAL.
New Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: December 9, 2014
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.
* A review copy was provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley for the Blog Tour *
~~ 3.5 Stars ~~
Ripped is the 5th book in Katy Evans Real Series. This is the story of Pandora and Mackenna. I have to be honest and say that this one wasn’t my favorite of this series. This story is one of a second chance love story. There is one thing that Katy definitely knows how to deliver and that is the steam factor. Like the other books in this series, this book is not lacking when it comes to chemistry between Pandora and Mackenna. I also enjoyed that this story was written in dual POV. I think it was important to get both sides of the story and know what Mackenna was thinking too. One thing I did have a problem with was that there was a lot of in your head dialogue. I would’ve liked more communication between the characters. Pandora and Mackenna’s past is pretty much revealed by rehashing it all in Pandora’s head. I would’ve rather had it told to us in the past and then fast forward to the present day and carry on with their story. What I really thought was great with this series is that you could see how much Katy’s writing had improved over the books.
In this story we read about Pandora and Mackenna, who were high school sweethearts that had to keep their relationship a secret due to some circumstances with their parents, but now years later are reunited and it isn’t the happy reunion most would think is coming.
We met Pandora in the earlier books in this series, but really got to see her in Rogue (Book 4). I loved her character in Rogue, but I have to say I think she was different in this book. Yes she was surly and grumpy in Rogue but she was also really funny, in this book she seemed to lose that humor side of her and was just really grumpy. In this book she seemed to make excuses for her behavior and blames her mom for a lot of her problems. Yes her mom was not a great mom, to say the least, but I thought Pandora would’ve been a little stronger than that. I was glad to see by the end of the book, she took control of her life and went after what she wanted. I think the biggest problem with this story for me was, that I had a hard time believing their connection. They spend the majority of this book fighting and throwing insults at each other, that when it comes time to join together, I found it hard to believe. I would’ve liked for their past and truths to come out sooner, so that we could’ve seen them be together longer and how they worked out a secret that came out in the end of the book. I thought that part of the story could’ve been expanded on. From reading the blurb for this book, I was expecting Mackenna to be a little more swoon worthy but he really wasn’t compared to Remy and Greyson. He did improve as the story was told but I guess I expected him to be more tender and fight more for Pandora’s affections. I know this probably doesn’t make a lot of sense, you’ll just have to read the book to see what I mean.
I know this sounds like I didn’t like this book, but don’t get me wrong, I did really enjoy this book and I am really glad I read it. It’s just that my heart was more invested with Greyson and Remy. I truly believe this story was meant to be told and I am glad it was.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the Real Series.
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…