Aug 9, 2013

Review: Real by Katy Evans

Title: Real
Author: Katy Evans
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 4.8.2013
Pages: 266
Genre: New Adult
Series: Real #1
Source: Purchased ebook

Rating: B

Summary (from Goodreads):
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?

I first found out about this book (OK, about Remy) from the NA Crush Tourney. I was stunned to see someone had beaten Cam—my Cam!—and my curiosity was piqued. Who was this Katy Evans with the hot guy that came out of nowhere to beat someone I was a sure shoe-in to win. One Barnes & Noble download and five hours later and I totally got it.

I have to admit that when I initially started this, I was sure I had Remy and Brooke figured out from the beginning. I hate to say, but Real comes across like a lot of other New Adult titles saturating the market—seemingly obscure girl somehow attracts the attentions of the hot guy who is nursing some serious anger issues. It sounds like every other new adult book I’ve read recently—and not in a good way.

But Evans takes that to the next level.

Brooke, our narrator, was unfortunately my least favorite of the bunch, but what makes up for her sometimes grating and judgmental ways is Remy. Yes, Remy has some issues, but the moment I knew he was different than all those other book boys that have burned me was when he actually backed down from a fight. I literally sat up and took notice. There may have been some eyebrow raising, too. And this was just the beginning.

Evans continually surprised me throughout the story. She takes so many stereotypes I’ve unfortunately developed with new adult books and slams through them with dizzying force. I can’t wait to read her next book.


  1. I don't mind the NA formula (because, seriously, that's what it's become. If I see NA as a label, I know exactly what it's going to entail.) but it's cool that this one is taken to another level. Remy sounds like someone who would definitely kill in the Crush Tourney!!

    1. I think you're right - NA has just become formulaic, so I generally know what to expect when I go in. But sometimes, you get a great surprise. This was a great surprise. ;)


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