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4.5 Bloody Stars

Remington RiiiiipTideeeeee! Who wants him? Everyone. Absolutely everyone, including Brooke.
How about an excerpt for your reading enjoyment, if you're not sure what the book is about:

An indie phenomenon and New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller, the first in a heartwrenching New Adult series about a beautiful young sports rehab specialist who can't fight her attraction to a dangerously sexy underground fighter.
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?

Now, let's resume our Remy Riptide Tate and Brooke Dumas show, shall we?
First, let's know that Remy is hot. He is so hot that when Brooke met him and he chased her into the hallway this scene happens: 
"His lips curl and he meets my gaze. "Brooke Dumas" he just fucked my name right in front of me....." Brooke, he's just so hot. Everyone wants a picture of him. Even my insides are buzzing from the way he went after you and I'm not even the one he kissed. I've never seen a man go after a woman like that. Holy shit, it's like porn with romance."

Brooke, she is a "has-been." She was an Olympic hopeful sprinter that had the unfortunate event of blowing out her knee. Someone video'd it and was nice enough to put it up on Youtube for the whole world to see. It was her lowest of low. She picked up the pieces, literally, of her life, went to college and has now earned her degree in sport rehab.

This story is based around Remy and Brooke. Remy has hired Brooke to stretch him and be part of his team. He has also hired her because he likes her, wants her to be his, wants to claim her, but really doesn't have the emotional or verbal tools to know how to express himself to her. He shows her through music.

"Fighting is all he knows. It's all he's had that he can control in his life. Growing up, it was pure rejection for Rem. It's damn near impossible to get him to open up. Even with those who've been with him so long."

In Real, we learn about Remy's past, we get to know him just like Brooke gets to know him. We get to find out how primal, alpha-male, emotionally handicap Remy is while he tries to have his first relationship with a women. A relationship that isn't just sex. Don't worry, there is sex, and a ton of angst. I haven't had this much angst since the 8th grade. 

The book flows so well. You have the angst beginning, the hot-as-hell middle and the explosive end. I'm so glad that my friends encouraged me to read about Remy and Brooke. I feel like a part of me would be missing and I wouldn't even know it, which I believe is much worse to experience in life. Thank you Katy Evans for sharing you characters with the world.

The next 3 books: YES!! You can even pre-order:

MINE Oct 22, 2013
REMY Nov 25, 2013
RAW Dec 31, 2013
RIPPED March 18 2014

Now, the music. The music is vital to this book. Here is the playlist for Real:


Iris by Goo Goo Dolls 
I Love You by Avril Lavigne 
That's When I Knew by Alecia Keys

Others connected in the book:
Love Bites by Def Leppard
High On You by Survivor
Love Song by Sara Bareilles
In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
Come Away With Me by Nora Jones
All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You by Heart
Anyway You Want It by Journey
I Love You Like A Love Song by Selena Gomez
My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelly Clarkson
Flaws and All by Beyonce
The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes

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