Blog Tour & Giveaway: MINE: Katy Evans

MINE (Real #2)
Author: Katy Evans
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“I will do anything to make her MINE.” —Remington Tate

In the international bestseller REAL, the unstoppable bad boy of the Underground fighting circuit finally met his match. Hired to keep him in prime condition, Brooke Dumas unleashed a primal desire in Remington “Remy” Tate as vital as the air he breathes . . . and now he can’t live without her.

Brooke never imagined she would end up with the man who is every woman’s dream, but not all dreams end happily ever after, and just when they need each other the most, Brooke is torn away from the ringside. Now with distance and darkness between them, the only thing left is to fight for the love of the man she calls MINE.
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?
Upcoming Books in this series:

REMY(book 3)
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(expected November 26, 2013)

Underground fighter Remington Tate is a mystery, even to himself. His mind is dark and light, complex and enlightening. At times his actions and moods are carefully measured, and at others, they spin out of control.

Through it all, there's been one constant: wanting, needing, loving, and protecting Brooke Dumas. This is his story; from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew, without a doubt, she would be the realest thing he's ever had to fight for.

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(expected April 26, 2014)
Pandora, the gothic friend of Brooke (RealMineRemy) and Melanie (Raw), thought that getting her heart broken by her bad boy rocker ex could only happen once. But now, he’s back in town with the biggest concert of the year. Pandora hates him so much that she gets Melanie to come with her and play a prank on him at his gig. But when they are caught by security, and her ex himself is summoned, he decides not to press charges if she’ll follow certain conditions. Pandora likes none of his rules, or that he’s in charge of her, especially since they seem designed to make sure she’s in close contact with him again. But the closeness reignites the passion they once shared, and soon no matter how much she wants to hate him, it’s clear she’s still hung up on him. And worse: he knows it too.

(expected September 16, 2014)

The fifth story in the new adult series that began with the New York Times bestseller Real, featuring the unexpected passion of Brooke’s vivacious best friend with a sexy, dangerous stranger she can’t resist.

Kim and I have decided to write this as a combined review since we pretty much carry the same exact thoughts. MINE had us PMing at midnight the other night in excitement. We frantically discussed the moments where we sighed, screamed, along with the ones that caused our mouths to fall open. We'll admit now to wanting to smack a few people and shake sense into others.

Remy, hands down, earned five HUGE RIPTIDE STARS from both of us!!

"It doesn't hurt. You. Crying in my f****** arms. Because I f****** hurt you. That hurts. You...not touching me. Not looking at me like you do, with those sweet little happy eyes. Hurts. I'm hurting like a motherf***** and not one piece of me hurts on the outside like it does where you make it hurt."

I know for myself I was hooked from the opening page, and around the 10-15% mark, I started to curse Katy. I just knew she was going to wreck me. And damn, she seriously didn't waste any time. My heart sat heavy in my stomach. Between Remy's oppressive issues of mental illness and Brooke's bad decisions from REAL, we pick up right where they left off dealing with the impact and toll it has taken on one of our favorite couples, along with the rest of the crew. All I could think, was oh no, Katy, please don't go there. Well, Katy went there. She had my pulse pumping, my breath catching, and tears starting to form behind the eyes. My heart was breaking for both Brooke and Remy, especially for Rem. Then again around the 80-85% point, Katy managed to not just wreck me, she freaking shattered me. Big fat baby tears kind of shattered. I HAD to vent and share my feelings with someone. I told Kim to move it up her reading list now! I needed to discuss all that was going on and my girl started it and finished it by midnight.

Oh, Remy, sigh, you seriously rocked our worlds once again. This time around there was so much more crippled darkness exuding from our hero, so much so, we were left in complete tatters on a quite a few occasions. Prepare yourselves people, Remy is without a doubt a hell of a lot more raw, and totally laid bare for the world to see. Katy hung all of Remy's demons out there, she poured her heart and soul into this character and never once pulled back. In MINE you'll find he is even more driven and determined, if that is possible, only this time around his focus is set on Brooke along with winning the underground championship. Remington will rip at your heart; your emotions will feel as though they are being pulled by strings. He is hotter than ever, a hell of a lot more possessive, and if you thought he was sexy in REAL then you haven't seen anything yet; he is OFF THE CHARTS DELICIOUS AND UNDENIABLY HOT in MINE. Holy freaking hell, this man will set your body and mind on fire.

"We're the object of each other's hurt and each other's solace."

Brooke has made a commitment to follow Remy and be with him, but we'll soon find out she has some MAJOR issues with insecurity and jealousy. Nevertheless, Brooke is one of the few people that truly "gets" Remy and accepts all that he is. Brooke said it best when she said, "loving him is the most exhilarating roller coaster I've ever ridden in my life." Although, she is dealing with her own irrational issues and doing her best to hold everything together, Brooke is his staunch advocate. Whether Remy is "blue" or "black," she pulls her crap together to stand tall and strong along side him (well most times, anyways). This is the point where we stop and tell you it wasn't all sunshine and roses, there were times that she got on our nerves a bit, but overall we both agree that she's the perfect compliment to Remy.

MINE is told from Brooke's point of view and in this case, she's probably the most reliable narrator. Remy's not always a good historian, especially when he's in the "Black." And although, we would have liked to get inside his head in this one, we felt that he was vocal enough through his actions, words, and reactions. His emotions, even when he isn't actually saying anything are primal, gritty, and present loud and clear. Remy's character screams dominating yet vulnerable alpha male who would move heaven and earth for his soul mate. And in our opinion, some of the tension and mystery came from not knowing exactly what was going on in his mind.

"You, are going to love me until I die. I'm going to make you love me even if it hurts, and when it hurts, I'm going to make it better, Brooke. You're going to f***** love me if it kills us."
Remy and Brooke's absolute need for each other is all consuming and insanely intense. They're all about saving one another. Each of them has their own demons to fight and the other holds the key to redemption. The chemistry between them is the epitome of penetrating and extreme, they literally can barely breathe without the other(hell their love and need left both of us breathless). Both hero and heroine are possessive and have marked the other on a deep level, a level most never have the chance of actually experiencing. This level of dependency rocks their foundation, combine this with negative outside influences and you have a recipe for complications. This in turn tests everything that defines them. Remy and Brooke are faced with layer upon layer of obstacles to overcome. Together can they find the inner strength to master these tests and grow as a couple?

"You're blinded because you're mine." "No, I see you because I'm yours."

Remy is one of our favorite book boyfriends for many reason, but mainly because of his intensity, his fierce protectiveness and need, and his loving spirit. He is strong yet vulnerable at the same time. Remy struggles every day with his brokenness, however with every word across the page, his character shows progression to becoming whole. The change within him just sucks you right in and holds you captivated until the very last page.

This book has it all. It is raw, real, powerful, suspenseful, passionate, and literally gut punching. There were action-packed fight scenes, steamy sex scenes, tension, and strong emotions. It showed how two broken people could form a tight bond that could withstand almost anything.

Katy's writing once again is phenomenal as well as powerful, it's written from deep within, and she manages to do the impossible which is to make us love Remy and Brooke not just all over again, but even more. We cannot wait to get Remy's point of view in REMY due out November 26th.

Thank you to Gallery Publishing, NetGalley and Katy Evans for the opportunity to read and review an ARC copy of Mine in exchange for my honest opinion. Quotes are from ARC and are subject to change.
It had been a while since I read Real (with quite a few books in between), so before started Mine I flipped back and re-read the last quarter or so, just to refresh my memory. Had I skipped that step, I probably would have been ok starting right in on Mine, but there is so much backstory built in Real that Mine really doesn't stand alone very well. It could, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Brooke and Remy pick up right where they were at the end of Real. Training for the upcoming fight season is under way, and everyone on Remy's team is determined to help him reach and win the championship. Brooke is still balancing her work as Remy's physical therapist and his girlfriend, which also includes being his emotional anchor, a role she picks up and makes her mission. I cannot imagine living a man that volatile, but Brooke looks past his reactions and sees his motivation and insecurities underneath those reactions.

When Scorpion comes back into the picture again, I was constantly waiting to see what his next move would be, and how Remy and Brooke would react to it. In fact, the whole time I was reading I felt like I was on a roller coaster. One minute I'd be feeling all warm and cozy about where Brooke and Remy were, and then the next I would be in a completely different mind-space - either mad as heck or heartbroken. It truly felt like a yoyo for a while there.

As much as I loved most of the book, there were a couple things that bothered me. Remy's habit of licking Brooke to calm himself down grossed me out, though after the first couple times I noticed it in Mine, I either didn't notice it or skipped over it. Remy also has a habit of using his size and strength to either make Brooke do what he wants or hold her in place until she changes her mind, depending on the situation. 

Mine is full of emotional ups, downs, and vividly choreographed fight scenes. Brooke and Remy are tested by their own hang-ups and actions, and those issues beyond either of their control. It has everything one would expect in a fight season following what happened in Real, plus a whole lot more real life thrown in - both the good and the bad.

Thank you to Gallery Publishing, NetGalley and Katy Evans for the opportunity to read and review an ARC copy of Mine in exchange for my honest opinion.

Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!

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