Blog Tour & Giveaway: Remy: Katy Evans

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.

REAL (book 1)
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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?

MINE (Real #2)
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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.

Upcoming Books in this series:

RIPPED (book 4): Goodreads/Pre-order Amazon/B&N/ibooks 
(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.

RAW (book5): Goodreads/Pre-order Amazon/Barnes and Noble/iBooks
(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.
The Seattle crowd is wild tonight. Backstage, the noise reverberates between the walls, bounces off the metal lockers in the room where I prepare with some of the other fighters. I watch Coach bandage the fingers of one hand, and all I can think of is how Brooke Dumas is out there among the spectators, sitting in one of the seats I bought for her.
I’m so jacked up I feel like I’m plugged into a fucking electrical outlet. Blood pumps heady through my veins. My muscles are loose and warm and ready to contract and strike anything in my path. I’m ready to put on a fucking show and there’s one girl, one lovely girl, that’s got me tied up in knots, that I want to see me fight.
I hand Coach my other hand and stare at my bare knuckles as he shoots off the same instructions he always says.
My guard . . . patience . . . balance . . .
I zone out, letting his words slip through me and into my subconscious, where they belong. Right before a fight, I find a calm. I can hear all the noise but listen to nothing. A clarity comes with fighting. Every detail sharpening in your mind.
This sharpness and awareness makes me lift my head to the doorway. She stands there like out of some childhood dream, looking at nobody but me.
She wears a pair of white jeans and a pink top that makes her skin look even tanner than it is and so damn lickable my tongue hurts inside my mouth. Neither of us so much as twitches as we stare.
Hammer steps into my peripherals, and when I see him head straight for her, my anger ignites.
With deadly calm, I grab the tape from Coach and throw it aside as I stalk over to her. Then, I position myself directly behind her and to her right, taking my spot in a way that lets the dipshit Hammer know I was born to be here. Beside, behind, and by her.
“Just walk off,” I warn him, my voice low but lethal.
He doesn’t seem inclined to listen, instead narrows his eyes in contest. “She yours?” he asks with narrowed eyes.
Nodding, I narrow my eyes and let my gaze burn into him. “I can guarantee you, she’s not yours.”
The asshole leaves, and I notice Brooke doesn’t move for a long second, as if she doesn’t want to step away from me in the same way I don’t want her to go anywhere. Holy god, she smells good.
I drag her scent to my lungs like a junkie, and suddenly every inch of my body wants to cup her hips and draw her into me so I can scent her more. She turns her head to mine and softly murmurs, “Thank you,” but quickly leaves. I duck my head and haul in as much as I can before she walks away.
I remain standing there, feeling dizzy, my shorts ridiculously tented.
“Riptide! Hammer! You’re up next!”
Exhaling as I hear my name, I glance narrowly at Hammer across the room, who seems amused as fuck that I am clearly in deep shit with this girl.
He’s in even deeper shit with me.
“Remington . . . are you listening to me?”
I whip around to Coach, who’s fixing that last bandage he couldn’t secure. I keep glaring at Hammer as Riley extends my satin robe, and as I ram my arms into the sleeves, I decide Hammer better be prepared to vacation in a coma for a while.
“I said don’t let that bastard get to your head.” Coach knocks his knuckles to my temples. “And that girl neither.”
“That girl’s been in his head since the first fight here,” Riley tells him with a smirk. “Hell, he wants to carry that girl around with him like an accessory on tour. Pete is drafting the contract as we speak.”
Coach pokes a finger into my chest and I feel it almost bending. “I don’t give a shit what you’re planning to do tonight with the girl. You keep your head in the fight going on right now. You got that?”
I don’t answer, but obviously I get it. I don’t need to be told these things. Half a fight is in your head. But Coach likes feeling useful, so I just roll with it and trot out. I’ve fought all my life to stay sane. To keep focused, driven, and centered. But tonight, I fight to show one woman my worth.

Remington "Riptide" Tate...one of our ultimate favorite bad boys. He’s had us from the very beginning, and three books later, he still manages to make our hearts skip a beat, not to mention leaving us breathless from the inner workings of his intricate mind. In REMY, Katy first gives us a glimpse of the future, then she takes us back to where it all began, from that point on we are in for a treat as Remy bounces back and forth with his version of the past and present, reminiscing through the ups and downs of REAL and MINE. Finally, we are in Remy's head!

It is no secret that we are big fans of Remy. Not just the over-the-top cocky fighter, but also the more vulnerable, damaged man that desperately needs love and acceptance. His point of view allows us the opportunity to dig deeper, not only feeling but also experiencing the full force of his reactions, his longing, and his intense need. We see how hard it was for him to deny the burning chemistry between the two of them. Although, his natural instinct is to possess her; Remy wanted Brooke to know the man behind the big name, the REAL underneath the rough and tough exterior he presented to the world. Only then would he act on the sexual tension and desire they were both begging for. With Remy’s inner thoughts laid bare in front of us, we get the chance to unravel the many layers of those major moments in their relationship. In our opinion, having access to his inner sanctuary added more depth and character to their connection, especially since we also get to explore Remy when he is black; this is where we really learn how much Brooke anchors him. It was quite intriguing as well as captivating to experience Remy during his speedy moments; there is so much more to this man than you would guess from just Brooke’s point of view.

It was wicked fascinating to experience first-hand the level of depth Remy feels for Brooke, his ultimate need for her, and his animalistic instinct to protect her, blend this with his worst fears and you’ll quickly realize that Brooke has the potential to completely and utterly destroy him; this type of vulnerability just made us love Remy even more. It seriously mended and broke our hearts to see his internal battles, feel his shame, his pain, and his hope. Remy is such a deep, complicated, broken character and their story is so extreme, passionate, and raw. Even though he is sometimes a man of few words, his actions speak volumes. And then there are the times when he does speak, the passion and need just echo with the unexpressed words coming from within him. Every moment of this book allows you a true understanding of how all-consuming everything is between them; Remy’s intensity for Brooke made us both want to combust.

We see Brooke exactly the way Remy sees her (beautiful, strong, feisty, sexy, and how perfect he believes her to be), instead of through her own insecure views. When everything is broken down to the raw basics, Brooke really is the perfect half for him. And Rem leaves you with no doubt that when he claims her as his it’s because he cannot bear to be without her. Just her presence alone calms him and reassures him like nothing else in his life has. 

On that note, Katy's writing as always is amazing, however, we are beginning to think male point of view novels aren't our thing any longer, as they don’t tend to offer up enough new info. That isn't to say Remy wasn't engaging or intriguing (that man is still as sexy and magnetic as ever) because he most definitely was. And we really did love sinking into the dark depths of his mind, especially when it came to the new scenes regarding their future as well as the ones we were originally only privy to in Brooke's point of view. For the most part though, we already knew what was going to happen; Katy just offered it to us from a different perspective. It is definitely a good companion novel to the series and made us feel just that much stronger about Remy and Brooke. If you are a fan of this series, we would both recommend adding this to your to be read list. 

In addition, we like getting to spend a bit more time with Riley, Melanie, Nora and Pete as well. We are looking forward to the remaining books in this series. It goes without saying that we love these characters (they are all very dear to our heart), we love this series and we love this author to pieces (she is also very near and dear to our heart). Katy writes with such passion and detail that the characters literally breathe and seem real.

Thanks to Katy Evans, Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, & NetGalley for providing us with arcs in exchange for honest reviews. 

REMY gives us the events of Real and Mine through Remy's eyes. Finally we get to see what he is thinking as he works to make Brooke his, to fight for the championships, and to find balance for himself. The story is a combination of present day scenes, while Remy is waiting for Brooke on their wedding day, and the past, those events that led up to their wedding. The present day scenes are sweet. Or as sweet as Remy is capable of being when he is impatient and wants something. (Which really, is sweet, because it shows just how excited he was to be married to Brooke.) The glimpses we get of the secondary characters during the present day scenes were fun also. We get to see just a bit about how their stories are progressing, without them stealing anything from Brooke and Remy's day. 

Because most of the book is the events of Real and Mine from Remy's POV, there are large stretches that are repeats of conversation and action from the first two. While I often found myself scanning the scenes that were overlapping, the scenes that are new were great. I loved seeing those bits and pieces that were referred to but not fully described, especially from the last parts of Real. It was very obvious that this was narrated by a man. Any time Brooke was in the room (or out of it) Remy's thoughts seems to turn towards sex, which for some reason always made me chuckle. 

I was hoping to get more about Remy's background or the time when he and Brooke were in separate cities (especially because we got so much of Brooke's POV of that time in Mine), but what is in REMY is a good alternate perspective narrative. The narration stayed true to his personality, and really helped me connect with him, more than I had in the first two books. Something about seeing the world through his eyes made me even more sympathetic towards him. For some reason I had a hard time connecting with Remy in the other books. Not that I didn't like him, just that I didn't quite love him. This book fixed that for me and when I was finished he had me.

While I did find myself scanning over some of the repeated scenes, especially in the beginning, once I was well in to the book, I found myself not wanting to put it down. I whizzed through the last 40% of the book much faster than I expected as a result. Because I had such different feelings throughout the book, I had to determine my score through an aggregate. The parts of the book that were simply retellings I would give a 3, they were good but having read the other two books recently they were kind of more of the same. The new parts, both present day and past, I would give a 5. They were intriguing, and added so much to Remy and Brooke's overall story. Combing the two scores I would call this read a 4 overall. 

Thanks to Katy Evans, Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, & NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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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