Release Reviews: Ladies Man: Katy Evans

Ladies Man (Manwhore #3)
Katy Evans
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Expected April 26, 2016

Tahoe Roth.

Irreverent, cocky, playful and naughty.
He’s not the guy you date.
He’s the one night stand.
The one your mother warned you about. 
The one your body craves.
You’d think the man who called me succulent would want to strip me down and spread me out on his bed—like he’s done with countless others.
But he passed on my offer….
Just like I’d once passed on his.
He’s wary, like I am.
He’s broken, like I am.
And everyone knows two broken parts can’t ever make a whole.
Tahoe and I are strictly friends.
So I distract myself with other men.
He doesn’t think my new man is good enough. This blond blue-eyed beast doesn’t think any man is—himself included.
But the more time we spend together, the more confused I feel. 
I'm trying to open myself to love.
Yet I'm quickly realizing that the only man I want is Tahoe Roth.
The one man who will surely break my heart.

A sexy new Manwhore series standalone contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.

I was really excited to read more about Tahoe and Gina after meeting them in previous books of the Manwhore series. They have built an antagonistic, yet flirty friendship. They both like what they see, like each other, but know they shouldn't touch. He's a big player and she's been hurt and betrayed. Their best friends Saint and Rachel are now married so they will frequently cross paths.

Gina is broken lonely and has abandonment issues.  She wants to be loved and accepted, but is untrusting and fearful. Tahoe Roth is a rich, cocky, sexy beast who is also a total man slut. He is playful, honest, and usually gets whatever he wants. He does not do feelings or relationships. He does not feel worthy of a good woman and says he is not interested in being a one woman man.

They dance around each other in a game of cat and mouse with sexual tension swirling around them. As their friends seem to be moving forward, they seem to be in life limbo at the same time. She's terrified to trust and be herself, and he's got issues from his past holding him back. But she can see that there is more in Tahoe's hidden depths under his easy going facade. And he can see her under her armor of make up and glamour and strives to be her protector. But he takes it so seriously that he will protect her even from himself. These two really are a hot mess. They have such a pull to each other, but are both so scared of being hurt or hurting the other. They both have issues with self worth, acceptance, and making themselves vulnerable.

It is told in Gina's point of view so Tahoe is an enigma. I would have loved to have had his point of view and see more of his thought processes and vulnerability.  I really wanted to know what his deal was. Why was he such a ladies man? Why did he doubt his ability to be good enough for a good woman? 

Although I adore Katy Evans' books and I have liked this series and characters, I did struggle a bit with this one. Initially Tahoe and Gina were actually hard to connect with and understand. They were friends and their interactions were flirty with some underlying sexual tension. But their behavior was often erratic, awkward, or involved avoiding. Her trying to fill the void with a safe man and him with multiple women continuously being paraded about was frustrating. It was kind of an odd friendship. They ran hot and cold and were so confused themselves that it left me wondering too.

And their romantic build up was so slow--nothing more than a few pecks of kisses up until after the 75% point and then it seemed rushed to the end. I had a hard time really getting a handle on Tahoe at times. I liked the descriptions of him--his sexiness, humor, protectiveness, and sweetness. But some of his womanizing behavior really was a turn off and I am still not sure that all of his reasons make sense to me.  I really would have liked to understand him more earlier on, but his story was not also revealed until the last part of the book. And Gina drove me crazy with her back and forth decisions.

By the end, I had come to like them, but the story and some plot points sometimes left me shaking my head.  I was glad to have more with Rachel, Saint, Wynn, Emmett, and Callan who will be the subject of the next book in the series. This was not my favorite Katy Evans' book, but I am still glad I read their story. I am looking forward to Callan's book and more with the whole crew.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
He is one night stand material only. The man mothers warn their daughters to stay away from, but he is the only one Gina feels a strong attraction to, if only he was willing to go there with her.

Tahoe Roth is one sexy man. Confident to the point of being cocky, he knows the women love him and he takes full advantage. But Gina can’t get him to cross over the friend zone despite the heat that flares between them when they are near each other. As they watch their friends settle down, Gina and Tahoe often find themselves in close proximity. Crossing that line for a one night stand would mean awkward exchanges at gatherings at the Saints, so both avoid being alone in order to preserve the friendship.

Told entirely from Gina’s point of view, Tahoe is this sexy, untouchable mystery to her. I would have liked to get more from Tahoe, either through his point of view, or more connection with Gina. There were so many questions about why he acted as he did that even in the scenes where Gina learns of his past, I didn’t feel like we really got enough depth to really answer all my questions.

Learning why Tahoe was such a ladies man was an emotional point in the story. I loved what it said about him that he had felt and done what he did as a younger man, but I also had a hard time drawing the connection between that version of Tahoe and the reason he claimed to not get serious with women. They just didn’t compute to me. It was almost like it only served to explain part of why he was known as the ladies man, but not to the extent he had stepped into that role.

I really wanted to love this book. I enjoyed the glimpses of Tahoe and Gina together in the background of the Manwhore series and was excited to see them dance around each other. But it felt like that was all they did for most of this book: dance around each other with no real progress or connection. There was very little deep conversation between them for nearly ¾ of the book, they saw each other briefly or avoided each other instead of confronting feelings that were obviously crackling between them. 

I enjoyed seeing more from Saint and Rachel, and Wynn and Emmett, but most of the other side characters got on my nerves. Gina’s parents were terrible to her and she accepted it as “just the way it was” without question. Even her new man was often sketchy and lukewarm at best towards her, making me wonder why she stuck it out with him as long as she did.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played?

This is the story I’ve been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I’m the one discovering him…or if he’s uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?

MANWHORE +1 (Manwhore #2)
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Billionaire playboy? Check. 
Ruthless businessman? Check. 
Absolutely sinful? Check.

Malcolm Saint was an assignment. A story. A beautiful, difficult man I was supposed to uncover for a racy exposé.

I intended to reveal himhis secrets, his lifestyle—not let him reveal me. But my head was overtaken by my heart and suddenly nothing could stop me from falling. I fell for him, and I fell hard. 

Malcolm Saint is absolute Sin, and I've become a hopeless Sinner.

Now that the assignment is over, Saint wants something from me--something unexpected--and I want this wicked playboy's heart. But how can I prove to the man who trusts no one that I’m worthy of becoming his plus one?

Ms. Manwhore (Manwhore #2.5)
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Kim's 4 star review

Katy Evans returns with a sexy novella, the final installment of the unforgettable love story that began in MANWHORE. 

What lies ahead for Chicago's most envied couple, Malcolm Saint and Rachel Livingston?

Sparks flew between them in MANWHORE.

Separated by deception, the intensity and heat of their attraction turned up in MANWHORE +1.

Will Chicago's wealthiest and most notorious player finally settle down, or will one woman never be enough?

Find out in MS. MANWHORE, the ultimate conclusion to their electric, breathtaking story.
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Katy Evans

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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