25 September 2015

Book Review: Real (Real, #1) by Katy Evans

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 8th April 2013
Pages: 293
Genre: Adult/New Adult, Romance, Sport Romance
Main Characters: Brooke, Remington
Date Read: 6th September - 19th September 2015

Rating Given:
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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?

I have had this book sitting on my kindle for a couple of years and have only found time to read it and in a way I'm glad I waited as I'm not sure I would have liked it back then as I only just liked it this year...

I'm not a fan of this particular cover as it looks fake especially the body, plus I don't think his body looks as good as how Remy's was described. I do like the dark colours with the hint of red as the story is a little dark so it's quite fitting to have those dark colours.

When I first started Real I was in love with and I couldn't wait to read more. Everything about the beginning I loved with all the suspense and the chemistry between Brooke and Remy was on fire. The only thing was the ore that I read it the more it felt like it was repeating the same thing over and over again so it got boring and hard to read just before the halfway point, and what made it even harder was the long chapters so it felt even longer. I'm not a fan of long chapter but if a book is amazing I can cope with it but in the end this book just wasn't amazing for me. Even the romance between Brooke and Remy started to feel a little stale and very much possessive which I could understand from Remy with his background but not from Brooke. I did like the fighting aspect of the story although again it just felt like the same fight again and again until the last one. The other good storyline in Real was the whole Bipolar I haven't read a book with this subject matter before but I felt it was done well and could imagine that this was how someone with the illness could be like, it was a little dark but it was very understandable. The last chapter was a lot better and more like the beginning so it has made me want to read the next book but I will wait until it goes down in price as I don't want to waste my money on a book I may not even like.

In the beginning I really liked Brooke but the further I went into the book the more she annoyed me. She just kept throwing herself at Remy and yes he did seem interested in her but she should have respected his decision but she never she just kept shoving herself at him. She would've probably been more likeable if she had respect for herself. I loved Remy and the more we found out about him the more I fell for him he was such a strong character in more ways than one. I did like some of the other secondary characters as they added a bit more fun to the story but there was some characters that I hated as well.

Overall what started of as a brilliant five star read ended up flagging halfway through but the last chapter did improve the book again but not enough to go back to the five stars  as for me the damage was already done.