★ Blurb ★
“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.
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★ Re-Posting Review ★
Rating: 4 – 4.5 stars
“Mind. Body. Soul. All of you for me. All of you mine.”
RIPTIDE is back! Remington Tate is back and oh so delicious. Fans of REAL will absolutely fall head over heels back in love with Remy, an underground fighter with a heart of gold. Katy Evans took what you would normally think of an Alpha male and completely reinvented the definition when writing Remy. In fact now when I think of the words Alpha male, Remington Tate is all that comes to mind. The lion is back and this time will not let anything take away his championship or his lioness. He is a man on a mission.
“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.”
The story starts off at Remy’s first fight in the new Underground season after Brooke returns. It immediately brought me back to that first scene in REAL – the scene where Brooke sees Remy for the first time. I remember all the feelings of excitement, lust and angst that scene created in me. Katy brought back all those emotions in this first opening scene. It will remind you how much you love Remy and how much of a connection Brooke and Remy have. If you ever doubt whether Katy could bring back that same electric connection, that spark that they have, rest assured – she did and it is oh so good!
“His smile flashes at me from the ring, and very clearly, his two dimples tell me how much he enjoys leaving me in a puddle of love and longing. The devil.”
I cannot continue this review without gushing about how much I loved Remy in this book. This man is absolutely without a doubt one of my favorite male characters. Katy created a man that has flaws, but he never apologizes for it, rather he embraces it and expects the people around him to accept him as he is. In fact, I really loved the way he never apologizes for his past behavior, but just asks for acceptance. Really, when it comes down to it, Remy is a boy inside – a boy who was abandoned by his parents and never shown what love was. But, he found a way to love and he loves Brooke fiercely, with no shame. She is his and nothing will come between that.
“You’re everything I never knew I wanted.”
Now Brooke was someone that had to re-grow on me. Within the first few chapters of the book, I had a hard time getting comfortable being back in her head. I felt like during the first 10% of the book, all I seemed to get from her was a repetitious description about how beautiful Remy is – is muscles, his tattoos, his eyes, his hair. It was a bit much for me because I remembered. I knew how absolutely scrumptious Remington was.
“He is a stud. He was made to mate. To procreate.”
I may have felt she was a little juvenile and immature at the beginning; however, after the first 10% it tapered off and I grew to love her again. I feel like she grew a lot as a character and by the end of the book, she really was a different, stronger woman than the girl whose Olympic dreams were shattered years ago. She was the only person who really knew Remy, who really understood him, who really accepted him. It was only her. She may be in love with a fighter, but she is a fighter herself. She had a new purpose in life and I was so proud of how far she had come.
I felt like this season Remy is on a mission – a mission to take back the championship that was his to begin with. In fact Remy seems to be in even better shape, with bigger muscles, and he’s focused, especially with his woman by his side. However, things aren’t all roses with these two. It’s easy to forget that Brooke left Remy lying in a hospital bed with just a letter. Or that when Remy goes black he needs a certain level of activity to ward off the aggression. As much as Brooke and Remy love one another, they have some issues to deal with, some feelings to discuss, some resentment to be aired out.
“I want you. I want you to touch me, to put your lips on mine – like before. I want you to love me. Stop fucking punishing me, Brooke. I love you.”
The story took place over the course of the season and followed the Riptide team on his road to beat Scorpion and claim the championship that he worked so hard for. His road to the championship was filled with surprises and hiccups. The story moved fast and with each curve in the road I felt a variety of different emotions – sadness, anger, lust, hope, joy. But, by the end the journey, it felt complete.
All that being said, I did feel like at times the story was a bit unrealistic and unbelievable at times. But, I get it, this is fiction. And for the most part, some of the unrealistic things didn’t bother me at all. However, there were a few things that happened that had me wishing that the author didn’t take the story there. I cannot really explain further without giving anything away, but I will say the way Remy’s condition was handle felt a little unbelievable. I am no expert and I have no idea what people with his disorder do or feel, so I really can’t be a judge of that. It just felt fictionalized. So my recommendation to you is to take the story for what it is. Try not to get bogged down with whether something could happen in real life or not and just enjoy the ride.
“You don’t have to understand me – just love the hell out of me. Can you do that? Can you?”
I also felt like the ending was a bit rushed and a few things were left unexplained. Even now as I sit here writing this review, I’m a little unclear about exactly why certain things happened and why certain people did some things. I wanted to feel 100% satisfied when I finished this story. And as great as a ride it was, I didn’t exactly feel that way, hence my 4 to 4.5 star rating.
Regardless, if you love Remy, I wholeheartedly 100% recommend you read this book. Remy himself is worth reading this book for. If I could rate this book solely on him, I would give it 5+ stars. He was perfect in my eyes. Maybe not perfect in the literal sense, but he was perfect for him. Remington Tate is the kind of character that you will never get enough of, so I am eager to get my hands on REMY, which will be released at the end of November. In a literary world, where authors create characters every day, Katy Evans should be proud of her Remy. He is a character that is unforgettable and will forever stand out in readers’ minds.
“Every second that you and I breathe, you belong with me.”
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★ About 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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