Series: Real #5
Author: Katy Evans
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 9, 2014
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Related Books: Ms. Manwhore, Manwhore
About Ripped:The fifth book in the New York Times new adult series that began with Real. When an angry, heartbroken girl is forced to be near her rocker ex-boyfriend, only time will tell if the fire between them will consume them both.
Pandora, the gothic friend of Brooke (Real, Mine, Remy) and Melanie, 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.
Everything I didn’t understand about Pandora finally makes sense…kind of.
There were still parts of this book that didn’t make sense. But I liked it a lot. It was definitely the most…normal…of the Real series. One thing that kind of got on my nerves about Remy was that he and Brooke had an extremely dysfunctional relationship, to the point that it didn’t really seem healthy. I like caveman…to an extent. When you’re actually acting like an animal, not so much. Greyson was kind of the same way, with an added dangerous man vibe.
Kenna, rock god-ness aside, is a man that your man might actually resemble in terms of how he treats a woman. Sure, he’s not exactly realistic, but it’s no worse or more peculiar than your average romance novel boy.
I also loved, loved, loved Pandora most of the time. Her sense of humor is right up my alley. She had strength, even in her insecurities, which is something you don’t see much.
Now, for what didn’t work for me:
- Some things didn’t really make sense. Pandora blames her darkness on the heartbreak in her past, but then we see a flashback from before they were together, and she was goth back then, too. So there’s a continuity issue there.
- The ending/epilogue was also kind of disappointing because I had built up what made sense to happen so high…there’s no way to say much without spoiling, but they’re trying to find something, so you assume that they will. But idk….it’s a small part of the book, but I was really, really looking forward to something and then it didn’t happen.
Overall, I think this might have been my favorite book of the series so far, which really says something when you consider how much I liked the others.
(P.S. – you can find other reviews from Ripped’s blog tour here)
About Katy Evans:
Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…