Publication Date: April 8, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Real, Raw & Ripped #1
Source: Received as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review
I've never been the biggest fan of contemporary romance novels. But I've been fortunate to get my hands on a few good ones as of late. Real was one of the best of them. I consumed this book in one day and at the end I simply had no words. It was magnificent, and everything a contemporary romance should be.
I loved Brooke Dumas right from the start. She was smart, funny and full of personality, on top of being damaged and a bit broken. Talk about REAL. Brooke was a representation of every woman alive and I know that's what sold me on her. And her BFF Melanie? Awesome. Loved her. She reminds me of one of my own best friends. Loud, bubbly, and no matter how many times you put in the request, she'll never sit down and shut the hell up.
Remington "Riptide" Tate was just too delicious for anything good to come of it. I mean, the man was pure liquid nooky in a bottle and all I wanted to do was get drunk off of him! Clearly, Brooke felt the same way:
Couldn't have said the shit better myself, girl.
But there was so much more to Remy than just his Greek god-like looks and amazing ability to whoop ass. He was deep and complex, and carrying around a secret that had already altered his life in so many ways, and also threatened to alter Brooke's. He was also protective and possessive, and not always in ways I liked. But again, it all fed back into his secret, and in the end, I understood. Not sure I could handle a relationship like this, but maybe that says more about me than the characters.
I loved the progression of the romance (no INSTA-LOVE here!) and how it never felt rushed. I totally believed it and bought into it. At the end, I felt their love was so REAL and not contrived or forced at all. That is so important to me in romance novels, and I don't read enough slow-progressing love stories. It's all "Bang me NOW! Love me TODAY!" This book was so refreshing, I can't even tell you. And the way they expressed their love by playing songs for each other? Talk about cute as shit!
The only (minor) problem I had with this book was the over-description of Remy's hotness. After a few chapters of Brooke's incessant drooling over Remy's tight ass and perfect cock, you almost want to throw away that bottle of nooky just so you won't have to read anymore of her body bragging. But that was not even a big enough issue to make me actually dislike this book. Still adored it.
Overall, FANTASTIC book Evans wrote here. I would recommend it to all lovers of romance, contemporary or not. You won't even care there's no blood-sucking or werewolves pissing in circles to stake a claim. You'll LOVE this book! And if you don't, yeah, nobody cares. I am absolutely craving Mine, book two. Why doesn't it have a cover yet???? UGH!! So cruel!!
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