Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blog Tour: Guest Post and Review of Ripped by Katy Evans

I'm very excited to be sharing my thoughts with you about the fifth book in the Real Series.  This one features Pandora, the goth friend.  I always wondered why she was such a man-hater and now I know. Overall I'd have to say the book was amazing.  I did not want it to end!

New Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: December 9, 2014

Every woman wants me--except the one I sing for.
Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.
But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.
So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?
Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.
When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I'm a god--but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.
Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her -- Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.
That's alright.
Let her come at me. Because I'm out for her heart and, this time, there's no way she can stop me.

Guest Post

By Katy Evans

RIPPED – I’m so excited to be sharing with everyone RIPPED, Real series book #5! J
RIPPED began with Pandora, Brooke (Real, Mine and Remy) and Melanie’s (Rogue) goth friend. She’s such a wounded warrior and so bitter that I was completely hooked wanting to know—what happened? What made her like this? Why does she hate men so much?
And that’s how I met her man, Mackenna Jones.
He’s back in Seattle for the concert of the year, and Pandora hates him so much, she is still so stuck in the past for having loved (and lost) him when she was young, she’s determined to go pay him a visit and give him a little something to remember her by. Nothing nice, I assure you.
And that’s where RIPPED totally exploded for me. It’s one of those books where I couldn’t stop writing even for a second. It seemed like I just opened Pandora’s box of secrets and they came spilling out, one after the other. Memories, what truly happened in her eyes, in his eyes, their first kiss (sigh) and so much more. Their past is tumultuous and passionate and their present, when they reunite again, is just as passionate and rocky. They have a long way to go to their HEA but, though Pandora doesn’t feel she deserves it and has never let herself want it, Mackenna has another plan to conquer back his girl.
What I love about this couple in particular is how equal they seem—the push and the pull always kept me guessing as to who had control of the situation, sometimes Pandora had Mackenna by the pants, and plenty of others it was Mackenna who kept getting the upper hand, knowing each and every one of Pandora’s weaknesses (including that he is the main one.)
He is the boy she could never forget.
She is the girl no other girl has ever compared.
Things are about to get RIPPED during Mackenna’s concert tour when his manager thinks it brilliant to force Pandora to tag along. J

★★★★★ stars

Katy Evans never fails to astound me with her books.  She manages to take tropes and themes that are common and over used and infuse new life into them.  This entire series has been this way.  When news first broke Pandora was going to get her own story, I thought to myself, "Now we'll get to find out who broke her heart."  Instead I found out what decimated her and Mackenna.  It wasn't just one heart that broke, but many.

I found I couldn't put this book down.  It started off on a high note and continued that way through out the book.  It was engrossing, well written, and full of emotions.  I loved that the book was told from both Pandora and Mackenna's point of view.  It really allowed me to get a better sense of what happened between them.  I really do wish events had not happened as they did. 

Pandora was witty, funny, and so strong.  She hated to be in Mackenna's presence knowing how much his leaving her had destroyed her, but she still felt that same yearning she'd felt for him before and tried really hard to fight it.  I liked seeing Pandora go from being more concerned about hurting Mackenna to wanting to soothe him and allowing the sweet girl she had once been with him show herself again.  I liked Mackenna too, even though I think he was in the wrong for what he did.  I understand he was in a hard place though, but in the end they both suffered so much for it.  I watched them dance around what had happened in the past and sometimes wished I could force them to sit down and talk about it, but they had to find their own ways to deal with the past and them.

I felt Pandora's pain and I understood the reasons why Mackenna thought Pandora never loved him.  I didn't think it warranted him leaving without talking to her though.  Both of them were products of their parents and even though the odds were already stacked against them because of that, it didn't help they were teenagers who weren't able to fully communicate their fears and motivations either.  However, I was most devastated by the events revealed at the end of the book.  I kept hoping that everything would wrap up nicely, but I forgot Katy writes stories that have happy endings but are still life like and rooted in reality.  

I REALLY hope Katy continues with this series, not just because I don't want to let go of the wonderful characters in the Real Series, but I especially want to know Pandora and Mackenna find what they're searching for.  They've found one kind of closure, now I would love for them to find another kind of closure.  When I finished this book, I had tears running down my face, and my mind was racing a million miles a minute thinking about everything I'd read. I will be thinking about this book for a long time to come.  I have no doubt you will too.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

 About the Author

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…

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