Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SUNNY - BLOG TOUR: "Ripped" by Katy Evans

by Katy Evans

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.


After having mixed feelings about the first book in the series, Real, I was curious about where Katy Evans was going to take this story. 

This book was enjoyable.  This is a story about second chances (and I’m a big fan of this trope.) What is unique about this narrative is the level of hate engendered by Pandora after the breakup: “The kind of hatred that’s only born of an intense, out-of-this-word love that went woefully wrong.” Usually the heroine exhibits a lot of trepidation and wariness, but not levels of hate.  This relationship leaves her feeling like she is a jinx, that bad news follows wherever she goes. After 6 years, she strikes out to get revenge and hopefully, finally close the door on her past.  MacKenna is also a reluctant participant. The misunderstanding that leads to their breakup damages him as well and he initially exhibits mean behavior as well.  But this is the story of first love and how deeply impactful that can be…even for a rockstar who seems to “have it all.”

In the past, I may have complained about a heroine like this as being immature, but this couple strikes the right balance for me.  MacKenna is still alpha, but in a really appealing manner because he is not always in control of his emotions and I like it when he is a little off-balanced.  I like the things he likes about her – her courage, vulnerability, spunk. I like that despite the fact that he is a famous rockstar, with everything at his disposal, he imagines a quiet life with Pandora. 


Maybe I was just in the mood for a sweet love story and this one hit the spot.

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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