Series: Real #1
Date Published: April 8, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Provided as part of book tour
Description: A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…
Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.
He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .
But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.
I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.
If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?
So, yet another book I read over summer vacation that all of my notes got wiped away… I will attempt to review Real based solely on what I remember about the book. This is an adult contemporary romance. I would not really consider it NA. I see that some people regard it as NA and if that is the case, it fell short for me. However, as a contemporary romance, I liked it. If offered a little more than just your average romance story and it was never entirely predictable. My first impression when I began reading the first chapter was that this was a playoff of Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster. I wasn’t liking it nearly as much, but after a while the story developed its own plot and I forgot about the comparison. It really was nothing like Abby’s and Travis’ story. Some lines of the story were a little over the top cheesy for my tastes, as most romances tend to be.
An enormous fighter stands only a foot away, scrutinizing me with eyes that are pure intimidation, like I’m all dessert, and he has the perfect spoon to use.
However, some lines made my heart just melt:
The former fight I swear I just fought for you to watch me. So you’d see me. See that I’m strong and could fight for you, protect you.
I mean, isn’t that what every girl reading this thinks when Remy fights? I liked hearing Remy verbalize it. Remy’s character is what carried this book for me. I liked him and felt like I got to know him better than Brooke. Brooke was harder for me to get a good read on. I am not sure if that was just something I had a hard time with or if Brooke’s character was perhaps a little underdeveloped? I loved how Remy and Brooke communicated. I felt that sometimes the book droned on too much with paragraph after paragraph of how much Brooke wanted him. I mean, seriously? He’s is hot. You’re giddy (my word for “horny” because ewwww who even likes THAT word?) I get it. But tell me once and move on already. Overall this book was worth the read and I know it will hit the mark for a lot of female readers out there. I would recommend it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. There is more than meets the eye with this read, but don’t dig too deep or you might just be disappointed.