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Series Review: Real by Katy Evans

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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Synopsis for Real (from Goodreads):
A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…
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?

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Series: Real
Author: Katy Evans
# of Books: 6 (Real, Mine, Remy, Rogue, Ripped, Book 6)
Book Order: Real and Mine are Chronological, Remy is the alternate POV sequel to Real the rest of the series is Connected
Complete?: No, Book 6, will be published Fall 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Drama
Heat Rating: hot
Point of View: First Person, Single (Real, Mine, Remy); Alternate (Rogue, Ripped)Publication Dates: April 2013 – ongoing
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

Real is one of those books that has been haunting me on my Kobo account’s recommendation list since it was published. And while I was intrigued by it and all the positive reviews my Goodreads’ friends had given it, I simply can’t afford to shell out $10 a book to read the series. So when my library got copies of the book, I immediately added my name to the hold list.

I knew that the males were going to be top alpha dogs before I even started and while that usually doesn’t appeal to me, I was going to keep an open mind. I also figured these books were going to be more erotica than contemporary romance so I didn’t expect thrilling, complex plot lines either.

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My feelings on Real (both as a book and as a series) are mixed and I can understand why some people might give it an extremely low rating after reading it while others love it. In all honesty, I was enjoying it until I started to write this review (because I was writing this as I was reading it) and after I creeped some of the reviews on Goodreads to see what others thought of it. Reading this book after I did that was like when you notice someone’s bad habit for the first time and then that is all you can notice in the future.

I found that all the books in this series were kinda like that: the more I thought about them, the more I disliked them. It was weird because when I started to read the book, I was really enjoying it. But when I returned to reading it later, I didn’t like it that much and the same can be said for the subsequent times I picked up these books. There are two reasons I think this happened to me: 1) is the development of the heroines; and 2) the repetitiveness of the writing. And they both go hand in hand at times.

The Plot:

So, the plot isn’t really anything stellar, especially in Real. They definitely improve in the subsequent novels where we get some more “suspense” romance plot lines but for the most part, these books are just the heroines describing the virility of their men.

Yup, you read that right: virility.

The entire first half of Real is literally Brooke describing how the primal instincts in her are attracted to the “virile” man Remy is (It’s the same situation in the other books as well, though the page count is a little less). Honestly: there is a paragraph describing how the “female” in her wants to “mate” with Remy because she wants his genetics for her babies–I kid you not. And while the scientist in me appreciates that fact that this is a true human reaction, it just seemed a little over the top to me.

Personally, I could have done without all the redundant descriptions of how Remy turns her on–I got it after the first two times thank you. Brooke uses the worst words possible to describe their sexual encounters and often repeats them numerous times within a paragraph. Some are just hilarious to me and even now I have a silly grin on my face because I can’t believe that anyone would refer to their private parts like that.

But it also seems to dampen the flow of the book because you will be getting narration about where they are and then suddenly, BAM–Brooke’s describing how hot Remy makes her for two pages before BAM–you get shoved back into the actual scene narration. This gets better in the sequel books but they definitely have the same vibe.

It’s a shame because Remy’s story is actually interesting and it kinda takes a backseat to Brooke’s descriptions of his eight-pack. Same in the other books with the other leads. And when we do get the drama, it is over the top and a tad ridiculous but I guess that is the consequence of fiction.

The Characters:

I really struggled with these heroines. Heroines really make or break a series for me. I think it’s because I am a female so I can easily put myself in their shoes as opposed to a male character. And I’ll be honest: the primal alpha male heroes we get in this series really do nothing for me but I came into this series knowing that I wouldn’t particularly love them so it didn’t necessarily bother me.

What bothered me was that Brooke has the maturity of a 16 year old fangirl–which means she has very little. Even when we switch narrators in the other books in the series, I found that the delivery was much the same. The heroines become those immature girls who don’t see their self-worth without a man in their lives. And as soon as they do find their partner, they get immediately clingy. Basically, it’s the grown woman’s condition of Bella-Swan-I-can’t-live-without-him syndrome and it is just plain annoying. (Though to be fair, Pandora’s story, Ripped, doesn’t completely fall into this scenario.)

The Romance:

As I said before, these are basically books about acting on your lust. Two of the three couples have an insta-connection type of romance; the exception is Ripped where it is a second chance romance. I appreciated that one a lot more than the other two in that respect.

What I did love was the chemistry and the sexual tension. That is definitely one nice thing about insta-love stories because there is always so much frustration and close encounters before the big consummation.

My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:

I really have no idea who the next story in the series is about though I have a pretty good guess. I’ll read it just for the sake of finishing this series but it’s not high on my “have to read it now!” list.

Fun Fact:

Before I read Real I never knew that “scent” could be used as a verb–and after reading it 10 times as a verb I understand why: it’s annoying and awkward!

My Rating: 3/5

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I’m not sure what everyone else was reading but I don’t think I read the same thing. If you don’t mind clingy heroines, alpha males and over the top dramatics with lots of sex scenes, this is a good series for you! It just didn’t live up to the expectations I had in place and I found that I felt more frustrated than happy when reading these books.

Read if You Like: alpha males, over dramatics, lots of sex
Avoid if You: can’t tolerate petty heroines, crude language

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Series Review: Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

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Series: Ruin Trilogy
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
# of Books: 3 (Ruin, Toxic, Shame)

There is a novella that is a continuation of Ruin BUT takes place after Toxic called Fearless.

Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama, College
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating

Thoughts:

Ruin was one of those books that was everywhere for me. Kobo had been recommending it for months and my friends on Goodreads had all given it super high ratings (I’m talking 5/5). Rachel Van Dyken is also an author that pops on numerous New Adult lists so I figured it was about time I read one of her books.

So I picked up Ruin on one of my mass Kobo book-runs and got to reading it a few days later. And finished it in a day–it was that fantastic!

What makes it fantastic is the great blend of romance, characters and plot. Nothing was overdone or underdone, it was just well done. I was worried that the romance between Wes and Kiersten would be rushed or happen too quickly but it wasn’t. Both seemed to understand what was happening but took their time and had good heads about them. It was hard not to like them really and they suited each other beautifully. I also really liked the rest of the characters so added bonus!

The plot wasn’t totally original to me as it reminded me a lot of A Walk to Remember (though I’ve only ever seen the movie) BUT the characters really do make a big distinction between the two novels so it didn’t bother me that much. It was super cute and I totally cried reading it 😛

As soon as I finished Ruin, I needed to read Toxic and get Gabe’s story. From the bits and pieces we get of Gabe in Toxic I wanted to know more about him and I thought I had a good idea of where the story was going to go. BUT, I was completely wrong. Toxic was different from Ruin in a lot of way but it still had that great blend of romance, plot and feelings its predecessor had. One thing that really separated the two was the mysterious and twisting plotRuin was a lot more straight forward in its delivery but I really had no idea where Toxic was going and when I thought I did, something else would happen. Simply a great follow up novel.

Fearless is basically an extended epilogue of Ruin but has little hints about what to expect in Shame. It was a little over the top for me at times but I enjoyed it and I would say it is worth the time to read.

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–January 16, 2016– Book #3: Shame

This book definitely got shafted to the back-burner for me. I totally forgot about it until I pulled it for my Rock my TBR challenge this year. I think reading it closer to the other books would have helped me enjoy it more but I can’t say that for sure.

I just couldn’t stay into this book and found myself getting bored with it. It started promising but things just happened too fast and I didn’t like its flow. It was predictable and slightly over the top; not what I was expecting for Lisa’s story. The logic and rational for the plot escaped me and took me away from enjoying the story. Even the romance was lacklustre and one that I had a hard time seeing besides physical attraction. For me, it just wasn’t a great way to end the series.

Series Rating: 4/5

Ruin 5/5 | Toxic 4/5 | Shame 3/5

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Overall, these novels are great! The romance is swoon-worthy but also realistic (even in Shame  to a certain extent) and grounding. This series makes you appreciate life and your loved ones and these characters will probably make you cry. Highly recommended for New Adult fans!

Read if You Like: romances, New Adult, tragic backstories
Avoid if You: dislike somewhat over the top drama

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Synopsis for Ruin (from Goodreads):
I’m not your typical girl. I’ve been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness…until Wes Michals offered to be my light.

I didn’t know that time wasn’t my ally — that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer–each moment as it came–but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it’s the end, it’s only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn’t–I wouldn’t ever be the same.

And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.

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Series Review: Reflect Me by K.B. Webb

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

Reflect Me by K.B. Webb | Reflect Me Series

Series: Reflect Me
Author: K.B. Webb
# of Books: 3 (Reflect Me, Follow You Down, Heartbreak Warfare)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: Warm
Point of View: First Person, alternating

Thoughts:

Disclaimer: I stopped reading this series after Reflect Me. Find out why below…

After reading this book, I’ve come to a conclusion: I can’t read books that are set in the south. I’m not sure what it is exactly but there is just something about the characters and the stories in the south that aren’t my cup of tea. But, I will take a few stab at it: I think it’s the over dramatics. Maybe these books are trying to be the next Dallas soap-opera but even that show isn’t as senselessly dramatic as these books. And senseless drama just isn’t my thing. It frustrates me and annoys me and the last thing I want to do when I’m relieving some stress is get stressed out from reading about these silly characters’ lives.

Molly was just so wishy-washy in her convictions. She would be so independent in some situations and then not in others. Her whole reasoning for being with Brian was irritating and not completely logical. I’m going to give a little bit of a spoiler (though it really isn’t because we learn about it within the first few chapters), to read it highlight over this text–I can understand why she wanted to raise her daughter in the same house as the father because she believes it will be a more stable homelife for her daughter; BUT willingly putting yourself into an abusive situation that you KNOW is abusive and fully knowing that the father of your child doesn’t give a shit about the child is just awful and completely stupid.It defeats the entire purpose of staying with the jackass in the first place! –I get that Molly has some emotional issues based on her past, but she seemed to fully recognize the situation for what it truly is yet makes the wrong decision. I just felt like all the characters in the book were all on the same path but would just skip the last step and overshoot the conclusion.

As for Logan: he was just alright. I don’t enjoy love at first sight stories and this is the case here. I can appreciate what their relationship does for each of them, I just wish it wasn’t such an insta-connection at the start. Though to be fair, they do get to know each other so the love at first sight bit doesn’t bother me as much as other books that have it. My last comment on Logan is that I couldn’t keep a straight face when he would call Molly “Cookie” — gag 😛 I can appreciate the sentiment, it was just a tad overdone at times.

It didn’t help that when I started the book I thought it was going in a different direction (curse you vague book synopsises!) so I really didn’t know what to expect. The synopsis is true: it isn’t a story about a naïve virgin; but it started in a place that even I wasn’t expecting. Regardless, the book felt slow despite the dramatics and I just kept waiting for something to happen. I was going to enact the 50 Page Rule where if I wasn’t interested in the book after 50 pages, I was going to drop it. Unfortunately, I really wanted to learn the “big bad secret” just to see if it was something petty or something serious and interesting. So I begrudgingly kept reading. I’m not overly upset that I did (it was an interesting secret) but I’ve read better.

Conclusion:

I won’t be reading the next book in the series unless the synopsis promises to be an interesting and captivating read (which based on this book seems unlikely). I got this book for free on Amazon so it wasn’t a huge waste of money or time. I’ve read better that were free but I’ve read worse. If you like overdramatic books with nauseatingly sick love stories, you will like this one!

Rating: 2/5

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Synopsis for Reflect Me (from Goodreads):
If you’re looking for a story about a sweet, innocent virgin who rides off into the sunset with a reformed bad boy, then you’re looking in the wrong place.

Some people don’t get a happily ever after. Molly Scott is one of those people, and she knows it. With the kind of past that she has, and the secrets that she holds, she knows that even if she found Prince Charming, he wouldn’t want her. She refuses to dwell on her less than ideal situation though. This is her life, no point in complaining.

Logan Wade had his life planned out, until all his dreams came crashing down around him. Now, he’s come back to the town he swore he would never see again to start fresh. He has no plans to ever settle down again, that’s how he ended up back here in the first place.

When Molly and Logan meet, they are forced to rethink the lives they thought they knew and the futures they were so sure they wanted. Suddenly, Molly wonders if there is a better life outside of the hell she has built for herself, and Logan begins to rethink his resistance towards settling down again.

They say love conquers all, but Molly and Logan are about to find out that sometimes love just isn’t enough

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Single Sundays: Rocked by Him by Lucy Lambert

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
It’s a time of firsts for Jennifer Snow. Her first time living in New York. Her first real job after college. Her first bad breakup.

At least there’s the hot guy she meets in the elevator. He’s exactly the type she normally never goes for. Drake Tyler spends his nights rocking with his band and generally being a bad boy.

But he’s intrigued by the straight-laced Jennifer, who shows a bit of a rebellious streak of her own when she helps Drake out of a tight spot with the cops.

They’re supposed to be wrong for each other, but neither of them cares when the sparks start to fly and the rock really starts to roll.

Review:

I’ll start by saying that I got this book for free one day on Amazon–and I’m glad that I did get it for free because if I had paid money for it I would have been very disappointed.

There were a few errors along the way (grammatically) but I’ve come to expect that from freebie reads because most of the time they lack an editor. The errors weren’t enough to cause me to stop reading but they were very noticeable.

This story was cute, don’t get me wrong, but it’s nothing new that I haven’t read before. I didn’t find anything too exciting though the cop bit was a something that I haven’t come across yet. But overall, nothing was very thrilling about this book.

Jennifer was NOT the brightest crayon in the box (and to be fair I don’t think Drake was either) so I found things were senselessly overdramatic when they didn’t need to be. I also thought the romance happened way to quickly for me and that turned me off of this book as well.

Conclusion:

The book is very short so I didn’t feel like I wasted a huge amount of time reading this book. I definitely wouldn’t pay to read it so if you are looking for a cute read (and don’t mind some errors and overdramatics) grab it next time it is free on Amazon. Otherwise, avoid!

Rating: 2/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Recommended for: 18+
Point of View: First Person
SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #2 Worst Reads of 2013
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