Posted December 12, 2014 by Debbie in Blog Tour, Book Release, Book Reviews / 0 Comments


The fifth story in the new adult series that began with the New York Times bestseller REAL.


Title : Ripped (REAL series #5)

Author : Katy Evans

Genre : New Adult Contemporary

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release: December 9, 2014

Rating : 4 Stars



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.


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 Maria’s Thoughts

First, Katy Evans brought us Remington “Riptide” Tate…underground champion fighter; hot, sexy, possessive, lion-licking, intense, alpha male. Then, she gave us Greyson King…leather glove wearing, pierced, strong, sensual, stealthy underground enforcer. And now, Katy Evans brings us Mackenna Jones…talented, gorgeous, sizzling, smart, fun, amazing, dirty mouthed, lead singer of band Crack Bikini. Katy Evans knows how to write a hero, Just one problem, this hero made promises he didn’t keep, leaving our heroine, Pandora Stone, confused, bereft, alone and ANGRY.

“He didn’t even say goodbye. The last thing he’d said to me was that he loved me. Now. I. Hate. Love. I gave the motherfucker everything that was in my young, stupid heart to give, and he ruined me.” ~ Pandora Stone

This is the story of Mackenna and Pandora, of a first love so real, so good, until, it suddenly wasn’t. Through flashbacks and memories we learn about their relationship. The secret nobody knew; the love and friendship they shared. Until that night, when everything changed. Fast forward to the present, Pandora sees that Crack Bikini is coming to town and a desire for revenge takes over. Pandora is about to learn why one shouldn’t act hastily out of anger. Mackenna has plans of his own, they don’t include her, at first. However, her revenge plan gone awry and his manager seeing dollar signs, lead to a change in plans, and to to a smoldering, intense attraction born of the past never let go with temptation, lust, hurt and mistrust  along for the ride.

“I guess every time you make a choice, you wonder if you made the right one.” ~ Mackenna Jones

Pandora Stone was a character I wasn’t sure how I felt about when I first met her in Real. She was a good friend to Brooke and Melanie, both in previous books. However, she was a hard, tough, goth girl. She was angry, quiet, yet blunt. That, I liked. I wasn’t sure how, or, if I could connect with this character. Katy Evans showed me how. Pandora, though frustrating at times, is a complicated character. So much happened to shape her persona. I found myself understanding her so much better. After knowing th whole story, I got her. I even liked her, wanted her to be happy.

Mackenna Jones…where do I start? I loved him from word one. His charisma, his sexy gorgeous looks, the fact that he’s a rock star who writes his own songs just added to the swoon factor. The young Kenna we meet from the past was sweet and romantic. The present day Kenna is all man but through the tough exterior, we see the love and hurt he feels. I wondered if it was too late for them.

I thought the plot unfolded smoothly. The tension built up and crackled between them. Katy Evans knows how to write sexy times, especially with a dirty talking hot hero. It works. It’s not cheesy or eye rolling. I also loved the  heated exchanges between the two of them. The fighting and sarcastic comments had me laughing out loud. There is also heart in this story. Emotions and hope for second chances but fear of losing it again keep them from fully opening up, which led to some exasperating moments for me. However, it worked. There was an unexpected twist that took me by surprise and wasn’t fully resolved for me.

Overall, I loved this book. I love this series. I think Katy Evans did another fantastic job, bringing us another terrific story with great characters. I even loved the other band members, especially the twins. This story could be read as a stand alone, BUT, there are SPOILERS about the other characters in the series. I say start from the beginning and fall in love with each of Katy Evans’ REAL men.  I did!

Yesi’s Thoughts

There isn’t much more that I can say that Maria hasn’t already touched on. The main thing for me was how hard I fell for Mackenna Jones…Good Lord!!! Katy Evans is masterful when it comes to giving us HOT alpha males and Mackenna certainly did not disappoint. I knew from the moment the cover was released that I was going to love him,  then I finally met him and sure enough, he owned it. He totally lived up to that gorgeous cover.  His character brought rock star sex appeal and charisma with full force and I totally understand why Pandora was never able to forget him. Now Pandora on the other hand, she was a tough nut to crack, she was angry and sort of mean, but I eventually warmed up to her. It was hard not to see how hurt she was and how much being left behind affected her life.  I am a sucker for rock stars who love fiercely, who know they screwed up, and who fight for their women.  Mackenna does all of that and so much more, Pandora just needed to get with the program. Ripped is Mackenna and Pandora’s story, a second chance romance story, and one that completely consumed me.

“The day I walked away from you was the day I fucking ripped my own heart out!”

” I feel everything for her. Anger and protectivness. Possessiveness and pain. I fell fucking good with her. I feel…”

Mackenna Jones

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About the Author

Katy%20Evans 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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