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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  102,392 ratings  ·  7,497 reviews
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 figh
ebook, 293 pages
Published April 8th 2013 by Smashwords
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Erika My older brother asked me for few romances with: "You need to know your enemy" :D and few of them he read again.

I think I had given him some Kresly C…more
My older brother asked me for few romances with: "You need to know your enemy" :D and few of them he read again.

I think I had given him some Kresly Cole books. Lot of passion :D(less)
Maya Sam Hmm, I read 'captivated by jax' recently. He's not a fighter, but I saw similarities of Remy and Jax in how protective / possessive they were about th…moreHmm, I read 'captivated by jax' recently. He's not a fighter, but I saw similarities of Remy and Jax in how protective / possessive they were about the heroines. I loved both these books :)
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Jun 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: run-away-quickly
Oh, how I wish this book were an underground boxing match. I've had so much fun thinking up names and special fighting techniques for Brooke and Remington.

Brooke "The Washout" Dumas. Weighing in at an arguably lithe 120lbs., Brooke's fighting style relies more on flexibility and trickery than sheer brute force. Having been denied her dream of Olympic gold thanks to an injury, Brooke's had years to save up all her bitter rage and coil it into a tight ball of hate that she's stuffed in "her core"

15 Facial Expressions

1 Awesome Fiancé

It took me seven days, four bottles of wine, over forty status updates and a whole lot of commiserating and consoling from my friends to get me through this book. I saw a lot of extreme reactions to the quotes I was posting and I couldn't help but wonder about some of the faces my friends were pulling as they read them. Since my fiancé is one of the most animated people I know, and is always willing to be my guinea pig, I figured I'd subject him to
May 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
What. The. Fuck...

I know everyone loves it, I can't hide that I absolutely hated it Editing again...turns out I have more to say. I can't let it go.


I....No....I can't, it's just so bad. So bad.

Basically the story is Brooke goes to watch a fight. Remy... A ummm man of few words- does that thing of seeing a girl once and being madly in love with her. This is the extent of his character...he wants Brooke and he fights, that's it.
So she gets hired as his muscle
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
I love him. He’s not just a star, he’s the whole fucking sky to me. He’s the sun and every planet in this galaxy.


Remington Tate is so one of my top favorite book boyfriends. I love him, I more than love him. I want to lick him and eat him up.
Dump whatever you are reading for a while, and jump onto this book.. trust me, its WOW.

When the book starts and the author describes Remy; him walking, I swear to god I creamed myse
Emily May
Aug 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, 2013, new-adult

I am conducting what I'm shelving as a "New Adult (NA) Experiment". I'm going to work my way through some of the popular New Adult books and see if I can weed out the crap and hopefully find some surprising gems. Here's hoping!

This was bad. I know there's a certain lack of believability in all romance novels, but Real took it to an all new level. There's not a single character here who's anything other than a caricature, rarely a piece of dialogue that's anything other than cringy, and definitel
Aestas Book Blog
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it

Please don't lynch me!!

I'm a little scared to say this given all the passionate fans of this book but, if I'm going to be honest, I just wasn't feeling it.

I mean, I get it. I totally get why so many readers loved it. It had a hot Alpha (somewhat damaged) hero, boat loads of steam and all, plus he was a fighter (gotta love the bad boys, right?) but... I just honestly barely felt anything while reading. I also had several issues with some of the content and then found the ending absolutely predi
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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We’ll get right to it... The main attraction:

Remington ‘Riptide’ Tate
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This guy is too much. Too much male. Too much masculinity and pure raw beats. Put together, he’s just like sex on a stick.
One thing you should know about him right away...
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And just a warning, this book will get you
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Okay, okay... now for the actual review.

Brooke gets dragged to an underground fight one night with her best friends Melanie. Brooke isn’t the type of girl that
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing


"When I take you, you'll be mine," he says, a soft promise in my ear. He slides his thumb along my jaw, then gently kisses my earlobe. "You need to be certain." His eyes are so hot that I'm on fire with the lust in them, and the word "mine" makes the empty place between my legs swell with longing. "I want you to know me first, an
Rachel (BAVR)
Nothing in the world could have prepared me for this book. It’s too much and too little and too fucking bad for my brain to wrap itself around. I like romance. Really, I do. But books like Real are twisting the romance genre to a place where the phrases “pussy lips” and “fucks my ear” are becoming the norm, and I can’t with that. I can’t.

And how about these “hot alpha heroes” the writers have been cranking out lately? What a bunch of assholes. Just empty, pointless shells of rudimentary DNA and
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Oh Katy Evens, you made me laugh so hard today. Your brilliant satire on the state of modern women in their early 20s is an insightful critique of the unabashed shallowness and anti-feminist behavior spawned by such books as "Fifty Shades of Gray." Your tongue-in-cheek references to pretentious pop culture icons, and your commentary on the recent abundance of literary misogynists was riveting. The way you crafted your prose eloquently showed how hyperbole and hyper-erotic imagery can be used to ...more
Review FINALLY posted.

3 to 3 1/2 stars

Looks like I'm in the minority here. I liked this book but didn't love it.

Real intrigued me, captivated me, overwhelmed me, baffled me, and annoyed me. It has to be the single most repetitive and overly sexualized book I have ever read. And that says something! Still, I couldn't put it down, so I guess that says something, too.

Overall, my biggest issues with this book—other than Booke's excessive babbling about how she looses control over her nether region
Jaime Arkin
Edited 7/17 - So I decided to read this for myself... all the love and fangirling for this book made me think maybe the quotes were not indicative of the full story.

Approximately 3 page in:

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I'm in the minority in my feelings about this apparently:

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Here's the thing... not a single thing about this story was sexy to me.
In fact, the majority of the time I spent like this:

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and like this:

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and like this:

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And at one point, The first lemon had me doing this:
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The writing itself was s
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This book is so much more than 5 stars.. It needs more stars!!!

The Chemistry Between Remy and Brooke was crazy, intense, hot, mouth watering, scorching , sheet burning, panty melting, eye's rolling back of your head total fucking hotness!!! The Sex was totaly AMAZING!! Once I got past almost dieing of sexual frustration..but man, once they finally hooked it up--damn.. it was game on!!!

The Story was so good
Aug 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook

More later. -__-


OK, here goes....

I'm not gonna lie: when I see an overwhelming fuckton of 5 star squee attached to something labeled as "New Adult," I have a proportionately overwhelming desire to read it and see if it is indeed all that. Since I'm a bastard person at heart, I think you can guess what the inevitable result usually is.

But this...this, my friends, was a colossal shitburger of epic proprtions.

There ain't no subjective about it. Objectively, it was bad. Objectively, it was one of
"I'm every woman's adventure, damn you, and I don't want to be yours. I want to be your fucking REAL." ~ Remy <3


Can't wait for more Remy!!! ~


My Remington "Riptide" Tate --


My Brooke --

Full review to come.
~ Becs ~
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Music plays a very important part in this book, most especially to Remy and Brooke and it does have its very own playlist but I want to dedicate this song to Remy for what he did in New York and what it meant - The Last Fight by Velvet Revolver. Damn you Remy, you made me ugly cry!

I’m every woman’s adventure, damn you, and I don’t want to be yours. I want to be your fucking REAL. You get that? If I fuck you, I want you to belong to me. To be mine. I want you to give yourself to me—not Riptide
A. Bookzilla.
Mar 16, 2013 rated it did not like it

1 heart clenching this heart clenching romance...clenching clenching clenching like nothing ever clenched before.

This book was about a girl named Brooke who obviously has some sort of clenching condition. I can't count the times or list parts of her that clenched in many, many ways.

Every time Remy was near she was panting like a dog in heat and I just wanted to pull her out of my Kindle and hit her. And hit her. Again and again.

Look. I tota
TinaNicole ☠ Le Book Nikita ☠
Don't be fooled by all the 5 star reviews on this book!

I'm sure there's an okay story in there somewhere if you don't have any problem with digging through a bunch of nonsensical crap to find it. I don't want to spend my time trying to figure out what the author means, I just want to get lost in the story and characters.

For me this book was close to unreadable. It is riddled with bad grammar, long run-on sentences (some entire paragraphs are one long sentence) misused words galore, incorrect t
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jenny: We can never get enough of MMA book with a tortured hero can we Gitte? But what I found with this one was that there was a twist with regard to the MC which I found quite different and, as sad as that was, I enjoyed that this delved a little further than being a romance. Remy was at the heart of this story and I found him such troubled and interesting character.

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

Remington Tate. Remy. Riptide. We know him by many names, but knowing th
Clumsy Storyteller
What i liked about this book :

-The last 15% of it :D that was AWESOME.

what i didn't like about this book :

- The rest of the book, Cheers!
Monica Murphy
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Be jealous...I was the first reader of this book and OMG you guys. IT'S AWESOME AND AMAZING.

Remington Tate is a sexy beast. Brooke is his perfect match - strong and sweet. It's an emotional roller coaster ride you won't be able to put down and the ending....OMG. I still think about the ending and I read the book months ago!

Katy, you're da bomb but you already know I have mad love for you. So there. :)


"That's All" Ash
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(pardon the language) ;)

But there’s just no other way of describing this book. Actually, I’ve had several friends ask about the book I’ve been *locked* away in my room with. And those two words seemed to be my only response. In it’s entirety.


Katy Evans, the delicious author of this gorgeous, hormone-stimulating piece of work is a *drug dealer* of sexual angst. And I am heavily addicted, friends.

I might have to introduce myself during future meetings with, “Hi. I’m Ashl
Alexis *Reality Bites*
SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
3.5 STARS out of 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Review Posted on 4/17/13

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Okay, so before you throw tomatos at me in protest just hear me out.

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Remington RIPTIDE Tate is #1 in the underground fighting circuit girls wanna scew him and guys want to be him. Brooke allowed her best friend, Melanie, to talk her in to going to the underground matches. As Melanie screeches her love for RIPTIDE, Brooke can’t help but be pulled into his magnetic f
***5 STARS***

One of my all time favorite books/series.

Remy is an underground fighter. Brooke is dragged to the fights by her best friend because of how hot Remy is and his popularity as a fighter. Remy sees Brooke from the ring and he instantly falls for her but he has a secret and it has tortured his life. He is afraid to bring Brooke into a relationship with him because of this secret. Brooke can feel the attraction between them so she doesn’t understand the push and pul from Temy.

The sexual t
chan ☆
the only meaningful reread comment i have is

Let's start with some quotes shall we.

"I moan feebly as his teeth graze my neck, undulate helplessly as he tugs my flesh so firmly, I think he's going to give me my first hickey."

"but he's massively big and drags thickly over every inch of my channel. A haggard whimper...."

"calling me a little chick-fil-a sandwich, because I'm so chicken."


Yeah. Um. EXCUSE ME. Part of me wants to reduce this review purely to quotes so you all can
Georgia ♥


5 Holy Hotness & Pure Male Deliciousness Stars

“Ladies and gentlemen, and noooww … the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the man you’re all here to see. The baddest of the bad, I give you, the one, the only, Remington ‘Riptide’ Tate!”




I am sorry, I got ahead of myself, let’s take a step back and see how I ended up hot and bothered, consumed by lust and frustrated if you add the additional trauma of my boyfriend being away on a business trip, in the othe
Elizabeth (Liz)



GENRE: Categorized as NA, but, honestly, it's adult contemporary. Both characters are in their early-mid twenties and have careers. 18+

HEAT LEVEL: I'm pretty sure it cannot be adequately rated! See my review.

*New* INTENSITY LEVEL: Un. Be. Lievable. See my review.

NOTE: Book #1 of The Real, Raw & Ripped Series, BUT this is a complete story!!! There will be a follow-up book
Sophia Triad
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is oozing testosterone...
All this sniffing, rubbing, growling and mating hormones...

I loved it!

I was thinking of writing a detailed review, but then I had a look at all these 1-star reviews and I honestly laughed my socks off. Almost all of them are brilliant! Better than all the 5-stars reviews actually.

On the other hand, I am wondering what people expect to read when they start a story about an oversexed underground fighter and a sweet ex-athlete who doesn't understand what thi
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy

◊•◊ 4 Powerful K.O.s Rating ◊•◊

My Remington 'Riptide' Tate


My Brooke Dumas

What a violent, dark and totally hot story that made me wet and frustrated at the same time.

"Why'd you want to have sex with me? To have a fucking adventure? What was I suppose to be? your one-night-fucking stand? I'm every woman's adventure, damn you, and I don't' want to be yours. I want to be your fucking REAL. You get that? If I fuck you, I want you to belong to me. To be mine. i want you to give your
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
★★★★★! REAL, book 1 of ? Debut by Katy Evans. Spellbinding tale of friendship, budding romance & lots of sexual tension with a larger-than-life hero, Remy who will hit you like a riptide!

“It feels like he's marking me. Like he's preparing me for something monumental. That could both change and ruin my life.”

Hero: Remington Tate, aka Remy, aka Riptide/26 years/famous underground fighter-College drop-out/black hair/blue eyes
Heroine: Brooke Dumas/24 years/recent graduate with masters in
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Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 10 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

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