Book Title: Remy
Author: Katy Evans
Date of Publication: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Blog Tour Hosted by: The SUBClub Books
Underground fighter Remington Tate is a mystery, even to himself. His mind is dark and light, complex and enlightening. At times his actions and moods are carefully measured, and at others, they spin out of control.
Through it all, there’s been one constant: wanting, needing, loving, and protecting Brooke Dumas. This is his story; from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew, without a doubt, she would be the realest thing he’s ever had to fight for.
The Seattle crowd is wild tonight. Backstage, the noise reverberates between the walls, bounces off the metal lockers in the room where I prepare with some of the other fighters. I watch Coach bandage the fingers of one hand, and all I can think of is how Brooke Dumas is out there among the spectators, sitting in one of the seats I bought for her.
I’m so jacked up I feel like I’m plugged into a fucking electrical outlet. Blood pumps heady through my veins. My muscles are loose and warm and ready to contract and strike anything in my path. I’m ready to put on a fucking show and there’s one girl, one lovely girl, that’s got me tied up in knots, that I want to see me fight.
I hand Coach my other hand and stare at my bare knuckles as he shoots off the same instructions he always says.
My guard . . . patience . . . balance . . .
I zone out, letting his words slip through me and into my subconscious, where they belong. Right before a fight, I find a calm. I can hear all the noise but listen to nothing. A clarity comes with fighting. Every detail sharpening in your mind.
This sharpness and awareness makes me lift my head to the doorway. She stands there like out of some childhood dream, looking at nobody but me.
She wears a pair of white jeans and a pink top that makes her skin look even tanner than it is and so damn lickable my tongue hurts inside my mouth. Neither of us so much as twitches as we stare.
Hammer steps into my peripherals, and when I see him head straight for her, my anger ignites.
With deadly calm, I grab the tape from Coach and throw it aside as I stalk over to her. Then, I position myself directly behind her and to her right, taking my spot in a way that lets the dipshit Hammer know I was born to be here. Beside, behind, and by her.
“Just walk off,” I warn him, my voice low but lethal.
He doesn’t seem inclined to listen, instead narrows his eyes in contest. “She yours?” he asks with narrowed eyes.
Nodding, I narrow my eyes and let my gaze burn into him. “I can guarantee you, she’s not yours.”
The asshole leaves, and I notice Brooke doesn’t move for a long second, as if she doesn’t want to step away from me in the same way I don’t want her to go anywhere. Holy god, she smells good.
I drag her scent to my lungs like a junkie, and suddenly every inch of my body wants to cup her hips and draw her into me so I can scent her more. She turns her head to mine and softly murmurs, “Thank you,” but quickly leaves. I duck my head and haul in as much as I can before she walks away.
I remain standing there, feeling dizzy, my shorts ridiculously tented.
“Riptide! Hammer! You’re up next!”
Exhaling as I hear my name, I glance narrowly at Hammer across the room, who seems amused as fuck that I am clearly in deep shit with this girl.
He’s in even deeper shit with me.
“Remington . . . are you listening to me?”
I whip around to Coach, who’s fixing that last bandage he couldn’t secure. I keep glaring at Hammer as Riley extends my satin robe, and as I ram my arms into the sleeves, I decide Hammer better be prepared to vacation in a coma for a while.
“I said don’t let that bastard get to your head.” Coach knocks his knuckles to my temples. “And that girl neither.”
“That girl’s been in his head since the first fight here,” Riley tells him with a smirk. “Hell, he wants to carry that girl around with him like an accessory on tour. Pete is drafting the contract as we speak.”
Coach pokes a finger into my chest and I feel it almost bending. “I don’t give a shit what you’re planning to do tonight with the girl. You keep your head in the fight going on right now. You got that?”
I don’t answer, but obviously I get it. I don’t need to be told these things. Half a fight is in your head. But Coach likes feeling useful, so I just roll with it and trot out. I’ve fought all my life to stay sane. To keep focused, driven, and centered. But tonight, I fight to show one woman my worth.
*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
“I have fought my life to control my mood swings. I have fought for my health, for the hell of it, and to vent…I have fought to prove myself to my parents when they didn’t care. I have fought to prove to myself I’m strong. But now I fight to prove myself to her. And I’m taking this one home.”
Finally the time has arrived for us to get inside Remy’s head. Remy has been a man of few words up until this point, his actions did the talking for him but I was desperate to see the world through his eyes, the black and the blue. All of Remy.
Remy starts off in the present day so there are spoilers and Real and Mine need to be read in order. It then flips to the past and we witness the first time Remy laid eyes on Brooke and from that moment on, his world was never the same again. I was pleased as I began to read that it didn’t feel like a repetition of Mine and Real, some of the scenes I had forgotten or they just looked fresh coming from Remy’s perspective. My favourite being when he was holding off from taking Brooke, from her POV she felt frustrated and as if Remy was teasing her but I loved reading Remy’s inner thoughts. He was terrified of letting Brooke in. He really believed as soon as she knew the ‘real’ him that she would leave. My heart melted for him at this point. “What will it be like if I make her mine? I don’t delude myself into thinking that she will accept me, but what if she does? What if she can understand me? The way I am? The two parts of me? No. Not two parts. Every. Single. Fucking. Part. Of me.”
Through Remy’s eyes we were able to see just how much he felt for Brooke, he loved her almost immediately and said it often in his thoughts but he was too guarded and used his music to convey those words until they were both brave enough to say them. Towards the end of the book I did start to feel like it was a retelling of what we already knew and I wasn’t gaining much from Remy’s POV. However, it was great to see the desperate need and want wasn’t only on Brooke’s side. Remy was crazy over this woman and every thought was consumed by her.
Overall Remy was a good recap of Real and Mine. 75% of the book covered Real with the last quarter covering Mine. We got to see just how obsessed with Brooke Remy was. He was a primate, Brooke was his woman and he proved time and time again that he would go to any length to protect her. Now Remy is a sex God there is no denying that and boy did he think about it 24/7. But he’s male so we can’t really blame him but at this part in the story when we were just stuck on thinking about Brooke and all the ways Remy could have her, I really wanted to get deeper into his psyche. I wish we gleaned some new information. This was Remy’s time to take us into his head, I would have loved to have known more about his condition, the way he seen it and what it was like for him growing up, these things were mentioned but not in any great depth. I actually wish we got some more of the events that happened in Mine. I really wanted to see Remy’s ‘big episode’ through his eyes. He had a huge decision to make in terms of his treatment and his future and we missed out on that completely, I”m sure that particular scene in his POV would have floored me.
The writing, as ever, was great, it is so easy to fall back into this world and spend time with the characters we know and love. There were tiny slices of the present day sandwiched in between the flashbacks but I was greedy for more present Remy and the new role he had taken on. I wanted a great big epilogue with a look into the future but the series isn’t over so I’m hoping we still have more to come from this couple.
My favourite part of the story was to witness Remy finding happiness and some sort of peace. He still found it hard to believe a guy like him could achieve so much. After three books I have a lot of love for this man and I’m so glad to see him in a happy place. “I love her so much. She’s given me love in ways no one in my life ever has. I had never known someone could love me until she loved me.”
If you love the Real series then you will fall in love with Remy all over again after experiencing this intense primal love story through his eyes.
My favourite quotes:
“There are things you’re certain about. That you’d bet your life on. Things that you just know. You know the heat of a fire will burn you. Water will quench your thirst. She is one of those things; the most unerring certainty of my life.”
“When I take you, baby, I’m taking it all. I’m taking every fucking breath, every inch of your skin. Every. Beat. Of your heart.”
“I’m so fucking in love with her I don’t think anybody could ever hurt me like this girl could.”
“Mine. If I’d even known she existed before, I would have hunted her. I would have caught and conquered her.”
“My lungs empty in a whoosh. Fuck me, look at her. Only Brooke does this to me. The noise inside me stills and I feel whole and content, at peace, the instant my eyes lock on hers.”
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About Katy Evans
Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!