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Apr 1, 2013

REAL Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to day one of our seven days of GET REAL fun! I've had the huge honor of receiving an ARC of REAL to read and review and oh my sweet goodness, it's one that absolutely cannot be missed -- it just can't!

For the next few days, Books Over Boys will be bringing you exclusive material to all things REAL and I really don't think you'll want to miss a second of it! For today, I've got my review filled with all my thoughts and feels to share with you as well as a giveaway where one of you lucky bookworms will get a chance to win a copy of this book a day or so before it release. Total fun, right?

So, without further ado, let's get this fun started!

About the book:

Author: Katy Evans
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: April 9, 2013

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?

Book #1 of The Real Series
Mature New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance - recommended for ages 18 and up.

My review:

I know I’ve probably said this about a million times or so but I so seriously mean it a whole lot when I say REAL is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Reading it was a crazy whirlwind of hot and steamy with a load of frustration backing it up. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I opened up that first page; I thought… well, I don’t really know what I thought but what I received definitely left me jaw-dropped big time. During my reading, I bounced back and forth between liking it to loving it to disliking it to not understanding a bit of it, multiple times. After reading it though, I’ve come to conclude that it’s one of those where nothing makes sense until the very end. After the puzzle pieces comes together, you realize why this happened in that scene or why this was said or why that was done and then you slowly start to understand how perfect it all is.

I’m still a little conflicted by how I feel about REAL, I’ve had some time to sit and think on this one and I’m not sure if I just like it or if I absolutely love it to a thousand pieces and back. Part of this confliction is because of our leading male, Remington Tate. He’s got to be one of the most confusing and mysterious literary male characters I’ve ever read about, haha. And I don’t know if that says a lot or not but… that’s how I feel. There was so much that I couldn’t wrap my mind around and I felt like our leading female, Brooke, was in her own world sometimes. I felt like everything she was feeling was all one-sided and I couldn’t understand how she started to feel certain things when Remy seemed so… aloof and unresponsive. Even though I was feeling like this, there was still so much that I loved in between all the one-sidedness and aloofness.

Read my full review here.

About the author:

Katy Evans had a pet cougar while growing up; a big, fanged cat which later needed to be sent to the zoo for playfully trying to attach itself to Katy's jugular. From then on, she grew up with much safer companions like books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love, married him, and now they are 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...

To find more about her, look her up on her website, Twitter, or Facebook, she'd also love to hear from you!

Connect with Katy Evans: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway Details:

  1. Must leave a blog post comment below.
  2. One entry per household.
  3. There will be seven (7) winners.
  4. You must be 13 or older.
  5. Giveaway is open internationally.
  6. Contest ends on Monday, April 8th, 2013.
  7. Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter.
  8. Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond.
  9. Note: winners will receive the ebooks on April 8th in the evening.

Good luck!

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  1. I have been waiting for this book it looks so good. I love any book that offers a chance for love to 2 characters who both have their own conflicts, but together work. Add a boxer to the story and I am sold!

  2. I really want to read Real because it sounds so interesting and the teaser didn't help calm me it just made the wait worse because it was so good.

  3. This reminds me of Beautiful Disaster, which I loved! Definitely on my TBR list!


  4. Excellent review Momo! I've got an ARC of this one myself and I have to say I'm quite enjoying it :D

  5. I really want to read this, added it to my TBR list last week :)

  6. You mean besides the sexy cover and the super awesome first chapter?
    My mind can't think right now of a good reason... I just kinda need to... right now

    xx Cynthia

  7. You had me at hot and steamy and then that it is unique! Great review:) Adding to my to read list now! Thanks!

  8. This sounds really good, I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway

  9. It sounds amazing! thanks for giving me the chance to win one free!

  10. This sounds pretty steamy! I'm in!

  11. I hadn't seen this yet, but it sounds like it will be great! Adding it to my read list now...

  12. I can't wait for this book because the little snippets that we've got from it have snagged my attention :)

  13. I want a pet cougar, although the book sounds safer.

  14. Looking forward to this book, really enjoyed the excerpts. Hope it becomes available in the UK at the same time :)

  15. When will the book be published because if I don't win, I'm buying it!

  16. I want to read REAL because it sounds so good! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  17. When all the other book bloggers added REAL to their to-read list I did too. The description on Goodreads look good, I can't wait for this book!

  18. I want to read REAL because you (Momo) has been raving about it and has amazeball taste in books and reading just little teasers here and there is driving me up the wall! I NEED THIS BOOK!

  19. Simply cannot wait to read this story! I've been following the excerpts and they keep getting more exciting. CONGRATS to the author on her debut!


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