Tuesday, December 9, 2014


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

New Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Releasing December 9, 2014

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.


Shel: I think fans of this series are going to love Ripped. Pandora and McKenna have lots of angsty chemistry, filthy dirty mouths, and a past together that neither of them can seem to let go of, as much as they claim to want to.  Court: Nope. Right from the get go, we see that there is definitely a lot of emotion in each of these characters. And the saying does go: "There is a fine line between love and hate." These two have that in spades. And it is phenomenal to read right from the first page. 

Shel: I think what separates this novel from the rest of the series is the way the angst plays out. For me, it was very tension-filled at the very beginning; there was a lot of push-pull going on (for both, but mostly Pandora) as both the main characters tried to deal with their feelings from the past. A past, by the way, that doesn't fully reveal all parts until almost the very end. Court: I loved their angst though. With a lot of rockers, there is a trope that gets played out a lot. But not here. And their tension and passion is fully with each other, as well as their hatred and annoyance. I wasn't sure what we were in for...but I loved it...as well as all of the appearances of our favorite characters from the series as we went. 

Shel: As the novel progressed I found myself liking McKenna more and more and wanting to tell Pandora to loosen up--she was so conflicted; she could go from cold anger to hot lust in a blink of an eye. Pandora had issues. Not that McKenna didn't have his own baggage but he seemed to handle his better; she just seemed to shove hers down or turn it into the one emotion she allowed: anger. Court: Exactly. First off. I love the name. I love the band name. I love his band mates. And I love how their story played out even though there was such a long time period that they didn't see each other. That is always hard for me to see pulled off...so they are definitely winning in my book because that is pulled off as well. 

Shel: Overall all I know readers will enjoy Ripped; it's the ultimate fantasy for some: going on tour with a hugely famous band and getting in on a love story behind the scenes. If anything, I'd say my only complaints were feeling a little underwhelmed with the story of Pandora and McKenna's families and since they seemed important, I guess I expected a little more. Court: Dude. My ultimate fantasy. Though, I am settling at this juncture for just being a personal assistant to a rocker and that would be my ultimate dream. I do agree with the line with families being rushed, because that does shape these characters irreparably. Maybe we'll see how these two are doing again in the future, and be more okay with it. I was in love with this story, in love with the writing, and definitely in love with getting my swag back with reading. This helped tremendously! Loved it! 

About the Author

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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