Ripped by Katy Evans
The fifth story in the new adult series that began with the New York Times bestseller REAL.
Release: 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.
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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Ripped is Mackenna and Pandora’s story. I couldn’t wait to crack into this baby! Pandora is angry, with a capital A towards Mackenna for leaving her six years ago without a goodbye. She also went through her Dad’s tragic passing with no closure in their relationship. Pandora doesn’t cry and she doesn’t show emotion except for hurt and anger. The tomato scene was epic! I think having a yelling match to hash it all out, scream, get their frustrations out earlier in the novel would’ve made way for less back’n’forth, less confusion of emotions, and more angst in other aspects of their relationship for the reader. I enjoyed having Mackenna’s POV so we understand his side of what went down six years ago. P&M were a secret when they were younger, Pandora’s Mom vs. Mackenna’s Dad. P&M’s mash up tune was emotionally charged and I greatly enjoyed all that they were saying to one another in that scene. It was their own way of communicating, which was beautiful. I wanted to shake the stubbornness out of these two, although their banter made these moments flow smoothly. Katy had me crying, laughing, and shocked out of my mind with events occurring presently and in the past between P&M. The ending had me sobbing…as the last two damn paragraphs gutted me. Ripped ended on a cliffhanger with a search for more and I want to know what happens next, like yesterday!! The connection between P&M is palpable, both from when they were younger and in the present. The denial, lies, and stubbornness were forms of protection that could’ve been decreased with open communication. But this is their story and although their fight is strong, they both held their heads high, didn’t back down, and they got what they wanted…the truth! Give this a try and find your next book crush!! Rating: 4 stars
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…
WRITING RIPPED By Katy Evans
RIPPED – I’m so excited to be sharing with everyone RIPPED, Real series book #5!
RIPPED began with Pandora, Brooke (Real, Mine and Remy) and Melanie’s (Rogue) goth friend. She’s such a wounded warrior and so bitter that I was completely hooked wanting to know—what happened? What made her like this? Why does she hate men so much?
And that’s how I met her man, Mackenna Jones.
He’s back in Seattle for the concert of the year, and Pandora hates him so much, she is still so stuck in the past for having loved (and lost) him when she was young, she’s determined to go pay him a visit and give him a little something to remember her by. Nothing nice, I assure you.
And that’s where RIPPED totally exploded for me. It’s one of those books where I couldn’t stop writing even for a second. It seemed like I just opened Pandora’s box of secrets and they came spilling out, one after the other. Memories, what truly happened in her eyes, in his eyes, their first kiss (sigh) and so much more. Their past is tumultuous and passionate and their present, when they reunite again, is just as passionate and rocky. They have a long way to go to their HEA but, though Pandora doesn’t feel she deserves it and has never let herself want it, Mackenna has another plan to conquer back his girl.
What I love about this couple in particular is how equal they seem—the push and the pull always kept me guessing as to who had control of the situation, sometimes Pandora had Mackenna by the pants, and plenty of others it was Mackenna who kept getting the upper hand, knowing each and every one of Pandora’s weaknesses (including that he is the main one.)
He is the boy she could never forget.
She is the girl no other girl has ever compared.
Things are about to get RIPPED during Mackenna’s concert tour when his manager thinks it brilliant to force Pandora to tag along.