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
“Have you ever had a secret?”
Ripped was another exciting addition to the REAL series. No one does angsty, intense, love quite like Katy Evans! She consistently manages to write characters that get under the readers skin from the very first page, making you completely invested in their story.
“The last thing he said to me was that he loved me. Now. I. Hate. Love.”
Ripped started off brilliantly and kept up the pace throughout the whole book. In the beginning we get to meet the fire-cracker that is Pandora. She is hurt and angry in large part due to the shared past between herself and McKenna, and she holds nothing back. Sneaking into a huge concert McKennas band is playing, she lets loose on him in a juvenile manner that I freakin loved. I wish I could have exacted a similar revenge on some of my past loves! Of course she gets caught, and from that moment on a series of events occur that push the young ex-lovers back together again, creating a burning inferno of anger and passion.
“Promises. Lies. Loss. Hatred. The kind of hatred that’s only born of an intense, out-of-this-world love that went woefully wrong.”
While the ‘rock-star romance’ is a bit of a cliche and has been done many times over, Ripped felt fresh and not at all over-cooked. I think a lot of this is down to the main characters. Instead of Pandora being a sickly sweet virgin, she was a sassy-pants goth with many strong opinions on love and life. McKenna also had many things going for him other than ‘hot man-whoring rock-star’. He was pensive and intense, moody and beautiful, all wrapped up in a musical genius type package. The breaking of these molds made for a thrilling and engaging read.
“Every part of him is a threat – his voice, his kiss, our past, my own heart. I was so sure I’d gotten rid of my heart, but he makes me so aware that it’s still here, inside me somewhere.”
Ripped could have easily been boring and cliched but instead we were offered a fresh and exciting story about love, loss and second chances. Admittedly, it was a little bit cheesy as times, but what’s a rock-star romance without a bit of cheese? It’s par for the course. Ripped was well worth the reading time. Upon finishing this book, I am 100% invested in this story and interested to see where the rest of Pandora and McKennas journey will take them.
“Pandora. My nightmare, my dreams, my walking, talking fantasy.”
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