The fifth book in the New York Times new adult series that began with Real. When an angry, heartbroken girl is forced to be near her rocker ex-boyfriend, only time will tell if the fire between them will consume them both.
Pandora, the gothic friend of Brooke (Real, Mine, Remy) and Melanie, thought that getting her heart broken by her bad boy rocker ex could only happen once. But now, he's back in town with the biggest concert of the year. Pandora hates him so much that she gets Melanie to come with her and play a prank on him at his gig. But when they are caught by security, and her ex himself is summoned, he decides not to press charges if she'll follow certain conditions. Pandora likes none of his rules, or that he's in charge of her, especially since they seem designed to make sure she's in close contact with him again. But the closeness reignites the passion they once shared, and soon no matter how much she wants to hate him, it's clear she's still hung up on him. And worse: he knows it too.
It's no secret I am a HUGE fan of this series. I love Katy Evans writing; her way of writing is brilliant. Each book we get to know more about the characters and she effortlessly makes us fall in love with these sexy alpha males. While still making you feel connected to each of the girls.
Katy smashed Pandora and Mackenna's story out of the park. It was filled with raw emotions, regret, betrayal, love, loss, steamy and sassy banter. I have been dying to get to know Pandora and this book did not disappoint!
Pandora is a hater of love and we've never known why, sit tight because we are about to find out.
Pandora's life changed when she lost the love of her life, losing him affected her life in such a big way. Her mother was no help, she was a bitter women towards men not a day went by when Pandora was young that she wasn't reminded just how bad men are.
Slowly we start to peel back the layers as to why Pandora is a hater of love, you would be too if you had been in her shoes. It's taken time and now she has her chance at revenge on the man who broke her heart and her ability to let any other man close to her.
Insert Mackenna Jones aka Kenna, lead singer of the band "Crack Bikini" (how did Katy come up with this name?). Kenna is a rock god and has women throwing themselves at him, it's fine to sample the smorgasbord have a taste and move on. None of these women are the ones that will replace the one that holds his heart.
My nightmare, my dreams, my walking, talking fantasy.
Pandora and Melanie turn up to a Crack Bikini concert, after causing some havoc with the band they have to deal with the consequences when they're caught. Pandora's plan has backfired and she is now coming face to face with the last person on earth she wants to be around.
"Are you suicidal, or just looking to leave home? Because trust me, jail won't be much of an improvement."
"And your fucking face isn't much improved with the egg facial I gave you."
You can feel the electricity when Pandora and Mackenna are in the same room, while Pandora is pissed Mackenna is shocked to see her. Finally the band realize that Pandora actually exists.
Pandora needs to pay for what she's done when she's given two options, not a fan of either she takes the one with one perk.
Going on tour with the band Pandora is adamant to make Mackenna's life hell, she can resist him and his charming ways, She has to, he broke her. Mackenna is a very irresistible man he is still as gorgeous as he was all those years ago although the last few years have done him well. Can Pandora keep true to herself and resist the temptation of this gorgeous man, she is adamant she can do it even though being so close to him is reminding her of her feelings she once had for him.
"How could I forget for a moment what you tasted like... how addictive you are..."
Pandora gets more than she ever expected from her time on the road, Mackenna is hard to resist and after a few steamy slip ups feelings and thoughts from the past bubble to the surface. The chemistry between Pandora and Mackenna is HOT, they may have been through tough times together in the past but it's clear those feelings are still there even when one wants to deny them. When truths and lies from the past all surface Pandora learns there was more to the story, helping her change her decisions with her feelings towards Mackenna.
Since the day he left there hasn't been one where he didn't think of Pandora. He had no choice he had to leave but always swore to himself one day he would find her again. After all these years he still loved Pandora and wasn't letting her go without a fight. Making her see they are meant for each other isn't easy when you are dealing one someone as hard headed as Pandora.
"Holy shit, I feel powerful things for her. I feel everything for her. anger and protectiveness. Possessiveness and pain. I feel fucking good with her. I feel..."
Katy had me so damn excited once my book husband made his entrance, while Remy wasn't in it for long it was enough for me. Ripped is a great addition to the REAL series, I have loved every book, the chemistry between Brooke and Remy is off the charts, Melanie and Greyson are intensely hot and Pandora and Mackenna are electrifying.
I read the paperback of Ripped, it is highlighted like you wouldn't believe and flagged with so many of my favourite quotes. I may need to buy another copy to replace my overly loved copy lol.
*Review by Kristy
Angus & Robertson AUS: http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/ebooks/ripped-katy-evans/p/9781476755656
My Life in 8 Words: “Hectic, wonderful, complete; everything I ever wanted.”
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