Gallery / November 5, 2013 / $15.00 print, $7.59 digital
In the international bestseller REAL, the unstoppable bad boy of the Underground fighting circuit finally met his match. Hired to keep him in prime condition, Brooke Dumas unleashed a primal desire in Remington “Riptide” Tate as vital as the air he breathes . . . and now he can't live without her.
Brooke never imagined she would end up with the man who is every woman's dream, but not all dreams end happily ever after, and just when they need each other the most, she is torn away from his side. Now with distance and darkness between them, the only thing left is to fight for the love of the man she calls MINE.
The title of a book has never more closely echoed the themes within as Katy Evans’s Mine. Mine opens, unsurprisingly, at a fight. Brooke is back by Remy’s side and equal parts nervous, jealous, and turned on to see him in the ring.
Where one of Katy’s true talents lies is in her ability to make you feel whatever Brooke is feeling, whether that’s the high of being surrounded by fans at Remy’s fight:
The crowd roars, “RIP-TIIIIIIDE!”
“One more time, ‘cause I can’t hear you!”
“That’s right, ladies and gentlemen! Here’s our favorite bad boy with that infamous smile and those deadly fists, ready to carve R.I.P. into anyone who stands in his way this year. The one, the only, Remingtoooon Tate, your RIPTIIIIIIIDE!!”
Wild excitement rushes through me as the crowd stands and roars like never before.
“My god, the fans are thirsty for him,” Pete breathes. And so am I. My god. So am I.
Or the low of being stung by scorpions:
They are almost crawling on me like spiders, fast and frantic over me. One swings its tail and sticks its stinger into the skin of my forearm. Then it sticks a second stinger into me. Pain shoots through me. I feel another sting up on my arm, and then I stop squirming and freeze. Fight or flight is full force in me. But I can’t run, and I can’t fight, and now I freeze, my body paralyzed in fear while all my organs go wild at the threat these things pose to me.
However, it is the mutual possessiveness that Brooke and Remy feel towards each other that makes their pairing truly compelling…and, dare I say, real.
Almost lazily, Remington turns and slowly, ever so slowly, stands, his muscles rippling with the move. Brilliant blue eyes rake over my body, taking me in in his red robe, which drapes all the way down to my ankles, and a territorial gleam sparks in his gaze in a way that makes every single womanly part of me tighten with wanting.
“Well, hello there, Miss Riptide,” Pete jumps in, his brown eyes glowing in amusement.
I smile. Because I not only want to wear Riptide’s clothes, I wish he’d ask me to wear his name even when I’d once told my best friend I would never, ever, marry because my career would always come first. Snort!
It’s nice to see a heroine who is as possessive as her alpha-male, and, on the flipside, it’s enchanting to see the softer side of a hardened fighter:
“I didn’t think I’d ever fall in love. Did you?”
“Never,” he says agin, those sexy dimples out in full force.
I drag my fingernails up to his temple, teasing them into his hair. “What did you think about when you grew up there?”
“I just took what I had and was satisfied with it.” He crushes my hair back and strokes my earlobe. “But if I’d known you existed, I’d have hunted you, I’d have caught you, and I’d have taken you.”
“But isn’t that what you did?” I ask, smiling.
“Exactly”—he bumps my nose with his, his blue eyes laughing—“what I did.”
Dealing with self-recriminations (and let’s be honest, a bit of finger pointing on Riley’s part) from the breakup threatens an otherwise strong relationship. From a reader perspective, though, it (along with some life-changing news) adds a much-needed conflict that not only saves this book from growing stale as many books do once the hero and heroine get a Happily Ever After, but gives it layers and depth that make this a gripping and addictive read.
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Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt. She works for Heroes and Heartbreakers and Criminal Element.