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.
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I must say that Ripped is a fantastic companion novel in the Real series. I enjoyed getting to know Pandora better and understanding why she has been bitter. Realising that her problems stemmed from her first love and her mother’s perception of men, it was kind of heartbreaking. But watching her pick herself up, put her emotions on the line and find the confidence to stand up for her beliefs, was inspiring in itself.
Mackenna was an amazing guy too. He comes across like the tough and carefree rocker guy, but I could see that his heart was damaged too. The inspiration for a lot of his songs came from his relationship with Pandora. When these two are in the same space they are toxic, but have an amazing attraction to one another. It was amusing to see them together as they often fought so much that it fuelled their desire for one another!!
Their attraction and chemistry wasn’t the only thing they had in common; they also had secrets that have kept them apart for the past six years. It was sad to see the hard times they went through because of them, and I kind of picked up on the clues throughout their journey. I loved seeing the rock side to Mackenna and his band, they are a great group of guys and take Pandora under their wing a little. I also had small glimpses of Brooke, Remy, Melanie and Greyson.
I thought that Ripped was another great instalment in the Real series. I have enjoyed each and every instalment and I look forward to the sixth book too. Katy Evans hooks me to her stories every time and creates these Alpha males that I love! So even though the details of the sixth book are a mystery right now, I will be snapping it up ASAP!
Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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…