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MINE (Real #2) by KATY EVANS

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SYNOPSIS
He’s mine, and I’m his. Our love is all-consuming, powerful, imperfect, and real…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

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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

 Gitte:  3.5 Stars
Jenny: 3.5 Stars

Gitte: How excited were we Jenny to get our hands on more Remy? This man is so complex and different to so many hero’s out there and let’s not forget the fighter status! I have to say that in ‘Mine’, my favourite scenes were the ones with Remy in the ring. Katy Evans is the writing queen of the MMA fighter scenes in my opinion. They are detailed and so well written and I applaud her for that!

‘He comes into my line of vision, a flash of red, and swings up into the ring, so lithe and muscled, so sleek and agile. The lights shine down on him as he gets rid of his red robe, and suddenly he’s there. So masculine and raw. Every woman’s fantasy…..’

So, it breaks my heart to say that ‘Mine’ just didn’t wow me. I wish with all my heart that I loved it, because I love Remy and I love this Author. But the story line just didn’t work for me, because there wasn’t much of one in my opinion and also, Brooke sadly frustrated the hell out of me through most of the book.

Basically, Mine became all about Brooke’s anxieties and her sister, again. It became all about nookie, Brooke and Nora. There was no huge drama or suspense. Saying that though, mostly the nookie was hot and any scene with Remy in it, training or fighting was lush!

The only secondary character I really loved was Mel. LOVED her. She was so funny and real and she spoke her mind with abandon!

“Riptide is a bit of a Neanderthal, isn’t he? He’s so fucking primal….” – Mel

I don’t really know how to explain it other than to say, that for me, ‘Mine’ dragged a bit, it became repetitive and I wanted to skim any scene with Brooke moaning and bitching.

Gah, I feel awful but I have to be honest, I just didn’t get it, this is a follow up book but we didn’t really get anywhere! I know I’m not a lone voice in this because you felt the same didn’t you Jenny?

Jenny:  You’re definitely not a lone voice G and I have to be honest and say in all my time of reviewing  this review is one of the most painful I’ve had to write because I loved Real and was so excited for this book. In fact I would go so far as to say it was one of my most anticipated upcoming releases.  I was dying to see how Brooke and Remy fared and what life had in store for them. How they progressed and how they were overcoming their problems etc. I guess what I expected from Mine was a progression and I just don’t feel that was accomplished.

“You’re blinded because you’re mine.”
“No, I see you because I’m yours.”

We’ve discussed Mine at length with each other and unfortunately we are of the same opinion that this one just didn’t wow us.  We did enjoy it enough to follow it through to the end and felt the last part of the book brought it home but sadly for me also, it was a little to late.  Mine lacked the impact we had anticipated from this story.  I wanted to blame it on my mood, tiredness…..anything, and in fact I’ve been dragging my heels finalising this review trying to decipher what  it was exactly that didn’t work for me and like you I found it repetitive, awkward at times, Brooke’s characters appeared to have changed her constant bemoaning and internal dialogue made the story drag for me  and the felt a little too similar to Real at times..

Towards the end of the book there were some emotional scenes that grabbed me and I totally agree that Katy Evans can write an amazing MMA fight scene that is full of gripping imagery for the reader.

I found the whole sniffing, petting and carry on to be awkward and not endearing or sexy though there certainly were some bloody hot scenes in Mine that’s for sure! Wowzers!

Gitte: Now, Remy….

“That’s right, ladies and gentlemen! Bitches and manwhores! Girls and fucking boys! You want him? You got him! Say hello tonight to yourrrrrr one, yourrrrr only, Remington Tate, RRRRIIIIITIDE!!”

All I have to say is, this man is still so very lush. I give this man five Stars for being a fierce, passionate, protective, ripped fighting machine with a heart of gold and having the patience of a bloody saint. All this and he still deals so well with the memories of a fucked up childhood and his black episodes.

“I want him like my next breath….I want every fragmented part of him. I want his body. His mind. His heart. His beautiful soul.” – Brooke

TRUTH!!!!!

Remy’s story still makes me cry big fat ugly tears.

Jenny:  Remy really shone for me in this one even though I do feel he was kind of given a bum ride. To say I’m eagerly awaiting his book is an understatement because I’m so ready to hear from the man himself.  Geez G, I totally agree that this man certainly needs to be commended on his patience because he certainly cops a lot of crap from all directions and showed great fortitude when dealing with it all.

“Stop fucking punishing me, Brooke. I love you.” – Remy

He’s such a beautifully written character and my heart goes out to him time and time again. To rise above all the adversity he has faced really melts your heart and connects you to this character.

Gitte: Then we have Brooke.

“I know what I’ve got, and you’re a little handful of trouble, that’s who you are.” – Remy

What the heck happened to her Jenny? If I was meant to feel sorry for her, sympathise with her, understand her…well something went wrong because I didn’t get her at all. I haven’t really got much to say. I loved her strength, attitude and devotion in Real, but in ‘Mine’ it was a whole different Brooke. Yeah I just don’t know what to say Jenny, it breaks my heart and I feel like the world’s biggest meanie right now sadly but I wanted to kick her in the shins through most of ‘Mine’, well until about eighty percent anyway….

Jenny: Brooke, Brooke, Brooke…….I have no idea what happened to her in Mine but I really did want to slap her a couple of times.  I really liked Brooke in Real also. She was strong, compassionate and funny but something happened to her in Mine and I found her to be pretty high maintenance and whiny, though I wonder if this had more to do with my feelings being so strong for Remy and what he had to contend with on all levels.

“Did you think there wouldn’t be days where I loathed you more than I loved you for tearing me apart? Did you?”

I’m still conflicted on that one.

Gitte:  Right then, so sadly I didn’t love ‘Mine’, the last third of the book was fab but it was too late for me, but I still love Remy. He was given a bum deal in ‘Mine’, yet he shone and showed real heart despite this. I can’t wait for the next book where we get to hear his voice!! So my 3.5 stars go directly to RIIIIIIPPPPTIDE!!!!

Jenny:  I agree G.  The last third of Mine was fantastic. It was moving, beautiful and these two really connected at that point but like you it was just a tad too late because my irritation with certain aspects of the story were already ingrained in me.  Geez I hate writing reviews like this but as always we have to honestly convey our thoughts and even though Mine wasn’t a standout read it was still a book I enjoyed. I just didn’t love it.

I have to say I’m counting down the days until Remy is released because I am DYING for that book.  To hear from Remy, to feel him through his voice is something I’ve been anticipating since first reading Real. Bring on Riiiiiiiiiiiptide!!!!!

‘Hard, lean, and perfect, he is all dangerous, all beautiful and all mine.’ – Brooke

He is indeed Brooke!!!

 

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Release Date for Remy : 26th November 2013

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AMAZING SIGNED GIVEAWAY BY SOME AMAZING AUTHORS!!! CHECK THIS OUT!!! 6 WINNERS!!!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a signed giveaway and just look at what’s up for grabs!

6 x Prizes – 6 x Winners!

Open Internationally and who wouldn’t want these books on their shelves!!

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1 x Signed Galley Copy plus an Ebook Copy of The Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino

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SYNOPSIS

“You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together…then you’ll hear the sound of your soul.”

Mia Kelly thinks she has it all figured out. She’s an Ivy League graduate, a classically trained pianist, and the beloved daughter of a sensible mother and offbeat father. Yet Mia has been stalling since graduation, torn between putting her business degree to use and exploring music, her true love.

When her father unexpectedly dies, she decides to pick up the threads of his life while she figures out her own. Uprooting herself from Ann Arbor to New York City, Mia takes over her father’s café, a treasured neighborhood institution that plays host to undiscovered musicians and artists. She’s denied herself the thrilling and unpredictable life of a musician, but a chance encounter with Will, a sweet, gorgeous, and charming guitarist, offers her a glimpse of what could be. When Will becomes her friend and then her roommate, she does everything in her power to suppress her passions-for him, for music-but her father’s legacy slowly opens her heart to the possibility of something more.

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1 x Signed Paperback Copy and 1 x Ebook copy of Real by Katy Evans

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 Purchase Link to Real here:

SYNOPSIS

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

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1 x Signed Paperback Copy of Saving Dallas and Making the Cut Plus an Ebook copy of each by Kim Jones

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SYNOPSIS

When the self-righteous, millionaire bachelorette, Dallas Knox walks into Hattiesburg’s largest night club she is looking for one thing – a one night stand with no strings attached. What she doesn’t expect is to find herself at the mercy of the Devil’s Renegades Motorcycle Club and their President-Luke Carmical.

Luke is dangerous, sexy, and dark. The life he lives is far different from the privileged life Dallas is accustomed to.

Can she accept the lifestyle of an MC?

Can she handle the domineering nature of Luke?

Or is it too late to save Dallas from the path she has chosen…

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SYNOPSIS

She went searching for a one night stand and ended up falling in love with Luke Carmical, President of the Devil’s Renegades Motorcycle Club. Now she must decide how to handle the aftermath of Frankie’s brutal assault and the knowledge that Luke has been lying to her- about everything. Secrets are revealed and more lies exposed as Dallas Knox, CEO of Knox Companies, becomes more involved in the MC. She wonders if this life is enough for her, if this family is really what she wants. When circumstances present her with an unusual twist of fate, Dallas knows without a doubt, thatthis is the family she has longed for. New problems occur, traumatic events take place and lives hang in the balance as Dallas has to decide what is really most important in life.

The journey is long.

The outcome is uncertain.

Can she Make the Cut?

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1 x Signed copy (your choice) of either Connected or Torn plus an Ebook copy of each by Kim Karr

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SYNOPSIS

What if a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ could happen twice?

Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London’s soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But, when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable.

When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia’s life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soulmate.

Struggling with confusion as old connections fade and new ones begin, Dahlia’s grief begins to lift–but guilt remains. River wants to be the one to mend all that is torn within her.

But with a past that is never really gone, can their future survive?

 

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SYNOPSIS

Rock star River Wilde brought Dahlia London back from the brink of hopelessness with his unwavering love and devotion. But their entangled history is about to test the strength of their relationship…

Dahlia was certain she had found true love and met her “Once in a Lifetime’ when she reconnected with River. But Dahlia’s world comes crashing down when someone from her past resurfaces, and all of River’s carefully hidden secrets are exposed.

River wants to show Dahlia that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass—it’s about dancing in the rain. But how many times can one broken heart be mended?  Will River and Dahlia be able to stay together or will they be torn apart?

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1 x Signed Paperback Copy plus 1 x Ebook copy of Lick by Kylie Scott

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SYNOPSIS

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.xxxx

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1 x Signed Paperback Copy plus 1 x Ebook Copy of Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wylde

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SYNOPSIS

Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.

Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.
Maybe.

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

 

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EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK TEASER AT MINE (Real #2) by KATY EVANS!!!

A few months back we were contacted by a first time author to read her book REAL.
There was something about this book that told us to read it.
We’re glad we did because we fell in love with the book and the characters and couldn’t wait for more!!!

Our wish wanted granted because the REAL series continues!
As we eagerly await the release of

MINE (Real #2)
by
KATY EVANS

we’re so excited to bring you this
EXCLUSIVE TEASER!!!

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***WARNING – THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM REAL ***

Roll on 5th November ~ We need more REMY and BROOKE!

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I belong to him. He belongs to me.
Our love is all-consuming, powerful,imperfect, and real…

 

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 Excerpt from MINE! 

“Ladies and gentlemen, we all remember our crushed souls—our crushed spirits!—when the crowd favorite lost the championship final last year.”

The crowd boos in memory, and my throat clogs thinking about how Remy’s broken body had been carried out of the ring.

“Have no fear, people. Have no fear!”

REMY!!!!!!!!!” someone screams.

“Bring him out already!” another yells.

“Oh, we will. Have no doubt about it, we will,” the announcer somberly says, painfully drawing it out for the crowd. “After much speculation and many rumors, it’s completely official. The man is fighting this season, and he’s taking no prisoners, people! Here he is, ladies and gentlemen. Here. He. Is! You all know who I’m talking about?”

The crowd roars, “RIP-TIIIIIIIDE!”

Who?”

“RIP-TIIIIIIDE!”

“One more time, ’cause I can’t hear you!”

“RIPTIIIIIDE!”

“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 RIPTIIIIIIIIIDE!!”

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.

Across the ring from me, women are waving panties in the air. Panties! Another lifts a sign that reads pull me under, riptide!

My mouth is dry, and a thousand and one winged things flutter in my stomach when I see a flash of red.

And then, he’s closer.

Trotting out of the walkway and to the ring.

To his ring.

My body enlivens with sensations as he breaks through the crowd.

Some fans have escaped their seats and make a grab for him, but he easily shoves his way through the throng, his face shadowed by the hood of his red satin robe. Remy. My Remy. The man I love with every ounce of me.

“Riptide, you put the sex in SEXY!”

“Remy, I want you to fucking impregnate me!”

He climbs into the ring with a fluid jump, and then he removes his riptide robe, slowly, without a hurrying. Hundreds of female screams ring in my ears as he goes to his corner to hand the robe to Riley, his coach’s second.

Riley pats his muscled back with a smile and tells him something. Remington throws his head back as if he’s laughing and then takes the center of the ring, spreads his long, ripped arms out, and starts doing his slow and cocky I-know-you-all-want-to-fuck-me turn.

I’m dying.

I will never, ever, get used to the sight of him in that ring. My heart whams excitedly into my rib cage while all my insides pulse with need, and my chest feels like a balloon about to burst in excitement. Hard, lean, and perfect, he is all dangerous, all beautiful, and all mine.

My eyes absorb every inch of what every other woman here is drooling for, and I helplessly let my gaze run up and down his perfect athletic form. My eyes lovingly caress his tan and kiss the inky Celtic bands over his biceps. I admire his torso and his long, strong legs, his sculptured arms, his narrow waist and broad shoulders. Every muscle in his perfect body is so defined that you would know exactly where one structure ends and the next begins if you trailed your fingers along his magnificent form.

And as he turns even more, I see the washboard abs with eight squares—eight! Yes, it is impossible, but he’s got them . . . and his face.

Oh god, I can’t even take it.

The scruffy jaw. The brilliant blue eyes. The sexy smirk. The dimples. He’s got a smile on his face, his expression, one that tells you he’s got a whole lot of trouble planned for the evening and you don’t want to miss it, is playful and boyish.

A collective gasp spreads out in the rows behind me as he moves to face us.

The butterflies in my stomach burst awake when those dancing blue eyes start scanning the crowd, silently laughing at all of us. He’s clearly amused by our obsession over everything Remington Tate!

Beside me, a middle-aged blonde with too much Botox jumps up and down and screams like a lunatic, “Remy! Give me a taste of that Riptide!”

The impulse to drag the woman down by her hair seizes me, but at the same time, I know you can’t look at him without dissolving into a pool of lust.

He is a stud. He was made to mate. To procreate.

And I want him like my next breath.

I want him more than any one of these screaming women wants him.

I want every fragmented part of him. I want his body. His mind. His heart. His beautiful soul.

He says he’s mine, but I know that there’s a part of Remington Tate nobody will ever have.

I am his, but he is untamable and unconquerable.

The only one who can defeat Remington Tate is himself.

He’s up there, ever elusive and mysterious, a black box of mystery without end. And I want to get lost in him, even if I never come out the same.

My nerve endings stir and tingle in excitement as his twinkling blue eyes glide down the length of my row, where he knows I will be. I swear every part of me quivers in anticipation, waiting for those eyes to find me.

They do.

He electrifies me. Invisible currents leap between us. His smile blazes through me, and suddenly, the inside of my chest, where my heart beats, feels like a burning torch he’s just lit.

His eyes hold me clasped in the loving heat of his, and I can see his quiet joy tonight, his possessiveness, the territorial stare that tells everyone in this room that I. Am. His.

Then he points at me.

My heart stops.

It seems that everyone’s eyes follow the finger pointing in my direction, aimed straight at my chest, where my heart races for him, his red-hot blue gaze clearly saying, “This one’s for her.”

A delighted roar from the crowd explodes around me. It hits me like adrenaline, like a shot of tequila that flies straight to your head, the way his fans love him. The way he loves them back. The way he loves me.

I’m amazed by the way the public reacts to him and by the way he stands there, with his dimples flashing, sucking in all the energy in the room and channeling it into “Riptide.”

God, I love him, and I never want him to forget it!

Overcome with the impulse, I blow him a kiss.

He catches it and smashes it to his mouth.

The crowd grows even louder. Remy points at me, laughing, and I’m laughing too. My eyes burn a little because I’m so happy that I just can’t fit inside my skin. I’m happy that he’s happy, and he’s where he belongs.

This is his season. This year, nothing will stop Remington Tate from being the Underground League champion.

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About the author

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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…

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IT’S THE TOTALLYBOOKED TOTALLY AWESOME FIRST BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY BONANZA!!! 46 WINNERS!!!!!!

THANK YOU FOR GETTING TB TO ONE YEAR!!!  

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“Somewhere in Perth Western Australia and London England a year ago today.”

On the 16th July 2012, on what was a bit of a whim, we both started Totallybooked. We’ll be honest with you; we had NO IDEA what we were doing.  We were a bit naïve and thought we’d read a book and say something about it, pretty much the same as we had been doing with bookie friends on Facebook. But Blogging was something entirely different and we’ve learnt a lot as along the way.  Oh boy, looking at those early posts…well, as we said, we had no idea! LOL.

We didn’t have anything planned…other than the next book we were going to read and that’s about it. Hell, we thought we’d be lucky if we got 50 followers – and honestly thought we’d have mostly family and friends following us out of sympathy. We even joked about “maybe we need to give something away if we ever get to 100 likes on Facebook“….then thought…nope, it’s never going to happen. True story!

When we reached 1000 likes in one night, we were floored. We madly scrambled to PM an author begging for a signed book as a giveaway.  We were that unprepared! We didn’t, for one minute, envisagedbeing here, a year on with over 18,000 likes!

Yep, it was pretty much two clueless “technology for dummies” women madly scrambling and wondering how in the hell we were going to make this blog work.  Firstly, we have to thank Renae Porter from Social Butterfly Media. Renae got our blog up and running , slapped us around a bit and was patient in teaching us what had to go where, when and how, so we owe a HUGE TB thanks to her!

It’s been a learning curve in more ways than one.  We love doing this.  For two people who live and breathe books, who met over books and who have formed a strong friendship which began with books and became so much more, we couldn’t think of a better way of getting word out about the books we love than running this blog, reading these wonderful books we’ve been blessed to have read and yelling about them to the world.

We can’t thank you enough for your messages of support.  Whether it be by PM or Email, you know we always read them and always respond. We love hearing from you and trust us when we say your messages always seem to arrive at the time when they’re needed most. On the days when we’re tired, when work or family is kicking our arses, when we’re knackered and the thought of a hot bath and a glass of wine looks mighty tempting, it’s your messages that get us logging on and blogging ’til the wee small hours. Your words inspire and invigorate us and they make us strive to do better because we never ever want to let you guys down. Your support really does mean everything to us.

When we started TB we agreed we wouldn’t negatively review a book. We were only going to review books over 3.5 stars.  After a lot of feedback from readers wanting to know our honest opinion on EVERY book we have read we made the decision to review each book how we found them.  In doing this we are ALWAYS respectful of an author – authors give us a piece of their soul and we are mindful of that and we love them for it.  We would never disrespect someone’s hard work and we never have. However, we are not going to love every book we read and our opinions will always reflect our feelings. We read nearly 30 books a month and we all know there are many contributing factors that affect how we feel about a book and what a book brings to us.

For instance, feelings. Did it make us laugh hysterically and forget everything going on around us?  Did it make us clutch our hearts and cry our eyes out?  Did it make our stomachs twist and make us feel physically sick with anticipation?  Did it provide us with an escape and have us eagerly turning every page? Did we feel that “book love” and do we know, deep in our hearts, that this book will stay with us forever, that this book took a piece of our soul away with it when we have closed the very last page.  They’re pretty special feeling and they’re not going to be experience with every book w read. Each book will affect us differently and our reviews will reflect that.

Totallybooked is first and foremost a review blog. We don’t do huge giveaways every month and there is a reason for that.  We give away copies of Ebooks when we review a book; this is our way of paying it forward to authors. We don’t like approaching authors for signed books and it took a lot of soul searching for us to do so for this giveaway and we only did so because readers had requested it.  These authors are so generous with their time and their giveaway and we would never want to take advantage of that so every giveaway we do (unless the author offers up signed books to us themselves) is paid for by TB.  We’re extremely passionate about paying it forward.

We Blog because we have a deep love for the books we read. It always has been and always will be that way for us. It’s not about notoriety, being number one, having the most Facebook likes, financial gain or being competitive. Our philosophy in everything we do with this blog is “what would we like to see, do, read, interview etc  if we were following TB ourselves“. That’s it. We don’t follow guidelines, trends or anything else.  Everything we do is based solely on mood and gut feeling.

It goes without saying that we couldn’t do this without the support of our fellow readers and without the work of these wonderful authors who write these amazing stories that are so much a part of our life.

We hope we’re still here a year from now and that you guys are with us in our journey.

Now we’re off to guzzle some champers. Good luck with the Giveaway. We hope we’ve done you proud.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again.

YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!!

All our love
Jenny & Gitte

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  81 Signed Paperbacks

Just check out the signed paperbacks we have for you!!!

(In alphabetical order and with love and thanks to all these authors)

While It Lasts

Abbi Glines

A Different Blue Amy Harmon
Rock and Roll Never Forgets Barbara Stewart
Lost in Distraction BJ Harvey
Real Ugly C M Stunich
Rock Me Cherrie Lynn
Slammed Colleen Hoover
Point of Retreat Colleen Hoover
This Girl Colleen Hoover
If You Stay Courtney Cole
Jaden Baker Courtney Kirchoff
In the Air Crystal Serowka
Disastrous E L Montes
Catious E L Montes
Blind Obsession Ella Frank
Tangled Emma Chase
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Real by Katy Evans

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Jenny:  We can never get enough of MMA book with a tortured hero can we Gitte? But what I found with this one was that there was a twist with regard to the MC which I found quite different and, as sad as that was, I enjoyed that this delved a little further than being a romance. Remy was at the heart of this story and I found him such troubled and interesting character.

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

Remington Tate. Remy. Riptide.  We know him by many names, but knowing the man. What makes him tick, what drives Remy’s compulsive and at times unpredictable behaviour? Where does his anger, confusion and uncertainty stem from?  Why was he so tortured and could Brooke  be his salvation? Was she going to be the woman who sees so much more than the angry, manic fighter the fans see? That’s what I wanted to unravel and I couldn’t wait to find out.

Remy finds it hard to communicate, finding it hard to express himself and is most definitely a man of few words, and this again was something I really wanted to further explore.

Brooke knocks Remy for a six when he first locks eyes with her and continues to be confused by the intense feelings he has for her.  Unable to precisely communicate his emotions through thought and words, Remy uses music/songs to express his feelings and this was such a poignant and beautiful part of the story and being an absolute music nut, I LOVED it!  The author put a lot of effort into having the right songs for Remy and Brooke, even so far as to obtaining lyrics, and I’m so glad she did because this really did add to the story.  I know there is one song in particular I will listen to from now on and always think of Brooke and Remy.  Somehow the author turned it into “their song” for me and I loved that.

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Gitte: I loved this story Jenny, for so many reasons, not just for the obvious ones like the fact that we have a gorgeous tortured hero in Remy, but the fact that this one absolutely put a different spin to the typical MMA stories out there. Remy is a complete force of nature. He is F.I.E.R.C.E! Like the dangerous quiet before the devastating storm. There is something so utterly raw and intense about Remy that just traps the reader…he exudes this power that is unrivalled. He makes you miss a breath. He is like no other. He left me speechless!

What I loved most about him though is the way he communicates through music. Remy is a man after my own heart. He reduced me to a puddle on the floor by his feet in complete captivation and desire.

His immediate and intense attraction to Brooke, an attraction he is unable to communicate, gave me chills.

You cannot relax into this story completely as the danger is there and you just don’t know which way it’s going to go. Remy was complex and his story broke my heart…made me cry! This Author had me gripped and on the edge of my seat through the whole story, oh and the music…spot on!

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Jenny:  You’re so right Gitte.  In a way, you do read this with some measure of dread in your heart because you feel so much for this tormented man.  Brooke is a tough cookie and tries to deny her feelings for the intensely closed off Remy, who fights as a way of dealing with his aggression.  This man brings out such a need in Brooke she is unsure of how to proceed with Remy but knows she has to proceed with caution.

As her physio it is her job to keep this man in peak condition, to make him ready for every fight on his calender, to take care of him and keep him in peak condition physically and mentally.

Remy relies on Brooke in more ways than one and his feelings are so extreme towards her she must be guard herself against the intense and unpredictable Remy. Remy, what can I say about Remy? Loved him. Remy will melt your heart.  He will break your heart at times and you will want to just grab this big bear of a man and hold him. Hold him until you make everything right for Remy.  His has not been an easy road. Misjudged, used and misunderstood, but with Brooke by his side, can she help him tame his demons and be the Remy he desperately wants to be? I really enjoyed Real, it was a different take on a theme I love, the sexual chemistry was off the charts and I’m glad I got to read Brooke and Remy’s story.  A story with heart about a man who will steal it. The ending completely melted me.

Gitte: Brooke was a great heroine. She too has had emotional trauma in her past and it has shaped her into who she is the day she meets Remy and affects her actions from then on in respect to the intensity of feelings she has for him. Brooke has had to change her life and find her place and now has the added uncertainty of Remy.

Remy has so much turmoil within him yet lacks the words. The reasons for who Remy is, his struggles and his aggression he cannot put into words.  By keeping Brooke at his side he tries to show her, tries to convey who he really is through music, show her another side. Brooke reciprocates and I thought this journey was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking at times despite the ugly and gritty rearing its head throughout. The sexual tension was so intense, built up to the extreme so that you literally can’t take any more.

I loved this story and without a doubt I absolutely fell in total LOVE with Remy. I applaud this new Author for taking a different path in the genre of MMA romance. It worked and she nailed it!

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