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 (Rogue), 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're caught by security, and her ex himself is summoned, Pandora is not prepared for the feelings that seeing him again - beautiful and in the flesh - awaken in her. She's also wholly unprepared for the conditions his manager sets in order for her and Melanie to be released; especially since these conditions only allow Melanie to return home, while at the same time, they put Pandora in perilously close contact with her ex again. The torturous physical closeness between them 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.
©2014 Katy Evans (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
sad, funny, emotional
Pandora confesses about the baby
yes Sebastian York is an amazing narrator
I've only just found the author Katy Evans but this is the 5th book I've listened to in just 10 days.
Good story line and great to have the story from the sides of both characters.
Now, what Katy Evans book to buy next?
Two word: Sebastian York. he can read the phone book and I'll listen. So smexy.
"Love the Real Series!!!"
This was a great book....but hands down... BOOK ! (REAL) will always be my favorite of the series.
Pandora was a wishy-washy character to me... Yes she was mad a McKenna for like ever... but that (Brooke and Remy) chemistry wasn't there between these two that made me feel like they were that epic love...
I loved McKenna with band though... Smexy!!! Pandora... yeah... not so much... didn't really see her as a band roadie...
This book was full of angsty moments... (Closet, Bus, Hotel Room, Stage, behind the Stage) that were all well enjoyable... Plus I totally love the Brook and Remy cameos!!!
I hate dual narration... but this was decent... Like Louise better than York, but both are good narrators... However, I think Louise could have pulled this off much better by herself.
Well worth a credit, buy or sale...
Did you know there is going to be a REAL 6!!!! Whoo Hoo... Hopefully it will be set in the future, as the ending of this book... has possibilities !
It kind of breaks my heart when a favorite author releases a book that just doesn't meet the standard they've set with their other books...RIPPED just didn't do it for me--from the female narrator, to the emotionally void Pandora. I LOVED all of the preceding books in the Real Series--love, love, love--and will be a Katy Evans fan for life, but, I was left a bit unenthused with RIPPED.
Overall, it was decent, but not a 'rush to purchase and listen' at all. My biggest issue was with Pandora, and how the fact that she was literally a walking manifestation of bitterness & pain, made it challenging for me to connect and like her character. The 'contract/deal' that reconnects her with Makenna seemed too weak of a storyline to carry the weight of all that was truly going on with them from the past and potential future. All in all, Evans served up hot hot sexy scenes, and created a super smoking hot rock star male lead character that I would certainly by a concert ticket to see--Makenna Jones!
The latter 1/3 of the story was truly the best for me, very touching, and reminded me of why I've enjoyed Katy Evans' books in the past. This is not a review to say don't get this book, but, I'd likely wait until it's on sale.
"Good but a little slow"
It was a good story but it seemed to drag on to get to the good part
I love both of these narrators I actually search for books that Sebastian reads.
"OH BOY O BOY BUT I LOVE THIS EMOTION FILLED SERIES"
This is the heartbreaking story of McKenna and Pandora who were young, but doomed, lovers and fate, along with an evil bitter Mother, kept them apart for six years. In those six years they grew up and a lot had happened and they each became twisted in their own ways however it was Pandora who sought revenge........ but once again fate stepped in and gave them another chance to finally get it right.
This torturous, emotional and addictive tale was set in present day with glimpses into their past and there was angst, heartache, a bitter yet tender rekindling, a surprise or two, dirty talk with raw and passion-filled sex. And, in the end when all the regrets, anger and hate were finally washed away it left a new, beautiful, rare and precious love. Good supporting characters and we get to touch base again with characters and lovers from KE's previous books.
Worth a credit? A very enjoyable listen that held my interest and attention, moved me and left me panting for more in the series. So YES, a great author/narrator combination, made this a very creditworthy addition to The Real series and hopefully KE will keep em coming.
"Loved hearing Pandora's back story..."
Loved hearing Pandora's story of why she was so bitter and closed off.
McKenna...because he never stopped loving Pandora.
The characters come to life in audible. I hear a depth to a book when performed out loud that I think is lacking when reading.
The last song written...Lullaby
Could be listened to as a stand alone, but much better as part of the series. This book helps you understand Pandora better from the REAL series.
"I Got my Heart Ripped Out..."
Torturous, twisted and passionate.
The fact that Mackenna did not cheat on Pandora while she had to tour with the band. That increased my faith in human kind. Also the big reveal by Pandora, even though I kind of suspected it. That love/hate vitriol was too intense.
The raw emotions of the H and h.
Oh yes. Trust me.
"Another Great Story by Katy Evans"
I had been waiting for awhile for Ripped to come out on Audible and it was worth the wait. I loved the story between McKenna & Pandora. I think Katy Evans is an excellent writer and I hope she comes out with another book in "The Real Series". It's hard to write a review without giving up too much of the story, but I am glad McKenna didn't have one of those times where he hooked up with another girl while Pandora was around. That happens a lot in some of the best romance stories that it takes down the sincerity and happiness of the story. I wish the book was a little longer but I am still glad I got to hear the love story between McKenna & Pandora. I would recommend it to others, but you really need to read/listen to the other books in The Real Series first.
Very good. Kinda hard to get into but hang in there it's worth it. Loved the song lullaby.
As always the naration was great, would not expect any less from York.
Unfortunately the constant whining of Pandora, telling herself over and over again how much she loved him, spoilt the whole story line. Found myself skipping over parts...
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