Published by Simon and Schuster on 2014-12-09
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Erotica, Fiction, General, New Adult, Romance
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.
Every woman wants me--except the one I sing for.
Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.
But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.
So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?
Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.
When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I'm a god--but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.
Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her -- Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.
Let her come at me. Because I'm out for her heart and, this time, there's no way she can stop me.
This is the fifth book in the Real series and although it is a series, I think it can be read as a standalone. The characters from Real, Mine, Remy, and Rogue are mentioned, but there is enough of a recap of who they are to Pandora, that I don’t necessarily think you will be lost if you don’t read those books first.
“Our love was like a raging storm and a harbor; unruly and unstoppable, wild and endless, but steady and safe…”
In Ripped, we get to learn more about Pandora- the gothic friend of Brooke and Melanie. She always appears bitchy, cranky, and just plain unhappy. Well now we know why… she is still hurt and upset from getting her heart broken six years ago, from her former best friend turned bad boy rocker ex-boyfriend. So, when his band comes back to town for a big concert, Pandora sees a chance to get back at him and make him hurt. Unfortunately she gets caught by his management and has to pay for her crimes by spending time way too close to her ex.
“People choose to fall in love because it makes them feel good. Love makes them feel protected, safe. Not me. I choose hate. It makes me feel good. Protected and safe. Hating him is all that keeps me sane. Hating him means what he did to me doesn’t matter.”
Enter Mackenna Jones, the lead singer of the revolutionary band Crack Bikini. He walked away from Pandora years ago because he was told he wasn’t good enough and he wanted to prove he could be. Pandora and McKenna start off trying to push each other’s buttons to humiliate the other one; but once they finally let their guards down they are able to see what a good thing they both lost all those years ago.
“McKenna is the best of me, the rock that holds me, the only one who understands me.”
I wasn’t sure about these two at first. There was definitely a connection and chemistry, but they seemed way too cruel to each other to actually have feelings for one another. But when they are able to put aside the games and need for revenge, they are really sweet together. I liked that we got a dual point of view (POV), because I think it helped the story flow better being in McKenna’s head. At times this story is predictable and really didn’t leave me guessing; but it is a sweet second-chance love story. I look forward to book six in this series… although I will admit that I miss Remy and want more of him and Brooke.