By Katy Evans
Release Date: December 9, 2014
The fifth book in the New York Times new adult series that began with Real.
A ripped rock star with attitude.
An ex-girlfriend with a reckless plan.
Pandora assumed getting her heart broken by her bad boy ex could only happen once–until Mackenna Jones comes back to town for the biggest concert of his career. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about the Crack Bikini tour and it’s destined to be a huge hit.
Oh, it’ll be a hit alright–when Pandora comes out swinging. She and her friend Melanie are determined to humiliate him onstage. But when they’re caught by security and her ex is
summoned, Mackenna decides not to press charges if she’ll join him on tour and follow certain conditions–rules designed to give him the upper hand and keep her in close contact with him once again. Soon, the passion they once shared is reignited, and no matter how much Pandora wants to hate him, her hard exterior starts to crack.
And worse: Mackenna knows it, too. But he hasn’t uncovered all her secrets…
“How can your first and only love sweep through you like a tornado and not leave his mark?”
We met Pandora in Katy Evans book Real. She’s Brooke and Melanie’s goth friend, the one whose personality is as dark as her black hair, lips and fingernails. She’s mad at the world, she’s the eternal pessimist, she doesn’t believe in love and she tells both her friends how sorry they will be they hooked up with someone permanently. But deep down, Pandora longs for what Brooke and Melanie have found, but she can never let herself love because of that first and only love that betrayed her.
Mackenna Jones is the lead singer for Crack Bikini, the most popular rock band out there. He’s got it all..fame, fortune and all the women he wants. Except he doesn’t have the woman he loves. It’s been six years since he’s seen her, and he doesn’t know if he’ll ever see her again, until she shows up at one of his concerts and throws tomatoes at him when he sings the song he wrote about her: Pandora’s Song.
It’s hard to like Pandora because she’s so miserable. She’s so negative. She keeps that cloak of hate and distrust around her so tight it’s hard for us as readers to relate. But it’s easy to like Mackenna. He’s cool, he’s open, and despite the fact that he’s been humiliated by his long lost love, he still defends her and we know immediately that he still loves her. As readers we want that HEA, but from Pandora’s point of view, it’s not going to happen. Katy Evans gives us her signature intense, very descriptive feelings of both characters, but because we feel them so deeply, we become almost as negative and miserable as Pandora. Thank goodness there’s light after the darkness, spring after the long hard winter.
The story of Pandora and Mackenna is more than just seeing an old love and figuring out how to rekindle the spark. There’s layers and layers of emotion to both characters, and as the story unfolds and we find out their deepest, darkest secrets, we begin to understand why this is such a struggle. This book is dark and brooding but when Pandora finally starts to let her guard down and accept what could be with Mackenna, it’s like watching a flower slowly bloom in the first light of a spring day. Each petal reveals the love that they share, but just as we begin to smile something is revealed that makes us doubt, makes us wonder if it’s all a sham. Will this really be an HEA? Open Pandora’s box and discover all the secrets that make Ripped another Katy Evans hit.
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…
Katy Evans is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Real series.
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