Guest Post and Review — Legend by Katy Evans

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Guest Post and Review — Legend by Katy Evans

Guest Post and Review — Legend by Katy Evans Title: Legend
Author: Katy Evans
Series: The Real Series #6
Publisher by: Gallery Books
Published on: February 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 304
Format: eARC
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Related Books In Series: Mine, Remy

Related Books: Mine, Remy, Ladies Man

Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he's known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He's got a personal score to settle with the Underground's one and only Remington "Riptide" Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town--and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she's none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who's supposed to root against him and a girl he's supposed to stay away from.

But Maverick fights for the woman in his heart, and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion; the ultimate LEGEND.

*LEGEND is the 6th and final installment of the REAL series, but it can also be read as standalone or after the three Remington and Brooke books (Real/Mine/Remy.)

Have I ever shared with you HOW MUCH I LOVE doing new things…like its a high for me. So guess what….we got something new today.

Some background info (I like to keep it REAL…hehe…u like my joke there…lol)

  1. Along with being one half of BCS Reviews and being a graphic designer….I am also the PA for the fantastic, smart, beautiful and ultra-talented MJ Fields.
  2. She is an ultra Katy Evans fan. So when she found out I was getting the ARC of Legend…well she may have lost her mind.
  3. I did read Legend and absolutely loved it but I could never do it justice like MJ so today…she gets the stage.


MJ Fields Review of ‘Legend’ (The REAL Series, Book 6) by Katy Evans

Five “knock-out” stars!!!

This series….is like double chocolate ice cream, with peanut butter, on a nice hot beach with a gentle breeze, yep all that goodness. It’s like an endless amazon gift card and unlimited vacation days. It’s like…waking up and stepping on the scales and seeing you have lost ten pounds. It’s like…deep kisses, tingly pieces, and rolling multiples. 

Now that I have that off my chest, let me tell you that in November 2013 I decided I would step away from the computer and read something different. For quite some time I kept seeing the name Remington Tate pop up on blogs, when asked who a favorite book boyfriend was. So I said, ‘Okay I need to know who he is and what all they hype is about.’

I remember opening the book and getting wrapped up in the realistic, inner dialogue of the 20 something, main character Brooke Dumas. And holy hell, the sex was hot, but in the end, it was the heart of the story that won out. The feels, the swoon factor, the fact that I seriously looked up human cloning, and the love.

Katy Evans writing style is so very unique and magical, once the pages open up there is no turning back, and no flipping through. It’s spellbinding.

The REAL series is one of my all time favorites.

So I stalk I see, Katy Evans Facebook page news feed one day and this popped up.

Legend

Then I see this

Remy

Vs.

Maverick

Heart drops, this can’t be, I can’t read this, but I can’t not read it either. Panic sets in and I say out loud for the whole world to hear, “Dear God Katy Evans what are you doing ?!?!?!”

What she did, was what Katy Evans always does, she took my breath away.

Reese Dumas, Brooke Dumas – Tates cousin, is going through some…life changes.  She is a caterpillar and needs find a place where she can come out of the safety and warmth of her cocoon to spread her wings and fly.

She is insecure about her body, (real life struggles, we feel you sister), her heart is heavy and hurting because she has feelings from a man who has yet to show interest (amen) and she is determined to make changes while spending the summer helping Remy and Brooke out by caring for three-year old Racer while Team Tate gets ready for the underground MMA circuit to begin.

(Okay listen up, I have a request, in a few years, we get book 7 ‘Racer’ okay? Okay.)

Enter Maverick ‘The Avenger’ Cage, son of a motherfu  fighter, who has decided he is not just going to walk in his fathers footsteps, but rise above them and take the title. He is cocky, arrogant, has some… anger issues, a chip on his shoulder, and he’s pretty much pissed off at the MMA world.

Did I mention he has reasons for his attitude? He does.

Did I mention he has worked hard to attain his goals? He has

Did I mention he is a talented and gifted fighter? No doubt.

Did I mention he’s hot? Oh yes, he’s hot.

Did I mention he has tattoos? HE SO DOES!!!

Maverick takes off to find a coach, which is necessary in order to fight in the underground. No one will touch him. Why, you ask? It’s because of the ‘monkey’ on his back. But he is determined to not to just get into the circuit, but win the championship title from none other than Remington Tate.

Okay, so at this point I’m not sure how I feel about him. NO one, and I mean NO one messes with Remy.  

Their relationship starts out with a kindness.

When Reese and Maverick meet at a gym, he literally sneaks in behind her. When she notices him getting kicked out she steps out of her comfort zone and says ‘He’s with me.’

She sees something in him.

‘He gives me this rebel vibe. Like he’d rather say I’m sorry than may I, and maybe not even the sorry at all. There’s a fierce passion in his features and a kindled fire in his eyes.’

He sees something in her.

“I think of you.” He reaches out with his bruised-knuckled right hand and touches my face. All of Maverick Cage’s fingers are on my face . “I think of you a lot.” He searches my face and his thumb caresses my chin so briefly, but so powerfully, my knees feel like overbaked cake. “I think of kissing you.”

They connect.

His tongue, dipping inside my mouth. His mouth is possessive; his grip is possessive; he is acting so possessive. My tongue has never given me so much pleasure than when it’s stroked, slow and sure, by his tongue.

SEATTLE WE HAVE A PROBLEM.

Reese’s random act of kindness opens a door for the man she is falling for. The open door leads to a ring where two men will stand toe to toe to claim the championship.

Will love or loyalty win?

In the end.

The book has some amazing twists that you won’t see coming. You’ll think you know what is going to happen on the next page, but you’ll be wrong.

It is written to evoke feelings, emotion, and it does not disappoint.

If you haven’t read the first three books in the series, you don’t have to to LOVE this book. That being said, make it a point to ASAP, this series is amazing. A top pick for me.

As sad as I am to see this series end, it was done in a breathtakingly beautiful way.

Remy, I love you.
Maverick, I love you no less <3

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Excerpt

At Tate’s corner, outside the ropes, his coach whistles. “You two get some headgear on. Stat.”

Tate’s lips curl rebelliously, and he looks at me with challenge in his eyes.

I smile back, a feral curl of my lips.

We tap gloves.

No headgear.

I jab. He swings his arm, blocks the hit, leaps back, and I jab again, blocked again.

We space apart and jump in place, shaking our shoulders, loosening up. I pull my gloves back up, narrow my eyes, and he asks, “You think you’re the shit because you’re fast and strong? I got news for you. I’m faster, I’m stronger, and I’m disciplined. Your coach isn’t doing you any favors.”

“He’s in my corner, and that’s enough for me.”

He swings, I duck fast and come up behind him. He straightens and faces me again. “If you settle for that, then you should settle for second place.”

“What the fuck. You want me to win?”

“I want a good fight. I like keeping things real. Reminds me I’m a man. Mortal.”

“I want to be a legend. Legends never die. Even if they die alone.”

He swings again, and I duck, come up, and jab three times.

He blocks repeatedly, then hooks with his right; I deflect. He grins and jabs again. I block, then I duck before he puts me up against the ropes, and I head back to center. He follows.

“To be a legend you need to fall seven times, get up eight,” he says.

I remember a final a few years ago when my father kicked Tate to a pulp. “Or not fall at all.”

He backs up his arm and then smacks the smirk right off me. “Before you stop falling, you need to embrace the fact that you’re going to hit the ground.”

I clean the blood from my mouth, glowering.

We take positions again, and he watches me as if waiting for my next move as we start dancing around, jumping, waiting for the other to strike.

“Do you want the headgear now?”

I lunge and start hitting, and he blocks, deflects, blocks. “Fuck you,” I grit out.

“Getting angry doesn’t help. You control the anger, not let it control you.”

I want to prove him wrong; I loop out my arm and aim for his head.

He ducks and hooks, his knuckles cracking into my jaw. I spurt blood and bounce against the ropes.

I shake my head, wipe the blood away, grit my teeth and straighten, narrowing my eyes. “My turn,” I growl, and I swing. My fist connects: a kidney punch.

He blocks my next hit, frowning in thought. “You’re cocky for someone who just lost yesterday.”

He jabs.

I dive my upper body to the side, evading. “You got to play it to become it.”

“I’m the champion, not you.”

“You won’t live forever, champ.”

He jabs three times, then leaps back, flexes his arm and looks at it.

“Muscle memory. You hit enough times, you fight on instinct; part of your brain works on your assault, the other is focused on the other’s assault. Let your muscle memory work for you and consciously stay focused on your opponent’s eyes.”

I laugh mockingly. “I don’t need your pointers.”

“Go back home to daddy, then.”

“When I’m finished with you.” I punch him, then raise my left hook and connect hard enough to stun him.

He raises his head, shakes it to clear it, and wipes blood from his nose. I catch my breath, satisfied I got some blood. At least I won’t be the only one with an ice pack tonight.

He sees the blood on his arm and looks at me, impressed.

“TIME!” his coach yells out from the corner. “You two won’t have shit for the fight if you keep up this nonsense.”

Tate grins at him, then turns back and glowers at me. “You get enough?”

“Barely warming up here.” I squint the blood out of one eye and raise my gloves. “Come get it, Riptide,” I growl.

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About Katy Evans

My Life in 8 Words: “Hectic, wonderful, complete; everything I ever wanted.”

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…