Racer by Katy Evans | Book Review + Excerpt

RacerReal, #7Katy EvansRomanceSeptember 28th, 2017Paperback358 Pages
A bad boy with something to prove. A woman with a mission. The race of their lives. The love of a lifetime. I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted. He’s the fastest, fiercest driver around. Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep… but his smile sends me to my knees. The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He’s secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss…. This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I’m supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. But it’s an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation…or your curse. He says he wants me. He says I’m the One. But he also thinks he’ll break my heart, one piece at a time until it’s gone.

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Racer by Katy Evans My rating: 5 of 5 stars We first read about him when he was a child, but the phrase “like father like son” is given full justice in this compelling novel by the one and only Katy Evans… ➳When it comes down to having a mindset that will get you what you want, when you want it, it is a good thing to know that Racer Tate will not out do that method. As well, when we first met Racer back in Legend, we knew that he would be a little man to steal hearts from left and right. Thankfully he didn’t become an ultimate playboy like most stories have (which is not a bad thing, just expected sometimes.) Racer grew up to become a man who not only sticks to his every last word, but is also an individual with pride and honor coming both from him towards himself, but also from those who surround him such as his family.

➳Lana Heyworth on the other hand is a woman who has grown from a past filled with emotional turmoil. One that with the help from her dad and three brothers, has been able to endure the blockades that the world has given her. As a recruiter for her dad’s F1 company in racing, she finds herself in St. Pete next to a guy that makes her heart beat faster than normal, but she also finds the man that not only will make her his, but also ruin her for anyone else out there. Racer shows her that he is the best racer in the world and keeps trying to demonstrated that throughout the novel, when in reality she knows from the very first glance that he is indeed the best.

➳Though the truth about Racer is later found throughout the story, one can say that is somewhat a shocking dilemma. Keeping it from Lana is the last thing he wants to do, but just to keep her safe from the ugly truth, that is the only thing Racer is capable of doing. Light is shed onto his monsters and Lana is there by his side through every step of the day. For Racer, there is no one else in the world that can make him feel the way Lana, (but just like he likes to call her- crasher) makes him feel. She is his eyes and his soul mate. The one and only woman who will forever own his heart no matter what. Lana at fist is hesitant about admitting feelings towards him since not only are they constantly at a work environment and need to keep things professional, but she also has a past that leads her through the emotional side of things that one can learn to sympathize about. Her story is one to endure and one to cultivate. However, when the time comes, they both learn that loving each other is the only way to endure those dark monsters and the let go of the past and both of them ensure that passion towards each other in a way that makes you swoon for more;

“I’m yours, Racer. I’m yours and you’re mine…”

➳Overall, Racer’s story was one that not only made me fall in love yet again with this series, but makes me hope that there is more to come. Iris, Racer’s younger sister is mentioned and it makes me pray that Katy will write her story soon? I CAN ONLY HOPE! This is a standalone, but it is highly recommend that you at least read book one, two, three, and six in the REAL series as they are connected in the family terms. Thank you Katy for being not only an incredible author, but also a true friend to. Even if this becomes the end of the REAL series (which I cannot confirm that since I do not know if it is the end of the series), Katy outdid herself with such a wonderfully written and well put together story that will surely make you want more and more!

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I’m still reeling. While people approach him, he cuts a path straight to me, his gaze penetrating and target-like; making me want to bolt. His lips do that little upward tilt they do that seems so sexy, and for a second, I feel like I’m lightheaded. I gulp, and then feel mad at myself for acting like some idiot as fucking devil-Racer Tate reaches me, throws himself into a seat next to me, and turns to look at me expectantly with the most gorgeous grin on his face. I don’t know what to say. This guy has left me sort of speechless. “So … ” I say, staring in the distance at his beat-up mustang, then at him. “So … ” he says too, in his deep voice, his smile a little more wicked than it was two seconds ago. He glances at my mouth. Oh god. Why am I licking my lips? It only made his eyes narrow and darken. I open my mouth to speak, failing to find words. He smells like sweat and soap and shampoo, and I feel my traitorous nipples push up to my top again. Why do they do that when he’s around? “This is illegal,” I state. His voice is husky from exertion, and his eyes glint with laughter. “That’s why it’s fun.” I look away from his eyes, trying to focus and clear my head. He leans over and peers into my face, his face shadowed by the moonlight and his jaw now carrying a little scruff. “Are we in agreement?” he presses. “No.” I glare and shake my head, meeting his cocky gaze. “You’re reckless, Racer.” “So are you, Alana.” “It’s just … Lana.” His brows fly up in surprise. “And a bit of a liar too.” I purse my lips, still glaring as my gaze goes back to his car. Girls are rubbing against it as if it were him, and I find it disgusting. Why are women always acting so slutty around race car drivers and bad boys? “You crashed your car,” I say flippantly. “You crashed my car,” he contradicts, amused. I laugh, then scowl in his direction. “You crashed it more. I can’t believe you were making such a fuss about me crashing into you when it was just a little kiss—” He leans in to peck my lips—fast but firmly. “That’s a kiss.” I lose my breath. My eyes wide. He eases back, lips smiling as he comes to his feet and stretches his hand out to take me by the elbow and help me to my feet. “Let’s get out of here.” He starts walking, leading the way. “And go where?” “Anywhere I can get my hands on you.”

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About the Katy:

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

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