Author: Katy Evans
Date for Re-Release of Paperback: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
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A fallen boxer. A woman with a broken dream. A competition… He even makes me
forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything
except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire
with wanting… Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met
in my life. He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m
drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am,
what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind
myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body
working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the
bones of his next opponents . . . But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is
me. I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations. If only I knew
for sure what it is that he wants from me?
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Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married
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I stare up at the ring as the guy whips off the red satin robe with the word
RIPTIDE on the back, and the spectators stand screaming and cheering as he
slowly turns to acknowledge them all. His face is suddenly before me,
illuminated by the lights, and I just stare like an idiot from my place. My god.
Dark scruffy jaw.
A shiver shoots down my spine as I helplessly drink in the entire package
everyone else seems to be gaping at.
He has black hair, standing up sexily as if women have just had their fingers
there. Cheekbones as strong as his jaw and forehead. Lips that are red-kissed
and swollen, and, as a souvenir from his walk to the ring, there’s lipstick on
his jaw. I look down his long, lean body and something hot and wild settles in
He’s mesmerizingly perfect and incredibly hard. Everything, from his
beautifully slim hips and narrow waist to his broad shoulders, is solid. And
that six-pack. No. It’s an eight-pack. The sexy V of his obliques dips into his
satin, navy blue shorts, which gently hug his powerful legs, thick with muscle.
I can see his quads, traps, pecs, and biceps, all gloriously tight and cut.
Celtic tattoos circle both of his arms, exactly where his bulging biceps and the
rigid square deltoids of his shoulders meet.
“Remy! Remy!” Mel shouts hysterically at my side, hands cupped to her mouth.
“You’re so fucking hot, Remy!”
His head angles to the sound, one dimple showing with a sexy smile as he
faces us. A frisson of nervous energy passes through me, not because he’s
extremely gorgeous from this perfect view—because he is, he definitely is,
goodness, he really is—but mostly because he’s looking straight at me.
One eyebrow cocks, and there’s a glimmer of amusement in his entrancing blue
eyes. Also something . . . warm in his gaze. Like he thinks I’m the one who
shouted. Oh, shit.
He winks at me, but then I’m stunned as his smile slowly fades, morphing into
one that’s unbearably intimate.
My blood simmers.
My sex clenches tight, and I hate that he seems to know that.
I can see he thinks he’s the ultimate creation, and he seems to believe every
woman here is his Eve, created from his rib cage for him to enjoy. I’m both
aroused and infuriated, and this is the most confusing feeling I’ve ever felt in
Breaking our connection, he curls his lips and turns when his opponent is
announced with the words “Kirk Dirkwood, ‘the Hammer,’ here for all of you
“You little slut, Mel!” I cry when I recover, shoving her playfully. “Why did
you have to scream like that? He thinks I’m the nutcase now.”
“Omigod! He did not just wink at you,” Melanie says, visibly stunned.
Oh my god, he had. Hadn’t he? He did.
I’m just as astounded as I relive the wink in my head, and I’m totally going
to torture Melanie because she deserves it, the little tramp.
“He did,” I finally admit, scowling at her. “We telepathically communicated,
and he says he wants to take me home to be the mother of his sexy babies.”
“Like you would have sex with someone like him. You and your OCD!” she says,
laughing her head off as Remington’s opponent takes off his robe. The man is all
beefy muscle, but not an ounce of him can visually compete with the pure male
deliciousness of that “Riptide.”
Remington flexes his arms at his sides, stretches his fingers out and forms
fists, then bounces on the balls of his feet, his calves flexing. He’s a large,
muscular man but surprisingly light on his feet.
Hammer throws the first punch. Remington evades it with a smart duck, and he
comes back up with a full swing that connects and knocks Hammer’s face to the
side. I inwardly flinch at the power in his punch; my body clenches at the sight
of his muscles contracting and tensing, working and releasing, with each blow he
The crowd watches, enraptured, as the fight continues, those awful cracking
sounds filling me with goose bumps. But there’s something else bothering me. The
fact that beads of perspiration pop on my brow, in my cleavage. As the fight
progresses, my nipples strain, ever more puckered and tight, against my top,
pushing anxiously against the silk of the fabric. Somehow watching Remington
Tate pound a man they call “Hammer” makes me squirm in my clothes in a way I
don’t like, much less ever expected.
The way he swings, moves, growls . . .
Suddenly, a chorus begins: “REMY . . . REMY . . . REMY.”
I turn and see Melanie jumping up and down and saying, “Omigod, hit him,
Remy! Just knock him dead, you sexy beast!” She screams when his opponent falls
to the ground with a loud thump.
My panties are soaked, and my pulse has gone haywire. I’ve never condoned
violence. This isn’t me, and I blink in stupefaction at the sensations whipping
through my system. Lust, pure, white-hot lust, flutters through my nerve
The ringmaster lifts Remington’s arm in victory, and as soon as he
straightens from the knockout blow he just delivered, his gaze swings in my
direction and crashes into me. Piercing blue eyes meet mine, and something knots
and pulls inside my tummy. His sweaty chest rises and falls in a deep pant, and
a drop of blood rests at the corner of his lips. Through it all, his eyes are
glued to me.
Heat spreads under my skin, and the flames lick me all over. I will never
admit this to Melanie, not even to myself out loud, but I don’t think I’ve ever
seen such a hot man in my life. The way he stares at me is hot. The way he
stands there, with his hand held in the air, his muscles dripping sweat, with
that air of authority Mel told me about in the cab—it’s just hot.
There’s no apology in his stare. In the way he ignores everyone who shouts
his name and stares at me with a look that’s so sexual I almost feel taken right
here. An awful awareness of the exact way I look to him sweeps over me.
My long, straight hair, the color of mahogany, falls to my shoulders. My
button-up white shirt is sleeveless, but it goes up my throat in a lacy
mock-neck, and the hem is tucked nicely into a pair of high-waisted, but
perfectly presentable, black pants. A small set of gold hoop earrings nicely
complement my honeyed whiskey eyes. Despite my conservative choice of clothes, I
feel completely naked.
My legs wobble, and I’m left with the distinct impression this man wants to
pound me next. With his cock.
Please, god, I did not just think that; Melanie would. Another tightening in
my womb distresses me.
“REMY! REMY! REMY! REMY!” people chant, the sound growing in intensity.
“You want more Remy?” the man with the microphone asks the crowd, and the
noise builds around us. “All right then, people! Let’s bring out a worthier
opponent for Remington ‘Riptide’ Tate tonight!”
Another man steps into the ring, and I can’t bear it anymore. My system is on
overload. This is probably why it’s not a good idea to forego sex for so many
years. I’m so worked up that I can barely talk right or even make my legs move
as I turn to tell Mel I’m going to the restroom.
A voice blares loudly through the speakers as I charge down the wide path
between the stands. “And now, to challenge our reigning champion, ladies and
gentlemen, is Parker ‘the Terror’ Drake!”
The crowd comes alive, and suddenly, I hear an unmistakably hard slam.
Resisting the urge to look back at what’s causing the commotion, I round the
corner and head straight for the bathroom hall as the speakers flare up again.
“Holy cow, that was fast! We have a KO! Yes, ladies and gentlemen! A KO! And in
record time, our victor once again, I give you, Riptide! Riptide—who’s now
jumping out of the ring and— Where the hell are you going?”
The crowd goes crazy, calling all the way to the lobby, “Riptide! Riptide!”
and then they fall completely quiet, as though something unscripted has just
I’m wondering about the eerie silence when pounding footsteps echo at my
back. A warm hand engulfs mine, and the touch frissons through me as I’m spun
around with surprising force.
“What the . . .” I gasp in confusion, and then stare into a sweaty male
chest, and up into glowing blue eyes. My senses reel out of control. He’s so
close the scent of him tears through me like a shot of adrenaline.
“Your name,” he growls, panting, his eyes wild on mine.
“Brooke what?” he snaps out, his nostrils flaring.
His animal magnetism is so powerful I think he just took my voice. He’s in my
personal space, all over it, absorbing it, absorbing me, taking my oxygen, and I
can’t understand the way my heart is beating, the way I stand here, shivering
with heat, my entire body focused on the exact spot his hand is wrapped around
With trembling efforts, I pry my hand free and glance fearfully at Mel, who
comes up behind him, wide-eyed. “It’s Brooke Dumas,” she says, and then she
happily shoots out my cell phone number. To my chagrin.
His lips curl and he meets my gaze. “Brooke Dumas.”
And as I feel his tongue twist roughly around those two words, his voice
sinfully dark, like things you crave to eat but really shouldn’t, desire swells
between my legs. His eyes are hot and almost proprietary when he looks at me.
I’ve never been stared at like this before.
He just fucked my name right in front of me. And right in front of Mel.
He steps forward, and his damp hand slides to the nape of my neck. My pulse
skitters as he lowers his dark head to set a small, dry kiss on my lips. It
feels like he’s marking me. Like he’s preparing me for something monumental that
could both change and ruin my life.
“Brooke,” he growls softly, meaningfully, against my lips, as he draws back
with a smile. “I’m Remington.”