Confession: I wasn’t a fan of Real *ducks for cover*…. but it’s a story that has never left me, which says something to me. Even though the book wasn’t for me, I knew I would give the author another try one day. I’m so glad I did with Ripped! This second chance/forbidden romance definitely converted me into a fan of this series and can’t wait to catch up on all the books in the series that I’ve missed out on!
Kenna and Pandora really had a beautiful relationship once upon a time. Unfortunately, it was tainted by events and circumstances that were out of their control causing a whirlwind of mistakes and regrets. Six years later the almighty rockstar, Kenna, crosses paths with the girl he left behind. Pain and anger from the past consumes them both, but the chemistry between the two is impossible to deny. Even Kenna’s manager isn’t blind to it and makes them both an offer they can’t refuse to make a quick buck off the situation.
Kenna… wow… I had butterflies just reading about the guy, so how Pandora thought she was any match to resist him is beyond me. He was charming and had that cocky swagger where he just said and did whatever he wanted pushing limits that Pandora definitely wanted pushed even if she couldn’t admit it. Pandora wasn’t always easy to understand and could be annoying. At the same time she reminded me alot of myself, so I was easily able to relate to her.
I enjoyed watching the old flame between Kenna and Pandora re-ignite..even if it did occassionally burn. The two were great together, and their banter was laugh out loud funny. My cheeks seriously hurt from cheesing it up over these two. Aside from the laughs, these two had some deep seeded issues to work out and secrets to own up to. At times, it was heartbreaking.
There were only a couple things that were negatives for me. The first is a completely my personal taste, but I felt that the lyrics in the book with the exception of one song were pretty corny. It kind of took away from the authentic experience of seeing Crack Bikini as a real band. I’m not even going to comment on the band name. Also, I felt there was quite a bit of repetitiveness in the book.
Overall, a really enjoyable read. Lots of laghs, a few tears and an all around great time.
Cover: I’m a huge fan of the covers in this series, but I wish this one had stuck with the headless person as the previous covers did.