Legend Real #6 By: Katy Evans Publisher: Gallery Books Published: Feb. 9, 2016 Add to Goodreads Source: Paperback from publisher in exchange for a honest review GR's Summary: 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. The highly anticipated sixth story in the New York Times bestselling series that began with Real—“a rare mix of fevered obsession and gentle enchantment…a visceral and addicting debut” (Christina Lauren).
Real is the first book that made me fall in love with Katy Evans, and it is bittersweet that Legend is now the last book in the series. Ms. Evans made me fall in love with romance centered on the underground fighting ring. She was also my first introduction in to a different style of romance, where the male character was so raw, primal, and sexually provocative. I will always treasure this series, and love every book in it.
In Legend, we get Reese Dumas and Maverick Cage's love story. Reese is spending the summer with her cousin Brooke, Brooke's husband Remy, and their sweet little boy Racer. She was brought up sheltered as an only child, and is using this opportunity to learn independence, as well as figure out who she is as a person. Reese is very close to the Tate family, and is helping them by taking on a lot of Racer's care, while his father finishes up his last season of underground fighting before he retires.
Reese has a crush on Miles, her good friend back home, but has been friend-zoned. Therefore, she decides to use her unlimited access to a gym membership and healthy lifestyle, to get her body in to tip top shape; in order to get Miles a chance to see her in a different light. When Reese begins working out, she meets Maverick Cage, a dedicated and ambitious fighter determined to break in to the underground fighting circuit. These two share an instant visceral attraction, and as they get to know one another, they forge a strong connection. However, there are obstacles directly in their path to being together....
It was such a wonderful blast from the past being reunited with Brooke, Remy, and the rest of the crew. These two have come a long way, but the love and passion they share with one another has not dimmed. Now we have Reese and Maverick to root for! Reese is full of insecurity. However, she is a loving, nurturing, loyal, and family-oriented woman coming into her own. Maverick reminded me of a young Remy in many ways. He's determined, never gives up when he wants something. He has abandonment issues due to an absentee father, and needs to prove to himself that he's worth something.
Reese and Maverick were crazy about one another, and as a reader, I could feel their anticipation, desperation, and passionate need for one another. There were a lot of butterflies fluttering in my tummy, whenever Maverick entered the story. I always fall for the broken bad boys with a heart of gold. These two couldn't get enough of each other, and I felt like I was in a constant day dream whenever I got the privilege of seeing their relationship develop. Ms. Evans breathes life in to her characters, and they always feel so real to me. Another special aspect of this story is when we get to see Remy take on a mentoring and leadership role with Maverick. Having these two fighters on the page at the same time, was enough cause to give a woman a heart attack!
I loved Legend! It was an excellent ending to an epic series. I will miss all of these characters tremendously. I literally cried at the end of the book, because I was sad to see the Real series come to an end. I give, Legend, by Katy Evans, 5 A Kindled Fire, Fierce Passions, Thrilling Underground Circuit, The Best Mentor, Being Your Own Man, Filled Stars!!! The Real Series is a bucket list type of read, and holds a special place as one of my all-time favorites!
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…