Author: Katy Evans
Date for Re-Release of Paperback: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Blog Tour Hosted by: The SUBClub Books
“I will do anything to make her MINE.” —Remington Tate
In the international bestseller REAL, the unstoppable bad boy of the Underground fighting circuit finally met his match. Hired to keep him in prime condition, Brooke Dumas unleashed a primal desire in Remington “Remy” Tate as vital as the air he breathes . . . and now he can’t live without her.
Brooke never imagined she would end up with the man who is every woman’s dream, but not all dreams end happily ever after, and just when they need each other the most, Brooke is torn away from the ringside. Now with distance and darkness between them, the only thing left is to fight for the love of the man she calls MINE.
*****5 Amazingly Beautiful, Heart Wrenching, Emotional, Tender Loving, Passionate, Powerful, Sexy, Riptidelicious Stars!!!
“Mind. Body. Soul. All of you for me. All of you mine.” ~ Remy
“You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me. You’re human, Remy, and real, and I wouldn’t have you any other way. We want this. We want a family together. We deserve it–just like anybody else.” ~ Brooke
I was beside myself when I received this ARC. I needed more Remy after REAL. Kudos to Katy Evans for writing another amazing book. If you haven’t read REAL, shame on you!! First check out my review HERE: REAL to see what you are missing. Then to redeem yourself put down whatever you are doing, purchase the book, lock yourself away from the world, and start devouring it. MINE is a love so selfless and powerful that it will tear you apart, completely different from REAL which focused on the relationship that Remy and Brooke were trying so dang hard to make work. There’s a huge surprise that I so did not see coming that I totally LOVE.
MINE picked up exactly where REAL left off. Brooke Dumas is once again going on tour with Remy. This is the new Underground season and Remy is so ready to win back his well deserved Championship title he lost last season to reason I will not disclose. He’s been training really hard. Nothing is going to stand in his way this time. Nothing and Brooke is going to make damn sure of it. Fingers crossed.
Ok…let me see how am I going to write this review without giving away too much. Hmm…staring at my screen and wracking my brain. Those who read REAL know that Remy has Bipolar Disorder and because of that, he has pretty much distanced himself from everyone. He’s a man of few words, and I like the fact that he’s more verbal in this book, not that I don’t like how he express his feelings through music, I honestly do. We see a total different side of Remy in this book. He opened up…ok…that’s an understatement. When Remy opens his heart, you can fucking feel it!! It’s earth shattering!!! He expressed himself so much more and never failed to to show or tell Brooke how much he loved her and needed her. I wish someone sent me flowers everyday for the days we were apart, so romantic and so so sweet. Remy was so much more vulnerable in this book. He never went even one day without telling Brooke that he needed her to breathe. She was his entire existence. He never knew how to live until he met her. Life was meaningless before her.
“You, are going to love me until I die. I’m going to make you love me even if it hurts, and when it hurts, I’m going to make it better, Brooke. You’re going to fucking love me if it kills us.” ~ Remy
“It doesn’t hurt. You. Crying in my fucking arms. Because I fucking hurt you. That hurts. You…not touching me. Not looking up at me like you do, with those sweet little happy eyes. Hurts. I’m hurting like a motherfucker and not one piece of me hurts on the outside like it does where you make it hurt. I hurt all night, watching you come apart for me. This morning. And at the gym.” ~ Remy
“I want you. I want you to touch me, to put your lips on mine–like before. I want you to love me. Stop fucking punishing me, Brooke. I love you.” ~ Remy
“Is my girl going to let this break her? Is she? She’s stronger than that…I know she is, and I need her to live.I need her to fight for me and I need her to fight with me. As far as I’m concerned, that never happened. Only you happened, Brooke. And you’re still happening, aren’t you, firecracker?” ~ Remy
“Didn’t you hear the songs!? They were all for you, Brooke. Didn’t you know I thought of you? Missed the hell out of you? If I haven’t showed you I love you, then tell me in what ways I’m fucking this up!” ~ Remy
Remy is raw, sexy and strong, a total bad ass. Built like an Ox, a body full of solid hard muscles and fight like a Samurai Warrior, never surrendering. He may have been abandoned by his parents at a tender age, but he never gave up. Instead of wallowing in self pity, he keeps fighting and continues to thrive. Finding his passion as a professional UFC fighter turned Underground fighter is what kept him strong and able to live with for a purpose. For someone who was dealt a hand as shitty as Remy’s, you would think he would have a lifetime of hatred but he has the biggest heart of gold I have ever come to know. He totally blew my mind. The impact he has on me is un-fucking-believable!!!!! It pleasures him to take care of what’s his including his crew. Coach Lupe, Riley, Pete and Diane are all very fortunate to have him in their lives. They are his family. He fights and protects what’s his at all cost. You mess with him, unless he lets you, you will not live to see the sun rise the next day. He fights for his family but he fights harder for Brooke. She’s the only person who can break him, she’s his kryptonite. I’m absolutely in LOVE with Remy.
“You cope knowing I love you, that’s how you cope. I fucking love you.” ~ Remy
Brooke Dumas obviously and undeniably loves Remy with all her heart. She never imagined she would end up with the man who is every woman’s wet dream. Without a doubt Remy belongs to her and she belongs to Remy. But she can’t help it if the jealousy and insecurities she has are overtaking all the rational reasoning she desperately wants to give in to. I totally get Brooke’s reasoning for her jealousy and insecurities only to a certain point and then it gets rather annoying since not one moment has Remy ever stop expressing his love for her. But I’m not going to penalize her for this one little flaw which I can honestly ignore cause she understands him and for someone who has no previous knowledge about what Bipolar Disorder is, she stood by him and did not go running for the hills when she found out. She loved all of him, black and blue and any other shades he comes in. Bipolar disorder has several subtypes: Bipolar 1 & Bipolar 2. Remy has Bipolar 1 which is more serious than Bipolar 2. I admire Brooke for standing by her man when he needed her most in one of the most emotional parts of the book for me. I couldn’t stop crying. I still can’t bring myself to believe one has to endure such a procedure to get better. Bipolar is such a deadly disorder that I hope someday there’s a complete cure for it.
“Brooke, this is the shit he’s lived with his whole life. He’s up, he’s down, he’s all over the place. His decision might hurt but making them gets him through it. This is how he was formed–this is why he’s who he is. He is strong because of this bullshit! You can be pitiful or you can be powerful, but you can’t be both. He is powerful. You have got to be strong with him–he’ll break if he knows this breaks you.” ~ Pete
“I will do it with him and I will prove to myself, and to him, that I am going to be strong enough to love the hell out of him.” ~ Brooke
I don’t care what other reviews said about MINE, they have no fucking idea what this book is about. This book broke me. The intensity and obstacles both Remy and Brooke have to face to accept and live with Remy’s condition are heart wrenching. To take on such nobility and selfless attitude takes tremendous strength and love. This kind of love is so powerful and intense. This book is about selfless love. You love someone enough to accept their flaws including seeing them suffer to get better. As I type this paragraph, I can’t stop tearing up. Katy, I hope REMY will put a smile and joy back in my heart. My heart broke for him in MINE. I hope he can put it back together again.
There’s so much more to MINE than I have reviewed. It is an amazing read, I promise. Please take the leap and come take this emotional yet powerful journey through life’s struggle so 2 wonderful people can find their happy ever after.
I have included more information about Bipolar Disorder at the end of this post. **Lady H
About Katy Evans
Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!
Bipolar Disorder: What Is It?
Bipolar disorder, sometimes called manic depression, is a disorienting condition that causes extreme shifts in mood. Like riding a slow-motion roller coaster, patients may spend weeks feeling like they’re on top of the world before plunging into a relentless depression. The length of each high and low varies greatly from person to person. In any given year, bipolar disorder affects more than 2% of American adults.
Depressive Phase Symptoms
Without treatment, a person with bipolar disorder may experience intense episodes of depression. Symptoms include sadness, anxiety, loss of energy, hopelessness, and difficulty concentrating. Patients may lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable. They may gain or lose weight, sleep too much or too little, and contemplate suicide.
Manic Phase Symptoms
During a manic phase, patients tend to feel euphoric and may believe they can accomplish anything. This can result in inflated self-esteem, agitation, reduced need for sleep, being more talkative, being easily distracted, and a sense of racing thoughts. Reckless behaviors, including spending sprees, sexual indiscretions, fast driving, and substance abuse, are common. Having three or more of these symptoms nearly every day for a week may indicate a manic episode.
Bipolar I vs. Bipolar II
People with bipolar I disorder have manic episodes or mixed episodes and often have one or more depressive episodes. People with bipolar II have major depressive episodes with less severe mania; they experience hypomania, a condition that is less intense than mania or lasting less than a week. Patients may seem like the “life of the party” — full of charm and humor. They may feel and function fine, even if family and friends can see the mood swing. However, hypomania can lead to mania or depression.
People with mixed episode experience depression and mania at the same time. This leads to unpredictable behavior, such as sadness while doing a favorite activity or feeling very energetic. It’s more common in people who develop bipolar disorder at a young age, particularly during adolescence. But some estimates suggest up to 70% of bipolar patients experience mixed episodes.
Causes of Bipolar Disorder
Doctors aren’t exactly sure what causes bipolar disorder. A leading theory is that brain chemicals fluctuate abnormally. When levels of certain chemicals become too high, the patient develops mania. When levels drop too low, depression may result.
Bipolar Disorder: Who’s at Risk?
Bipolar disorder affects males and females equally. In most cases, the onset of symptoms is between 15 and 30 years old. People are at higher risk if a family member has been diagnosed, especially if it’s a first degree relative, but doctors don’t think the disorder kicks in based on genetics alone. A stressful event, drug abuse, or other unknown factor may trigger the cycle of ups and downs.
Bipolar Disorder and Daily Life
Bipolar disorder can disrupt your goals at work and at home. In one survey, 88% of patients said the illness took a toll on their careers. The unpredictable mood swings can drive a wedge between patients and their co-workers or loved ones. In particular, the manic phase may scare off friends and family. People with bipolar disorder also have a higher risk of developing anxiety disorders.
Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse
About 60% of people with bipolar disorder have trouble with drugs or alcohol. Patients may drink or abuse drugs to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of their mood swings. This is especially common during the reckless manic phase.
Bipolar Disorder and Suicide
People with bipolar disorder are 10 to 20 times more likely to commit suicide than people without the illness. Warning signs include talking about suicide, putting affairs in order, and inviting death with risky behavior. Anyone who appears suicidal should be taken very seriously.
Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder
A crucial step in diagnosing bipolar disorder is to rule out other possible causes of extreme mood swings. These may include brain infection or other neurological disorders, substance abuse, thyroid problem, HIV, ADHD, side effects of certain medications, or other psychiatric disorders. There is no lab test for bipolar disorder. A psychiatrist usually makes the diagnosis based on a careful history and evaluation of the patient’s mood and other symptoms.
Medications for Bipolar Disorder
Medications are key in helping people with bipolar disorder live stable, productive lives. Mood stabilizers can smooth out the cycle of ups and downs. Patients may also be prescribed antipsychotic drugs and anticonvulsant drugs. Between acute states of mania or depression, patients typically stay on maintenance medication to avoid a relapse.
Talk Therapy for Bipolar Disorder
Talk therapy can help patients stay on medication and cope with their disorder’s impact on work and family life. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing thoughts and behaviors that accompany mood swings. Interpersonal therapy aims to ease the strain bipolar disorder may place on personal relationships. Social rhythm therapy helps patients develop and maintain daily routines.
Lifestyle Tips for Bipolar Disorder
Establishing firm routines can help manage bipolar disorder. Routines should include sufficient sleep, regular meals, and exercise. Because alcohol and recreational drugs can worsen the symptoms, these should be avoided. Patients should also learn to identify their personal early warning signs of mania and depression. This will allow them to get help before an episode spins out of control.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Electroconvulsive therapy can help some people with bipolar disorder. ECT uses an electric current to cause a seizure in the brain. It is one of the fastest ways to ease severe symptoms. ECT is usually a last resort when a patient does not improve with medication or psychotherapy.
Educating Friends and Family
Friends and family may not understand bipolar disorder at first. They may become frustrated with the depressive episodes and frightened by the manic states. If patients make the effort to explain the illness and how it affects them, loved ones may become more compassionate. Having a solid support system can help people with bipolar disorder feel less isolated and more motivated to manage their condition.
When Someone Needs Help
Many people with bipolar disorder don’t realize they have a problem or avoid getting help. If you’re concerned about a friend or family member, here are a few tips for broaching the subject. Point out that millions of Americans have bipolar disorder, and that it is a treatable illness — not a personality flaw. There is a medical explanation for the extreme mood swings, and effective treatments are available.