4/28/16

REVIEW(S) + GIVEAWAY: LADIES MAN BY KATY EVANS!!

Title: Ladies Man
Series: Manwhore #3 STANDALONE
Author: Katy Evans
Release Date: April 26, 2016
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SYNOPSIS:
TAHOE ROTH.
Irreverent, cocky, playful and naughty.
He’s not the guy you date.
He’s the one night stand.
The one your mother warned you about.
The one your body craves.
You’d think the man who called me succulent would want to strip me down and spread me out on his bed—like he’s done with countless others.
But he passed on my offer….
Just like I’d once passed on his.
He’s wary, like I am.
He’s broken, like I am.
And everyone knows two broken parts can’t ever make a whole.
Tahoe and I are strictly friends.
So I distract myself with other men.
He doesn’t think my new man is good enough. This blond blue-eyed beast doesn’t think any man is—himself included.
But the more time we spend together, the more confused I feel.
I'm trying to open myself to love.
Yet I'm quickly realizing that the only man I want is Tahoe Roth.
The one man who will surely break my heart.
**Although part of the Manwhore series, this book can be read as standalone.**
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How do I feel? God, I feel RUINED! Ruined in the most magically, beautiful way. I have to say, I think Ladies Man is Katy's BEST BOOK yet. By far. It's FANTASTIC. I don't know if it was the sexy, torturous angst that drove me passionately insane, or the flirty banter that was whip smart and unexpectedly emotional, or the fact that the plot line had some seriously GASP-Y moments, but this book SCREAMED at me.

I was intoxicated. By E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. All the moments between Tahoe and Gina enthralled me. Once I started reading, that was that. I inhaled it. My emotions ping ponged from page to page. This was a book of FEELS for me. I cried. I laughed. I swooned. I blushed. I yearned. I shivered. I NEEDED. That's the biggest thing, Ladies Man stirred an intense yearning in the depth of my belly. 

I WANTED Tahoe. 
I ACHED for Tahoe.
It was INTENSE. All consuming.

He captivated me. There were a MILLION moments where I was desperate to get inside the book. I felt like I had to claw my way in and live and breathe there. I tumbled, fell crazy and madly in love with both characters. The back and forth between them about killed me. It slayed me in the best way and kept me hooked. I needed it to work out for them. I needed it to be good. And good it was. 

"We stare at each other, and he looks at my mouth like it is all that exists for him right now. My heart starts pounding. I’m scared. His stare is frightening—it’s so blue, so clear, so expectant. So fucking hungry, this guy would eat me up alive and leave no bones to bury." <<---- AHHHHHHHHHHHH! See? Fuck, man. 

I'm telling you these two. The want between them is INTOXICATING. You feel as if you're drowning in their lust. It's overwhelming. Tahoe and Gina fight it. They have enough respect for each other to know that if they go there, they will ruin their friendship. They're both not ready.

Ladies Man is a friends to lovers Standalone. It's a slow, DECADENT burn that makes you ache with need. It makes you desperate. It hurts a little. 

IT HURTS IN THE VERY BEST WAY. 
I relished that pain. 
I ate it up. 
It made everything feel ALIVE. It gave the emotions in this story a raw pulse. 

"He opens his arm, smiling a harmless smile, but the look in his eyes… God, that’s as harmless as the look of a demon. Even when I see all sorts of things lurking there—darkly in his gaze—I am tempted to trust him. Trust that despite his male reactions to me, he’s more determined to be friends." 

TAHOE ROTH. ***fanself*** I'm sitting here overheating as I write this. 

He's a BEAST. 
A freaking BEAST.

I don't know what to say to do him justice. I could pull quote after quote from this book that would make you quiver. He's a TRUE ladies man and it drove me crazy. But while he was a playboy, you could see the man beneath. Always. That man, the one who was hiding, had so much to give. He would drop ANYTHING for Gina. To him, everything was ultimately all about Gina. He'd be there, make her smile, spoon her up, fill all her emotional voids and protect her even if it meant protecting her from HIM.

AHHHHHHHHHHH! 

Tahoe’s heart is so good, it blinded me. I wanted him. I wanted to fucking crawl all over him and steal him from Gina. ** Hahahahaha**

God, it was so much. The push and pull in this story owned every page. And while Tahoe is this magnetic being, Gina is almost the opposite. She's vulnerable and a little lost. Her roommate just got married and now she has this apartment she can't afford. She has a history of being over looked, too. Her parents are kind of flaky and she's never really had a SOLID home. She struggles with her self-image. She struggles with feeling good enough. And all she wants now, at this time in her life, is stability. She wants a home that is all HERS. And someone to love and keep her warm at night. 

Ladies Man is a story of two people with different issues that are initially pulled together by their close circle of friends. But Gina and Tahoe end up having an attraction so magnetic it cannot be denied. No matter how hard they try, they eventually can’t fight it anymore. It’s MAGIC. It’s BLISSFULLY amazing. 

"He kisses my lips.
He sucks on my neck.
"You’re a fucking dream. You’re a fucking dream and I can’t believe I’m not dreaming you right now," he whispers."

I've always been a fan of all Katy Evans stories but this one felt special. For me, Katy is an author of FEELS. Even her lighter books have a thick undercurrent of raw emotion. She is the QUEEN of the slow build . She did it in REAL with Remy and Brooke. She did it in Manwhore with Malcolm and Rachel. And once again she did with Tahoe and Gina. I can't say enough good things about her writing, her novels, her characters. She is MY author. A go to that never lets me down. I could read her ALL DAY, EVERY DAY and never tire. She feeds by bookish soul. 

Overall, Ladies Man is a SLAM DUNK, A HOME RUN, A HAT TRICK, A TOUCHDOWN. It is everything I want in a read. My version of book perfection. I cannot say enough good things. It’s an INTOXICATING, ENTICING friends to lovers story that DECIMATED me. I couldn't get enough. I still can't get enough. I highly recommend it to those who are looking for a great read. It is a spin-off of the Manwhore Series, but can absolutely be read as a Standalone novel. Though I must say, if you haven't met Rachel and Malcolm, you should do that. They are BEYOND FABULOUS.

Angie's Rating:

You have absolutely no idea how desperately I needed Tahoe Roth to have his own book. Well, if you've read Katy Evans' Manwhore series, then maybe you know EXACTLY how badly I needed Tahoe Roth to get his own book. The sexual tension brimming between Tahoe and Gina in this series was a few sexy grins away from overshadowing Rachel and Saint's own romance in those books, that's how desperately I craved more of their story. I was distracted by them. I was hungry for them. The chemistry and the fierce denial and the repeated insistence that Gina and Tahoe are strictly in the friend zone had me SALIVATING for their story. I can not describe the feelings of excitement and anticipation and desperation I felt going into Ladies Man. This book had me hooked before it even existed.

This isn't a flawless read but it is an addictive one that had me so consumed, those flaws were not hard to overlook. The first 20% felt a little disjointed and choppy as Evans was setting up the story and the character dynamic, but the story progresses quickly and somewhere around the 25% mark, I think Evans found her stride because things fell into a delicious smoothness. It all felt much more honest, and I immediately went from spectator to a fully immersed part of this story. There were also a few times later on where I thought things felt rushed, like I wished more had been said to make the story feel more thorough, but looking back, the story itself is so beautiful and so emotion inducing, that I can easily overlook the things I wish were said because the things that actually were said were perfect.

Tahoe Roth, ladies man extraordinaire, takes infuriating leading male to a whole new level. Despite his warmth and his fun-loving personality, Tahoe is an impenetrable vault, keeping even his closest friends at a safe distance. He doesn't let anyone in, doesn't share the deepest parts of himself, and just when he unknowingly reveals even the tiniest bit of the real Tahoe, he shuts down again. It's frustrating and infuriating and it makes for a painstaking read, one I couldn't put down because I was so obsessed with seeing his walls chipped away. Almost as frustrating as Tahoe, Gina proved she was equally capable of driving me insane. She doesn't know her own value. Her history of being overlooked and betrayed has given her a serious inferiority complex and she walks through life masking her insecurities and self doubt. Between Gina's vulnerability and quiet insecurity and Tahoe's refusal to let anyone in, it was seriously impossible to imagine things progressing beyond the friendship barrier. They're maddening, these two. This is a throw-your-kindle-while-slamming-shots kind of read, people.

I live for a romance that has me seething with anger, swooning with lust, and ravenous to see where these characters take me. I had it all in Ladies Man. I got lost in this book. I felt so much all at once, I felt like I had whip lash from the rapid fire emotions I was made to feel with every turn of the page: impatience, longing, lust, profound attraction, hope and unadulterated anger. This book pissed me off like you would not believe (I am replaying one scene in particular over and over and over in my head and it still makes me want to scream), but it only made me hungrier for the ending I was so hoping existed. Ladies Man is pages and pages and pages of sexual tension. This book is one epic build toward something you just know is going to be huge, explosive, unforgettable. Katy Evans did not hold back with this one, hitting me over and over with a barrage of feels, unsettling uncertainty, and a sexy, unpredictable ride that I loved and hated to feel in equal measure.

Jessica's Rating:


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!



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