“Hard, lean, and perfect, he is all dangerous, all beautiful, and all mine.
He is not my fantasy, he is real. My REAL.“
He is Remington “Riptide” Tate. She is Brooke Dumas. They belong to each other.
“I love you,” I whisper, He lowers his head, his lips to my ear: “You’re mine now.”
Nobody ever taught him how to love.
“The white diamond is you.” And to the right of the white diamond is a blue diamond, and to it’s left, a black diamond. “You’re the other two I say,”
He is a stud. He was made to mate. To procreate. And I want him like I want my next breath.
“Who do you belong to,” he rasps urgently.
“You,” I pant.”
Theirs is an all-consuming, co-depending, intensifying love. One filled with extremes that most people will never experience. Not because this is fiction, but because the hero, Remy, is Bipolar 1. And throughout this book we get a glimpse into the struggles the person afflicted with the disease, and the people caring for him face. He quite frequently cycles between his manic and depressed states, (or what Remy and Brooke call “black”) and to what we would call “normal” state (or what the two call “Blue”). In the case of Remy, he chose not to be medicated for his illness, but instead attempt to control it by diet and other ways. This wasn’t the easy road to take for him or the people around him. And so, even though Brooke struggled with his choices she knew she couldn’t let him see her break.
“You don’t have to save him; just be with him while he saves himself.”
There was so much that I loved about this book. I loved the use of music. I listen to music all the time when I read and being gifted a sound track with a book makes it all the more a joy to read. When Remi gave Brooke Iris, by the Goo Goo Dolls to listen to, I immediately stopped reading and pulled it up on YouTube. I.was.stunned. That is his anthem. “And I don’t want the world to see me ’cause I don’t think they’d understand when everything’s made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am.” Perfect choice!!
If Brooke were my daughter I would be concerned for her seemingly obsessive love and her unhealthy codependence for another human being. If she were my bipolar 1 son’s girlfriend, I would be grateful.
If I had to listen to the screams of the fans night after night I would go mad, but I guess if I were in his corner I would be ecstatic!
Katy Evans answered Real with a “knockout” follow-up! 4 1/2 stars!!!