Racer by Katy Evans
Publication Date: September 28th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Racer, an all-new standalone in the Real Series from New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans is LIVE!

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A bad boy with something to prove.

A woman with a mission.

The race of their lives.

The love of a lifetime.

I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted.

He’s the fastest, fiercest driver around.

Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep…

but his smile sends me to my knees.

The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He’s secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss….

This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I’m supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. But it’s an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation…or your curse.

He says he wants me. He says I’m the One. But he also thinks he’ll break my heart, one piece at a time until it’s gone.


Racer Tate is all grown up and ready to make a name for himself in the racing world, and even though his career started on the wrong side of the law, the skills he honed as an illegal streetcar racer allowed him to enter a Formula 1 car and track as a major contender, which is exactly what Lana Heyworth was hoping when she took a risky chance and hired Racer as her team’s racecar driver. And while Lana’s family has so much riding on Racer’s success, the real worry, at least from Lana’s perspective, is finding a way to not succumb to Racer’s charm and good looks, and while she gave a valiant fight, Lana should have known that there’s no stopping a Tate man once his mind is made up.

The family dynamic that Evans creates for Lana and her brothers and father help to illustrate exactly what’s on the line when it comes to winning races and keeping the team afloat. It’s clear that Lana would do anything for her family, especially her father, and that idea remains front and center throughout the course of the text. There’s a lot to absorb to truly understand why Lana is the way she is with Racer, especially at the beginning of text, but when she finally does succumb to all that Racer is, she sees him for the man and partner he truly is, instead of worrying about how he’ll hurt her just like everyone else.

Racer is definitely swoonworthy but there’s also a fragile side to him that Evans unravels as the story continues and when that part of him is revealed, readers understand him a bit better and realize how amazing he truly is to do what he does and function as well as he does despite the hand he was dealt.

I absolutely adore Katy Evans’ Real series, so getting Brooke and Remy’s son’s story allowed me to re-enter a world that I have never truly forgotten and while Racer is a powerhouse in his own right, I admit that it’s difficult not to compare him to his father, but readers can tell that Evans worked to create an authentic character in Racer and the fact that Racer isn’t a carbon copy of Remy allows readers to get to know the man that Racer is without trying to live up or come out of his father’s shadow.

I have to say that Racer is one of Evans’ least angsty reads, and while some readers might not like that about the book, I think it helps to show just how much of his own man Racer is so that a comparison between him and his father is not at the forefront of his book. There are times that I felt like the plot stalled a bit but it wasn’t because of the lack of drama…it was more that some of the characterization felt slightly recycled or redundant.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to this new generation of alpha males and the women who work to tame them and set them free, which means that, hopefully, there are more Real books in readers’ futures and with the introduction of a great cast of supporting characters, Katy Evans has a number of heroes choose from and while I have my favorites, any chance to stay in this amazing world of strong characters and intriguing plot lines works for me!

4.5 Poison Apples


I’m still reeling. While people approach him, he cuts a path straight to me, his gaze penetrating and target-like; making me want to bolt.

His lips do that little upward tilt they do that seems so sexy, and for a second, I feel like I’m lightheaded.

I gulp, and then feel mad at myself for acting like some idiot as fucking devil-Racer Tate reaches me, throws himself into a seat next to me, and turns to look at me expectantly with the most gorgeous grin on his face.

I don’t know what to say.

This guy has left me sort of speechless.

“So … ” I say, staring in the distance at his beat-up mustang, then at him.

“So … ” he says too, in his deep voice, his smile a little more wicked than it was two seconds ago. He glances at my mouth.

Oh god.

Why am I licking my lips?

It only made his eyes narrow and darken.

I open my mouth to speak, failing to find words. He smells like sweat and soap and shampoo, and I feel my traitorous nipples push up to my top again. Why do they do that when he’s around?

“This is illegal,” I state.

His voice is husky from exertion, and his eyes glint with laughter. “That’s why it’s fun.”

I look away from his eyes, trying to focus and clear my head. He leans over and peers into my face, his face shadowed by the moonlight and his jaw now carrying a little scruff. “Are we in agreement?” he presses.

“No.” I glare and shake my head, meeting his cocky gaze. “You’re reckless, Racer.”

“So are you, Alana.”

“It’s just … Lana.”

His brows fly up in surprise. “And a bit of a liar too.”

I purse my lips, still glaring as my gaze goes back to his car. Girls are rubbing against it as if it were him, and I find it disgusting. Why are women always acting so slutty around race car drivers and bad boys?

“You crashed your car,” I say flippantly.

“You crashed my car,” he contradicts, amused.

I laugh, then scowl in his direction. “You crashed it more. I can’t believe you were making such a fuss about me crashing into you when it was just a little kiss—”

He leans in to peck my lips—fast but firmly. “That’s a kiss.”

I lose my breath.

My eyes wide.

He eases back, lips smiling as he comes to his feet and stretches his hand out to take me by the elbow and help me to my feet.

“Let’s get out of here.” He starts walking, leading the way.

“And go where?”

“Anywhere I can get my hands on you.”


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About the Author

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.


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