My boyfriend. My friend. My protector. He's the reason I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, and the reason I fall asleep limp, worn out, and aching for his warm arms around me. When we make love, he says my name like it means something. Like I mean something.
His name is Greyson King, but his alias is Zero.
There's zero trace of him, he has zero past, and now I know that with him, I will have zero future.
He may leave no trace of him anywhere, but his imprint is in me, in my very soul--and I hate that a mere look at him commands the beat of my heart. The temperature of my body.
I've looked for love my entire life. I've waited for the butterflies, the rainbows...
Instead I'm in a free fall of emotions and there's no one to catch me but the one man I should be running away from. The one man I thought was my prince charming.
Except this prince charming went rogue.
Greyson will stop at nothing to make me be with him. He'll let no one stand in our way, will allow no one to threaten me, and maybe this is what scares me most of all...
What will my rogue do to keep me?
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“I look at him and he doesn't scare me. He lures me. He tempts me, exhilarates me. He makes me want to claim him as if I'm claiming back a part of me that was once lost. Makes me want to tame him. Let him tame me.”
There's a whole lot I need to say about my experience with this book... but I guess the most important would be to say that there was something about Rouge that just didn't feel right. I'm not sure if it's the plot, characters or simply the writing style, but whatever 'it' was... it wasn't near as good as what I've come to expect from Katy Evans. Not at all.
Sure... this book interested me enough to actually finish it. Frustrations aside, there is some element of pull when you read Rogue - but honestly, there's a whole lot of factors that seem to annoy you just as much as it draws you in.
We've met Melanie before. She's Brooke (From Real, Mine & Remy's best friend) and a major player in the previous books. We get to connect with her character a lot in the prequels, but as I learn while reading Rogue, we apparently don't get much insight into who she is. There's a whole lot of levels that make up Melanie. In actual fact, I'm shocked to discover the true Melanie. I didn't see any of it coming.
I always thought of her as the strong one. She's far more feisty than Brooke ever was. She's confident and from what I picked up in previous books... comfortable in her own skin. But Lord knows, that's nowhere near the truth. I felt a little sucker-punched when I was inundated with the true character of Melanie. I felt that - when Katy Evans got into Melanie's personality and history... somehow we were expected to know all about her past... her true colors, but also it was given in such a way that it felt rushed and pushed on me to accept.
In all honesty this entire book felt as if it was enforced on me and I had to grasp on straws just to try and stay in step with the progression of the plot.
Rogue started off with a series feel... but midway through moved to a stand-alone (which it is) pace. Slow... briefly detailed and then just as you are getting on par with the pace... rushed and forced ahead without natural growth.
Majority of the time I felt confused and dumb - I didn't always know what was really happening.
I felt this book was beyond cheesy... and please... I love cheesy lines! So that's saying something. I even had cringing moments of total mortification for the words and actions and again... I'm no sunday school teacher. I couldn't swallow a lot of this book... but again, it kept me reading. How? I'm not entirely sure, but I finished it and that again says a whole lot.
I felt the relationship between Melanie and Greyson didn't progress as smoothly as it was suppose to. I sort of felt as if there were parts missing since the jumps felt really huge. As an example... I originally thought their relationship had only reach about a 3 week level, yet at one point Melanie mentions that it had been months instead of just weeks. I may have spaced out a little and lost all meaning of time... but I don't think I did.
I also didn't think the peak within this plot was reached as successfully as it could have. The character reactions compared to the on-going fear of the truth coming out didn't really balance well. A total anti-climax. I didn't love the fact that it was very, very clear that Melanie's a complete and utter slut. I have no problem at all with characters having had many lovers... but I'm not one fore constant reminder that the female character spread her legs for anything as long as it was male and alive. Complete turn off for me when it comes to trying to connect with any female character.
Rogue is a total contradiction to Real. And it came as an absolute surprise to me that this was written by Katy Evans. I totally love her writing and the way in which she puts together her characters... but something was very far off with this book.
Greyson was as expected, a total Alpha male with true animalistic manners... lol. I expected that and in fact it's one of the few reasons I kept on reading. But the same with him as it was for me with Melanie... there's huge holes in his character development and transformation. He went from cold-hearted and closed off to suddenly quoting cheesy phrases from Melanie's favorite movie - The Princess Bride. And I totally don't get the references since I've never watched the movie - ever... and I guess that freaked me even more. I couldn't get into it as much as I wished I could.
The parts where you just know you are reading a Katy Evans book are absolutely, toe-curlingly sexy... but the rest leave little to be desired. This felt like a knock-off version of the brilliance I'm used to from this author and I sadly feel cheated out of another hot book.
I'm not going to break down the crux of the book for you since it's so choppy, I'd probably spoil some of the few good parts within... but to sum it up and give you a taste of what to expect...
Melanie owes money to the underworld. The fighting underworld. She placed a huge bet of Remy (which if you read the first book in this series, Real, you would know the outcome of that fight)... so she owes big, big money to some very scary dudes.
Grayson is the son of the kingpin who runs the underground fighting 'betting' system. Well the whole thing actually, not just the betting part. Grayson's dad is very ill so he calls in his son - Grayson - to come in and collect all the outstanding debts before he dies. He promises Greyson that once he collects all the payments, he'll be given the whereabout of his missing mother. So as you can expect, Greyson is all but bursting to get the job done.
But as he works down the list, collecting all the monies owed to his father, he comes across Melanie's name and this is basically where the book starts. You learn all of the above as you go along and the plot progresses.
As a whole this book wasn't a 'waste of time'... it simply wasn't brilliant. There are many faults and gapes that could (actually should) have been filled. Since this isn't a first for author Katy Evans, it's a huge surprise to me that this book lacks the 'completed' feeling. I kind of want to say that this shouldn't have been a stand-alone. There's enough info and history in this book to have made it a two book series... or at the very least, half the book longer than it is. There's a whole lot missing and I feel thats it incomplete. I still don't think I've caught up to the pace in which this book moved. It was scary fast!
Rating: 3.5 Stars
RELEASE DATE: July 29th, 2014
GENRE: Adult Romance / Erotic Romance