Spotlight, Teasers, Excerpt & Review: Legend (The REAL series #6) by Katy Evans

Book Blurb & Info

Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he's known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He's got a personal score to settle with the Underground's one and only Remington "Riptide" Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town--and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she's none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who's supposed to root against him and a girl he's supposed to stay away from.

But Maverick fights for the woman in his heart, and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion; the ultimate LEGEND.

* LEGEND is the 6th and final installment of the REAL series, but it can also be read as standalone or after the three Remington and Brooke books (Real/Mine/Remy.)

Meet Maverick “The Avenger” Cage in Legend, the newest stand alone in the REAL series releasing February 9th!

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Book Excerpt

At Tate’s corner, outside the ropes, his coach whistles. “You two get some headgear on. Stat.”
Tate’s lips curl rebelliously, and he looks at me with challenge in his eyes.
I smile back, a feral curl of my lips.
We tap gloves.
No headgear.
I jab. He swings his arm, blocks the hit, leaps back, and I jab again, blocked again.
We space apart and jump in place, shaking our shoulders, loosening up. I pull my gloves back up, narrow my eyes, and he asks, “You think you’re the shit because you’re fast and strong? I got news for you. I’m faster, I’m stronger, and I’m disciplined. Your coach isn’t doing you any favors.”
“He’s in my corner, and that’s enough for me.”
He swings, I duck fast and come up behind him. He straightens and faces me again. “If you settle for that, then you should settle for second place.”
“What the fuck. You want me to win?”
“I want a good fight. I like keeping things real. Reminds me I’m a man. Mortal.”
“I want to be a legend. Legends never die. Even if they die alone.”
He swings again, and I duck, come up, and jab three times.
He blocks repeatedly, then hooks with his right; I deflect. He grins and jabs again. I block, then I duck before he puts me up against the ropes, and I head back to center. He follows.
“To be a legend you need to fall seven times, get up eight,” he says.
I remember a final a few years ago when my father kicked Tate to a pulp. “Or not fall at all.”
He backs up his arm and then smacks the smirk right off me. “Before you stop falling, you need to embrace the fact that you’re going to hit the ground.”
I clean the blood from my mouth, glowering.
We take positions again, and he watches me as if waiting for my next move as we start dancing around, jumping, waiting for the other to strike.
“Do you want the headgear now?”
I lunge and start hitting, and he blocks, deflects, blocks. “Fuck you,” I grit out.
“Getting angry doesn’t help. You control the anger, not let it control you.”
I want to prove him wrong; I loop out my arm and aim for his head.
He ducks and hooks, his knuckles cracking into my jaw. I spurt blood and bounce against the ropes.
I shake my head, wipe the blood away, grit my teeth and straighten, narrowing my eyes. “My turn,” I growl, and I swing. My fist connects: a kidney punch.
He blocks my next hit, frowning in thought. “You’re cocky for someone who just lost yesterday.”
He jabs.
I dive my upper body to the side, evading. “You got to play it to become it.”
“I’m the champion, not you.”
“You won’t live forever, champ.”
He jabs three times, then leaps back, flexes his arm and looks at it.
“Muscle memory. You hit enough times, you fight on instinct; part of your brain works on your assault, the other is focused on the other’s assault. Let your muscle memory work for you and consciously stay focused on your opponent’s eyes.”
I laugh mockingly. “I don’t need your pointers.”
“Go back home to daddy, then.”
“When I’m finished with you.” I punch him, then raise my left hook and connect hard enough to stun him.
He raises his head, shakes it to clear it, and wipes blood from his nose. I catch my breath, satisfied I got some blood. At least I won’t be the only one with an ice pack tonight.
He sees the blood on his arm and looks at me, impressed.
“TIME!” his coach yells out from the corner. “You two won’t have shit for the fight if you keep up this nonsense.”
Tate grins at him, then turns back and glowers at me. “You get enough?”
“Barely warming up here.” I squint the blood out of one eye and raise my gloves. “Come get it, Riptide,” I growl.



Legend by Katy Evans is the final book in her REAL series and I for one am very sad to see the series end but if it had to end, this is the way to do it!!! It’s amazing, true to the characters and you can absolutely tell Katy wanted end the series right and she absolutely did! Fans will not be disappointed, I promise. This book is full of twists and turns, it made me gasp, made my heart flutter and gave this fan a sense of closure. Although now I want more Mav books but people in hell want ice water too, LOL.

Anywho, so what’s Legend all about??? 

Legend is a passing of the torch book from Remy to Maverick. For fans of the series, you know Remy is the King Of The Ring in this underground MMA fighting ring and we love him. He’s beaten his MIA archrival named Scorpion, he’s gotten his bipolar under control, married the woman of his dreams and had a son, Racer. So what’s left but to finish out on top and move on. That’s his plans. He’s about to start his last season before he moves on. He only wishes there was someone worthy he could pass his title onto. 

Enter Maverick. He’s out to prove something. His old man was a terror in the ring and like any little boy, he wants his dad’s approval. Only problem is, his father is in the hospital and Maverick wants to prove once and for all that his father can be proud even though his father is the last person you should want to be proud of you. The only problem is Maverick is an MMA rookie and he can’t find a couch to sponsor him. If the door opens based on his skill, it closes as soon as they find out who his father is. He’s all alone, on his own and out to prove he’s better than his father and deserves a shot. He just needs the window cracked and he’ll do the rest. 

As the clock ticks down, Maverick is desperate. While he searches for the chance, he continues to train anywhere and everywhere he can. Even pretending to belong to a gym until security is called. He’s almost tossed on his butt when a real member takes pity on him and claims “he’s with me” and so begins the tenuous relationship between Maverick and Reese. Fate (Katy) knows what she’s doing! 

Reese is on a mission to better herself. She’s decided she needs to work on herself and the best way is to join her cousin Brooke and her husband Remy as they travel the country for Remy’s last hurrah with the underground MMA. Reese has plenty of time to figure herself out while babysitting their child Racer. Part of the perks of the job is a gym membership wherever they are and she intends to work on her body as well as her mind. While working out, she sees an intense stranger beating the crap out of a heavy bag. She decides to do a good deed and claim him as her guest. Little does she know that by making the statement “he’s with me.” She’s also sealed her destiny with fate. 

As they travel around the country on opposite sides of the ring, the two grow closer and closer, blurring the lines between what was in the past and what they want in their future. 

This is such a sweet yet intense love story that builds slowly until the finale which quiet literally delivers a TKO. I can ramble on and on about that I loved this and that but ultimately what got me was the message the story delivers - only you will decide your ultimate fate and if you want it, you have to fight for it but do it with honor, hard work, give respect where it’s due and maintain your integrity. It doesn’t matter what your past is, you must live in the present to make way for your future. Only you can make yourself a Legend! 

5 REAL stars!!!

Author Info

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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