Goodreads Rating: 4.16 / 5 stars
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 9th 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
The fifth book in the New York Times new adult series that began with Real. When an angry, heartbroken girl is forced to be near her rocker ex-boyfriend, only time will tell if the fire between them will consume them both.
Pandora, the gothic friend of Brooke (Real, Mine, Remy) and Melanie, thought that getting her heart broken by her bad boy rocker ex could only happen once. But now, he’s back in town with the biggest concert of the year. Pandora hates him so much that she gets Melanie to come with her and play a prank on him at his gig. But when they are caught by security, and her ex himself is summoned, he decides not to press charges if she’ll follow certain conditions. Pandora likes none of his rules, or that he’s in charge of her, especially since they seem designed to make sure she’s in close contact with him again. But the closeness reignites the passion they once shared, and soon no matter how much she wants to hate him, it’s clear she’s still hung up on him. And worse: he knows it too.
Ripped is a second chance romance about Brooke and Melanie’s goth friend Pandora Stone. She’s a tough, feisty, closed-off and mysterious chick. Her heart was once broken when Mackenna Jones, the lead singer of Crack Bikini. Their paths crossed again during his band’s concert as Pandora and Melanie made a scene by throwing tomatoes at him. It’s funny and quite immature. As a deal, Kenna and Pandora must reunite for a movie to increase the band’s publicity.
This wasn’t Pandora’s original plan. She wants a closure but there are lots of unresolve issues that needs to be addressed. Their feelings resurfaced and the sexual tension between them blazed. Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of Pandora in the beginning. She’s always mad and I want her to chill down. The anger she felt runs down deeper than I thought which was revealed later on the book. It’s heartbreaking and I pity Pandora but I admire her strength getting through it. Kenna doesn’t need to prove anything. He’s a good and devoted man to Pandora. They committed mistakes in the past and I’m glad these two found their way back for a fresh start. I like their story even though some parts irked me.
Here’s my favorite passage:
“I know now, from life, that it only takes a second to break you. But with time, with effort, it takes a little longer, but you can make it. There’s something about someone knowing your deepest, darkest secret and still loving you despite what you did that gives you hope. That makes you want to be better. Never disappoint yourself, and them, ever again.”