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Legend is a tale of guts and glory that grips your heart, tugging it every step of the way. This is not just a story but an escape where you dive in, head first, immersing yourself into this brilliant and beautiful book. Legend bleeds into your world, becoming one with you.
Legend consumed me from the very first page; I was all in. Fingers trembling while gripping the book or ereader. Heart pumping. Body shaking. Bated breathing. Eyes tearing. Mouth smiling. Legend, like the rest of Katy Evans' raw and rousing Real series, is an adrenaline rush of a read. I feltHypnotized. Possessed. Alive.
I wanted to devour Legend. I wanted to savor it and Maverick. I wanted to hurry. I wanted to take my time. I wanted to be transported to another worldI was. Legend occupied my heart and head. I was at the Underground. I was at Remy and Brooke's house. I was at the hotel. I was at the park. Legend crept in my head and heart, recklessly and relentlessly, and never left.
Just 10% in and the emotions are pouring off the pages and drowning my heart. The feels, like a fighter on the mat, pound from the pages to me. Searing my soul. Brandishing my brain. Harnessing my heart. I tear up early and often, as the words are powerful punches to my heart, full of feels that flutter to my soul.
I read Legend with anticipation and a little anxiety. Could I fall for another fighter who could be Remy's enemy and possibly fight him in the ring At 15% into the book, my answer is: Maybe.
Maverick Cage. Stunning. Black hair. Steel gray eyes. Tall. Muscular. A hoodie and low-slung sweat pants. The muscular V. Panty-melting hot. Dangerous. Intense. Untamed. Beautiful and broken. Maverick has a bit of a dark past. Abandoned by his father, a boxer, Maverick is out to prove his worth in and out of the ring. His value.
"He was, like a predator, paying attention to his surroundings without alerting his prey."
I don't want to like Maverickbut I do.
Maverick is desperate to fightit's in his blood. If only a coach would pick him up so he could rock The Underground where Remy is the undefeated King.
At a gym, he meets Reese Dumas, Brooke's younger cousin. She is has an hour-glass pin-up figure and is blonde, blue-eyed, and beautiful. Like Maverick, she is reserved and communicates with few words.
"He looks at me, so deep, I feel found."
Their chemistry is insta-hot. Electric. Palpable.
"His gaze feels so probing all of a sudden, he looks at me as if he's been waiting for me for a long time. I feel like I too have been waiting for him for a long time."
Reese links Maverick with a retired and alcoholic coach, Oz. The only man to open the coaching door to Maverick, it's an instant match. The rookie fighter and the fallen coach. Two dark souls meet with a goal to get to the Underground---one's almighty return and the other's virgin voyage. Both men want to prove their value and get to The Underground's final round: The Ultimate Championship.
Maverick "The Avenger" Cage. Dark. Fearless. Unstoppable.
"Now live up to the name. Let's bring some excitement around her. Show them what happens when two nobodies pair up---two nobodies against the world."
"Hey, we're not nobodies. We're somebodies. Everyone's somebody."
"Somebody's not enough. Let's be the champions."
A fighter in the ring, Maverick 'The Avenger' Cage battles his waymatch by match, blood, sweat, and tearsto fight the ultimate champion: Remy 'Riptide' Tate.
"If I withstand ten fighters next fight, I can get to him. Face-to-face. I get to fight him. I get to see exactly what he's made of. Hell, I get to see what I'm made of."
Out of the ring, the gloves are off and his heart beats for a new obsession he can't shake: Reese Dumas.
"My mind goes in all directions but it ends up in the same place: her. Her watching me fight. Her in a nice room with me. On a nice bed. And me, kissing her in a very un-nice way. Hearing her make noises that are the opposite of nice. And I still think of that nice girl who doesn't want to be nice. A girl who wants to be unforgettable and doesn't realize, she already is."
My body heats. My heart breaks as Maverick finds his way through, penetrating my soul. Maverick is slowly building up a love for him that rivals Remy's. I don't like it. I do.
Reese is reserved. She's never had a boyfriend. Never fit in. Never felt understooduntil Maverick.
"I never thought there was another human who could be quiet enough that I feel like he can hear me. I never thought anyone else could help find the switch but me."
They are kindred spirits. One light, one dark. One soft, one hard. Their chemistry is palpable.
"And then his eyes find me. And I'm found. And alive."
In finding herself, she found Maverick.
My tears, which have welled up in my eyes nearly the whole time reading Legend, fall harder.
"He takes me in for the tensest second, and then he drinks me in with one rake of his eyes over my body. My breasts feel his gaze. So does my sex. And my tummy. And my heart.I'm possessed by my happiness. I'm possessed by him."
These wordsgah! I cry. I swoon. I'm awe-struck in the beauty bleeding off of the pages that carve out a part of my heart with each line.
Maverick. This big and strong man is menacing---a lion in the ring but a pussy cat with Reese.
They are each other's air. Each other's hope. Each other's salvation.
Maverick "The Avenger" Cage climbs his way up, fight by fight, to the Ultimate Championship where he will face Remy. Riptide or the Avenger---who will Reese choose Can she pick a side
"Reese. And it dawns to me. She is with them."
Hearts may break.
"Loss. You can't lose shit you don't have. I feel like I just lost a fight I didn't even know I fought. And I lost it to Tate."
My heart crushes for Maverick. How can I love Remy's enemy too
A fighter may fall. Love may turn into loss. Only one will be left standing at the end and be the Ultimate Champion in the ring and of the heart.
"All it takes is a match to light a fire, and He. Is. The. Match."
LEGEND is over. Tears are still flowing. Like a death, I feel an utter loss. This is it. The end. Legend marks the end of the Real stories that felt so damn real with real smiles, real laughs, real anger, and real tears. Like tears, the feels are still flowing after the ending too. Legend is my fire that makes me feel alive as the powerful words, like a match, strike a spark straight to my soul. This breathtaking beautiful story is about love, loss, hope, and a painful past that threatens to strike like a fighter lays out an opponent in the ring.
Magic. Legend is magical with a fierce and fire-hot force than takes and takes and takes. Takes your heart. Takes your soul. Takes you on a beautiful book adventure you never want to end. It's almost a drunk feeling. Drunk on this beautiful and brilliant book.
Like a Monet painting where each stroke of a brush makes beautiful art, each word penned by Katy Evans makes a breathtakingly beautiful and brilliant masterpiece. One of my absolute favorite authors with a heart of gold that, like Midas, turns her perfectly penned words into gold and has brought her 'A Game' out to play in Legend.
LEGEND. The perfect ending to this favorite fighting series' legacy. Powerful like punches in the ring. Gut-grabbing like the fight. Soul-searing and heart-wrenching like loved ones feel watching their fighter. Pure perfection. A beloved LEGEND that will remain one of my all-time favorite series. Simply legendary.
5 'but worth way more' legendary stars
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.
The highly anticipated sixth story in the New York Times bestselling series that began with Real – “a rare mix of fevered obsession and gentle enchantment…a visceral and addicting debut” (Christina Lauren).