3.5 Stars for Tap Out (Bannon’s Gym #3) by Cat Grant – #MM #MMA #Boxing @CatGrant2009


Title: Tap Out (Bannon’s Gym #3)
Author Name: Cat Grant
Publication Date & Length: January 13, 2015 – 202 pgs


It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

As a child, Tom Delaney did the best he could to protect his mother from his abusive father, but her eventual suicide left him a guarded and wary man who’s still carrying around a metric ton of baggage.

At Bannon’s Gym, Tom learned how to take back his power, and found love with fellow mixed martial arts fighter Travis Gallagher. Yet Tom can’t bring himself to take their relationship to the next level. Not if moving in together means leaving behind Gloria, his surrogate mom, who’s desperately ill.

When Gloria’s son, Eddie, hires an out-of-work nurse to care for Gloria, Tom is out of excuses—and afraid he’s being pushed out of his family of choice. That fear explodes in a violent sparring session that leaves Travis with a broken nose and Tom on the brink of getting booted out of Bannon’s Gym for good.

When tragedy strikes, Tom realizes it’ll take more than fists to conquer his fears, or he risks losing everything—his fighting career, his family, and the man he loves.

Warning: Sweat- and testosterone-drenched alpha males ahead! More angst than an entire season of Downton Abbey! Wear a helmet—this could get messy!

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This was a story of forgiveness, new chances, love and heart. Gloria seems to be the glue that holds this family together. With her having COPD, everyone rally’s around her – wanting her to fight her illness.
There are several characters who create this story. I have not read the previous books in this series, but this one was supposed to be about Tom and Travis. I found Tom’s character to be whiny and I had a hard time liking him. I liked Aaron much more in this story. Even though I don’t like what he did in his past, this story seemed to be more about him getting his second chance.
Gloria was a character that if she were healthy, you know she would have been a pistol. As it was, she was a handful – funny, full of life, despite being sick, the alpha of the family.
Tom and Travis are navigating their way through life, their relationship and MMA fighting. I didn’t really know what the MMA fighting had to do with the story and that might be because I have not read the other books in this series. Maybe then I would understand what the fighting had to do with the characters.
Overall, this book was full of angst that didn’t really need to be there. There was an immature relationship between Tom and Travis, a second chance for Aaron and a patch work family who must find their way through a tragic loss.


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If you’re looking for epic sci-fi, fantasy, or historicals, that’s not me. Contemporary all the way, baby!

However, if you’re looking for down to earth, complicated characters dealing with real-world problems (and the occasional comfort read!), I might just fit the bill. 🙂


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