Title: Black Dog: Bannon’s Gym
Author Name: Cat Grant
Publication Date & Length: April 1, 2014 – 145pgs
Which dog wins? The one you feed.
Danny Bannon and Eddie Roscoe have been fighting, in and out of the ring, for more than fifteen years. Mutual attraction and small-town ties hold them together, yet they’re haunted by a shared tragedy that still hangs between them.
Their tenuous, on-again off-again relationship takes a hard right cross with the arrival of Tom Delaney, a teen on the run from his punch-happy father. In no time, the kid shows himself to be a boxing prodigy.
But Tom’s politically influential father isn’t yet down for the count. When his mother shows up at Eddie’s diner with a shiner and a haunted look in her eyes, Tom is hopeful for her future. But when that hope is snuffed out, Tom’s rage has him ready to turn his new fighting skills to a deadly purpose. Revenge, or die trying.
Unless his surrogate big brothers can put their painful past behind them to keep history from rising up for another round.
This book has been previously published.
Warning: Tough guys with a long history beating the crap out of each other to avoid saying “I love you”. Heaps of sexual tension. More angst and emotion than deemed safe by the Surgeon General. Proceed with caution!
I find this book very hard to rate. Part of me wants to rate it lower, part of me wants to add plus signs to the rating.
Danny and Eddie have this tense relationship from the past… because they’d kept it a secret it caused someone they both loved to make a life ending mistake. They both have held it against the other for many years. I wanted SOOOOOOOOOO much more about this relationship. We get little snippets, but never really get what their relationship was or wasn’t in the past except a one time hook up, yet it is hinted that there were other times so I was a bit confused on their past. Their current time was quite lovely though. Albeit, I do wish we’d have gotten to see the Surgeon in action more and gotten to see that side of him more, I did feel the gym/boxing side of things was pretty well covered.
Then we have Tom, the run-away with a wicked past and a powerful, influential family he’s hiding out from. The story is mostly about finding out who Tom is and what he’s been through and continues to deal with. While we get closure of sorts with him, we aren’t entirely sure where he’ll be going in the future. Will he go on to bigger and harder boxing matches or will he go to college?
While I wish I had more answers, I fully understand that this is a book one in a series and many of those answers very likely will come from the follow up books. So even though I felt like we had a couple story lines with different characters going on and I wanted more from some of them, I didn’t feel like the story itself was bad. I did wish to see more naughty scenes between the pair since they were so hot and fired up for each other, then again that might be a personal preference.
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
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. 🙂
Author’s Website: http://www.catgrant.com/