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

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

Synopsis

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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ThreeandHalfStars

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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5 Stars for Black Dog: Bannon’s Gym by Cat Grant

Black Dog

Title: Black Dog: Bannon’s Gym
Author Name: Cat Grant
Publication Date & Length: April 1, 2014 – 145pgs

Synopsis

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!

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4.5-5 Stars

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.

~Renee

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