Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Tap Out
Author: Cat Grant
Series: Bannon’s Gym #3
Heroes: Tom Delaney/Travis Gallagher
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 202 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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!
Review: The story surrounding Bannon’s Gym continues with the main characters still playing a big role. Eddie, Danny, and even Gloria are still very involved, with the this book focusing on Tom and Travis. I was a little thrown off at first, as this starts off Travis’ ex, Aaron, taking front and center. He is still struggling to get through his issues and injury which ultimately resulted in his breakup from Travis. Being the caring, patient and good natured guy that he is, Travis still wants to help Aaron, much to Tom’s annoyance.
As the story moves on to Travis and Tom, we learn that Tom is still living with Gloria. Her health is deteriorating, and he stays and helps as much as he can. Feeling he lost a chance to do more for his own mother, he puts extra effort into helping Gloria. Unfortunately, this is putting a bit of pressure on his relationship with Travis. That, and the presence of Aaron and his problems, is definitely frustrating for these guys. While Travis remains the calm patient one, Tom continues to vent through fighting. Tom’s temper continues to be an issue, although he seems to be getting better and working through it more and more.
Arrangements are made for Gloria – she’s not very open to having strange hospice workers in her home, but eventually, Aaron is given a chance when he is hired for the job, allowing Tom to move out and spend more time with Travis and his MMA training. I’m still not sure how I feel about Aaron at this point. He seems to be trying to better himself and perhaps this story was a way for him to redeem himself just a little in the readers’ eyes. I think it’s a start, and I’m curious to see where he goes from here.
It was great to see all these guys again. I really liked the previous books and enjoyed the fighting and training aspects involved, which were very well written. This story is a bit more angsty than the previous two, but still full of a bit of everything. This is a great story about friendship and loyalty and overcoming obstacles, with characters who are far from perfect, but who you can’t help but care about, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*