Book Reviews

Black Dog (Bannon's Gym 1) by Cat Grant

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 29-November-2017

Book Blurb

Danny Bannon and Eddie Roscoe have been fighting in and out of the ring for more than fifteen years, held together by mutual attraction and small-town ties, yet kept apart by a shared tragedy that continues to haunt them. Their steady on-again off-again is shaken up by the arrival of Tom Delaney, a teenage runaway trying to escape his tense home situation and his punch-happy dad.

In no time, the scrawny homeless kid has shown himself to be a boxing prodigy, and building him up brings Danny and Eddie closer than they’ve been in ages. It seems that the three of them, plus Eddie’s mother, Gloria, are forming a new family unit, much tighter than anything Tom experienced in his difficult past.

But Tom’s politically influential father isn't the only person he left behind. When his mother shows up at Eddie and Gloria’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 is ready to turn his new fighting skills to a deadly purpose: get revenge on his abusive father or die trying.

It’s up to his surrogate big brothers, Danny and Eddie, to put their differences and their painful history aside to prevent another tragic ending.

First Edition published by Cat Grant, 2013.

Second Edition published by Samhain Publishing, 2014.

Book Review

This was a great short story with fabulous characters and an interesting plot. Since it's book one in a series, I'm excited to read more when they are available. The concept of two men who share a history, albeit one fraught with tension, brought together in their care of a young homeless boy, caught and held my attention. The young man who comes from a lifetime of horrid abuse is struggling to survive and may have just found the people to help him live.

Eddie owns a diner, is an ex-Marine, ex-seminary student, ex-pro boxer, and, yeah, are you seeing the picture here? Eddie has spent the past fifteen years running, but he's home now, taking over the diner after his pop died. Danny owns Bannon's Gym, trains fighters, and has a past tied to Eddie's although neither one likes or wants to remember that. Tom is an abused, homeless runaway, whom Eddie gives a job and a place to sleep. As Danny says, Tom is another in a long line of boys Eddie is trying to save. Danny isn't much better, though, because he takes over training Tom in mixed martial arts guessing, correctly, that Tom's abuse is from his father.

Tom settles in and begins to make a new family with Eddie, Danny, and Gloria, Eddie's mom. Between work at the diner and heavy training at the gym, life settles into a routine. Even Eddie and Danny begin to get back to the friendship they had before disaster struck all those years before. When Tom's mom finds him and comes to see him at the diner, he's terrified his dad knows where he is, but his mom promises him she just wants to make sure he's okay before she leaves his father and goes somewhere his dad can't find her. Truer words were never spoken and now Eddie and Danny have the responsibility of dealing with the grievous repercussions.

I really liked this story, a lot. The writing was wonderful, the characters were all strong and well developed, and the plot was great. I highly recommend it and I'm looking forward to book two.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 132 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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