Book Reviews

Tap Out (Bannon's Gym 3) by Cat Grant

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 02-December-2017

Book Blurb

A long, miserable childhood spent protecting his mother from his abusive father has left Tom Delaney a guarded, wary man. His only solace is Bannon’s Gym and its hard-nosed owner Danny, who taught Tom to take back his power with his fists.

Even Tom’s lover Travis—fellow mixed martial arts fighter and Tom’s personal trainer—has a hard time getting through to him. Travis desperately wants to take their relationship to the next level by moving in together, but Tom resists. Gloria, who took him in and treated him like her own, is ill and growing worse. Tom, still reeling from his own mother’s suicide, can’t bear to leave her.

Enter Aaron, a former ICU nurse with a drug problem that cost him his last job. Now clean and sober, he’s trying to put his life back together, and Gloria’s son Eddie’s offer of a live-in job taking care of her seems like just the thing to get him back on his feet. 

Which leaves Tom free to accept Travis’s offer. But Tom – afraid of being pushed out of his family of choice – rebels. An explosive sparring session leaves Travis with a broken nose and Danny ready to boot Tom out of the gym for good. 

When tragedy strikes, Tom realizes he must conquer his fears or risk losing everything—his fighting career, his family, and the man he loves.




First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, 2015.


Book Review

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ~Mark Twain

'Tap Out' is the third book in Cat Grant's series, 'Bannon's Gym', and again, the story revolves around Tom and Travis. All of the incredible secondary characters are back, including Danny, Eddie, Gloria, and Aaron. The author was correct in her warning at the end of the blurb—there is a lot of drama involved, even more than I found in the previous books. And how could drama flourish without a lot of intense emotions? This installment sees plenty of anger, jealousy, grief, passion, shame, regret, and love.

Tom and Travis are juggling a number of balls high in the air. With Gloria so sick, Tom spends a lot of time there, watching over her after her home healthcare aides leave. This means Tom and Travis only get a couple of nights together per week. Travis wants Tom to move in, but something, maybe Tom's background, is keeping Tom from making that commitment. He loves Travis, but he's so afraid of screwing up their relationship, he keeps making really dumb mistakes. Of course, Tom's temper isn't helping matters, nor is his jealousy over Travis's friendship with Aaron, his ex.

Aaron is sober, attending NA meetings regularly, and trying so hard to rise above what's in his past. On the day he got fired from his nursing home job, and was erroneously accused of stealing drugs,he was seriously contemplating throwing in the towel, Eddie offers him a job caring for Gloria. Unfortunately, this decision is made without Tom's input, and he loses his place to live. Granted, supposedly the whole reason Tom hadn't moved in with Travis before is because of caring for Gloria. Well, now Tom feels as if everyone is throwing him out, and he walks away from Travis, too. Oy. It's no wonder the rage Tom always feels erupts like an out of control volcano.

An intense book, this third installment is a wonderful addition to the series. A lot of it is predictable, but, in this case, I didn't mind, as these characters are well loved by me. There was sadness in the ending, but also a lot of resolution and hope. Thank you, Cat, and I sure hope this isn't the final book in the series.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 232 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Tap-Out-Bannons-Gym-3-ebook/dp/B071WBS2GZ