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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 maIt’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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Tap Out Reviews

  • Ariadna
    2019-06-05 00:39

    Life should be sweet for Tom: he's got a boyfriend, has settled down in Lincoln Beach, and is training to fight in the MMA state championship.But Tom's unwillingness to move in with Travis, his jealous outbursts about Travis' ex reappearing in Travis' life, and the sharp health decline of someone Tom cares about a lot are but a few of the v. nasty bumps on the road...This novella fizzled out at the worst moment possible. >:|What I liked+ The idea of found family/family of choiceAside from Gloria (Eddie's mother) and Julie (Travis' sister), parents are basically the worst to this series' characters. They're homophobes, abusers or absent otherwise.So, the fact that Tom manages to create his own family is a lovely one. It also underlines how some LGTB+ folks do build their own families after their biological ones have turned their backs on them.+ Aaron, a.k.a. a jerk's redemptionThe last time we saw Aaron, he had not only ripped off Travis so he could score some drugs, he'd also gotten involved with some v. dangerous people. This time around, Aaron fights every day to maintain his sobriety and is desperate to get his life together. Grant did a superb job on getting the readers to cheer Aaron on with every small success. As the one character who had, surprisingly, the first person POV in the novella, it sort of made sense how easy it was to sympathize with Aaron's daily ups and downs.What I didn't like- TomAs the series' protagonist, Tom was the one character we knew the most about. Since he'd overcome his share of problems in Books 1 and 2, I was curious to see what was left for him to conquer. Apparently, now that Tom's life was on an upswing, Grant felt it necessary to stir stuff up by giving him humongous anger issues. NGL, I thought it was interesting...until right around Chapter 10. At which point, Tom loses control in such an unsympathetic way that it began to sour him for me. By the time that Tom and Travis make up, I couldn't help but side-eye the way Travis was the one to act apologetically. It's not a matter of Tom not doing enough grovelling, but how he sorta sidestepped any and all mistakes he'd done to sink his relationship with Travis.- The second reason why I couldn't embrace the HFN/potential HEAIt so happens that Tom and Aaron eventually manage to agree on acting civil towards one another. But then, (view spoiler)[in the morning of [Character's] funeral, Tom and Aaron have a moment of understanding...that culminates with the two of them making out for a moment before being found out by Travis. Although it is true that, at the moment it happens, Travis and Tom are on a break of sorts, the makeout is super random. Even worse is that no one ever mentions the makeout ever again. (hide spoiler)] It was hella weird.TL;DR: Had it not been for that wonky turn in the later 25% of the story, this would've been a good ending to an otherwise good series.

  • Christy
    2019-05-29 02:54

    “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.NOTE: This book was provided by the publisher for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews

  • JustJen
    2019-06-04 06:43

    <3.5 star> review by The Blogger Girls.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.

  • Inked Reads
    2019-06-22 23:43

    ThreeandHalfStarsThis 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.I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.AvidReader

  • Amanda
    2019-06-18 06:55

    ARC received from author for honest reviewIn this third installment of the Bannon's Gym series we continue on with the lives of all the characters but more specifically, the relationship between Tom and Travis. Tom and Travis definitely have something special between them, if only Tom can get past his mother-load of baggage. He feels that he didn't do enough to help his mother and so can't enjoy his own life when his surrogate mother needs him now. He also can't trust that what him and Travis have will last, that he won't be left alone again, he just can't get past that block. Doesn't help that he feels like he's being pushed out of his family, replaced by none other that Travis' ex Aaron.Tom's temper causes numerous wedges to be driven between Travis and himself, as well as his friends and mentors, that can only be fixed with time, patience, learning, growth and understanding.With the beautifully smooth, writing style we've come to know from Cat Grant that sucks you into the story and the lives of her characters, Tap out is full of friendship, relationship angst, love, passion, tears, smiles and some seriously sexy men getting sweaty and thrown punches!Another great installment in the Bannon's Gym series. Looking forward to more from these characters.

  • Brenda Cothern
    2019-06-24 06:26

    It took some getting used to when Cat shifted from third person to first person (for Aaron only) but I can't remember if she did the same thing in the last two books. Still, once I adjusted, it no longer distracted me. Seeing Aaron's struggle hit close to home for me but like all the books I have read from Cat, she did an excellent job 'showing' how hard personal struggles can be. Not only Aaron's struggles but Travis and Tom's too.If you have read the first two Bannon's Gym books, be ready to cry in this one. It's been a long time since a book has made me weepy or cry but that was only for a small section. Again, Cat has given us a great story and I hope she will continue the series. Aaron deserves to find love.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-23 04:34

    I have loved all the books in this series.This one continues with the same interaction with the main characters.There are lots of emotional moments with loosing one of those characters and confronting past emotional demons.I feel that there are still issues open and that we need another installment of this gym!!

  • Jody
    2019-06-08 05:36

    The men of Bannon's Gym continue to get put through the emotional wringer, as do we readers, in this third installment in the series. This time around the men get to deal with loss and grief as they try to find happiness in this gripping read with intense feelings palpable throughout the story that leads to lots of ups and downs. Through all the chaos though is the strong and sturdy presence of Danny and Eddie who are juggling the diner, training stars for the UFC, and planning a wedding all while caring for Eddie's mom Gloria who's getting sicker but still espouses words of wisdom.Just when Tom and Travis seem to be in agreement about being with each other, Tom starts getting cold feet and lets his simmering feelings of jealousy regarding Travis's past with Aaron explode. This act, coming from a young man who tends to jump to conclusions, tears them apart when Tom needs support more than ever as a gutwrenching tragedy befalls him and Eddie. Tom has a lot to learn yet in life and trust is one of them. He also needs to let go of his past as it's choking his future with Travis and holding him back from fully committing. Travis is an understanding man but after getting repeatedly knocked down even he's had enough in a defining moment in the future of their relationship. Travis is a forgiving man too as evidenced by his continuing friendship towards the struggling former drug addict Aaron and it's heartwarming to see how far Travis will go to help Aaron stay clean. Travis and Tom's relationship crackles with energy and is combustible as they find it easier to speak in the fight ring than out. Theirs is definitely a rocky relationship that clearly matures as the story progresses and it was an engaging journey to witness.Aaron is a man that has done some pretty bad things in the past, he hurt Travis horribly with his lies when they were together but Ms. Grant performed a miracle in his redemption. Aaron's truly hurting in this story after realizing all he's lost and how far he's fallen. His past is always hanging over him as outside forces seek to jeopardize his sobriety. He works hard to make amends though and I ached for how desperate he was becoming before he found an unexpected support system who gave him help when he needed it most. We got a lot of insight into Aaron's character through his POV throughout this book and it helped redeem him in my eyes and has me hoping he finds a HEA of his own as he desperately deserves it.This was a powerful story that you'll need Kleenex to get through as there's lots of heartbreak before we reach the immensely satisfying conclusion that's full of positivity after all the emotional baggage seen weighing people down. The flow of the story is well-done, with only a bit of predictability regarding an aquaintance of Aaron's, and keeps you fully invested in the character's outcomes amidst their emotional ups and downs. There were a few sexual encounters along the way but this journey was more about the emotional and showed people at their best and worst. Though this book can be read on its own readers will appreciate Tom's journey more when seeing how far he's risen from his painful past. Eddie continues to be the strong and supportive type acting in a brotherly manner towards Tom and his HEA with Danny was greatly anticipated from the very first book and was a richly rewarding part of this story. Ms. Grant has crafted another satisfying m/m read that brings the UFC to vividly detailed life and while this story definitely feels like the end, I'm hoping for more as Aaron's road to redemption isn't quite complete.

  • Love Bytes Reviews
    2019-06-18 01:39

    4.5 star review by DanAnother great book in the Bannon’s Gym Series. I really like this series. You definitely should read the first two books before beginning this one for continuity and background. I reread both books before beginning this one and still blew through all three of them in one weekend. The story just gets flowing and it is hard to stop!Once again we’re drawn back into the world of Bannon’s Gym, with the whole host of characters from books one and two back again. Tom Delaney is still battling his demons. His abusive father isn’t ever far away, even though he is dead, cremated and forgotten. Tom still doesn’t know how to open himself to possible emotional pain, and it is causing issues with his partner, Travis Gallagher. Travis really wants to carry things to the next level and have Tom move in with him, but Tom keeps using his adopted second mom Gloria’s illness as his excuse for not being able to do it.Suddenly, without warning to Tom, Gloria’s son Eddie, who is Tom’s adopted brother, decides to hire a Registered Nurse to take care of his mom 24/7 at home. Two issues! One, the RN is Travis’ ex-lover and former drug addict, Aaron. Two, it means that Tom has to move out of Gloria’s house because the only available bedroom for Aaron is Tom’s!Tom is pushed into moving in with Travis, but things aren’t all rosy and happy. Tom feels like he is being forced out of the family that took him in when he was homeless and living on the street after he fled his dad’s beatings. Even though that isn’t the intention, Tom feels it, and it causes a bunch of drama.Will Tom work through his issues? Will Aaron stay off drugs? Will Tom and Travis work in a relationship? And finally does Tom keep fighting? All questions that will be answered when you read the book. If you’ve read the first two, pick this one up today. If not….pick up all three!Once again, the book ends with an open storyline, so I’m hoping we’re getting another book (or more) in this series. I’m really liking the development of Aaron’s character. I wasn’t so sure of him previously, but he is a nice guy. Great job Cat, as always. Keep them coming! I highly recommend this book.A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. Please visit to see this and many more reviews, author interviews, guestposts and giveaways!

  • Elizabetta
    2019-06-05 02:34

    3.5 starsIn this third book of the series we see a family form. Bannon’s Gym has been the unifying thing for Danny and Eddie and now, Tom and Travis. Travis’ ex, Aaron, gets his own POV (first person), which is still kinda weird but helps differentiate the characters’ actions.This story is full of hard times as Aaron continues to fight his way out of all the bad choices he’s made before (see book 2). Including losing Travis. And this causes some tension for Travis and Tom. I found Aaron’s story difficult, he wasn’t terribly likable in the last book and I wonder how he’ll redeem himself here. Travis continues to show his generous, compassionate spirit, and Tom still has to work on his anger management issues. Gloria’s deteriorating health doesn't help and adds to the feeling of pervading sadness. Getting back to Tom... I think his actions in the story were the most difficult for me to understand. He continues to work things through with his fists and especially with Travis. The pattern of 'abused continuing the abuse' keeps worrying me and isn't really addressed in the story. Sure, Tom gets called out for his actions and he faces them... I suppose it's the idea of paying it forward, of people helping people that is the real message, here.Anyone who’s studied martial arts and belonged to a studio/school/dojo/gym knows about the tribal aspect, that the training and discipline forges another kind of unity. In the end, it’s Eddie and Danny and Gloria who bring all the forces together to make their special family. I really liked that dynamic, and, of course, any fighting scenes I could get. These are fewer (along with sex scenes), but I do like the resolution for all these guys.

  • Caroline Brand
    2019-06-04 02:50

    REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE4.25 StarsWe are back with Tom and Travis and not much has changed. The biggest commitment in Tom’s life at the moment is taking care of Gloria whose health is rapidly declining. When Travis starts talking about them living together Tom starts to panic and caring for Gloria is becoming a handy excuse.When Danny and Eddie employ a nurse to care for Gloria it is almost the final straw for Tom. He feels bereft. Not only is the nurse his boyfriends ex Aaron who has only recently kicked his drug addiction but he is being forced out of the only home he has known for the last 6 years to make room for him.Feeling unwanted, worried about Gloria and pushed into leaving his home Tom snaps the first night of moving in with Travis. After another huge fight Tom walks out with Travis telling him they maybe need a break from each other until Tom is more certain of what he wants. Left reeling from this conversation the next day Tom is blinded by anger and confusion and Travis ends up injured after a sparring session in the cage.I think this is my favourite book in the series so far. We have watched Tom escape from his abusive home life, lived with him through his grief when his mother died and his father was sent to prison, watched as he learned to trust Gloria, Danny and Eddie and become part of their family. This book is the like the final chapter in some ways. He has to finish his growing up, accept his faults, deal with the anger inside of him and learn to lean on his new family when he needs their support. He also has to learn to trust Travis and love him fully or make the decision to walk away.Great addition to the series and I am very much hoping for Aaron’s story next.

  • Jeannie Zelos
    2019-06-18 05:31

    Tap Out, Cat GrantReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviews. Genre: GLBT RomanceWell, this is the third in a series, and I hadn’t read the first two. They are basically stand alone books, although I think maybe I’d have been more invested into the characters and outcomes if I started at the beginning. Its a nice mix of romance and drama, and everyday problems that beset people. I really felt for Aaron, he’d clearly been to the bottom and was slowly crawling back, and when things went wrong once again I was upset for him. It’s tough when you’re trying so hard and life still knocks you back. Tom was someone who took time to warm to – I could feel his anger and aggression, but understood it the more I learned about him, and Travis was just lovely – a great brother and uncle and a caring person. Everything really hinges around the Gym, and Diner, and the characters MMA fighting background. Tom’s training for a career in it, but hampered by time and the problems of his lovely surrogate mum Gloria, Eddie’s mum, who they all love. Somehow the story weaves them all in and we see them working out their problems, coping with anger and jealousies and grief, and that's so realistic, so just what happens in real life whether the partners are gay or not. I need that slice of realism to feel for the characters, and was keen for things to work out. Its got the perfect ending for me too. Having said all that in praise it was lacking some sparks – that extra bit that lifts a story and gives the “must keep reading” feel to it. I’m not sure why or what, maybe it was just that bit too everyday, too ordinary, just that it wasn’t a five star read but was a fun one. Stars: Four– a good one off read but not one to re read. ARC supplied by Netgalley.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-05-29 06:41

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 starsTap Out is the third book in the Bannon’s Gym series. Can I just say “aww”? It’s about time you guys. I love Tom and Travis. Have since we met them in book one. And man, their story was definitely worthy of two books. I’m glad to see their relationship come full circle. I was worried there for a minute about their longevity, but thankfully—thankfully—this author knew how to play it to keep me wanting more. And that I did.Seeing Aaron as a good guy? Just… wow. I didn’t expect to like him, much less fall for him. I almost thought this story might turn into a ménage when the first POV started off as Aaron, but it didn’t. Not that I would have minded. I was beginning to hope for it by the end of the book. But am I disappointed in how the story ended? No way. Am I hoping that the recovering addict, ex-boyfriend, awesome friend, soft-hearted man Aaron will get his own story? You bet I am. Aaron, within the course of this story, turned my view of him from that of a selfish asshole to an amazing guy. He stole the show for me in this book, and now I want more.Read Crissy’s review in its entirety here.

  • Lucy Felthouse
    2019-06-07 03:39

    Tap Out is the third book in the Bannon's Gym series from Cat Grant. I read and very much enjoyed the first two, so looked forward to seeing what was in store for the characters next.While the switching POVs can be a little confusing, this book mainly tells the tale of Tom and Aaron, with lots of crossover between the two as their lives become intertwined. Without giving too much away, the storyline covers Aaron and his continuing struggle with injury and drugs, and Tom as he tries to get past his mother's suicide and move on with his life. But, naturally, life isn't simple and it throws plenty of curveballs at the characters, and what makes this such a good read is seeing how they cope and how relationships are made and broken by this.Overall, this is another gritty read from Cat Grant, with some very emotional parts, as well as hot sex scenes. A good ending to an intriguing series - definitely recommended for those who like their M/M erotic romance laden with angst!

  • Sue
    2019-05-25 05:51

    January 18th to January 19, 2015FREAKING FANTASTIC STORY....What a great and incredible story between Travis and Tom. The relationship between them is rocky, hard, intense and broken. Many pieces have to come together before they can grow enough to get it. The other relationships in this close knit family all come together to hold each other up and welcome others in. This was a fantastic story about love, forgiveness, friendship and family. I loved this book, it was true to the Bannon's Gym Series. I loved that it gives us closure on some points but leaves the door wide open for so much more. I loved this story. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND THIS SERIES!!!

  • Selina Durio
    2019-06-19 23:32

    Tap Out is the third book in the Bannon’s Gym Series and while it could be read independently, it is best not to. This book is the story of Tom and Travis, while continuing the story about Eddie, Danny and Gloria. I have enjoyed reading about this “family” and how they interact with each other and the periphery of other characters. While this story includes some tragedy, it is a happy ever after, or should I call it a happy for now. I look forward to reading a happy ever after for Aaron.

  • Carrie Stevens
    2019-05-25 01:30

    ~*~My Thoughts~*~A 5 star review Well another great book in the Bannon's Gym series. I absolutely love this group of guys and so glad I read this book. Travis and Tom are amazing characters who I love to death. Aaron I absolutely adored and I'm really glad we got into his head on this book. All in all this was another great story and I cannot wait to read more by Cat. Received a complimentary copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Gerri
    2019-06-01 22:46

    AwesomeI loved this whole series. I liked the whole MMA aspect of it. Those guys have to train their butts off. Travis and Tom are made for each other. I hope we get more of Aaron's story. I highly recommend this book and series.

  • Blue Bayou .
    2019-06-14 04:35

    More? Please...

  • Angela
    2019-05-30 02:27

    Love this series. hope it continues.

  • Peppermaud
    2019-06-12 00:45

    Hope this series continues...and Aaron gets a boyfriend

  • Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
    2019-05-26 01:28

    3.5 Sweet yet emotional Stars!!Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Samhain Publishing via NetGalleyFinally we get to see if Tom and Travis get their HEA.I did like this book but I feel it was a bit stretched out. I could have easily seen book 2 & 3 been one book instead of 2. For Tom he has a world of personal issues causing him to be a bit emotionally stunted when it comes to relationships.Tom wants Travis, but he's scared to let go of the only family he has ever known. His family wants to help him but they unknowningly push Tom into a darker place causing him to physically and emotionally act out at everyone around him, mainly Travis."I don't think he means to hurt you, Trav. He's just in so much pain himself, he can't help it." After pushing his heart away and thinking no one needs him since, Gloria his new mom has a new care giver, who also happens to be Travis's ex, he focuses on training. Tom doesn't do emotional well but with the love of his family he makes do until the unthinkable happens and he may lose even more.Gah! I too, nearly lost it with that loss, I can't imagine how Tom felt. Travis tries to be there for Tom, but Tom being Tom makes more jackass choices causing him again to push Travis away.Travis and Tom are both miserable but one of them is going to have to let go in order for them to find their happiness again. I'm not sure if this series is done or if we will get more from it, say like Aaron's story, but if so I will continue on with it.For more reviews, visit Live Read and BreatheLike us on Facebook Live Read and Breathe FacebookFollow along with Twitter Live Read and Breathe Twitter

  • Veronica of V's Reads
    2019-06-16 23:44

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley. 3.5 stars for this contemporary gay romance. This is the third book in the Bannon's Gym series. I have not read the previous titles and was still able to understand the various relationships in this book fairly quickly. Aaron is a recovering pain-pill addict. He'd had a back injury a while back, got addicted to his pain meds, lost his job and then stole from his boyfriend, Travis. All of this happened in a previous story. Now, he just wants to get fit enough to work pain-free. Bad luck, and a crooked employee, results in him losing his currently crummy job as a night care nurse in a hospice--with the added bonus of (perhaps) a suspended license.Aaron still sees Travis at the gym where he trains, and where Travis works part-time as a trainer. Travis has a full-time job as a physical therapist, and a boyfriend, Tom, who is uber-jealous and angrier than a rattlesnake on steroids (the snake, not the BF). Tom doesn't want Travis to help Aaron no-way-no-how, but Trav is just a great guy. He'd help anyone, which is also why he's able to put up with all Tom's surliness.Danny and Eddie are a committed couple living together. Eddie's mom Gloria is dying, and suffering. She had taken Tom in when his own family tossed him out for being gay years before. As a surrogate son, Tom doesn't want to move out of Gloria's house because he feels he should take care of Gloria in her final months. Eddie's not so sure, and does his best to urge Tom out of the nest by hiring 24-hour care from...Aaron. This enables Tom to move in with Travis, and also to devote more time to his training for a big MMA tournament coming up. Tom only does one of these things. So, the story is really tight with these five men--and Gloria. I enjoyed the straight-talking, and the deep emotional content. Gloria is such a dear--I really was sad with her fate. I adored Travis and wished I'd gotten a bit more of Danny and Eddie as they both seem to be fantastic characters. Aaron was really impulsive, which is likely part of his addict personality. It seemed clear that this was his redemption story, adn I think it was fairly realistically realized. I had trouble with Tom, who mainly came off as an insecure jerk. And, his decisions were rather schizo. I was glad he took some time to work through his issues, because patient, honest, compassionate Travis deserves a great guy. The story ends with a HFN (happy for now) resolution, and plans to extend into another book, no doubt. Once I caught up to the who's and what's I'd missed by not reading the previous books I really enjoyed this story. I still think a naive reader can find a lot of enjoyment in this book.

  • Vanessa theJeepDiva
    2019-06-01 03:55

    I am three books into the hot mess that is Tom Delaney’s life and I still find some of his childish antics shocking. Readers are six years into his life with the Roscoe’s. While he has come a long way he still has so much further to go. He compounds many of his own issues. While he is an excellent fighter he has difficulties managing his anger outside of the cage. He intentionally and unintentionally hurts those that care about him. He has more people in his life that care for him than he realizes. Tom’s blood family may have failed him on so many levels, but the family he acquired after he ran away from home always has his back. Sometimes they show it with tough love and hard truths, but it is always given to him with unconditional love. It’s the unconditional love that Tom has never had that he has such a difficult time wrapping his mind around. It is the struggles with a normal life that make Tom such a fascinating character to read. I stay away from books where addicts have a large role. It is something that I know will take much enjoyment away from a book for me. Aaron, the thieving, ex-boyfriend, drug addict has a large role in Tap Out. He is given a redemption that I do not believe was deserved. Aaron is given the role of “recovering addict” that will straighten his life up and be a better person. That alone is eye roll worthy for me. It also made me dislike certain parts of the book. I was fine with Aaron the worthless druggie never to be seen or heard from again.

  • Crystal Marie
    2019-05-30 01:44

    I LOVED the first 2 book in this series. I’m not normally a MMA fan, but there was something about this book that I just couldn’t connect with and that is why it has such a low rating from me.I did like how we were still able to visit and catch up with the “Old Crew” from the first books, and there was enough drama and excitement happening that kept the story going. But I just couldn’t connect with Tom at all throughout the story. There was plenty of the smutty scenes that added to the story between Tom and Travis. I think what the problem I had with Tom throughout the story was how childish he was acting. He kept throwing his “temper tantrums” when he was confused, and instead of asking and finding out what was going on, he would just walk away and be mad at others.Overall, I didn’t enjoy this part of the series, but I will say that if there is another book to come out in it, I will be sure to check it out.Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers*Copy provided for review*

  • J
    2019-06-08 05:53

    I think I rationalized the turn to darker and heavier themes in the second book of this series with an unacknowledged expectation for this one to really pick up in tone. No such luck. The struggle to make ends meet, to maintain sobriety, to care for a dying relative, to work full-time while training for a major competition...these characters have both literal and metaphorical heavy bags they struggle against.I also have a single complaint to loudly and indignantly voice: the sudden "accidental" kiss in the dead grandma's bedroom on the morning of her funeral between Travis' ex and his quasi-current flame? Really? It came out of nowhere, unleashed all kinds of disruption, and was simply now well thought out, nor effectively dealt with by the author. *shakes a finger* What were you thinking, Grant?

  • Natalija
    2019-06-07 05:37

    In short, the whole series was great. I had some trouble with the second book, but I loved and rooted for these characters from the start and I will re-read these books again. Danny, Eddie, Tom, Travis and Gloria... I'm having a hard time letting them go. As for Aaron, I was hoping for a different resolution, but I'm glad it ended the way it did. He was happy and so was I. I strongly recommend this series and it should be read in order.

  • Annika
    2019-05-24 23:47

    3,5 stars