Review: Black Dog (Bannon’s Gym #1) by Cat Grant

October 27, 2014 Review 1

Review: Black Dog (Bannon’s Gym #1) by Cat Grant

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!

Title: Black Dog
Author: Cat Grant
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Flawless, Once a Marine, Unconditional Surrender, In From the Cold
Series: Bannon's Gym
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Takedown, Tap Out
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: April 1, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 145
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: three-flames

I seldom remember the name of a book. The same can be said of the author’s name. I always remember the characters though. After beginning this book I immediately thought of Cole and Marc. Not because these characters reminded me of them, it was the way the book was written. As it happens Cat Grant also wrote Once a Marine. Eddie gets to tell his tale via first person point of view. Danny and Tom are in third person point of view. I’m not a big fan of first person point of view so this really works for me. I liked the fact that Tom’s point of view allowed for an outside party’s thoughts towards the tension between Danny and Eddie and all of their many issues.

Danny and Eddie have been fighting (quite literally all too often) each other for more than half of their lives. The attraction is there. The love is there. The closet is also front and center. The teachings (preachings) of a Catholic school education can leave an impression for a long time. Add onto that an misunderstanding that leads to a life changing horrific accident and the walls that are put up are nearly impenetrable. This is just the tip of the iceberg on Danny and Eddie’s issues.

Their lives cross paths again when Eddie takes in a stray teen, Tom. Tom has his own set of problems and in trying to help the kid get a roof over his head, food in his stomach, and out of trouble Eddie is forced to see Danny more than he ever expected to again. I am pleased to see that Tom will get his own story in the Bannon’s Gym series with Takedown.

My disappointment was in the romance. Danny and Eddie fell in love a long time before readers ever meet them in Black Dog. This could have worked as a rekindle, but I just never got that feeling. I felt that they just both had to put the past behind them and pull their heads out of their butts and then enjoy each other. I suppose for two bull headed men that is the impossibility that builds this book. Eddie and Danny are certainly both tough alpha males.

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One Response to “Review: Black Dog (Bannon’s Gym #1) by Cat Grant”

  1. s0ph1ar0s3

    I love her books and I knew about this series, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I hear you about the romance needing to be developed in a romance story.