Title: Tap Out
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.
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: Black Dog, Takedown
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: January 13, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
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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.