14 September 2014

Black Dog 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!

I’m not usually a fan of MMA type books, however I decided that I was going to give this book a shot. And I am so glad that I did!  Because while this book does have MMA talk happening in it, it’s not just completely about that.  There is more happening in the story and that is what brought me into it and made me want to keep reading.
One of the main things that I loved about this book was the characters.  They were so extremely detailed in everything about them, yet it wasn’t overdone in the slightest.  You were able to connect with everyone, no matter how minor of a role they seemed to have, they were all very important.
I do enjoy that both Danny and Eddie were very strong male characters.  They knew what they wanted, but they also both fought it.  There were some times that I wanted to reach through the book and smack them because of how crazy they were both acting!  But that is part of what made the story that much better.  I also liked how completely different they were on the surface, but once you got to know them, you realized how completely alike they are.
This story is one that will teach you about love, and the different types of love there is.  The battles that people face when they are faced with a difficult decision, do they give up on the love they know they want because of what others may think, or do they fight for it?
I completely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an extremely heartfelt book that will keep your attention, and leave you wanting for more.


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