I really liked the way that this story came together. This isn’t your typical fall in Love and live happily ever after. This book deals with 3 Main Characters and all 3 have a different story to tell.
This book takes on a difficult subject of abuse. More prevalent in the story is the physical abuse that Danny and Tom took as pre-adults by each of their fathers. Tom’s Mother is abused by her Husband. This author did such a brilliant job of writing how the characters deal with this, ranging from being afraid to anger. I don’t mean to make you afraid to read this, my intent is letting you know that a story can be told with this type of story line, but still keep the reader wanting to learn more. Let me give you an example, for instance when Eddie finds Tom in the alley of his diner, and he touches his shoulder. The reaction coming from Tom was one of fear and distrust. I as the reader was easily able to identify with the character with the way the Author wrote the story. The setting of the story also helped, the story is set in the not so good part of town, an area where you need to watch out, it helped lend a little more drama to the story. So that is enough talk of the darker side of the book.
The story revolves around a lot of fighting. Verbal spars and physical fights are all part of the make up of this story. I am one of those people that does not like fighting, even on the TV I tend to turn away during a fight scene. It’s not that I am squeamish, I just don’t like to see people get hurt. I was able to read this without turning away, so Yay!
Eddie, Danny and Tom all came out at the end of the story much stronger men. This is another story that gives a good example of: “A Family isn’t necessarily to whom you are born, A Family can also be one you Choose.” Eddie learned to Love again, Danny learned to Live again and Tom learned to become a man and stand up for himself. You probably noticed I haven’t spoken about relationships and/or sex. The author keeps you guessing on which of 3 characters are going to get together as a couple, and that is all I am going to say. It will keep you turning the page just to see with whom each of the characters end up with (sorry no spoilers here). The sex is really not a big part of this book and after reading it I congratulate the author on not giving us any just to have it in there, so I guess you could say the sex is soft core. This is truly a character based story that was written extremely well. I look forward to more of Cat Grant’s books.
Book Description Which dog wins? The one you feed.
Bannon’s Gym, Book 1
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.
Black Dog (Bannon’s Gym #1) was last modified: April 3rd, 2014 by GGR-Review