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Takedown [Format Kindle]

Cat Grant

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Home may not be what he remembered, but it might hold what he needs.

Bannon’s Gym, Book 2

An abusive father drove Tom Delaney away from Lincoln Beach. Now that he’s back to settle his family’s affairs, he’s finding that not even the good things he left behind are the same. The old neighborhood is a dangerous slum. Eddie’s diner is on its last legs. Gloria, who looked after him like her own son, is seriously ill.

His only refuge is Bannon’s Gym, where Danny Bannon nurtured his talent for mixed martial arts. Bannon’s also harbors Travis, his ex—as in ex-sparring partner, ex one-night stand. The man who, the last time they faced off in the ring, left Tom with a broken jaw and a concussion.

The sparks are still there, in the ring and out of it. But when Travis’s own troubles quite literally explode, their only chance to build something solid on their broken past could go up in flames.

Warning: Hot guys slugging it out. Heaps of sexual tension and cursing. Fighting. Grappling. Kicking. Throwing elbows. All drenched in buckets of manly sweat.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 531 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 188 pages
  • Editeur : Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (29 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°399.698 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

En savoir plus sur l'auteur

Award-winning author Cat Grant's been scribbling naughty stories since she was knee-high to a bug. She lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs.

Spring 2013 marks the release of The Arrangement and Triad, the last two books in her bestselling self-published Courtland Chronicles series, and Flawless, Book #4 in her Irresistible Attraction series from Riptide Publishing.

Keep your eyes peeled for Black Dog, the first novella in her new Bannon's Gym series, coming August 2013. And in early 2014, my first collaboration with the awesome LA Witt - The Only One Who Knows, a hot military romance from Samhain Publishing.

Drop by her website at: http://www.catgrant.com
Or her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/cat.grant
Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CatGrant2009
Read her blog: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1912055.Cat_Grant/blog

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyed the struggle 30 juillet 2014
Par Christy Duke - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
It truly feels like forever since I've been waiting for this second book in Cat Grant's 'Bannon's Gym' series. I adored the first installment and loved all of the characters, Danny, Eddie, Gloria, and, especially, Tom. Tom was a teenager, homeless and abused, when I first made his acquaintance. Even then, there was something about him that tugged at my heartstrings and made me want to bundle him up and protect him from the world. Luckily for Tom, he had Gloria to be his mom, and instead of protecting and sheltering him, Eddie and Danny taught him how to fight. I couldn't wait to discover what the author had in store for me in 'Takedown'.

Two years ago Tom was in the finals for the MMA bantamweight, fighting against his ex-friend, ex-sparring partner and an ex-one-night stand, Travis. Tom woke up in the hospital with his jaw wired shut and he's never put the gloves back on. Instead, he's gone to college on the East Coast but now he's come home to Lincoln Beach. What he finds is the old neighborhood just about all closed up; Eddie's diner is on its last legs, Gloria has retired and is not doing well, Danny is thinking about relocating the gym, and Travis is working at the gym. What a homecoming. Oh, and Tom's dad died in prison a week before. Welcome home, Tom.

Travis is a physical therapist at the local hospital and he's got plenty of his own bad karma going on. When Tom discovers that the trust fund left to him by his mother is gone, used to help care for his grandmother, Tom has no choice but to get a job at the gym. Tom may have a college degree, but without a master's in his field, his degree isn't worth the paper it's printed on, and since now there's no money left for him to finish his schooling, he's kind of stuck. This, of course, puts Tom and Travis in close contact at the gym. Never a better time to let bygones be bygones. Or, beat on each other in a cage. *snort*

This was, by no means, an easy love story. Tom has so much baggage that it was almost impossible for him and Travis to not have a ton of miscommunication. Combine that with Tom's desire to leave Lincoln Beach and never come back, running away again, and I'm surprised these two made it to a relationship. I, of course, enjoyed the entire struggle. *grins* This was a really good addition to the series and I'm looking forward to the next book.

NOTE: This book was provided by Samhain Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
5.0 étoiles sur 5 2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention 4 octobre 2015
Par Elisa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Wonderful, well-written, complex story. It's gritty, not one of those romances that leaves readers sighing happily at the end, so marketing it to the right audience is important.

I very much enjoyed Ms. Grant's writing. The complexity of the story told and the cast of characters should have been confusing, but I had no problems keeping up with the flow of the story. The details of the fights were visceral and I felt like I was with Tom and Travis in the ring. Love the themes of family, friendship and love. My only complaint is that the robbery that led to the diner burning down felt contrived and I don't understand why that information wasn't conveyed to the police. It's glossed over, then never brought up again. But in the grand scheme of things, it was a small thing.

This was a novel that caught me totally off-guard. I really didn’t expect anything out of a story so far from my own life (and the type of m/m novels I read), but Ms. Easton has got me buying the first novel in the trilogy, and signing-up for the third when it’s available. This, for everything that made it up, is one of the best novels I’ve read.....ever. One point: the reader has to be ready to accept a gritty, angst-ridden storyline, or none of what I said above will win them past the first few chapters. It’s their loss. The second book in a trilogy, this standalone novel gets all the needed backstory in place quickly, then takes off with its well-written tale of lust, love and misunderstanding in the world of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts.) This is simply a very, very well-written story. For someone who knows nothing about MMA and the training that goes into it, I sure felt like I understood the setting, and the reason (plot here) people acted and reacted as they did. Down, dirty and full of angst, you can almost smell the Ben-Gay and sweaty socks. (plot again?) Loved the characters: both the MCs and the secondary characters (who figured in the first novel and, presumably, will in the third as well. To go into detail would take away from the joy of discovering this novel. If it were possible to give more than 10 points, I would give Ms. Grant a “+” on her 10. Writing from the points of view of one character for part of a chapter, then someone else, then third-person omniscient, Easton’s is one of the most fascinating and easily-read styles I believe I’ve come across. She has honed a totally unique writing style.

This story is heartbreaking, but it’s also about redemption and hope. It’s also very realistic in the family dynamics. I don’t read “fight” books. It’s not a subject I get or understand. I’m really glad I read this one and I’ll be tracking down the others in the series.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Takedown 16 novembre 2014
Par The Jeep Diva - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
In Black Dog readers are introduced to a troubled teen named Tom Delaney. His life is a mess. His thoughts and feelings towards life are an even bigger mess. He has fled his home to get away from an abusive father. He has guilt over abandoning his mother. He has a ton of fight in him though and Eddie the man that gives him shelter from the streets sees that and puts it into training Tom to fight in a cage at Bannon’s Gym.
I enjoy reading a good emotional hot mess in a character. Tom is this character. Add in the fact that he can’t make up his mind about whether he wants to kiss or beat the hell out of Travis and you have an interesting romance. Takedown picks up a few years after Black Dog ends. Tom is still fighting everything, literally and figuratively. Tom simply has more fight in him than he has room for. Meeting Travis in the cage for a championship fight is a little too much for an overly emotional Tom. The consequences of that cage fight send Tom to the other side of the country.
Tom returns to Lincoln Beach two years later with nothing he fled from resolved. The people he considers family are having a rough time and Tom does what he can to help, but things have a way of not ever going the way Tom wants them too. Tom may have grown up some but he still has so much to learn. I’m glad I continued reading this series. Cat Grant has given me a character that I can’t help but want nothing but good things for. Nothing is Tom’s life comes easily or in a petty package. I’m looking forward to where he will go in Tap Out.
I waited until Tap Out was available before I read Takedown. Tom and Travis being the main characters in both made me think cliffhanger. Takedown does not end on a cliffhanger. I do recommend reading Black Dog before Takedown.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Edgy, emotional, and sexy 23 octobre 2014
Par Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
4.5 Stars

Cat Grant is one of those authors whose books never disappoint. Takedown is the second book in her Bannon's Gym series and it is an excellent story. All the characters from the first book are back as Tom Delaney returns to Lincoln Beach following the death of his abusive father. Tom is still unsettled, maybe even more so than in the first book and the family that claimed him tries to see him through yet another tough time in his life. This is a gripping and emotional story; it's not pretty but it is a tribute to someone who has survived some pretty bad stuff and is trying to come out on the other side.

This is such a complicated story because while Tom has such horrible memories of the town he grew up, it is the place where he met the "family" who took him in and helped him through one of the worst times in his life. It's also the place where he felt he was betrayed by a friend/lover that sent him running out of state. Back in town he discovers Eddie's diner is on its last legs, Gloria (the woman he loves like a mom) is extremely ill, and Danny (Eddie's life partner) still employees Travis the guy he never wanted to see again. To top it off he gets some news from what is left of his real family that sends him reeling.

As Tom begins to realize you can't go home again he also discovers that the lust he once had for Travis is still there even though he doesn't want it to be. When he and Travis resume a physical relationship, Travis begins to realize that Tom has more issues than he ever imagined. I enjoyed watching Tom and Travis try and work through their very volatile past. Travis had a very hard time with some of Tom's hang-ups and on more than one occasion they come to blows over their differences, but thankfully they have some good friends who help them make sense of the things that threaten to pull them apart.

Edgy, emotional, and sexy Takedown by Cat Grant is another exceptional book in her Bannon's Gym series.

Review copy provided for an honest review.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls 2 août 2014
Par JustJen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
It seems like I’ve been waiting forever for this one! I adored the story of Bannon’s Gym in book 1, where we met Danny and Eddie. They, along with Eddie’s mom, Gloria, had taken young Tom in and made him a part of their family. Poor Tom, and his mother, had been abused by Tom’s father for many years. He had run away and was on the streets when Danny, Eddie and Gloria had taken him in.

Fast forward to this book, and Tom has now returned after graduating from college. Apparently, he had shared a night of passion with Travis, but they ended up fighting one another in a tournament which didn’t end well at all. Tom was injured pretty badly, and ended up taking off for two years until the death of his father prompted his return.

As with the first book, this one doesn’t focus entirely on the main couple. Tom and Travis and their relationship make up a fairly small part actually. Tom is still dealing with a lot of issues from his past where his father is concerned, and some issues that have arisen involving his estate. Gloria is not doing well health-wise, and Danny’s diner is pretty much in shambles, as is the gym. It was sometimes hard to remember Tom was still fairly young at 22, given everything he was having to deal with. He had a lot of guilt throughout believing he was the cause of everyone’s problems. Travis is dealing with a few issues of his own, namely his ex, Aaron, and his drug addiction and all the problems that brings to the table.

I think my biggest issue with this story were the time gaps where I felt like I missed some important details, such as Tom and Travis’ beginning. I had thought Eddie, Danny and Tom had been a little closer, but was missing that connection a bit this time around. Also, with so much going on, I kind of missed there being a more central focus. I actually liked seeing Eddie and Danny again, and loved the fighting action and stuff at the gym. Tom ends up teaching a class to kids that was really cute, and the sparring and tournaments were exciting.

I still enjoyed this installment quite a bit and am really looking forward to the next, Tap Out, to see where things go now that everything seems to have settled a bit at this point.
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