Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review: Don't Tap Out (T&A MMA Gym #1) by A.K. Layton

"Well, I never claimed to be a gentleman, only a fighter, an amazing wrestler, pretty good-looking, and I've been known to be charming a time or two." - Colin Davenport

Don't Tap Out
Series: T&A MMA Gym #1
Author: A.K. Layton
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.
Release Date: November 16, 2015
Source: Author for Review

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Does love have a fighting chance when it's standing in the way of a dream?

Vivette Kerney has been working in her family's mixed martial arts gym her entire life, but with the passing of her parents she now owns the prestigious T&A MMA gym. Running the day-to-day operations while also trying to open her own non-profit gym is exhausting, but it's a labor of love. A personal life is the last thing on her mind, but the new fighter is proving difficult to ignore. He's very sexy, very charming, and a very unwelcomed distraction. One thing she vowed never to do is fall for a fighter, now if she can just remember that.

Colin Davenport is a former wrestler who traded the Olympic tryouts for a career in mixed martial arts. After having an impressive amateur career he's recruited to join the elite T&A MMA gym and train professionally. It was a choice he had been unsure of…until he saw Vi, the beautiful, spirited, brunette owner of the gym. Now Colin is having a hard time remembering he's at the gym to chase a dream, not a girl.

Going against all of the rules, including a strict gym rule that prohibits fraternization between the fighters and staff, they give into their growing chemistry. Can they both keep from tapping out when love and dreams collide?

Debut author A.K. Layton's Don't Tap Out introduces readers to the T&A MMA Gym series. No, not that T&A. After the death of her parents, Vivette Kerney has taken over the family gym. And she has one rule for the staff... Don't sleep with the members! Little did she know that she just may break that rule herself. From the moment Colin Davenport sees Vivette, he's struck by her beauty. As he gets to know the fiery independent woman it doesn't take long for him to realize that she's the one. Now if only he could convince Vivette to take the chance...

Don't Tap Out grabbed my attention from the first page. In fact, I spent most of the day sneaking in a chapter or two because I had to keep reading. I loved how well developed the characters were. I didn't just fall for Vivette and Colin. I also fell for two particular background characters whose romance takes place in the next book. It didn't matter if I was rooting for Colin and Vivette or Gav and Leena, I spent the entire book loving the romance aspect. A.K.'s writing was fun with hints of sexiness and gritty fights. The only element of the book that left me a little confused was flow of time. At some points I didn't know how much time has passed since the previous scene. That wasn't a big distraction and it didn't take anything away from the story. I just had to re-read a couple passages to see if it was the next day or the next week. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed Don't Tap Out. It is a fun, quick romance. I am looking forward to picking up the second book in a couple days.

A.K. Layton has always been one to play by her own set of rules. In her youth she enjoyed writing poetry as it gave her a creative outlet which had no restrictions. Now, after years of reading all types of romantic novels she decided that she wanted to write stories her way. She pushed ahead as only a natural born Taurus can, with sheer stubbornness and determination.

She resides in Oregon with her husband and two children. When she isn’t over committing herself for school functions, play-dates, and volunteer activities she enjoys watching MMA fights, taking advantage of the beautiful Oregon Coast, and reading until the wee hours of the night.

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