Shadowboxer: Tapped Out

  • by Cari Quinn
  • Narrated by Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

She's in for the fight of her life with the man who only wants to be her lover.
Fighter Mia Anderson has faced the dark side of life and survived. But just getting by is no longer enough. To fund her new life with her baby sister, she's determined to beat the reigning king of the male fighters in New York's underground MMA circuit, Tray "Fox" Knox.
Tray refuses to fight a woman, until he learns Mia's tougher than anyone he has ever known. He soon realizes he wants more from her than blows and blood, and he's willing to hit below the belt to get it. He'll fight her, but if he wins, she spends the night in his bed. All night long, his rules. No tapping out.
Mia agrees, certain that he'll lose. What she doesn't realize is that Tray loves to fight dirty and that this match may end up being the most important one of their lives.
Warning: Please be advised this book contains content some may find triggering (past sexual trauma) and also contains graphic sex and language that may not be suitable for underage audiences.


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Mia has been shaped by something horrific that happened to her when she was young which has made her a very protective and loving older Sister but it also transformed her into a no-nonsense hard edged person and a kick-ass Fighter but who sometimes has to do some 'shady' things in order to survive. However, she wants a better life for her Sister and for herself and she's been training hard for the fight of her life..... against the gorgeous MMA Fighter Tray (Fox) but trying to set things up is proving very difficult. Tray isn't what she was expecting - he's kind, thoughtful, attentive, understanding and very very sexy and Mia needs to build her walls even higher otherwise he's just going to climb right over them and find her heart.

Tray walked away from his privileged family to make it on his own but lately he's been fed-up of the lifestyle, the women and the fighting..... that is until a feisty bruised brunette ran off with his coat. He certainly wasn't expecting her to challenge him to a fight and fight he does - but not the way Mia wants as he slowly begins to put the complex, intriguing, annoying, stubborn and attractive pieces together that all slot together to make up the most remarkable woman he's ever met in the hopes he can get closer and find out what makes Mia tick. And Mia's fight with Tray becomes emotional rather than in the Cage as she tries to fight the pull of their sexual chemistry.

There's instant sizzles and awareness but Mia is such a closed book that Tray has to work hard for every nugget.... whether it's for information or for her to lower her guard and let him in. Which Mia eventually does and it's so good to see that they've both undergone a lot of character growth in order for their relationship to work.... and work it does with some touching, tender, funny, emotional, moving and sexy scenes. But when Tray goes into the Cage to fight a real sneaky bad-ass Italian things take a turn for the worse which stirs up traumatic memories, the parents from Hell and endangers life.... and their relationship.

I loved Tray, he was so patient and understanding with Mia and you really feel the love oozing from him but I thought Mia was a bit of a hard Heroine to like.... yes, I understand why and what shaped her personality however I thought there were times when she was a bit hard and stand-offish towards Tray. Nevertheless, this was a very entertaining (and different) dual POV listen and I love the way Kai and Wen jointly narrate books because the 'conversation' type backwards and forwards banter between them works so well and when they do other character's voices it's as if there's very different people talking.

Worth a credit? Yes, however it took me a little while to fully get into it but when I became hooked there was no turning back. A Heroine who was not only fighting to survive but also to survive he crippling memories of her dark emotional past and a strong, sexy Hero who patiently held on.... not to change her, not to understand her because he worked that one out but he held on for the life and love he desperately wanted, needed, deserved..... and eventually got.
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- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"

The Spider And The Fox

If you could sum up Shadowboxer: Tapped Out in three words, what would they be?

MMA Chicklit Romance

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fox because he never gave up or gave in, no matter the consequences. He fought for what he believed in and the people he loves. He was true to himself no matter the price.

Which character – as performed by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross – was your favorite?

I loved Wen as Mia. Her portrayal was poignant and riveting. You could feel Mia's pain and all her struggles to become what she considered a real person despite all her damage and fear.

Tray was my fave by Kai :) The constant struggle to keep what he wanted was evident in the performance. From rage to tenderness, fear to joy and all the moods and emotions inbetween Kai made Tray come alive.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Can Two Broken Underground Fighters Find Peace Within Each Other?

Any additional comments?

This series must be listened to (or read) in order. This is the first book. I can't wait for the next one!

Fighting is just a means to an end. Mia uses it to exorcise the demons of her past and to make extra money. Soon her baby sister Carly will be out of highschool and they will make a new life far away and together. Somewhere safer. Nicer. Like where they grew up. She just needs to convince Fox to fight her. Then she will have enough money for her endgame. Another new life... But this time for both of them. Too bad women fighters are not taken seriously. How will she convince him to get into the ring with her? What if he just laughs at her?

"Fox" (Tray) is bored. With fighting. With his life. With everything. He doesn't even know what he is looking for... Until he sees Mia on the street. She intrigues him like no other person ever has. Something about her is familiar and he knows he has never met her before. He'd remember. There is no other woman like her and he has to get to know her. Why is she so enticing? What makes her impossible to ignore or forget? Will he be able to get her to give him a shot? Why does he even want one?

***This series is suitable for adult readers who enjoy steamy humorous chicklit romances with some horror and alot of MMA goodness along with fractured people learning to trust and a HEA :)

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- Nocturnus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2015
  • Publisher: Rainbow Rage Publishing