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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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By J and M on 08-11-16
Not easy but worth the listen.
This book was a "difficult" book. I enjoyed it. It was engaging. But, the characters, especially Mia, had a lot of demons to face. And, I thought Cari Quinn did a great job capturing these flawed, pained characters and bringing them to life. I can't say it was an easy listen, but one definitely well worth the time. And of course, Kai and Wen did a great job in narration.
Overall a very interesting story, well done.
This book was provided as an ARC and I'm glad I took the time to listen.
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By Nocturnus on 01-24-16
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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By Kristy Heinicke on 09-12-15
What a dark, intense listen
Q- Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
A- I would recommend this book to ANY of my dark genre reading friends... WHY, well because they would enjoy this book, it was gritty, dark, thought provoking, steamy & took the listener/reader on a journey of rediscovery.
Q- What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadowboxer: Tapped Out?
A- There was this really intense scene in the last couple of chapters, where Mia is finally able to tell Tray about her past, it isn't a pretty scene, but it showed how much personal growth she had made whilst with Tray. Then Tray staying with Mia through her melt down & the closeness between them after this scene transired.
Q- What does Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
A- I can't answer this honestly (because I have yet to read this book), but I loved the accents, the passion, the emotions.. that Kai & Wen add when they narrate, it adds so much more depth to an already intense story.
Q- Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
A- This book, gah... had such heart rending moments all throughout the book, there was a few moments that made me laugh, but mostly there was a feeling of suspense...
Q- Any additional comments?
A- WOW what else can I say about Shadowboxer?? I absolutely LOVED listening to the magic created by Cari, Kai & Wen added so much, to this emotional, gritty, dark, gory... totally enthralling story.