Review ~ Tap Out by Michele Mannon

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Series: Worth The Fight #2

Author: Michele Mannon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count:247

Published: Carina Press, April 14, 2014

Source: Publisher

Late-night shock jock Sophie Morelle has been fired, dumped by her network after an embarrassing incident cost them big bucks. But she knows just how to get back on her feet—by filming a raw, gritty documentary about MMA fighters, starring the hottest welterweight around. The only problem? He’s the one responsible for ruining her life.

MMA-champion-turned-model Caden Kelly is hell-bent on reestablishing himself as the best fighter in the country. He’d been on a roll, too, until that loudmouth reporter hit him in the head with a camera on national TV. The headaches he’s suffered since are nothing compared to the one he gets when she shows up, seeking an exclusive. That Sophie’s gorgeous is undeniable…but she’s also the most infuriating woman he’s ever met.

Stepping into the ring with Caden Kelly is not for the faint of heart, but Sophie’s never been the delicate type. This champion may have finally met his match—both in and out of the bedroom.



One of these days, I’m definitely going to watch some MMA matches. Not only are they real, but sounds like they’re done within a set of rules that keep the fighters safe. Plus, the men. Now, I’m not all too shallow, but a gal can always appreciate her men. And delving more into the world of MMA, and getting to know more of the fighters in this book, I sure did appreciate these men.

I have to admit, Caden surprised me. While expecting a flirtatious, shameless fighter, I met a very down-to-earth man who was much more sensible than I initially gave him credit for. He was a man with a history, and that, exactly, is the key to connect with a character. Although we’re never given any detail more than necessary, we get a few glimpses into his past through his point of view, and it was just the kind of history I could feel and relate to. Not a whole window open, but breadcrumbs spread here and there for me to understand him.
From the start, Caden presented a sensual sensibility that made me warm up to him immediately. A man who wanted to make amends for past mistakes, a man who wanted to be better for the future, and wanted to forget and move on. I can always appreciate a character who takes up the offer of a second chance with sincerity and in all its seriousness. In all these regards, and his relentless protectiveness over Sophie and his boyish charm, he was a good hero in my eyes.

The same goes for Sophie’s character. She was also a surprise, in a good sense of course. She had the kind of history, again with the breadcrumbs, that made it possible for me to relate to her and understand her nature. She was a strong woman. Strong enough to land her own naughty late night show on tv. Though we never really get to see just how naughty she is late at night, we get the idea. But the Sophie we meet in the book is less shameless and more understanding, and a lot determined. The last we’d seen of these two characters were in the previous book, where they both had a hit to their careers thanks to an unfortunate accident, so Sophie, just like Caden, sets out to salvage her career, and comes head to head and wit to wit with fighter and lover extraordinaire Caden Kelly.

Although I had a hard time following some of the dialogue and flow of the story at times-there seemed to be a pace to them that took me a try or two to catch up- I enjoyed the banter between Sophie and Caden. They brought out the best in each other, be it in or out of the bed. They had good chemistry, they were both easy to connect with, and they were both definitely good surprises. So I suggest give this book a try. Not only did it piqued my interest in a new sport, but now I’m also looking forward to yet another series, and another set of characters. What this means for my to-read pile is still a mystery. I mean, I could very well be chasing an illusion here.

A good mix of action and romance, I recommend this book to those who like their heroes not afraid to land a punch or two, and their heroines strong and ready to take life head on.

I’m adding four spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.



Worth The Fight series by Michele Mannon:

  1. Knock Out
  2. Tap Out

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