Review: Tap Out, by Michele Mannon



Part of a series? Yes, but it can be read as a standalone.

Cliffhanger? No.

Publisher: Carina Press

Pages: 247

Category: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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.


I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

If you’ve been following what I’m reading, you must know that I enjoy a lot contemporary romance novels that feature fighters. Obviously, I had to give this one a shot.

This is the second book of a series of books featuring different characters. You don’t have to read the first one to read this one as the former characters are never mentioned.

I think the length of the book is perfect considering the story and the ”mysteries’’ surrounding the sub-plot. Any shorter and some things wouldn’t have been developed enough.

Though, I would have loved it if the sub-plot, the turn to which Sophie’s documentary took, would have been more present. Some more twists, some more mysteries would have been welcomed and I think that higher stakes for the main characters wouldn’t have been too much.

That being said, the chemistry between Caden and Sophie is unmistakable and saves the whole story. In fact, I truly enjoyed their little banters, their hot moments together and how Caden ends up opening up more to her. But it’s not too rushed which is a very good thing because I hate it when characters get to it so fast when they’re supposed to ‘’hate’’ each other. The romance part of this book is well-built to be believable.

But I would have loved to see some scenes more detailed or even showed instead of cutting them off and jumping to a few days later. In fact, a couple of times it threw me off when it comes to the timeline to the point that I had to stop reading for a minute to think about it.

The writing style is flawless for the genre, gives a real voice to Sophie while Caden’s POV is a little less convincing sometimes.
I like that the author doesn’t use too many clichés and that she is able to create many interesting characters that I’d be happy to see in their own book.

This series is not my favorite, but I do spend a good time reading these books and I know that I’ll read the next one once it’s available.

What do you think about Caden? Is he your new book boyfriend? Did you enjoy reading Tap Out?



3 to 3.5


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