Black Dog by Cat Grant

Danny Bannon and Eddie Roscoe have been fighting in and out of the ring for more than fifteen years, held together by mutual attraction and small-town ties, yet kept apart by a shared tragedy that continues to haunt them. Their steady on-again off-again is shaken up by the arrival of Tom Delaney, a teenage runaway trying to escape his tense home situation and his punch-happy dad.

In no time, the scrawny homeless kid has shown himself to be a boxing prodigy, and building him up brings Danny and Eddie closer than they’ve been in ages. It seems that the three of them, plus Eddie’s mother, Gloria, are forming a new family unit, much tighter than anything Tom experienced in his difficult past.

But Tom’s politically influential father isn’t the only person he left behind. When his mother shows up at Eddie and Gloria’s diner with a shiner and a haunted look in her eyes, Tom is hopeful for her future. But when that hope is snuffed out, Tom is ready to turn his new fighting skills to a deadly purpose: get revenge on his abusive father or die trying.

It’s up to his surrogate big brothers, Danny and Eddie, to put their differences and their painful history aside to prevent another tragic ending.

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Review: Dolorianne, 5

I would not change a thing! I would double the star count if I could.

Anyone who follows my reviews has to know how rare that is. I loved everything about Black Dog.

It is a novella with 3 different POV’s but the transitions are seamless, well timed, and cleverly done. The main MC’s POV is told in the 1st person, while the love interest MC and the runaway MC’s POV were both in 3rd person. This is not a menage, but the 3 POV’s were essential to the story.

The depth achieved in Black Dog is usually reserved for much longer novels. The story concept is interesting, the romance is incredible in it’s complex subtly, and the relationships between the full cast of characters are very dynamic. I am equally impressed by every character crafted in Black Dog, and would gladly read about any of them. And even though there is tragedy that touches the “Bannon’s Gym” family, there is still so much promise.


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