Book & Author Details:
Never Tap Out #1 by Victoria Prince
Published by: Two Princes Books and Publishing
Publication date: November 22nd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Kate has been through a lot in the last two years. She narrowly survives a tragic car accident that claims the life of her mother. Her father ran out on her and her younger brother years ago, leaving them with their grandmother as the only remaining family; and Kate with pain she didn’t know existed. Her mother was everything and now she’s gone. Kate has survived rape, abuse, abandonment, and tragedy, but can she live through this too? How much can one nineteen year old woman endure before she breaks?
For the next couple of years, Kate battles serious depression, reclusion, and regret. When she’s convinced her life couldn’t be anymore miserable, she meets a wrestling coach who knew her mother. In exchange for learning more about the woman who was her whole world, Kate begins a brand new life to lift her out of the mountain of despair she’s been living under.
Slowly but surely, Kate makes a big impact in the world of women’s wrestling, her own life, and makes numerous attempts to right the sorrow of her mother’s death on her younger brother Charles, who suffered more than she knew. Kate follows her mother’s advice to “never tap out”, no matter what life throws at you.
Between her circle of family heartache, a handsome fighter named James tries to shake up Kate’s emotions even more. He’s determined to prove his worth to her and give her a reason to smile again. The only thing Kate has found solace in since the wreck is her family and watching the innocence of the sunset that never gives up. Can she trust a pair of sexy brown eyes while trying to save her brother from a constant downward spiral and carry on her mother’s legacy?
Love, loss, lust, perseverance, and tears will ravage all of your emotions in this heartfelt story about beating all odds and destroying the demons that haunt us.
I’m a little split about this book. I can’t decide whether, in the telling of this tale, the author’s inexperience is coming through and she is simply trying a bit too hard, or if the narrative voice is intentionally self indulgent. I suspect that it is the former.
The language used is very formal and the lack of use of common contractions make the character interactions very stilted. And the characters themselves bounce about a bit, jostling my train of thought as I was reading.
I think that ultimately, there is the basis of a good story here, but that it was lost in the manner of the telling.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Victoria Prince is a contemporary romance author from New York, now residing in Palm Springs, CA with her husband and sons. She is an obsessive lover of the ocean, tropical locations, dolphins, the NFL, and Peyton Manning. In her very limited spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her growing family under the sun in Southern California by the beach.