Saturday, January 27, 2018

Release Blitz & Review - Tapping Out - Nikki Ash

Title: Tapping Out
Series: A Fighting Love Novel
Author: Nikki Ash
Genre: MMA Romance/Stand Alone
Release Date: January 27, 2018 

Being a fighter is in my blood. My grandfather was a fighter, my father was a fighter, and I'm a fighter. I live for the rush of adrenaline and sensation of victory. When I fight, I give it my all. I step into the octagon and I fight until there's nothing left to fight for. 

He's been my best friend for most of my life. I've fought with him, fought against him, and for the longest time I fought for him, for us. Until he pushed me away, leaving me no choice but to tap-out. 


Fighting is what saved me. It shed the old me and I became a newer shinier version of myself. Until it took away everything I loved. I gave up and tapped out. 

Then one day, she came back into my life and reminded me that some things in life are worth fighting for. Now I'm fighting for us, day by day, proving to her that our happily ever after is worth fighting for.

Nerdy, Dirty & Flirty - “I can't even express how much I loved this book…”

Wopsywoobookblog - “I love the way the characters evolved.”

Elisha - “I couldn't get enough of Bella and Marco and the amazing emotional rollercoaster their story took me on.”

On Author Page

Two lines mean pregnant. One line means not. 

Two lines. Pregnant.
One line. Not.

I sit on the edge of the tub in the bathroom with the door locked. My head is down as I stare at the tiled floor. There are thirty-four tiles. One is cracked. The grout is dirty. I should buy better cleaning supplies. The test said three minutes. It’s probably been closer to ten but I can’t look. Will the test still be accurate if I don’t look right away? Maybe I should take another one just in case.

Two lines and my life changes.
One line and nothing changes. 

“Bella! You have been in there forever. Are we still going to dinner? The shower isn’t even running. Gina is going to be here any minute.” When I don’t respond, Tristan knocks on the door, again. “Bella!”

“I’ll be out in a minute,” I yell through the door praying he can’t hear the tremble in my voice. If he knows I’m freaking out, he will without a doubt force his way in here to find out what’s going on, and right now, Tristan is probably the last person I want knowing what’s going on.

Taking a deep breath, I stand up and walk slowly toward the counter silently praying for one line, like praying now is going to make a difference, like if I pray right this second, the results will miraculously change in my favor. The second line will just disappear and all will be right with the world. Maybe I don’t need a miracle. Maybe there’s only one line. Maybe I am freaking out over nothing. I swear to God if there’s only one line, I am getting on birth control today! Not that I’ll need it, because if I’m not pregnant, I’m never having sex again! Ok, maybe not never again but not anytime in the near future. 

Closing my eyes, I take a deep breath to calm my nerves. After holding it in for a few seconds, I let out a slow exhale. Nope, doesn’t work, I’m still freaking out. I open my eyes and stare at the test.

“She's going to knock you out, 5 stars”

First off, I want to point out that this is Ash’s seventh book in a year. She’s a new author who is getting better and better with each story. Ash is finding her groove when it comes to writing. If you’ve read the Fighting series you know who Bella is, if not then don’t fear you don’t need to read those books. But I would highly recommend it because then you get a feel for the dynamic of the whole group.

We met Bella in Fighting for a Second Chance, she was a little girl. Since then we have watched or technically read about her growing up. We both know there has only been one apple of her eye and watched her try and find her footing. See Bella is a fighter and one of the boys she doesn’t know the ways of a woman. She has had two things she’s ever wanted, Marco and to be a UFC champion. Will a plot twist stand in her way?

Marco, god Marco. We fell in love with him as a troubled kid who was just trying to survive. He had to grow up fast in some ways. His love for Bella was always evident but he’s six years older than her. Can he really bite the hand (her father) that gave him a safe place when he had no where to go? And what will happen when he realises his dreams really aren’t his dreams any longer?

We experience these two from kids to adults, from best friends to lovers. Every high and every low we are there with them. Its an emotional rollercoaster. You have the other best friend Tristan who is a complete stand up guy who you love one minute then he breaks your heart, and yet you get it. The group that sucked us in (the kid’s parents) we get them too. 

If you’ve read Ash for the last year you watched those characters become couples, turn into parents, and now some of them we get as grandparents. It’s truly a full circle kind of moment and makes me thankful that this large group of friends had a lot of kids so we can stay with them for a while. 
My only warning is - be prepared to be sucked into this group. Because once you’re in you wont want to come back out.

Star Ratings:
Writing style-5/5

Nikki Ash resides in South Florida where she is an English teacher and mom by day and a writer by night. When she’s not writing, you can find her with a book in her hand. From the Boxcar Children to Wuthering Heights to the latest Single Parent Romance, she has lived and breathed every type of book. 
Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out. - Pam Allyn
While reading and writing are her passions, her two children are her entire world. You can probably find them at a Disney park before you would find them at home on the weekends!


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