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Shadowboxer: Tapped Out

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Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
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She's in for the fight of her life with the man who only wants to be her lover.

Fighter Mia Anderson has faced the dark side of life and survived. But just getting by is no longer enough. To fund her new life with her baby sister, she's determined to beat the reigning king of the male fighters in New York's underground MMA circuit, Tray "Fox" Knox.

Tray refuses to fight a woman, until he learns Mia's tougher than anyone he has ever known. He soon realizes he wants more from her than blows and blood, and he's willing to hit below the belt to get it. He'll fight her, but if he wins, she spends the night in his bed. All night long, his rules. No tapping out.

Mia agrees, certain that he'll lose. What she doesn't realize is that Tray loves to fight dirty and that this match may end up being the most important one of their lives.

Warning: Please be advised this book contains content some may find triggering (past sexual trauma) and also contains graphic sex and language that may not be suitable for underage audiences.

©2014 Cari Quinn (P)2015 Cari Quinn

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What a dark, intense listen

Q- Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
A- I would recommend this book to ANY of my dark genre reading friends... WHY, well because they would enjoy this book, it was gritty, dark, thought provoking, steamy & took the listener/reader on a journey of rediscovery.

Q- What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadowboxer: Tapped Out?
A- There was this really intense scene in the last couple of chapters, where Mia is finally able to tell Tray about her past, it isn't a pretty scene, but it showed how much personal growth she had made whilst with Tray. Then Tray staying with Mia through her melt down & the closeness between them after this scene transired.

Q- What does Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
A- I can't answer this honestly (because I have yet to read this book), but I loved the accents, the passion, the emotions.. that Kai & Wen add when they narrate, it adds so much more depth to an already intense story.

Q- Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
A- This book, gah... had such heart rending moments all throughout the book, there was a few moments that made me laugh, but mostly there was a feeling of suspense...

Q- Any additional comments?
A- WOW what else can I say about Shadowboxer?? I absolutely LOVED listening to the magic created by Cari, Kai & Wen added so much, to this emotional, gritty, dark, gory... totally enthralling story.

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  • J and M
  • 11-08-2016

Not easy but worth the listen.

This book was a "difficult" book. I enjoyed it. It was engaging. But, the characters, especially Mia, had a lot of demons to face. And, I thought Cari Quinn did a great job capturing these flawed, pained characters and bringing them to life. I can't say it was an easy listen, but one definitely well worth the time. And of course, Kai and Wen did a great job in narration.
Overall a very interesting story, well done.
This book was provided as an ARC and I'm glad I took the time to listen.

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  • Nocturnus
  • 24-01-2016

The Spider And The Fox

If you could sum up Shadowboxer: Tapped Out in three words, what would they be?

MMA Chicklit Romance

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fox because he never gave up or gave in, no matter the consequences. He fought for what he believed in and the people he loves. He was true to himself no matter the price.

Which character – as performed by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross – was your favorite?

I loved Wen as Mia. Her portrayal was poignant and riveting. You could feel Mia's pain and all her struggles to become what she considered a real person despite all her damage and fear.

Tray was my fave by Kai :) The constant struggle to keep what he wanted was evident in the performance. From rage to tenderness, fear to joy and all the moods and emotions inbetween Kai made Tray come alive.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Can Two Broken Underground Fighters Find Peace Within Each Other?

Any additional comments?

This series must be listened to (or read) in order. This is the first book. I can't wait for the next one!


Fighting is just a means to an end. Mia uses it to exorcise the demons of her past and to make extra money. Soon her baby sister Carly will be out of highschool and they will make a new life far away and together. Somewhere safer. Nicer. Like where they grew up. She just needs to convince Fox to fight her. Then she will have enough money for her endgame. Another new life... But this time for both of them. Too bad women fighters are not taken seriously. How will she convince him to get into the ring with her? What if he just laughs at her?


"Fox" (Tray) is bored. With fighting. With his life. With everything. He doesn't even know what he is looking for... Until he sees Mia on the street. She intrigues him like no other person ever has. Something about her is familiar and he knows he has never met her before. He'd remember. There is no other woman like her and he has to get to know her. Why is she so enticing? What makes her impossible to ignore or forget? Will he be able to get her to give him a shot? Why does he even want one?


***This series is suitable for adult readers who enjoy steamy humorous chicklit romances with some horror and alot of MMA goodness along with fractured people learning to trust and a HEA :)

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 15-10-2015

HER EMOTIONS WERE BROKEN & HE WANTED TO FIX THEM

Mia has been shaped by something horrific that happened to her when she was young which has made her a very protective and loving older Sister but it also transformed her into a no-nonsense hard edged person and a kick-ass Fighter but who sometimes has to do some 'shady' things in order to survive. However, she wants a better life for her Sister and for herself and she's been training hard for the fight of her life..... against the gorgeous MMA Fighter Tray (Fox) but trying to set things up is proving very difficult. Tray isn't what she was expecting - he's kind, thoughtful, attentive, understanding and very very sexy and Mia needs to build her walls even higher otherwise he's just going to climb right over them and find her heart.

Tray walked away from his privileged family to make it on his own but lately he's been fed-up of the lifestyle, the women and the fighting..... that is until a feisty bruised brunette ran off with his coat. He certainly wasn't expecting her to challenge him to a fight and fight he does - but not the way Mia wants as he slowly begins to put the complex, intriguing, annoying, stubborn and attractive pieces together that all slot together to make up the most remarkable woman he's ever met in the hopes he can get closer and find out what makes Mia tick. And Mia's fight with Tray becomes emotional rather than in the Cage as she tries to fight the pull of their sexual chemistry.

There's instant sizzles and awareness but Mia is such a closed book that Tray has to work hard for every nugget.... whether it's for information or for her to lower her guard and let him in. Which Mia eventually does and it's so good to see that they've both undergone a lot of character growth in order for their relationship to work.... and work it does with some touching, tender, funny, emotional, moving and sexy scenes. But when Tray goes into the Cage to fight a real sneaky bad-ass Italian things take a turn for the worse which stirs up traumatic memories, the parents from Hell and endangers life.... and their relationship.

I loved Tray, he was so patient and understanding with Mia and you really feel the love oozing from him but I thought Mia was a bit of a hard Heroine to like.... yes, I understand why and what shaped her personality however I thought there were times when she was a bit hard and stand-offish towards Tray. Nevertheless, this was a very entertaining (and different) dual POV listen and I love the way Kai and Wen jointly narrate books because the 'conversation' type backwards and forwards banter between them works so well and when they do other character's voices it's as if there's very different people talking.

Worth a credit? Yes, however it took me a little while to fully get into it but when I became hooked there was no turning back. A Heroine who was not only fighting to survive but also to survive he crippling memories of her dark emotional past and a strong, sexy Hero who patiently held on.... not to change her, not to understand her because he worked that one out but he held on for the life and love he desperately wanted, needed, deserved..... and eventually got.

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  • Kristy Heinicke
  • 04-09-2015

What a dark intense listen....

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to ANY of my dark genre reading friends... WHY, well because they would enjoy this book, it was gritty, dark, thought provoking, steamy & took the listener/reader on a journey of rediscovery.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadowboxer: Tapped Out?

There was this really intense scene in the last couple of chapters, where Mia is finally able to tell Tray about her past, it isn't a pretty scene, but it showed how much personal growth she had made whilst with Tray. Then Tray staying with Mia through her melt down & the closeness between them after this scene transired.

What does Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I can't answer this honestly (because I have yet to read this book), but I loved the accents, the passion, the emotions.. that Kai & Wen add when they narrate, it adds so much more depth to an already intense story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book, gah... had such heart rending moments all throughout the book, there was a few moments that made me laugh, but mostly there was a feeling of suspense...

Any additional comments?

WOW what else can I say about Shadowboxer?? I absolutely LOVED listening to the magic created by Cari, Kai & Wen added so much, to this emotional, gritty, dark, gory... totally enthralling story.

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  • Katharoo
  • 08-06-2020

Woman MMA Fighter!

Wow I had no idea there were woman MMA fighters. Mia is one strong willed and persistent woman who has had a horrible past and is trying to make the most of her future for both her younger sister and herself. Kai portrays her as that young struggling no nonsense woman so amazingly well. I’m a huge fan of her and Wen but this showcases Kai being able to change her voice for each character.

Trey is full of heart and never gives up fighting for Mia even while she pushes him away. Loved that even though he comes from a privileged background he is making it on his own. And as a MMA fighter. Wen’s got the exact temperament and voice that makes me want to melt for Trey Foxy Knox.

This is book 1, can’t wait for more with these characters!

I received this audiobook at my request and this is my honest opinion.

Very much worth a credit! Amazing story with heartbreak, and learning to become stronger than one’s past and not being a victim to whatever has happened!

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  • dangrdonna
  • 26-03-2020

So angsty I loved it

I loved Mia and Trey! They had all the angst that I love! They had the worst time getting to where they ended but that is a story line that hooks me. Mia is trying to do her best to survive the life she has had in the only way she knows, by fighting. Trey has his own demons to slay as well, also through fighting. When she sets her sights on fighting him in the underground MMA, she doesn’t expect something life changing. His first sight of her is unexpected as well since she knocks him out without even touching him, just by sight. The emotions comes through so well thanks to the narration. So many characters had their own voice throughout this book that it’s mind boggling there are only two narrators. So love hearing Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross read anything! And to add Cari Quinn’s story? Perfection!

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  • Melbelle
  • 18-01-2020

All the emotions

This one was a good but slightly dark read. I was sucked into the story. I mean who doesn't want to read about a bad MMA chick. The depths of the h was riveting and so emotional regardless of how negative she came across. The H was just awesome period! I really enjoyed this book so much that I spent over an hour trying to find the followup books in the series with no success.
Of course, Wen and Kai are some of my top listen to narrators so to no surprise they did an amazing job and helped make the book that much better with the way they deliver the emotions and sexy times. Would recommend!

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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 06-01-2020

Very enjoyable read!

This is a wonderful story. Filled with angst and worry and possibly love. This will take you a ride of ups and downs until the final page. I am pleased with this story and i was curious on what would happen between Mia and Trey. I really am wondering about hopefully another book regarding Mia’s sister!

I listened to this on audio and Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross did a wonderful job portraying these characters.

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  • Bette
  • 02-12-2019

Terrific Story & Narration🎧 Intense & Heartfelt!

This book wowed me in many ways, it captured both my heart and mind right from the start and held it to the very end. It is great to see a different side of Cari Quinn, I have enjoyed and loved a number of books she co-wrote with Taryn Elliott, the two create rocking magic together. “Shadowboxer” is a darker and more intense story, it is about characters who are broken, who have had struggles and/or hardships in their life, ones they are trying to overcome. Mia’s story is not an easy one, I admire her for her strength and determination to do what it takes to have a better life for her and her sister. She is a MMA fighter in the underground circuit, there is not much money or notoriety in it for women and she needs a bigger payoff, to get it she will fight the male champion, Tray “Fox” Knox. Tray winds up running into Mia and is intrigued by her and he is determined to find out more about her. Mia does not let any one in and does not trust easy so he has his work cut out for him. I loved how their story plays out, also loved how Tray did not give up Mia. A lot goes on in this book and there is never a dull moment. There is plenty of drama, angst and a whole lot of raw emotions, all leading to a wonderful & heartfelt romance. It was heartbreaking to learn of what Mia went thru but Cari Quinn did a great job with it, peeling away her wall and talking about it with Tray. Thank you for this terrific story.

I listened to the Audible edition, Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross are fantastic narrators and voice artists. Their portrayal of the characters was amazing, they brought them to life, humanized them by capturing their passion and emotions and projecting it into their performance. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another amazing listen🎧.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 04-02-2019

Great Story!

This is the first book in the Tapped Out Series. I love this story. This is a great and original story that sets in the New York's underground MMA world. Fighting isn't always in a ring, or a cage! I love how Tray (Fox) fight for Mia, despite their past and her demons. Tray and Mia are two opposite characters. They have an instant attraction, and they share a hot and undeniable chemistry. They are both great and strong characters. This is a beautiful love story, where Mia learns to trust again. Carly, Mia's sister, is also a great character. Now, I can't wait for the next book in the Series. Kai Kennicot and Wen Ross did an amazing narration. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily written this review.

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  • Sara B
  • 23-01-2020

Emotionally Intense

Shadowboxer is beautifully written with a cast of compelling characters. The book is a standalone and no cliffhanger; however, it hints at future follow-up books.

The storyline is compelling, a tale of survival, guilt, recovery, and the power of love. The main characters are both MMA fighters, they're complicated, intriguing, thrillseekers, with depth and vulnerabilities. The intimate scenes are scorching but not focal to the plot.

The dynamic duo, Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross perform splendidly. Both narrators give life to the characters and the passions and emotions found in the story. I strongly recommend this audiobook.

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  • 05-01-2019

A tough leading lady!

Fantastic!
I do love a strong woman who shows a little vulnerability. Great writing skills from Cari to get the right balance. Great performance from both Kai and Wen.

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