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Tapping Out

(Fighting Love #1)

4.4  ·  Rating details ·  307 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published January 27th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
I've been obsessed with Nikki's fighters for awhile now. I was ecstatic for Bella's book. I fell in love with her in Fighting for a Second Chance and that love has grew in every book that I've read of the Fighting series. I've known through out the series that Bella is a fighter. She's always wanted to be a UFC Champion. What I didn't know is Bella is more than just a fighter in the ring. She fights for what she wants and she's a strong woman. She doesn't let anyone run over her, yet s
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was kindly given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is Nikki Ash's spin off series from the Fighting series and it involves the next generation of Coopers, Kaden's, Bentley's and Calebs. This first spin off book centres around Bella and Marco who, if you've read the Fighting series you will know that Bella is Cooper and Liz's daughter and Marco is Caleb and Hayley's adopted son.

Marco and Bella are the best of friends despite there being an age gap of 6 years. They've gr
Tabitha Willbanks
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
*ARC Provided For An Honest Review*
4.75 Stars rounded up

So I have been waiting for this book, for what seems like for forever! Nikki's fighters are an absolute personal favorite of mine, and she pulled it off yet again with Tapping Out. This is sweet and sassy, Bella, all grown up. She's a fighter in so many different ways, and she fights hard for her goals in every situation. This is very much her coming of age story, with the added bonus of catching up with all of the characters we completely
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read Bella's story. Marco and Bella have been fighting there feelings for one another for many years. Best friends for years , they were both curious if there was more to the strong bond of friendship that they have. After a bumpy start in there journey of there relationship , both Bella and Marco both accomplish what they set out to do with there lives. Both Bella and Marco made there dreams come true .
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
-Lynzi, 5 stars


I feel like I have been waiting forever for her story. I know I have been waiting since the beginning of this series, which seems like forever ago. Which really isn’t, but in the book world, we all know it is, lol.

So I waited forever, finally got the chance to sign up for it through the blog, and BAM it hit my kindle. As soon as I saw it, I was already in love. First off, that cover is amazing. Some might think it's too simple, but unless you read all the
Brandy Roberts
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really love Nikki Ash's books and while devouring her fighting series I was hoping for a next Gen series especially after reading fighting for your love because the epilogue had me going ga ga . Tapping out can be read as a standalone but if you want to see how the parents of both hero and heroine found love you should defiantly one click Fighting for a second chance (BELLA’S PARENTS ) and Fighting for your touch ( MARCO'S PARENTS ) some spoilers are mentioned in this one that do occur in thos ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tapping Out by Nikki Ash
“Shes 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
Cheryl O'Harney (The Book Whisperer)
Title: Tapping Out
Author: Nikki Ash
Genre: Contemporary Romance, MMA Sports
Rating: 5/5

If you’re a fan of Ms Ash then you’re probably already familiar with the main protagonists of this book as we were introduced to them when they were children in the Fighting Series but fear not you don’t need to have read any previous books as this can be read as a stand-alone.

Fighting is in Bella’s blood there’s nothing she wants more than to be a UFC champion well there’s that and the fact she’d love to be Ma
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
-Sigh- LOVE a good Tap Out.

I have been waiting so long for Bella's story. If you have not read the fighting story I highly recommend it, though this is a stand alone it is interconnected.
I can say that from the very start it is pretty much heart breaking, Bella has all these feelings and things going on and you just get so pulled in and wish you could make Marco see things from her side. Even though I'm sure there is just as much going on from his side, being a teen girl at one time makes it a
Krys The Reading Blogger
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so in love with this Fighters Series. Nikki Ash did my girl Bella justice with her story. It was Everything!!! Getting to see Bella’s transition from a kid to an adult was beautiful. She went through so much. Oh and beautiful broken sexy Marco. My heart broke for him but I also wanted to hit him and knock some sense it to him too. I was just glad he was able to overcome and be the man our girl Bella needed. From the beginning of them being kids, you could always tell they had a very special ...more
Adriana Arrones
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started the book earlier today and couldn't stop. Once again it was amazing I was super excited for Bella's book, I fell in love with her since book 1, I cried a lot Nikki Ash has the ability to pull me into the book that basically I can feel the characters emotions. The book is filled with sad and happy moments, it's fun and frustrating and makes you want to throat punch some characters it's a rollercoaster of emotions and I LOVED it!!!
I love how every time new a book comes out it only gets b
Reading with 2 book lovers
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book is a first read for this author for me.
what an amazing read, I started this book and less then 24hours later had finished, I just couldn't put Marco and Bella down.
I loved how all the side characters from Ms Ashs previous books were so strong in this story, I now have to read the other books for those characters.
I love a book about MMA fighters and it's even better when it's a string female!
Bella and Marco were such believable characters.
I volunteered to read a copy of this book
Jackie Deans Zielke
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars plus!!! I absolutely loved this book. I am a huge MMA fan and love a good fight story. I love it more when the Book is written so well you actually feel like you are at the event. That being said this book is about so much more than fighting in the octagon. This book is about a love so intense it can survive anything, any tragedy. The live between Marco and Bella is beautiful and at time frustrating. This can be read as a standalone but, I wish I had read from the beginning of Bella and ...more
Melissa Schaub
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gosh I feel like I have been waiting forever for this book and Nikki Ash did not disappoint! This book was a roller coaster ride of regret and forgiveness. I laughed, I cried, I cringed and finally I swooned. I have loved Bella since the very book book in this series and to read that she is the same driven, loving and compassionate girl we have fallen in love with; was amazing. Oh then there is Marco... I was so shocked with how his story played out. I was devastated reading about his struggles. ...more
Christine Campbell
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am voluntarily reviewing this arc of this book. The three of them are best friends but with Marco it's more. She loves him. He n she is a MMA fighter and he just won his title n he n his friend is in an accident. His friend is worst thou. He has turned to drugs to cope with the pain n everything he stops answering his phone. They find out about a party at his place n they crash it. She finds him and one thing happened n it turns into something great. The book is excellent and their relationshi ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes! Yes! Yes! Finally Bella and Marco's story. What a bumpy road Nikki Ash has taken us with this awesome story! I swear at times I wanted to throw my Kindle with that damn plot twist. Never did I ever think that Marco you be like that.

I instantly fell in love with feisty little Bella in Fighting for a Second Chance. Oh what trouble did Bella and Marco get into. I knew papa bear Cooper was going to blow a gasket!! Yup!

I cried and at times I wanted to slap Marco. Maybe even through him my "cha
Tiffany Levin
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this story!!

I loved this story and thought that it was very well written. I appreciated the way the author handled the addiction and rehab. I also liked the way she kept the female character strong but still showed a little bit of weakness when it came to the male lead. I’m glad the story ended with a happily ever after and even into the future.

P.S.- I loved getting to read the letters!!
Melissa J (Book Addicts Reviews)
4.5 second chance/first love stars!! Seeing all these kids evolve is so exciting.

This is book one in the “Fighting Love” series. Can be read as a stand alone. But I highly recommend reading the “Fighting” series first.

❤This is Bella and Marco’s story....

Bella~ I have loved him since I was 6 years old. Almost as much as I love fighting. One kiss and he runs. He runs....

Marco~ My life hasn’t always been this good. And then the one girl I know I should never want kisses me and all I can do is run
Dimaris rossy
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book tells a story about very strong and young characters that have to do a lot of growing up in little time. When faced with hurt and pain bad decisions are made. Anything to avoid the pain. They both have all the support in the world. Even when she is the youngest one and still makes a few bad decisions, she is the mature one with a good head on her shoulders. She has goals, and obstacles will postpone those goals but will not erase them.

Out of despair his choices cause him to loose her
Rebecca Barber
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the book I was holding my breath for!

Bella’s all grown up, much to Coopers dismay, and she’s ready to take on the world. She’s determined to have it all, a MMA career and the love of her life.

Marco thinks he’s tainted. He believes that nothing good can be shared in his DNA. For that reason alone, he’s avoiding his family and the girl he loves like the world depends on it. And his world does.

But when Bella and Marco’s lives collide, a tsunami sized wave of drama, intrigue and chaos ensues
Krystle Battle
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is what I’m talking about. You killed this one nikki. I was so excited when I saw this in my library. I dived right in. We have seen Bella grow up from fighting for a second chance and now we get to see her own personal journey into love. We got a snippet of their story in the Christmas novella but this gives us a more in depth version of what actually happened between them.

Bella keeps questioning why Marco keeps leaving if he actually feels for her what she feels for him. Bella has loved M
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Marco & Bella’s story!

To say Marco & Bella went on roller coaster journey of ups, downs, twists, and turns would be an understatement. In the end, the journey was worth everything to get where they were supposed to be together.

I loved that Marco & Bella have known each other since they were kids. Marco put Bella through a lot over the years. My heart went out to Bella. Bella had so much strength through it all. Marco did turn his life around which was great to see
Allison Thibodaux
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book. I wanted to shake Marco a few times for always leaving. But I love him and Bella together!
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I could have wanted and MORE!!!!

Bella was always one of my favorite characters and I'm so glad she got to tell her story! Ever since Nikki announced this was coming, I won't lie, I think I stalked her pages more times than I probably should have to find out when this would be coming out. Then when it went live, I was over the moon excited!!!

It was such an emotional ride that I held back on finishing it because I didn't want it to end. I can't wait to read Tristian's book
Elizabeth Horbaczek
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This book is more than second chances. It is about third, fourth, and many more chances. Forgiveness is very hard to give after being hurt over and over again, but when you can do that, you can see more than good in people. This book gives you that. You see the forgiveness, what everyone is fighting for and what it takes to love unconditionally. The more you get involved in this book, the more you fall in love with all the main characters in this book. You see the struggle that some have,
Kayla Busch
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bella has wanted to be an MMA fighter all her life, and has worked hard to obtain that goal. Marco is older and has been fighting in the MMA for quite awhile. They have both been friends for as long as they can remember, but slowly things start to shift and their attraction for one another becomes undeniable. It started with an innocent enough kiss, that caused Marco to run away. He was scared of his attraction for Bella, thinking it was wrong and that their families would disapprove, after all ...more
There’s no Tapping Out in this Fighting Series (kids and adult) books by this author. When all is said and done, they may have had to tap out a time or two, but in the end these characters are true champions and winners in our book. I will say that while each book is a standalone, you do see crossover characters, but you do not need to read the other books to enjoy the book. This is book one of the kids that we have watched grow up and you couldn’t be more excited if you have read any of the pri ...more
Ana Rita
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's so good to have news from this author. Her previous books made me feel and dream and that's a quality that I seek in the books I read.
The themes that she explores are real and that makes reading them so much more appealing.
Nikki Ash has a simple yet very detailed writing, full of love, meaning and purpose.
Tapping Out is her latest release and tells the stories of Bella and Marco.
But I need to tell you something. Despite the fact that this book can be read as a standalone I totally advis
Jennifer Pierson
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love it when author's do spin off series' that have to do with the next generation, especially when I've fallen in love with the family like I have the Fighting series family. Tapping Out is Bella & Marco's story, and in case you want to catch up, you can click on Fighting For a Second Chance (Bella's parents) and Fighting For Your Touch (Marco's parents). Bella has always wanted to be a female MMA champ, as fighting is in her blood, and the only other thing she loves as much, is Marco. Ho ...more
Diana Munn
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have loved everything about Nikki Ash and her fighting series, Tapping Out is a spinoff of that series giving us a look at Bella and Marco all grown up and starting another chapter of their life. This book can be read as a stand alone but for the history behind it read the Fighting Series.
This book will have you on a serious roller coaster with your emotions. You will laugh, cry and want to try your kindle at times. It is filled with angst and hurt feelings, broken hearts and pain. Bella woul
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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

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