Defying the Odds

Written By Kele Moon
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When struggling waitress Melody Dylan gives a handsome, lonely stranger a simple gift she has no clue her life is about to take a drastic turn.The stranger ends up being Clay Powers, a famous UFC heavyweight fighter. Clay’s large build and dangerous fists have always intimidated. People in his hometown keep their distance and Clay is fine with that. Everything changes when a new waitress at the local diner buys him a piece of pie on thanksgiving. Touched by the gesture when it’s obvious she can barely afford to survive, her warm smile and lush body churn up powerful feelings that leave Clay wanting more from her than pie.

Melody is running from her past and the small, country town of Garnet is the perfect hiding place. With an ex-husband after her and scars from her abusive marriage etched deep, the last thing she expects is to fall for a man who makes a living with his fists, but she can’t resist Clay or the tender connection they share.

Finding love in the most unlikely of places, the passion is undeniable, but Clay and Melody know their haunted pasts and unpredictable futures leave the odds stacked against them.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: violence


My Thoughts

Where to start, where to start? Ugh. I really wanted to like this book. I really did. The reviews were good, it looked promising. However, the fact is, I didn’t love it. I didn’t even almost like it. I know it sounds harsh, but honestly, I had a hard time even getting through it. I usually judge a book based on how many good quality quotes I can get from it for my quote book and this book didn’t have one. Not one, single quote worthy of going into my quote book. That speaks volumes.

Clay is a UFC fighter with zero personality. He’s big, strong, and violent. His abandonment issues make it hard for him to connect with anyone. Then into his small hometown walks Melody. She’s a curvaceous blond with a history of being abused by her crazy ex. She’s kind and considerate, nothing like Clay. You’d think that him being a fighter would have sent her running for the hills considering her history, but you’d be wrong. I love that she doesn’t have a model figure, but that’s all I loved about her. She seems very unintelligent and that really drives me crazy. The way both Melody and Clay talk is what really did me in. They sound so very ignorant and it really, really bothered me.

The book had no real build up. They meet, they fall into lust, they fall into bed, they fall in love, throw in a teeny, tiny conflict, the end. That’s it. I was missing everything. I missed getting to know the characters, I missed the build up to each other, I missed the suspense of the conflict. The only thing I didn’t miss was the sex, and frankly, I found myself wanting to skim over even that. He was too rough with her, considering she’d been abused and my goodness every, single time  either of them spoke, it completely ruined what could have been sexy. I guess I just needed more.

Did I like the book? No

Did I love the book? No

Would I recommend the book? No

Overall Rating: Really Bad

Favorite Quote: Sadly, I don’t have not even one.


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