Tuesday, February 12, 2013

ARC Review: Defying The Odds by Kele Moon

Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts #1)
by Kele Moon
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
E-book 251 pages
Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble

Blurb by Goodreads

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.

Nobody has ever been kind to Clay unless they want something. Melody bought him a pumpkin pie and what a sweetheart he ate it even though he hates pumpkin pie. She makes him smile and sooths him. I thought he was a sweetheart to Melody but did feel their relationship was rushed. There was no sexual tension or buildup. He visits the Diner she works at a few times then rescues her from freezing because her truck will not start then right away they are in bed together. Loved the friendship he has with his friends leaves for some funny moments.
Starts off normal and good but a few chapters in everyone has the same voice. Using slang words “gonna”, “ain’t”, ” em”, “wanna”, “bout”, “ya”, “sorta”, “Watcha”, “didja”, “lemme”. For me this slang really took away from novel that could of been likeable. Both characters are broken as she comes from a abusive relationship and was at times feeling her pain and sadness especially since she has to start over with nothing. After awhile the slang in the writing just took away from it. I do have Star Crossed and hoping the slang is not in it. I am sure it is as everyone in this town seem to talk the same way. But will still give this series another chance as it does have good potential with interesting plots and characters that can be likeable.
ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review


  1. Darn! After the reading the synopsis, I got my hopes up... Not a fan of rushed relationships.. Great, honest review :)


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