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Against All Odds by Angie McKeon

Release Date: April, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Book Description

Our lives shattered… Our hearts broken… Our souls torn to pieces…

He was my world, my whole life. My reason for breathing. I had a perfect marriage, a baby on the way, and I felt fulfilled—almost invincible.

Until the day life hit, leaving me broken, vulnerable, and alone.

She was my life. My ray of hope on the cloudiest day. With her, I thought I had the ultimate safety. A love that would never hurt or betray me. I gave her my heart, my body, and my soul.

Until she broke me, destroying every dream and illusion I had about life, love, and marriage.

In our grief, we made a mistake. A mistake I’m not sure we can come back from.
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EXCERPT

I step back and release a shaky breath. “I don’t know what to say. You know that we…” I flick my eyes to the other side of the room to collect my scattered thoughts.
Erasing the distance I just tried to put between us, he lifts my face to his. Our eyes connect, and my pulse—already wild—intensifies.
He looks straight through to the heart of me. “You don’t have to say anything right now. You don’t have to say anything ever. Just think about what I’m saying.” Gaze locked on mine, he places a tender kiss on my lips.
When he pulls back, he clears his throat and pulls out his phone. “All right, get packed. I’ll call the pilot and let him know we’re ready to leave.”
I nod numbly as he walks out of the room. I want to go home to my empty house. My empty bed. My empty life. I need some time away from everyone. I need to figure out what’s wrong with me. What happened to the girl with morals?
I close my eyes as all energy drains from my body. I slip to the ground, hugging my knees. I miss my life before Kayla died. Before all I felt was pain and hopelessness. Before all I saw was a nightmare. Before I shut down and started doing stupid things.
I need to find the girl I used to be, but I’m not sure she’s in there anymore. I’m not sure she’s strong enough to come back. Because coming back means feeling the loss of her baby and confronting the problems in her marriage. It means facing pain, fear, and guilt. That is so terrifying that living in a state of numbness and denial might just be easier.

All rights reserved. Against All Odds © 2014 Copyright, Angie McKeon.

Reviews

Kara’s thoughts…

Holy shit what an emotional roller coaster Angie has taken me on. I went from such sorrow to extreme hate, to fear, anger, and hope. This read encompassed all my emotions and threw them like a snowball to the face. It burned, it stung, and the soothing balm of warmth after cleaning off the snow was calm and relaxed. The angst was at an all-time high for me and my stomach and chest felt like they were going rounds with a heavy weight champion. The hurt is extreme and I’ve never been as shocked through a read as I was in AAO. The pain both Kylie and Cooper put one another through is a pain so deep that I don’t know how they held on for as long as they did. Kylie wants attention and Cooper wants to feel in control of the situation so they both make decisions to get those needs met. I sobbed, laughed and took many deep breaths. I felt panicky, my hands were sweating and I did not want to stop reading. The chase was long for me, so I was ready for that to end sooner. I may not have agreed with Kylie and Cooper’s arrangement but hearing both of their POVs allowed me to see where they were both coming from. The honesty and soul-bearing words Kylie and Cooper speak to one another melted my heart. I feel they belong to one another: mind, body, and soul. To come full circle was a breath of fresh air. I took one gi-huge-ic sigh of relief. I’ll anxiously await Grayson’s story to see what he gets stirred up in Colorado. There’s no cliffhanger, only nerves about what Grayson may or may not do to stir the pot. Give this a try and find your next crush!! Rating: 4.5 stars

Karen’s thoughts…

This book was filled with angst, torment, grief and inner turmoil. This was one emotional roller coaster that I felt both thrilled to be riding and desperate to get off. Against All Odds was filled with difficult behaviors and the main characters were just a mess. McKeon’s writing was well put together and easy to read with the flow of the story. The characters were developed in a way to draw a strong reaction from the reader. Although I felt that there was something missing in the story of Kylie and Cooper to help me connect with their journey. As the reader I understood where they were today, but I didn’t feel what they had for each other. Their behavior and lack of communication kind of ruined this against the odds love that they shared. The one character that I truly enjoyed was Grey. There was something about him that had me rooting for him in this relationship triangle. There was a spark there, he oozed charm and he was willing to fight for the person he wanted. I could understand his connection to Kylie and his feelings came through clearly. I hope to see more of him in the future. I also loved Cali, Kylie’s best friend and supporter. She was the type of friend all women should have on their side.
The inner dialogue that Kylie had throughout this book became a bit rote and overly dramatic. She droned on and on about her mistakes. I think the story would have been much more engaging for me, with these characters, if the primary dialogue had been between the characters instead of the internal and reflective guilt and pain. Although I feel that it was important to have this internal perspective from the characters it seemed to diminish the characters bond or connection.
Overall, Against All Odds was a solid book, that was painfully enjoyable, filled with all the angst I love and well written. Give this a try and see if you can find your next crush. Rating 4.0 Stars

Author Info:

Angie McKeon

A multi-tasker from birth—and now proudly able to add ‘writer’ to my resume—I’m a mother, wife and blogger. I love to read, write and drink copious amounts of iced coffee.
All three aforementioned addictions are detrimental to my sanity.
I have a voracious appetite for dark, painful and twisted reads. I’m enamored with the concept of love and heart break. I believe life is a journey, a tale in its own for each of us. The road to happiness is sometimes paved with stones from hell, or glitters of satisfaction graced from the heavens above.
In my upcoming debut novel, ‘Against All Odds,’ I strive to make you feel. I believe any emotion—whether painful or happy—is good. To me, the key to living is to go through life feeling its ups and downs. Love is dark and it can be painful but, at the end of the day, it can save the most lost of souls and the most broken of hearts

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