Defying the Odds

Kele Moon
Defying the Odds
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Release Date
December 2011
Book 1 of Battered Hearts
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

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.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Mar 27, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
229 people found the following review helpful
Let's get ready to RUMBLE! I LOVED this book. I am an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fan. Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters turn me on. I enjoy watching the fights. What's not to like? Ripped men are half naked proving who the alpha man is by forcing the weaker man to submit. I love watching the submissions. Did I mention the sweaty almost naked cut bodies?

In DEFYING THE ODDS, the main character, Clay Powers, is a heavy weight UFC champion. Based on his description, I imagined Brock Lesnar the entire time. Clay is an intimidating barbarian with a soft teddy bear heart. He loves the fighting but is tired of the circus like media and the skanky ho groupies. When he meets Melody Dylan, it is kismet. She's the one he's been searching for, the person who gives him meaning. No one is more surprised than the frightened Melody. She's on the run from an abusive ex-husband. She's hit rock bottom; she's penniless. The town of Garnet is her fresh start. The small town reminds her of better times and feels like home.

I like and admire Melody. She's no one's victim. She was both mentally and physically abused by her ex-husband. Yet she still keeps her positive outlook and doesn't shy away from men. She's making a new life for herself and doesn't wallow in self-pity. I appreciate Ms. Moon's depiction of an abused woman. Melody overcoming her fears while cautiously falling in love with Clay is a fairytale romantic.

The entire story flowed for me. I enjoyed every minute, especially the conclusion. Every character pulled at my heartstrings. I will read this story over and over again because it is a feel good book. I particularly enjoyed the set up for the follow up books. I want each of the main characters to find their special someone. I highly recommend this book to those who love a great romance.
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Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Mar 11, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
211 people found the following review helpful
I loved this story. It's romantic and sweet, with characters that are so wonderful it'll have you hooked from the start. DEFYING THE ODDS isn't your typical Cinderella story. Yeah, I know it may seem like it at first, because Clay is a famous UFC champion and Melody is the down-on-her-luck waitress, but it is the very believable story about two broken hearts finding each other when they needed it most.

Melody is on the run from her abusive ex-husband. She blew into town with nothing more than the clothes on her back, looking for a place to call home. When the hardworking waitress spies Clay eating Thanksgiving dinner alone, she senses a kindred soul. With her complimentary piece of pumpkin pie, she catches the big guy's attention, and later steals his heart.

Clay is a famous UFC champion. He's big and bad, and he loves to fight, but he's tired of the hype and publicity surrounding his fights. He's a lonely guy, living with his two best friends, who are just as damaged as him. So he is pleasantly surprised when the pretty new waitress at the diner gives him the gift of pie. And he stole my heart when he tried to eat that pumpkin pie without puking, just so he wouldn't hurt her feelings. Sigh.... Right then I knew that I'd stumbled upon something special.

Clay and Melody were smitten with each other right from the beginning. And even though there are strong reasons why they'd be wrong for each other, the connection between them is too strong to deny. Their romance was slow and sweet, starting with a light flirtation and then deepening into something more meaningful. And it made me believe. It wasn't all just sugar and sweetness though. The love scenes were smoking hot. The smexy was hot enough to make even the most hard core reader - being me - twitchy.

I adored both of the lead characters. Both of them were strong and protective of the other. Melody wanted to protect Clay from her psycho ex-husband. And Clay just wants to protect Mel from the world. There is some suspense at the end, with Mel's ex showing up trying to ruin her happiness. I can't say what happens, but sometimes people do get what's coming to them.

Kele Moon is a new to me author. I was so impressed with her writing style. The incredible dialogue made the story flow at a superfast speed. Almost too fast, because too soon the story was over, and I didn't want it to end.

The secondary characters were just as intriguing. The good-humored bickering that flew between the three friends was hilarious at times, and I can't wait to get to Jules and Wyatt's books. FYI , I've already bought the next book in the series and will be reading that one ASAP.

Bottom line, I loved it! It is absolutely worth the time, and I'd recommend it to other contemporary romance fans.
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Book Review by Books Books and More Books (reviewer)
Jan 20, 2020
21 people found the following review helpful
This is my first Kele Moon story. There is an undercurrent of drama in their lives, Melody's abusive ex-husband and Clay's career. However, Clay and Melody are able to fall in love without the typical melodrama, a sweet love story. Do not misunderstand their relationship; it is full of sexy, hot, erotic times.
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