Clay looked at the small blue plate placed in front of him, his usual scowl growing deeper. He eyed the attractive blonde in surprise. She gave him a broad smile that made her green eyes glow bright and vibrant beneath her black-rimmed glasses. He glanced back at the plate, resisting the urge to gag.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Defying the Odds by Kele Moon. A MMA 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.

People in his hometown keep their distance and Clay is fine with that. Everyt A MMA 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.

Everything changes when a new waitress at the local diner buys him a piece of pie on Thanksgiving. Melody is running from her past and the small, country town of Garnet is the perfect hiding place. 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.

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Battered Hearts 1. Melody Dylan , Clay Powers. Las Vegas, Nevada United States. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Defying the Odds , please sign up. What is the age range of the characters? Kele Moon They're in their early thirties. Why can't I find this book in the Kindle Store? Kele Moon It's up now. And on sale for 99 cents! See 2 questions about Defying the Odds….

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Solid 4 stars Defying the Odds was the perfect book to start off the New Year! I thoroughly enjoyed this emotional, endearing, fun, and heartfelt story. The cast of characters were multidimensional, engaging, and fantastically quirky.

The hero and heroine were adorkable! View all 57 comments. This is the book that starts it all I have no idea why, but oddly enough I'm actually glad it went that way because this book turned out to be my least favorite in the series. I still liked it, but I actually think having read the two books following it made me like this one more because I went in knowing--and appreciating-- a lot more about the characters. So imagine if I had read it first This book was refreshing in the sense that the two main characters don't really play any games.

They like each other right away and they kind of let each other know that right away; however, there is a lack of depth to this story that is not present in books two and three. In short, I hope this book doesn't deter anyone from continuing with the series, because book 3 is worth it all by itself IMO.

Find me at View all 12 comments. Defying the Odds is the love story of a gruff heavyweight UFC champion with abandonment issues and a struggling waitress with an abusive ex-husband. Melody has no idea who Clay is, and what UFC is. She is working hard, trying to be strong, but also very tired. She is fearful and overwrought. Considering all these things and her dreadful past, it is weird how open and chatty she is, and trusts in Clay immediately. Clay is lonely, gruff, and unsociable, lives only for the fight.

He is idolized, but without real relationships, except his two best friends, Wyatt and Jules. It was more than her lush figure and beautiful smile. It was her soul that called out to him.

Being around her felt like coming home. He could smile around her. He could laugh and feel normal in a way he never anticipated with anyone. Melody and Clay both are lonely, and are about quitting the fight: Clay literally, from his career, Melody figuratively, from her fight of hiding, struggling, being strong.

Plot The beginning was nice. I enjoyed the elongated phase of longing for each other. But later everything was rushed, not only the events, but the emotions as well. Sometimes I felt I missed something, the descriptions were too long, and thoughts were repeated. The ending was great again, nicely frames the story. The story has its good features, but it is far from perfect. View all 20 comments. Shelves: theme-small-town-lovin , challenge-disney-princess-reading , sports-hero , season-winter , reviewed-by-me , authors-k , series-b , m-kindle , ingroup-challenge , authors-m.

View all 23 comments. Melody Dylan places a piece of pumpkin pie in front of a customer as a gift to him on Thanksgiving because she feels sorry for him eating alone. Divorced from her abusive husband Melody is trying to make a new life for herself waitressing in the small town of Garnet.

Clay Powers hates pumpkin pie. But he'll gag it all down so as to not embarrass the sweet, new waitress. This is such a gorgeous romance and I can't think of anything in it to complain about. There were no hidden agendas, no misunder Melody Dylan places a piece of pumpkin pie in front of a customer as a gift to him on Thanksgiving because she feels sorry for him eating alone.

There were no hidden agendas, no misunderstandings. Just two very real, lovely and yet lonely people falling in love. And big surprise, well before they tumbled into the shower together they had come to know each other and were in love. The sex scenes are steamy, yet beautiful. These two sweet and damaged people are just right for each other.

There are some descriptions of violence and there is some crude talk, especially between Clay and his best friend Wyatt, the sheriff. This is to be expected though. Afterall, Clay is a thirty-three year-old, 6 feet 5 inches, lb UFC fighter. Defying the Odds is without a doubt one of the sweetest, yet hottest contemporary romances I've read in a while. The couple is adorable. Looking forward to the next instalment in the Battered Hearts series, perhaps with Wyatt or his sister Jules getting their happily-ever-after.

Highly recommended. Steam: 3.


Defying the Odds

Wyatt laughed. Jules took another bite, chewing it thoughtfully as she glanced around the restaurant, obviously aware of the whispering and pointing that was coming from the other patrons. I want long-lasting satisfaction outta the investment. Melody coughed into her glass of wine and had to cup her hand to her mouth to stop herself from laughing out loud. She turned to Melody conspiratorially. Jules considered that for one long moment before she sighed. How hard is it to get right?





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