Defying the Odds

Battered Hearts Book 1

Melody is a nice woman who has been a victim in her own life. Married to a man she didn’t love, and who soon began to beat her, she lived in fear until she finally managed to escape. Now divorced and living in a small town she’s trying to get her feet back under her working at a diner. She’s made friends and is working doubles to get out of debt, if not ahead, when she meets a man who makes her forget her past. While to others he’s intimidating to her he represents safety. He’s big and is a professional heavyweight fighter but that doesn’t define him. He treats her as a woman, but not as if she’s fragile or to be controlled. When she makes the first move by gifting him with a piece of pie she starts something she never could have anticipated. Falling in love for the first time in her life.

Clay was left behind by his mother when he was a boy and managed to live undetected for three weeks before the local sheriff found him out. That was the day Clay got a new family whether he wanted one or not. Now an adult he’s still living with his “brother” and “sister.” Why move? He goes through groupies to feed his sexual hunger but he’s never learned how to have a relationship with a woman. When he meets Melody for the first time he’s spellbound and uncertain how to proceed. When she gives him a piece of pie, he sees it as the opening he’s been looking for and begins to court her. The passion between them explodes with little effort and they soon are inseparable. Could it be that easy? Unfortunately no. When Melody breaks things off before they really begin Clay is inconsolable. What happened and how can he fix it?

This was no new frontier in writing, but the style was captivating. The author did a wonderful job illustrating how bleak Clay and Melody were alone and how wondrous it was when they were together. That’s what all of us want, to find that person who makes everything brighter and better. The snippets of Clay’s “siblings” foreshadowed the stories to come and I can’t wait. Very erotic romance scenes with a touch of edginess that made me a little breathless at times. Clay’s dark side made him that much more attractive and Melody’s inner strength had me cheering for her. Sure some parts of the story had me shouting out NO in my head, but that’s what made it so hard to put down. A must read with more to come.

Book Blurb for Defying the Odds

Holiday Fighter 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.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2012 4.75