Thursday, July 4, 2013

Review: Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts #1) by Kele Moon

Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts, #1)
My Rating: 4 Stars

Awwwwwwww. These two were candy crush sweet they made my teeth ache and wanting for more like a typical sugar addict!

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.

This book was absolutely sweet as candy with two lovable main characters. The fact that Melody wears glasses and so petite compared to a gentle giant of a warrior was just something that made my heart flutter. I abosolutely loved their story.

Of course, reading the Publisher's Note made me a bit wary, but only a tad. I don't mind expliciteness as long as I don't get to feel uncomfortable or worse, sleepy over longish text that I love to call wasted text. Kele Moon not only made this erotica work, the plot was exciting and frankly, I learned quite a lot about the UFC because of this book. I even went so far as to open the official website to get a visual on just how big and tough these guys are as compared to the WWE. She is soooo right! They are definitely different but the show is still the same.

This was a really good read and I am going on next to the story that involves the rest of Clay's adoptive family, the twins Jules and Wyatt.

Review based on an ARC sent by Netgalley.

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