Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Happy Happy Release Day!!! Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Despite The Odds by Chris T. Kat

Release Date: June 3, 2015 
Pages or Words: 114 pages/32,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Never judge a book by its cover.
Michael Campbell can’t hold a job for more than a few days. He’s lucky his foreman is giving him another chance with the solar panel project at a primary school in Atlantic City. When he spies a man walking strangely in front of the school, Michael laughs, assuming he’s drunk or high. Little does he realize that Joshua Stone, a teaching assistant, has cerebral palsy, and he’s having a bad muscle control day. Taking a tumble right in front of the handsome construction worker is just his luck.
When Michael learns the truth, he feels badly for his cruel behavior. He offers to give Joshua—and his tricycle, the Racing Rhonda—a lift. Joshua accepts the help, and suddenly there’s a gorgeous man breezing into his life, turning his world upside down. But Michael has more issues than his inability to hold down a job, and neither man is sure if they’ll be able to overcome their fears in order to be together.

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

The blurb says it all. "Never judge a book by its cover." Well, I judged Michael before reading further. I judged and got spanked for it.

Michael is a character I was prepared to look down on. Who wants an MC who cannot hold down a job? Who wants an MC who is so irresponsible, he cannot even keep time? I read for the sake of Joshua for again, I judged. I was ready for a pity read, knowing Joshua was a handicap. I wanted to find out why he would settle for someone like Michael and still come out with an HEA. Well, the author spanked me good. I was hooked on their story and discovered that indeed, we should never judge. Especially Michael.

The story is simple. It involves Michael, an electrician assistant who starts off the day trying to ignore time. He gets late, he is reprimanded, but still given the chance to make up for it because his foreman is a good man. He looks up, sees a swaying, gaiting man and laughs at him. He is not a likable man. When he finds out the man he was laughing at was the Teaching Assistant who is handicapped himself, he feels remorse and makes up for everything by making friends and helping out. 

Then Michael got to know Joshua and found that despite his handicap, he was very intelligent and independent. He got to know the man beneath the gait and found that this was a man who had a whole lot of courage and potential. He fell in love with Joshua. But will Joshua still continue to love him, be his friend, once he finds out Michael's own secret?

This is when we discover the why behind the odd relationship that is Joshua and Michael.This is when we discover that maybe the man we were prepared to pity had more going for him than the man who appeared normal. 

Incredibly written with a dash of romance. I am a new fan of the author and Chris T. Kat has just found a new fan. I highly recommend this book. And remember, don't judge. Read. And fall in love.


Henderson bulldozed right into Michael’s personal space, surprising him with the action. “You stupid son of a bitch!”
“Hey! No calling my mother names, okay?” Michael tried to joke. He’d never seen Henderson this angry. Neither did he care to have all this anger directed at him. Sure, he could hold his own if necessary, but he was more a run-away-if-there’s-trouble kind of guy.
“Do you know who that was?”
“A drunk who shouldn’t set foot on school property?” Michael hazarded.
Henderson’s eyes narrowed to small slits when he replied, “His name is Joshua Stone, and he isn’t drunk. He’s a teaching assistant who works here.”
“He looked drunk to me.”
Henderson closed his eyes, obviously trying to rein in his temper, before he put a bit more distance between them. “Mr. Stone is disabled, hence the way he walks. It’s not always that obvious, but he was carrying books, a lot of books, which threw off his balance. He’s a very good teaching assistant. He doesn’t deserve to be laughed at by someone like you, who can’t even take care of himself.”

About the Author

Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there's any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this lovely review. I'm really glad that you enjoyed the story. :)