Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts #1) by Kele Moon
Publisher: Loose ID
Review Source: NetGalley
Release Date: December 20, 2011
My Rating: 4/5
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.
I really liked this story. It’s about two people who help each other through their issues. A case of the whole being better than its parts. Clay and Melody find love with each other. They also find what each needs to heal. Clay gives Melody love and safety. Melody accepts Clay and everything he is. There is plenty of heat and action as well. The supporting cast was written well, they have personalities and quirks all their own. Yes, this has some seriously steamy scenes, I will never forget that window, but overall I think it’s a love story.
Melody is Garnet trying to rebuild her life and herself. Her ex left her a shell of herself. The ex she married to make sure her mother was taken care of. The problem is he doesn’t want to let his punching bag go. She has to heal her heart and accept that Clay can keep her and himself safe.
Clay is the UFC Champion, but that doesn’t mean he’s without issues of his own. He didn’t have a good childhood, alright it down right sucked. He’s tired of the groupies and feels as if there are only two people who don’t want something from him. When a shy waitress gives him a piece of pie he is literally astounded. Clay has to decide to live his life for himself and accept that he is worthy of love.
This is a definite keeper/re-read for me. I just love Clay and Melody’s strength is inspiring.