Molly Reviews: Despite the Odds by Chris T. Kat (Odds Are Book 1)

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.

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This was such a sweet story with powerful emotions. I adored Joshua and Michael. They were wonderful together and just what the other needed. I loved Ms. Kat’s storytelling and how she’s able to evoke emotions when reading.

Joshua broke my heart right from the beginning because of how negative his outlook on everything was. He had good days and bad days but even on his good days he was hard on himself and had low expectations of himself and everyone around him. Once you got past his prickly exterior he is sweet and deeply caring. He’s someone you’d want to have as a friend.

Michael is a big cuddly teddy bear with a hear of gold. Despite being a royal douche when he sees Joshua for the first time, he would never purposely hurt someone. he would actually go out of his way to help others. Once he got to know Joshua, Michael opened up and blossomed. He had his own struggles with negative outlook and being extremely hard on himself. I adored seeing him gain confidence in his relationship with Joshua and himself as they got closer.

Joshua and Michael find each other at just the right time. They both support and build up the other so they can both be their best selves. The journey for them coming together and handling all of the obstacles was such a joy to be taken on and filled with emotions. From self hatred to acceptance to love, I felt them as I read. They are so in love by the end of the book and you can tell they’re serious about each other and want the relationship to work. There’s just slightly more they have to overcome before it can be a full and complete happy ending. Just means it’s time to read the sequel!
Four and a half

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.”

That stung.

About Chris:
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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