Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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

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.

5/5 stars

I've only read one book by Kele Moon before and really liked it so I was definitely looking forward to reading this one and thankfully I wasn't disappointed. I loved both Clay and Melody and thought they were great together; very sweet and very believable as a couple.  And of course once they got together, they were smokin' hot.  I don't watch the UFC and really never thought about watching it, but since this series takes place in that world I was kinda nervous thinking I wouldn't get the story but I should never have worried about it.  The romance takes center stage with the fighting taking just a minor role.  The secondary characters were all great and I can't wait to read more of this series.  I know Jules gets the next book, but I'm really looking for Wyatt's book.  Would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance that's sweet, funny and generally makes you feel good knowing you read a great book.

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