Title: Against All Odds
Author: Angie McKeon
Release Date: April, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Our lives shattered… Our hearts broken… Our souls torn to pieces…
He was my world, my whole life. My reason for breathing. I had a perfect marriage, a baby on the way, and I felt fulfilled—almost invincible.
Until the day life hit, leaving me broken, vulnerable, and alone.
She was my life. My ray of hope on the cloudiest day. With her, I thought I had the ultimate safety. A love that would never hurt or betray me. I gave her my heart, my body, and my soul.
Until she broke me, destroying every dream and illusion I had about life, love, and marriage.
In our grief, we made a mistake. A mistake I’m not sure we can come back from.
I step back and release a shaky breath. “I don’t know what to say. You know that we…” I flick my eyes to the other side of the room to collect my scattered thoughts.
Erasing the distance I just tried to put between us, he lifts my face to his. Our eyes connect, and my pulse—already wild—intensifies.
He looks straight through to the heart of me. “You don’t have to say anything right now. You don’t have to say anything ever. Just think about what I’m saying.” Gaze locked on mine, he places a tender kiss on my lips.
When he pulls back, he clears his throat and pulls out his phone. “All right, get packed. I’ll call the pilot and let him know we’re ready to leave.”
I nod numbly as he walks out of the room. I want to go home to my empty house. My empty bed. My empty life. I need some time away from everyone. I need to figure out what’s wrong with me. What happened to the girl with morals?
I close my eyes as all energy drains from my body. I slip to the ground, hugging my knees. I miss my life before Kayla died. Before all I felt was pain and hopelessness. Before all I saw was a nightmare. Before I shut down and started doing stupid things.
I need to find the girl I used to be, but I’m not sure she’s in there anymore. I’m not sure she’s strong enough to come back. Because coming back means feeling the loss of her baby and confronting the problems in her marriage. It means facing pain, fear, and guilt. That is so terrifying that living in a state of numbness and denial might just be easier.
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Wow, just wow! I knew going in to Against All Odds it was going to be an angsty, emotional, puts a vice grip on your heart kind of read. I was RIGHT and I freaking loved every minute. In her debut, Angie delivers a powerful, emotionally charged story from the very first word down to the last. Tears will be shed, whether they’re tears of sorrow, pain and anguish or tears of happiness during the good times, you will cry for Cooper and Kylie. This couple had their relationship fractured through a tragedy I can’t even begin to fathom and while their hurt consume them, and not knowing quite how to channel their feelings they end up hurting and breaking each other. What I loved about them though was that even as they were hurting each other, they still knew they loved the other, I know it sounds crazy, but don’t we usually hurt the ones we love the most? During the first half of the book we see Coop and Kylie as they fall apart, the die hard angst lover in me loved this while my inner romantic loved the remaining 50% just as much watching these two shattered people fight for each other and fight to save their love. It has all of the elements I want in a story; romance, angst, steamy moments, and two broken people fighting their way back to each other.
For me, personally, Angie has raised the bar for a debut contemporary.
A multi-tasker from birth—and now proudly able to add ‘writer’ to my resume—I’m a mother, wife and blogger. I love to read, write and drink copious amounts of iced coffee.
All three aforementioned addictions are detrimental to my sanity.
I have a voracious appetite for dark, painful and twisted reads. I’m enamored with the concept of love and heart break. I believe life is a journey, a tale in its own for each of us. The road to happiness is sometimes paved with stones from hell, or glitters of satisfaction graced from the heavens above.
In my upcoming debut novel, ‘Against All Odds,’ I strive to make you feel. I believe any emotion—whether painful or happy—is good. To me, the key to living is to go through life feeling its ups and downs. Love is dark and it can be painful but, at the end of the day, it can save the most lost of souls and the most broken of hearts