Spotlight Tour - Against All Odds (Against #1) by Angie McKeon ~ Ava and Bianca's Reviews, Excerpt + Giveaway
“Where there’s hope, there’s the will to live and fight.”
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
I feel like I deserve a medal just for making it to the last page of this book! That was one big ball of angst right there. It depends what side of the fence you sit on to determine if that’s a good or a bad thing. My head and my heart got a work out and I believe my exact words were “I’m not going through that again.” Kylie and Cooper are living through the unimaginable, something you wish on no one and I felt as though I lived through it with them.
“We weren’t strong enough for what life handed us, and it’s torn every piece of our lives to shreds.”
I’m not going to mention the plot in detail, this book covered subject matter I wasn’t expecting and I think it will be more effective if you go in blind and feel all the raw emotions for yourself. What I can share is how the book made me feel and how I survived this heartbreaking journey.
“I shouldn’t poke the lion, I know this, but he pisses me off. The sick thing is, I want his emotions. I want them directed at me. I don’t care …good, bad, ugly, or indifferent, I crave them. I need them.”
The book was split into two parts, the first half from Kylie’s POV and the latter from Coopers, I would have liked it if their POVs were entwined. I was desperate for Cooper’s POV in the early chapters, I was wondering how he felt and wanted to know what he was going through and similarly for events that happened in the second half, I wished for Kylie’s perspective to get her thoughts on certain situations. The writing and descriptions held plenty of details and I felt for each character. It was hard to read them tearing each other apart at times. I did want to skip ahead to the last chapter at one point as I felt like I needed to know how it would end so all my anguish wouldn’t be in vain.
“I haven’t just missed him. I’ve been dying, reaching out for my missing half, the key to my existence.”
Flashbacks were interspersed and that’s what caused most of my tears, that and Kylie’s letter at the end. Although we got tiny glimpses of Kylie and Cooper’s life pre-marriage, I did feel I missed their foundation. There was so much hurt and anger toward each other; I didn’t get to experience their unblemished love. I felt as if I was reading the second book of their story and how they met and their journey up until the present day would have made for a good read. The characters were in their mid to late twenties but I felt it read as if they were in their thirties, it had a mature feel to it and obviously, what they were dealing with aged them.
“We share a reckless, toxic love that feeds the brokenness in me, in us. Our love is an addition. A love that I won’t ever consider living without.”
One person close to both Cooper and Kylie was Grayson originally, Cooper’s best friend but he stepped in when Kylie needed someone. The lines definitely blurred and things got tense and at times messy. I was willing Kylie to step away and not complicate things. All three were really bad as each other though. For all the drama and angst, this story had a strong sexual current running throughout it and I thought that was really well done. Kylie and Cooper’s life was in tatters but their burning desire never once wavered and it made for some very emotionally and erotically charged scenes.
“I swear to God, if he’s had a taste of my wife’s pussy, I’m going to put his ass six feet in the ground.”
“His eyes pierce mine with warmth. My heart burns with a love so deep it’ll never die. A love that borders on addiction that feeds my will to live.”
“I’m going to earn every part of who you are. I will claim you.”
“You, Mrs. Kylie fucking Bailey, have always-always-belonged to me.”
The writing was so strong for it being Angie’s début, her writing for me was never in question. I loved each character just as much as I hated them. I was groaning at Kylie to just take a break from everyone, I wanted to take a break from them too! It was angst city! Was it an enjoyable read for me? Yes and no, my gut was churning the entire time, begging each character for the torture to stop, I also wanted to bang their heads together several times. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great story, that’s just how I felt.
I can’t judge the characters for their behaviour during the aftermath of their heartache. I haven’t walked in their shoes so who am I to say how they should have dealt with it. However, it doesn’t stop me being frustrated with their actions. For someone that hates heavy angst and love triangles this was probably the wrong book for me, nonetheless I made it through and although my heart was in my mouth for most of it. I got what the author was trying to convey. I got the message of Against All Odds; nothing is impossible and love is always worth fighting for. I loved the message of things happen for a reason and Cooper’s speech near the end of seeing the purpose, focusing on the good instead of the pain was lovely, and I agree wholeheartedly.
“We’ve both learned that love is not perfect.”….”It doesn’t come in pretty packages. Sometimes it dents and bruises and does things it regrets, but it also forgives, shows mercy, and supports. It soothes and fights to the death.”
Against All Odds doesn’t follow the usual format of the hoards of contemporary romance out there and for that reason alone I really liked it. The subject matter is prevalent and it is sadly a reality for many. I can imagine this book could help someone in a similar situation, to make them think ‘you know what I screwed up, I didn’t know how to act and I chose wrong’. From a reading perspective, it wasn’t light and fluffy and you won’t let up a breath until the end. Angst lovers will revel in it. In addition, it certainly had me feeling an array of emotions so overall a job well done.
The series will continue with a companion book and I’m on the fence at the moment if I will read it, I once felt disappointed by Grayson, then I felt pity, love and even hatred towards him at one point. Perhaps seeing him in a different light may change my opinion so I’ll never say never.
Against All Odds is a heart wrenching, well-written and frustratingly beautiful tale; if you’re feeling brave enough you should definitely read it for yourself.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
As an avid reader, I look for angst in my books. I crave it. I want to be on the edge of my seat. But this book? THIS BOOK. It goes beyond any other book I've read when it comes to angst. It was so painful, yet beautiful. Every word. Every sentence. I felt it. Cancel your plans for the day the moment you pick this up. This is not the kind of book you read in pieces. You live it. You devour it. The story and it's characters completely grab you and do not let go until the very end.
"We share a reckless, toxic love that feeds the brokenness in me, in us. A love that's an addiction. A love that I won't ever consider living without."
Cooper and Kylie Bailey face the most unimaginable tragedy. It has left them broken. As a married couple. As individuals. Their world has been completely turned upside down. This is where the angst starts. You feel the pain as Cooper and Kylie deal with what life has handed them. No one should ever have to face this, but they do. And it completely shatters them to their core. To explain any further would be a complete injustice. But the first page? It will hit you. Hard. You don't see it coming. And then you get it. You get what has destroyed their marriage, their love. They continue on with their lives until one of them makes a mistake. Their world is never the same. Is love really enough?
“Love is not perfect. It doesn’t come in pretty packages. Sometimes It dents and bruises and does things it regrets, but it also forgives, shows mercy, and supports. It soothes and fights to the death.”
Cooper and Kylie. They are completely, irrevocably in love. That is what makes this story mean so much. This is why it hurts. Their emotions are so raw. So genuine. So real. The author completely bares their souls. They are completely broken. This story will gut you. Will leave you speechless at times. You may want to throw things. But it is worth every minute. The pain they cause to themselves and to each other will tear you apart as you read. Their love hurts. But even through their pain, it is beautiful. Their love knows no boundaries. It shines through tragedy.
"You're in everything I see and hear. You're my sun in my darkened sky. The light in what's left of my empty soul"
I think I held my breath throughout reading this story. I just could not tell what would unfold next. This story hurts. It's not an easy read. It will make you question life and love. But is it worth it? Absolutely. Isn't this why we read? To FEEL? To connect? I still can't believe that this is an author's debut book. It is so well written. The storyline, the characters, everything is well thought out and will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Love is powerful. Against All Odds attests to that. It goes into dark places and brings you to life. Love heals. It overcomes everything. A life that is once shattered has a chance to become whole again, with love. Go read this book. Live it. Breath it. Love it.
Our fingers lace together, and he tugs me close. My chest is crushed to his, and his face brushes the side of mine. I feel his hot breath in my ear, sending a trail of goose bumps down my body. Damn, he feels good. Warm, hard, and lean.
“Tell me something,” he whispers. My pulse spikes as I try to push back, aware that Cooper could see this, but he doesn’t let me go. “How do you want to be fucked? I can take you hard and fast, or slow. Are you wild, Kylie? Because that mouth of yours has me so hard, I can’t wait to shove my cock in it. I want you. So fucking badly.” He presses his dick against my stomach. “That’s what you’ve done to me with your naughty voice and attitude. I just hope you’re as good as you give, sweetheart.”
I’m breathless. I lick my lips, swallowing hard. “You can have me anyway you want.”
He stills, and the air around us, already charged, turns wicked. He pulls back, and his face is so hot, I melt. I dissolve into a pool of lust as I stare into his hungry eyes.
He plants a soft kiss on the corner of my lips. “How did I get this lucky tonight?”
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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
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