Against All Odds (Against #1) by Angie McKeon

18803442Our 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.

*A Contemporary Adult Romance novel*

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Silvana's Review

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5++++ Stars

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

Omar khayyam

We can never go back in time and rewrite the past, we just have to deal with the consequences of our actions and hopefully learn from them; In Against All Odds, Kylie and Cooper find this out the hard way.  Such a painful journey these two have to undertake  after tragedy strikes, we see them deal with heartbreak, grief, commit actions with severe consequences and just fall apart.  The journey was no less painful for me as a reader It was such an angsty, heart-rending read, however it was worth it to see them realize that their past choices and mistakes shouldn’t define them,  but are a lesson on how to build a better future.

“We’re still dealing with the consequences of our actions. The people you drag down with you never go away. You have to pay a penance for your sins.”
  Cooper, Against All Odds

We start this book with Kylie’s POV where we meet Kylie and Cooper in the moment where their worst nightmare becomes true That prologue just killed me. Afterwards we see two broken people who surrender to their pain and grief after the most painful of tragedies, becoming victims of insecurity and feelings of inadequacy.  Throughout the first half of the book, I was conflicted between feelings of sympathy, exasperation and despair; to see them love so deeply and yet hurt each other so cruelly was frustrating. Reading the flashbacks where these two were in a happier place is just as heartbreaking, you just want them to find that again.

I was able to breathe again reading the second half in Cooper’s POV, that’s not to say it was less angsty and emotional but the tone becomes more hopeful and it’s such a pleasure witnessing them work hard towards rebuilding their marriage.

My favorite character has to be Grayson, the best friend. My heart went out to him, he was put in such an impossible position and it was obvious that it will end up in heartbreak. I can’t wait for his book, he needs and deserves happiness.

I love a book that provokes different reactions,  where I experience every emotion the characters are going through but I cannot stop reading. I was left thinking long after finishing about what would I have done if I were in their place,  books that consume me even after I reach the end are very rare and that’s one of the reasons I loved this book.  Angie Mckeon can certainly write frustrating messed up characters, with this book she has shown she can write and do it beautifully.

For a consuming and engaging read about passion, pain, hope,  forgiveness and redemption, I highly recommend.

His love has resurrected me and taught me that even in the most awful of times, there’s always a spark of hope. A lighthouse shining in the dark to bring me home to shore. That in adversity and tragedy, if you have a will to go on and to fight for your tomorrow you’ll be okay.

Kylie, Against All Odds

 

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