Monday, April 21, 2014

Against All Odds by Angie McKeon ~ Spotlight and Giveaway

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Title: Against All Odds

Author: Angie McKeon

Release Date: April, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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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.

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“Look at me, Kylie,” he says.

If I look at him, I’ll die. My heart will crumble, and I won’t make it out of his office. I can’t do it. The pain is unbearable. When I leave here, he’s with her. The thought of him with her, while I’m pining away for him makes me sick.

It destroys me.           

 “Please, Ky. I need you to look at me. Don’t do this. Don’t play fucking games with me. I need you to look at me now.”

Just do it. Suck it up.

I turn around and look at him with tears in my eyes and distress smeared across my features like paint on a canvas. My body seeps anguish I can’t hide. I can never hide my heart. My feelings are always written on every seam of my face, every angle of my form. My distress penetrates the air around me, pulling him into my suffering, entangling and entrapping him within the storm that rages in me. I’m broken without him and I’ve been without him for so long that I’ve lost pieces of myself along the way. The jar that holds the last of my heart is about to shatter until nothing is left but shards of the woman I used to be.

“I can’t take this anymore,” I whisper, my voice broken. “We need to talk about us over dinner.”

I can’t give a voice to my thoughts. If nothing changes between now and then, our marriage can’t go on. He’s killing me, and I’m killing him. Together, we’re a car wreck heading straight for a cliff. A cliff that spans a mountain. We are on our way to certain emotional death and this ride’s something I don’t want to be a part of anymore. I want off.

His eyes pierce mine, and I know he knows what I’m thinking. He looks stunned, and for a split second, I see fear. Cold, fucking fear. He sees everything I need him to see and more. I hope he gets it. I hope he understands that this might be the end of our road. We need to have something to work for, or we have nothing. I love him, but this love hurts. It hurts in a way I would’ve never dreamed it could.

All rights reserved. Against All Odds © 2014 Copyright, Angie McKeon.


First, I have to mention that for this being Angie’s debut book it is very well written. Angie definitely has the ability to make a reader feel her words, feel the characters emotions…just feel in general. I was instantly sucked into Kylie and Cooper’s story, I felt every single one of Kylie’s emotions as if I was living them myself, and Kylie was miserable and in turn this made me miserable. I devoured the first half of this book and by the time we got to Cooper’s POV in all honesty, the story just kind of lost me…I needed resolution and I needed it quick. With that being said, major kudos to Angie for taking the leap from Blogger to Author and doing it with a book that pushes the limits, is full of angst, breaks your heart then manages to put it back together again. 3.5 – 4 stars.

“Dreams have a way of shattering you when they don’t work out. The illusion of hope is a very dangerous thing. Once you’ve lost that it’s like a black hole that sucks the very life from your soul, making you doubt your purpose.”

Kylie and Cooper have been in love since they were 16 years old. They are married and happy to be starting a family. Then they suffer a debilitating loss they just came seem to come back from. This loss causes them to shut the other out, instead of turning to each other to help cope with their grief. They spend the next several years living separate lives, in an “open marriage”. Soon, their relationship is way too complicated and neither is really fighting for their marriage. Grayson, Cooper’s childhood friend is stuck in between the two and left picking up the pieces of Cooper and Kylie’s doomed marriage. Grayson spends so much time with Kylie, he ends up falling in love with her…..boundaries are crossed, friendships are broken, and just like the synopsis says, lives are shattered. Can Kylie and Cooper find a way to get past their grief and fight for their marriage…or are the odds really against them?

“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.”

I definitely think that this book is not for everyone, but if you love books that are full of gut-wrenching angst, push boundaries, make you feel a wide variety of emotions from anger, hurt, hate, guilt, hope, and love. Then Against All Odds is the book for you.

*Reviewed by Brandi

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Author Info:

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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