Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Virtual Book Blast: Despite the Odds

Chris T. Kat is back, and she's got another winner!  :) Look for my review of her new book, Despite the Odds, at the end of this post!

Author Name: Chris T. Kat

Book Name: Despite the Odds
Series: Odds Are
Book: One

Release Date: June 3, 2015

Never judge a book by its cover.

Michael Campbell can’t hold a job for more than a few days. He’s lucky his foreman is giving him another chance with the solar panel project at a primary school in Atlantic City. When he spies a man walking strangely in front of the school, Michael laughs, assuming he’s drunk or high. Little does he realize that Joshua Stone, a teaching assistant, has cerebral palsy, and he’s having a bad muscle control day. Taking a tumble right in front of the handsome construction worker is just his luck.

When Michael learns the truth, he feels badly for his cruel behavior. He offers to give Joshua—and his tricycle, the Racing Rhonda—a lift. Joshua accepts the help, and suddenly there’s a gorgeous man breezing into his life, turning his world upside down. But Michael has more issues than his inability to hold down a job, and neither man is sure if they’ll be able to overcome their fears in order to be together.

Pages or Words: 114 pages/32,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Romance

Henderson bulldozed right into Michael’s personal space, surprising him with the action. “You stupid son of a bitch!”
“Hey! No calling my mother names, okay?” Michael tried to joke. He’d never seen Henderson this angry. Neither did he care to have all this anger directed at him. Sure, he could hold his own if necessary, but he was more a run-away-if-there’s-trouble kind of guy.
“Do you know who that was?”
“A drunk who shouldn’t set foot on school property?” Michael hazarded.
Henderson’s eyes narrowed to small slits when he replied, “His name is Joshua Stone, and he isn’t drunk. He’s a teaching assistant who works here.”
“He looked drunk to me.”
Henderson closed his eyes, obviously trying to rein in his temper, before he put a bit more distance between them. “Mr. Stone is disabled, hence the way he walks. It’s not always that obvious, but he was carrying books, a lot of books, which threw off his balance. He’s a very good teaching assistant. He doesn’t deserve to be laughed at by someone like you, who can’t even take care of himself.”
That stung.

About the author:

Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there's any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.

Where to find the author:

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

Tour Dates & Stops: June 3, 2015

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Despite the Odds (Odds Are #1)
Author: Chris T. Kat
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
American release date: June 3, 2015
Format/Genre/Length: E-book/M/M Fantasy Romance/114 pages
Overall Personal Rating: ★★★★★

Michael Campbell is one of those guys who just can’t seem to get to work on time, despite his best intentions. Maybe it’s because of his proclivity to party, stay out late, and hook up with random guys. This makes it difficult to keep a job, too, and usually Michael doesn’t. As an electrician’s assistant, jobs aren’t all that easy to come by, so he hopes he can keep his current assignment without screwing up.

While at his job at the school he’s assigned to, he spots a guy coming down the sidewalk who appears to be drunk, and laughs at him. However, doing so draws the ire of his co-worker, who happens to know the guy in question, Joshua Stone. Joshua is not drunk, he suffers from cerebral palsy, and he’s having a bad day. Michael feels like a complete jerk for saying the things he did.

Later, Michael gets a chance to redeem himself, when he encounters Joshua again, and ends up offering him a ride. That’s when he discovers there is much more to Joshua than what he had first assumed. At the same time, Joshua is attracted to Michael, but thinks he has no hope in hell of being anything to him. Joshua has definite self-esteem issues of his own. Can this unlikely pair become more than friends?

I have to say I’m a huge fan of Ms. Kat’s books. She creates memorable characters that you have to think about long after you’ve turned the last page. And she doesn’t shy away from dealing with issues that other writers don’t touch, characters that at first glance appear to be broken in some way. She takes the idea that all men have to be macho, alpha types with perfect looks in order to be interesting, and she turns it around. Men come in all shapes and sizes, and some have problems, and life isn’t always perfect.

Ms. Kat writes with incredible sensitivity, until you can’t help but feel for her characters. No one is perfect, everyone has some flaw, some problem. That’s just part of being human. She redefines normal so that it encompasses everyone. The way that Joshua and Michael relate to one another is realistic, and so are the problems they have to deal with. I look forward to reading the next book, and highly recommend this one.

1 comment:

  1. Julie,

    thank you so much for this wonderful review!

    ~ Chris