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 an elementary 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 bad 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.
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By Ric on 19-01-16
A Sweet and Sexy Odd-couple romance.
If you could sum up Despite the Odds in three words, what would they be?
Sometimes Opposites Attract
What other book might you compare Despite the Odds to and why?
It didn't really remind me of anything particular. Two very different personalities both with their own personal obstacles find each other. They are an unlikely pair, but complement each other perfectly... but each doesn't think the other could possibly want to take on the challenge so they put obstacles in their own way. One, Michael, is a construction worker with little education and a brusk, blunt (but well-meaning) manner. The other, Joshua, is an introverted, cerebral teaching assistant struggling with cerebral palsy. The characters are well drawn and emphasis is on plot development rather than erotic content. I hope it's a series because I'd really like to know what happens to these guys as they enter the next stage of their relationship.
What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?
He's a strong narrator. Good differentiation of characters, wry, fun deliver when needed. I thought it was a very enjoyable listen.
Who was the most memorable character of Despite the Odds and why?
I think Michael is a really interesting character. He has a nice journey and he was really developed well with his relationship with his father, his personal hangups and self-esteem obstacles. He has a great sense of humor, but is kind of like a St Bernard puppy that just walks into a situation and knocks everything over without meaning to.
Any additional comments?
If you're looking for hot and heavy sex on every page, this isn't that sort of novel. There are a few physical scenes but the book is mostly clean and definitely falls in the romance category. If you want erotica...this will disappoint. But for a sweet, feel-good romance with strong characters... this is a great read.
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By Morgan A Skye on 11-02-16
Very sweet story great narrator
Michael (sort-of) makes fun of Josh, but then finds out he has has Cerebral Palsy, makes up and they begin hanging out which leads to dating.
Michael is super sweet, illiterate and insecure. He can’t believe someone as smart as Josh could really care for someone as “dumb” as him.
Josh’s insecurities lie in his past and in his disability. He has a hard time believing/trusting that someone as good looking and able bodied as Michael would want someone as “flawed” as him.
Though this book could have really worked on being about the deep emotional issues both characters struggled with, it instead focused on the happiness and joy they found together. It mostly skimmed over the angst, though it did address some of the deeper implications and issues. (I think book 2 does a better job of addressing these issues in more depth.)
I enjoyed reading/listening to this, it was short and sweet, thought it was a bit superficial and I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to delve more deeply into these complex MCs. I was also rather disconcerted by how the sex was handled in that it went from zero to sixty and I think that taking some time to really move the couple through their emotions would have made their coming together more poignant.
I give it a 3.5 of 5 stars because the writing was nice, the editing was good and I loved the MCs.
Joel Leslie does a very nice job with this narration. He gives all the different characters a unique voice and really had a good take on how I’d picture Michael to sound in my head. I enjoyed listening to this very much and highly recommend it.
4.5 of 5 stars overall
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