5 and TWO 4 Stars for Despite the Odds (Odds Are #1) by Chris T. Kat @christikat #MM #Romance


Title: Despite the Odds (Odds Are #1)
Author Name: Chris T. Kat
Publication Date & Length: June 3, 2015 — 114 pages


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 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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I have to say this book was so sweet!

So with this book you get Michael who is not making the best decisions for himself and has a hard time with certain things like foot in mouth syndrome.
Then there was Josh who falls in front of Michael which causes him to laugh at Josh thinking he was drunk when that was not the case at all. Michael realizes what he has done and feels so bad for it.
This book was about two men who may not have had the easiest life finding each other and growing to love each other.
I honestly thought this book was so sweet and I was happy that they both have each other. Yes there was some up and downs with Josh learning that Michael can love him despite his cerebral palsy and Michael learning that he may not be able to do something that others can but that does not stop Josh from caring about him.

All together I really liked this book!



Awwwww, this story was just too cute.
It’s about Michael, who can’t seem to wake up in time to keep a job, but he’s trying. He also has trouble reading so he’s fragile about that issue. One day he sees a guy walking funny and laughs, thinking that the guy is a drunk.
Well he’s not. The guy he laughed at was Josh, and Josh has cerebral palsy. I may not have ever been in Josh’s shoes, but I have patients with the same disability and I think they’re so strong and awesome for pushing forward day to day, even if some people aren’t so understanding.
Michael realizes his mistake and tries to get to know Josh better, and they fall in love. It happens fast, but sometimes you just want to read a happy ending for a mismatched couple who are perfect for each other. I see that there’s a part 2 and I’ll be reading that next. ^_^



This was a new author for me and I enjoyed the book for the most part. The author style of writing made this an easy read. I really enjoyed Joshua but it took me a while to warm up to Michael due to the crap he pulled at the start of the book. He did, however, make up for it later. Too me it was clear that he had a good heart, he just appeared to be lost. What I loved about Joshua was he was disabled but still did everything he could to lead a productive life. Overall this was a really good book.



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.

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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.


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