5 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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This delightful short read made my day. Despite the length, it’s a complete story, and it doesn’t have the feel of “instant love.” Both main characters experience a lot of growth over the pages.
While Josh learns to trust Michael, Michael is the one who unfolds the most. I love how he says these incredibly messed up things to Josh about his disability, but then he recognizes it and owns his missteps. Josh, in return, is patient and forgiving. As Michael’s insecurities and motivations come to light, he too has to learn to trust.
There’s a lot of gentle humor, cringe-worthy moments, and sweetly romantic interludes as these men get to know each other. The story is low on angst, though both characters do spend some time processing their feelings about their lives and each other. The sex was steamy but realistic and felt like a natural part of the whole story.
This was excellent, and I look forward to reading more.


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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