Defying the Odds by Kele Moon
When struggling waitress Melody Dylan gives a handsome, lonely stranger a simple gift she has no clue her life is about to take a drastic turn.
The stranger ends up being Clay Powers, a famous UFC heavyweight fighter. Clay’s large build and dangerous fists have always intimidated. People in his hometown keep their distance and Clay is fine with that. Everything changes when a new waitress at the local diner buys him a piece of pie on thanksgiving. Touched by the gesture when it’s obvious she can barely afford to survive, her warm smile and lush body churn up powerful feelings that leave Clay wanting more from her than pie.
Melody is running from her past and the small, country town of Garnet is the perfect hiding place. With an ex-husband after her and scars from her abusive marriage etched deep, the last thing she expects is to fall for a man who makes a living with his fists, but she can’t resist Clay or the tender connection they share.
Finding love in the most unlikely of places, the passion is undeniable, but Clay and Melody know their haunted pasts and unpredictable futures leave the odds stacked against them.
Defying the Odds is book 1 in the Battered Hearts series.
I read this book because it was suggested to me by a friend who knows my love for fighter men. And Clay Powers is definitely now on my list!
Melody is a waitress in a diner in a small town. She left her abusive husband after years of being physically and mentally beaten and is now trying to get her life back together while staying hidden from him. She is just hoping to lay low and get by.
Clay is the world heavyweight UFC champion. He doesn't enjoy the whole circus involved with being famous and makes no effort to be liked by the public. Most people are scared of him and give him a wide berth. When he isn't fighting, he's home in a small town and frequently eats at the town's small diner alone or with one of his only 2 friends.
Neither Melody nor Clay are looking for love. And neither seems to be what the other would choose in the eyes of those around them and with their histories. Will they be able to overcome their positions in life and be together or do their feelings not go deep enough?
I think the 2 friends of his have their own books in the series, and I plan to read them soon.
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