April 7, 2014 | by Alexis | Against All Odds
by Angie McKeon
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on April 1, 2014
Our lives shattered… Our hearts broken… Our souls torn to pieces… He was my world, my whole life. My reason for breathing. I had a perfect marriage, a baby on the way, and I felt fulfilled—almost invincible. Until the day life hit, leaving me broken, vulnerable, and alone. She was my life. My ray of hope on the cloudiest day. With her, I thought I had the ultimate safety. A love that would never hurt or betray me. I gave her my heart, my body, and my soul. Until she broke me, destroying every dream and illusion I had about life, love, and marriage.
In our grief, we made a mistake. A mistake I’m not sure we can come back from.
I just finished Against All Odds, and my feelings are completely all over the place. On one hand…this book will appeal to many people because there is a serious amount of angst and it is super smoking. Yes, Angie can write some super-hot sex scenes. But, I think I may be in the minority here because I was angry throughout most of the book.
The book had my full attention at the beginning. It was heart-breaking, sad, vengeful, and just kept me right on the edge of my seat. Then Chapter 2 started and my dislike of Kylie set in. She is the long-suffering wife who for sure has been to hell and back after dealing with the loss of her child. Now I understand that people grieve differently, but in all honesty, I feel like her actions afterwards were unrealistic and made me like her even less. Her husband Cooper, took the loss of their child, Kayla but retreating to himself. He was unable to touch Kylie and give her what she needed. He also asked his friend Grayson to look after her while he deals with the loss of his daughter and try to move forward. So Kylie proposes that they open their marriage up but always come home and stay together. There are rules to the openness that they must abide by. Of course this new arrangement gets Kylie into hot water in more than one way and throughout the book they try to find their way back to each other while healing at the same time.
“It’s like a damn soap opera. Now don’t get me wrong I love watching them, but living one is another story.”
To say I was not a fan of Kylie is an understatement. I think she flirted dangerously with trouble to try and get Cooper to notice her and want her back. She also put Grayson, her husband’s best friend in a terrible predicament by flirting with him and being super wishy-washy. But on the other hand, I don’t think Grayson got the memo regarding, “bros before hoes”. You aren’t supposed to fall for your best friend’s wife and pretty much threaten him that he better take care of her or you will take her. My heart broke for Cooper for the majority of the story and I kept thinking that he was too good for Kylie. When you get to his POV, you will know exactly what I am talking about. I had a small inkling that the theory I had about Cooper was correct…and that made me even angrier at Kylie and wanting to hug Cooper. See…totally frustrated with this book.
“I love you, Cooper. Always. But love shouldn’t fuck us up like this. Love shouldn’t incinerate our souls, suck us dry, or kill us.”
This was a good debut from Angie McKeon. The book was well-written, and had super high emotions that will have you feeling every single thing.