Despite the Odds (Odds Are, Bk 1) by Chris T. Kat ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

DespiteTitle: Despite the Odds (Odds Are, Bk 1)

Author: Chris T. Kat

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 01/12/2016

Length: 03 hours 20 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


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.

Story Review:

While ultimately I did enjoy this story there were times my pleasure waned.

Right off the bat Michael didn’t impress me much or come off as all that original or unbelievable. Supposedly he can’t hold a job for more than a few days and has trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I just didn’t buy this. I know men and women like this exist in the real world but most of them are drug users or alcoholics or just plain lazy. Michael is none of these so I had no idea why he couldn’t get his act together.

Joshua Stone, on the other hand, I adored immediately. He suffers from cerebral palsey and often suffers from embarrassing accidents. When Michael sees Joshua he thinks the guy is drunk and laughs at him. He gets shamed for his behavior by his co-workers. He makes it up to Joshua, however, and their relationship begins.

Brandilyn reviewed both books in the series here and for the most part I agree with her statements. There are two I want to pull out specifically.

Book one is all about overcoming initial impressions. It is about looking past the surface to the man underneath. It is about learning that there is more to someone than their ability to be like everyone else. It is about finding that person who can see past the flaws and make you a better person.


There is no pity or empathy for these characters. There is only respect and awe.

I haven’t read book two yet but am looking forward to seeing these two guys together.

Narration Review:

Joel Leslie did a fantastic job with these guys. He absolutely nailed Joshua’s embarrassment when his disorder acts up and causes him an embarrassment. The narrator is one of the better ones I’ve listened too lately.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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