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Title: FIGHTING THE ODDS
Author: Kristen Granata
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Fighting the Odds:
Iâ€™d prepared myself for a life without love. Lost my parents and anyone else I got close to. Nothing good ever stays for long. Iâ€™m a statistic after all. Former foster kid. Former drug addict, alcoholic. Always thought I was destined to be alone. Always felt like I wasnâ€™t worth a damn.
Then Carla Evans walked into my life.
One look at her in that uptight, buttoned-up outfit and I knew I had to have her. For a night, Iâ€™d indulge myself in the fantasy of a girl like her actually wanting a guy like me.
Then she moved here with no job and that ridiculous
I knew she needed my help.
I just didnâ€™t expect to need hers.
I spent a long time letting myself believe I didnâ€™t deserve happiness. It took me a while (and a whole lot of therapy) to realize Iâ€™d had it all wrong.
Now I know.
And now I have to tell her.
*This new adult romance flip-flops between the past and present, following TJâ€™s difficult journey to get to where he is now. Fighting the Odds
deals with sensitive topics like drug abuse, death, foster care, homelessness, and miscarriage. But it is also an inspirational story of love, friendship, hope, and finding your inner warrior.
â€œIâ€™ll take a Corona, please.â€
I hand the bartender my fake ID and settle against the back of my stool. She pops the top off the bottle and slides it my way. I take a long swig.
â€œYou donâ€™t strike me as the beer type.â€
I hold my hand up without looking at who the deep voice belongs to. â€œSave your energy for someone else, please.â€ Canâ€™t a girl sit alone at a bar without being hit on?
â€œIt doesnâ€™t really take much energy to have a conversation, but thanks for your concern.â€
I roll my eyes and take another few gulps of my beer. I pretend to watch the TV above the bar, though I can feel the strangerâ€™s eyes on me.
â€œWho are you rooting for?â€ he asks.
â€œThe fight youâ€™re staring at so intently. Who are you rooting for?â€
â€œIâ€™m not rooting for anyone. MMA is a barbaric sport. How these guys get paid mega bucks to beat each other up is beyond me. Just another testament to our Neanderthal society.â€
â€œThose guys arenâ€™t just beating each other up.â€
I gesture toward the screen. â€œThose two dudes are throwing punches at each other. That guy is bleeding profusely from his nose. They certainly arenâ€™t doing ballet.â€
The stranger chuckles. â€œOkay, so they are fighting. But thereâ€™s more to it than that. It takes skill and training to do what they do.â€
â€œOh, look. Now theyâ€™re on the ground. That guyâ€™s going to lay on top of the other one for the next five minutes. Youâ€™re right. Looks like theyâ€™ve had a lot of training.â€ I drain the rest of my beer and stand. So much for enjoying a drink alone
â€œYou should stay and watch the fight. Iâ€™ll prove to you just how much skill these guys have.â€
I spin around to face the annoying stranger, allowing myself to look at him for the first time.
I clamp my mouth shut to keep it from falling wide open. Brawny. Strapping. Muscular. Built. None of the words coming to mind seem adequate enough to describe the Herculean god sitting before me. Itâ€™s almost a sin he covered himself up with all those tattoos. Almost.
The intricate pieces of art twist around his muscular arms, all the way down to his knuckles. A tease of ink pokes out of the neckline of his shirt, stopping halfway up his neck. Every inch of his body has trouble written all over it.
His face though â€¦ his face is a different story. Itâ€™s so handsome it looks like it doesnâ€™t belong on his body. The icy-blue of his eyes is warmed by his smile, which is complete with a set of dimples. A backwards baseball cap covers his hair, but his thick brows and scruff peppering his chiseled jawline are as dark as a cup of coffee.
Heâ€™s an oxymoron. The face of an angel with the body of Satan himself. A dark ray of light. A friendly nemesis. The man is menacingly beautiful.
And Iâ€™m gawking.
I clear my throat and try to remember what it was heâ€™d asked me. â€œIâ€™ve had a long trip. Iâ€™m going to call it a night.â€
â€œWhere you coming from?â€
â€œFlorida. Just arrived.â€
â€œAnd the first place you come to is a bar?â€
My eyes narrow and I prop my hand on my hip. â€œDonâ€™t judge me. You donâ€™t know a thing about me.â€
His hands shoot up. â€œHey, I wasnâ€™t judging. I was just making an observation.â€
â€œWell, donâ€™t do that either.â€
About Kristen Granata:
Kristen Granata is a teacher by day, and an (exhausted) author by night. Known for writing emotional New Adult Romance, she loves creating realistic, flawed characters who struggle through the darkest parts of life and come out stronger on the other side. Kristen is a self-proclaimed “bitter cynic trapped in a hopeless romantic’s body.” Her characters pack a sarcastic punch, make you laugh, make you think, make you ugly cry – and they will always live happily ever after. If you’re a lover of moving, inspirational reads, Kristen’s your girl.
Kristen was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1986. She moved to Staten Island with her family and lived there for almost twenty years. There she attended community college and became a teacher. Despite her passion for writing, and despite her professors strongly suggesting she become a writer, she took the more sensible route (bitter cynic, remember?) After going through a difficult divorce when she was only twenty-nine, Kristen returned to writing. The raw story that poured out of her led her to publish her debut novel, Collision, in March of 2018. Soon after in August 2018, the sequel, Avoidance, was published. Her third novel, The Other Brother, released in April 2019.
Kristen openly shares her mental health struggles with depression and anxiety with her Instagram following. Her message is a beacon of hope to anyone who is suffering: You are not alone. She delicately weaves this theme into her writing, and demonstrates the ability of love to heal trauma.
When she’s not teaching or writing, Kristen is reading, Instagramming, indulging in her messy love affair with popcorn, and annoying her wife and step-daughters by incessantly singing along to The Greatest Showman soundtrack.
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