09 October 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Against All Odds by Patricia Vanasse

Against All Odds
by Patricia Vanasse.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: September 25th 2015 by Pants On Fire Press.
Sometimes boy meets girl, and the stars align, and their future is laid out neatly before them. Together forever. Meant to be. But Max and Loren are not one of those couples.

Seventeen-year-old Max DuPont is on the verge of becoming a ward of the state and foster kid. Contrary to expectations, Max is not from the "wrong" side of town. He's from a good home in a nice neighborhood, but his mother left after his father lost his job and turned to drinking. Max has been struggling to keep his head above water ever since. All he wants is to survive his senior year, play hockey, and move on to college. When his dad lands himself in jail, Max has no choice but to accept an offer to live with his father's do-gooder attorney, Mr. Larssi. The only contingency is that Max must stay far away from Larssi's beautiful teenage daughter Loren.

Loren is aware that she's had every opportunity in her young adult life—at least, that is, every opportunity her parents designed for her. She excels in academics at a competitive prep school, she never parties, she never dates, and she's a budding ballerina and major hopeful for a Juilliard scholarship. But since her best friend Lily died tragically three months ago, Loren is lost. She knows just how precious life is. But she has no idea how to make the best of it. How can she live—really live—with obsessive parents breathing down her neck…and inviting the only guy who never noticed her to live right under their roof?
Loren's first step in living her own life might be to get Max to notice her. Max's only chance at a solid future without foster care is to keep his distance from Loren. But their chemistry is undeniable. And they can't fight the odds forever…

Reviewed by Kelly.

The blurb sums up nicely how this book goes. Max’s father’s lawyer was in foster care when he was a kid himself and wants to help out Max when his father is taken and forced into rehab after a DUI. Max’s mom left them 2 years ago. So while Max is trying to abide the rules of the house and stay away from Loren, his mother returns. Max wants nothing to do with her. She just up and left and didn’t look back. Teenagers aren’t the only one who makes mistakes and she made a big one.

Meanwhile, Loren, who has always had a crush on Max, is fighting her own demons with the death of her best friend, Lily. Loren never officially got to meet Max, but did try one night and some girl got in the way. So she is having a hard time staying away from Max. Max doesn’t tell her about her father’s rules. Max is trying hard especially since Loren is practically falling all over Max to get him to notice her. He notices but tries to ignore it. Lily, Loren’s friend who died, is all Loren thinks about. She is overly grieving about it. Loren feels she didn’t get to do anything fun in life because she always stayed behind with Loren since Loren couldn’t go on the trips that others went to.

Eventually, they decide they need each other and they talk about telling her parents. But all hell breaks loose and when the parents find out well let’s just say it didn’t go very well. It was just before they had the chance to talk to them. Max really beats himself over it as he knew Loren’s dad trusted him. I had to put the book down when they were found because I didn’t want to hear what would happen. I waited several hours to get the courage up to continue to read it. I was that anxious for them!

Overall, you have two good kids who are good students with good college choices with some very bad things happening in their lives and together they can help each other. I loved the characters. I started to get annoyed at Loren for her obsession over her friends’ death. But her parents saw that too and sent her to counseling. Ha, that didn’t go over well either but her parents weren’t backing down. Seriously she needed it! And Max, well he needed to figure out how his family would go from there and if forgiveness would be given.

There are some twists and a lot of emotionally charged subjects in this book. I loved Loren’s family they really did have a loving and caring family and families are sometimes overprotective.

If you want to read about dancing, hockey, Yale University, tattoos, dealing with grief, counseling, forgiveness, Julliard, families that have issues, drunks, mothers who run away, to do lists then this might be for you.

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Patricia is generously offering up a variety of prizes!
A $25 Amazon gift card (international)
A signed copy of AGAINST ALL ODDS (US only)
2 eCopies of AGAINST ALL ODDS (international)

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Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest. She has been through Culinary Arts, Psychology, Law School, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing. She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength- believes that everything is possible. Her weakness- an obsessive relationship with caffeine.

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  1. What awesome giveaway having on here. Thank you for this opportunity.

  2. What awesome giveaway having on here. Thank you for this opportunity.

  3. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Sounds like a good read Thanks for the giveaway

  5. This book sounds very interesting, I enjoy books that deal with true to life issues and tis sounds like it has those.

  6. Ahhhh, the forbidden fruit. Love these stories, and with all Max' home life issues, it will tug at the heartstrings too. Sounds great, and I love the cover.

  7. This sounds like a good romantic and overcoming obstacles story. I like people that aren't all well. lol Thank-you!