Against All Odds
Police officer Peyton Clarke and real estate agent Tory Stevens are complete strangers who experience an instant attraction during a moment of shared misery: trying on bridesmaids’ dresses. But their flirtation comes to an abrupt end when Bradley Richter enters Angelina's Bridal Boutique determined to end every life in the store. He's deranged, heartbroken, and sure of his sharpshooting skills, but he has miscalculated. Two survive.Peyton is determined to capture the guy who killed eleven people, but for Tory the tragedy is a wake up call to open herself up to more than professional success. She and Peyton learn that love can be found in the most hopeless of places. They escaped death once, but will they survive when Bradley's determined to make his kill rate one-hundred percent?

Against All Odds Details

TitleAgainst All Odds
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2018
PublisherBold Strokes Books
Rating
GenreRomance, Lesbian Romance, Thriller, Glbt, Lesbian, Mystery, Crime

Against All Odds Review

  • Lex Kent
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 Stars. This was a good read. I really enjoy when two or more authors collaborate on a book together. I can only imagine it’s not easy, but I think that hard work of trying to blend the story together seamlessly, can actually up the quality of a book. I think that was the case here. I believe all three authors were on their game because this was a well written book. I actually thought this would be a police procedural type of book, but it’s not. This is a story about survival and finding lov 4.25 Stars. This was a good read. I really enjoy when two or more authors collaborate on a book together. I can only imagine it’s not easy, but I think that hard work of trying to blend the story together seamlessly, can actually up the quality of a book. I think that was the case here. I believe all three authors were on their game because this was a well written book. I actually thought this would be a police procedural type of book, but it’s not. This is a story about survival and finding love after the darkest of times. The two main characters are Tory a real estate agent and Peyton a police officer. I’m actually not going to go into a summary this time. I feel the book’s blurb gives a bit too much away about what actually happens. I have actually read every full length book Bryant, Cummings, and Ullrich have written. So when I saw they wrote this together, I grabbed this without really reading the summary. My point, if you have not really read the blurb yet, you might want to just skim it. I was happy not knowing too much of what was to come.I don’t know how the writing was divided up, but the flow seemed seamless. I think the authors blended so well I couldn’t really pick up their individual writing styles. A few times I thought “this sounds like Ullrich” or “this is so Bryant”, but I honestly could not tell. It was very well done for a collaborative book.What I enjoyed the most was the romance. I thought it felt very well written. The pace was good, not insta anything. It felt honest and absolutely believable. It just felt real. I actually found myself talking to the characters saying “you can say I love you now”. That happens rarely for me, usually the characters are faster than I find believable. I totally believed in these two as a couple. Both women are wonderful characters too.While the heart of the story is a well written romance, there were also some pretty heart-pounding moments. I was into the book for the romance, but I liked the danger and excitement. I had to read this book in one sitting; no way was I putting it down.I absolutely recommend this. I think any romance fans will enjoy this, but this will be a treat for people that like some excitement in their books. I’m very impressed by the collaboration and I’d love to see these ladies write together again. An ARC was given to me by BSB for a honest review.
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  • Rosi
    January 1, 1970
    This's been an interesting romance with a bit of police plot that makes the story original, because of that and to the interesting way in which it is constructed. There are three POV, both MC and the mass shooter that is a very important part of the relationship between both MC.The mass shooter is the epitome of a disturbed that does not accept his ailed relationship and looses his mind completely. A character pretty well defined and without inconsistences in my opinion.Peyton is a police office This's been an interesting romance with a bit of police plot that makes the story original, because of that and to the interesting way in which it is constructed. There are three POV, both MC and the mass shooter that is a very important part of the relationship between both MC.The mass shooter is the epitome of a disturbed that does not accept his ailed relationship and looses his mind completely. A character pretty well defined and without inconsistences in my opinion.Peyton is a police officer and Tory a realtor, not much about their past is explained in the story, it isn't necessary to know either. Both are scheduled the same day to try on their dresses in a bridal boutique. The day that Bradley decide to wake his ex's senses by eliminating every single person that put in her head bad things about him. And all those persons are in said bridal boutique and at that same hour.After the tragedy, only Peyton and Tory survive, but with some PTSD, specially Tory, since she regrets her incapacity to prevent what happened. But both feel so strong atraction that overcomes every other fact that could keep them apart.For me, the story has been very easy to read, super romantic and well developed, even with the difficulty of the three POV. A highly recommended book.An ARC was sent to me from Bold Strokes Books through NetGalley for an honest review
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  • Joc
    January 1, 1970
    Stalker/sociopath Bradley is convinced his ex is making a huge mistake, egged on by her friends, marrying someone else. He knows where to find her and how to stop her. Peyton and Tory are both trying on bridesmaid dresses for the respective weddings they’re attending at a bridal salon when all hell breaks loose.It can’t be easy for three people to write a novel together, end up with a good read and remain friends. This is a good read and I hope they’re all still friends. I enjoy both Bryant and Stalker/sociopath Bradley is convinced his ex is making a huge mistake, egged on by her friends, marrying someone else. He knows where to find her and how to stop her. Peyton and Tory are both trying on bridesmaid dresses for the respective weddings they’re attending at a bridal salon when all hell breaks loose.It can’t be easy for three people to write a novel together, end up with a good read and remain friends. This is a good read and I hope they’re all still friends. I enjoy both Bryant and Ullrich’s novels but I haven’t read a book by Cumming’s yet so there was at least a 60% chance that I would enjoy read this one. This is written in third person with points of view alternating between Bradley, Peyton and Tory. A riveting suspense is keep up through Bradley’s disturbing thoughts and behaviour. While I liked the development of Peyton and Tory’s relationship I found I felt a distance between me, the reader, and them. Their voices were also pretty similar and on a few occasions I had to flip back a page or two to see whose head I was in. The strength of the thriller aspect to the story meant that this didn’t bother me quite as much as it could have.I also found that the narrative overshadowed the dialogue and as a fan of stories being told through dialogue, I felt a little let down.Overall it was a great thriller and a good romance. Three and a half stars rounded up.Book received from Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.
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  • Tiff
    January 1, 1970
    Against All Odds takes on a journey of finding love in the aftermath of a disaster. A mass shooting takes place at a local bridal boutique and through that carnage, two amazing women find love in its aftermath. Bryant, Ullrich, and Cummings come together to weave a fabulous story or strength, love, and survival. Peyton Clarke is an off-duty police officer who is finally getting her dress fitted for her sister's upcoming wedding. A bit hungover after a night out with friends Peyton is struggling Against All Odds takes on a journey of finding love in the aftermath of a disaster. A mass shooting takes place at a local bridal boutique and through that carnage, two amazing women find love in its aftermath. Bryant, Ullrich, and Cummings come together to weave a fabulous story or strength, love, and survival. Peyton Clarke is an off-duty police officer who is finally getting her dress fitted for her sister's upcoming wedding. A bit hungover after a night out with friends Peyton is struggling with a pounding head. Another customer also in the boutique for a bridesmaid dress fitting takes pity on her and offers her water and some friendly banter. Tory Stevens, a real-estate agent is immediately taken by Peyton. She cannot help but flirt with the gorgeous stranger. Minutes away from asking each other out these two ladies encounter a worst-case scenario. Bradley Richter is going to steal away his ex-fiancée. She left him, destroyed his life and now is planning to marry another. Bradley is going to steal her back and make everyone pay for ripping them apart. He is a nutcase in every sense of the word. Bradley arrives at the bridal boutique and opens gunfire on everyone, killing eleven and leaving Peyton fighting for her life. The three authors take the voice of Peyton, Tory, and Bradley and weave a story full of love, survival and well, in Bradley's case disturbed. Our two leading ladies have an adorable chemistry and a sweet love story. This isn't as heavy as a story as it could have been. Which I liked. The main focus is on their romance and coming together in the aftermath of a disaster. A lovely story that I thoroughly enjoyed. 3.5 stars
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    What a phenomenal book! When I see a collaboration, I'm normally a bit skeptical... It's a great idea, but usually in practice, the book ends up being choppy or the characters are all over the place. Not this time! Bryant, Cummings, and Ullrich collaborated seamlessly, and ended up with an absolute hit! The pacing of the entire novel was on point, the characters were well developed, and the romance felt completely natural and believable.I'm not going to re-summarize the book, as others have done What a phenomenal book! When I see a collaboration, I'm normally a bit skeptical... It's a great idea, but usually in practice, the book ends up being choppy or the characters are all over the place. Not this time! Bryant, Cummings, and Ullrich collaborated seamlessly, and ended up with an absolute hit! The pacing of the entire novel was on point, the characters were well developed, and the romance felt completely natural and believable.I'm not going to re-summarize the book, as others have done that well, and the synopsis is on point, but I will leave you with my personal feelings. Right off the bat, Against All Odds hooks you in. It was chilling to get a glimpse into the bad guy's mind, and became chilling to realize that this could happen to any of us at any time. The authors captured the danger perfectly, and really gave me goosebumps. The romance that developed between the two MC's, Peyton and Tory, stemming from their shared tragedy really, really worked. I found myself seriously rooting for them! Nothing about this felt insta-love in any way. It was just a well-written, well developed, and completely believable love story. This one just flat out works.My only tiny nit-picky comment that I see as a tiny bit of a flaw - I expected a bit more PTSD / flashbacks / difficulty from one or both of the MC's, but this is really nit-picky. I liked how the authors addressed this issue, and then had their characters choose to move on. As a reader, I just expected to see the characters have a bit more of an issue getting over it. In a way, I'm glad this one wasn't too heavy, but I can't help but feel like the whole PTSD theme could have been addressed just a tiny bit more, and it could have helped to draw the two MCs together even more. Not that they really needed it, but still... No one else has really mentioned that, so maybe it's just me.One other side note - I found myself having to double check at times while I was reading to see whether Tory or Peyton was speaking. The way they spoke and thought felt a bit similar, but it really didn't bother me too much. This was a superb read, and I highly recommend it!This is my first read of a novel by any of these 3 authors, and I know I'll be picking up more from them individually going forward now. A well deserved 4.5 stars!**Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC copy via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**
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  • Gaby LezReviewBooks
    January 1, 1970
    When Police officer Peyton Clarke and real estate agent Tory Stevens meet by chance at a bridal shop trying bridemaids' dresses, their attraction is instant but it's interrupted by a mass murderer attacking the shop customers. As the only survivals of the shooting, Tory and Peyton see their initial bond grow stronger. But with the attacker on the loose, taking their relationship for granted could be a fatal mistake.Lately in lesfic we've seen a series of two authors joining forces to pen books t When Police officer Peyton Clarke and real estate agent Tory Stevens meet by chance at a bridal shop trying bridemaids' dresses, their attraction is instant but it's interrupted by a mass murderer attacking the shop customers. As the only survivals of the shooting, Tory and Peyton see their initial bond grow stronger. But with the attacker on the loose, taking their relationship for granted could be a fatal mistake.Lately in lesfic we've seen a series of two authors joining forces to pen books together, we've even seen three authors writing as many books as part of a series. But, as far as I know, this is the first collaboration of three authors writing a single novel. As I normally read (and love) books by these three authors, for me it was a no-brainer to give it a try. I'm glad I did. 'Against all odds' is equal parts thriller and romance, the balance between action and love, fast and slow pace makes this novel a very entertaining read. The authors managed to weave the plot consistently and make it flow without issues. It is written in first person from the point of view of Tory, Peyton and mass shooter Bradley, each one a chapter at a time. However, this doesn't affect the flow as each scene is told by only one character and the book is always moving forward. My only criticism is that I found Bradley's voice very distinctive (for obvious reasons, him being the villain and the only man), but, Tory and Peyton's voices were not that easy to tell apart. They sounded pretty much the same to me and I found myself several times going to the start of the chapter to check the point of view.Having said that, the romance part is very sweet, Tory and Peyton have great chemistry and the intimate scenes are well written. Bradley is also a very well rounded character and adds a great creepy factor to the thriller part of the story. Once the action scenes are set out, it's a page turner impossible to put down.Overall, a very well written book by an unusual collaboration, it's entertaining, gripping and will appeal both romance and action fans. 4.5 stars.ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.See all my reviews at www.lezreviewbooks.com
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  • Agirlcandream
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this read. Impressive seamless effort by three authors collaborating on one story of an active shooter event leaving two survivors to pick up the pieces of their lives. Bradley is creepy and crazy enough to ensure the reader fears for the welfare of Tory and Peyton throughout the novel. I liked the added tension to what would have been another lovely romance. I also thought the human toll, survivors guilt and post traumatic emotions rang true for both women. Nicely done. ARC recei Really enjoyed this read. Impressive seamless effort by three authors collaborating on one story of an active shooter event leaving two survivors to pick up the pieces of their lives. Bradley is creepy and crazy enough to ensure the reader fears for the welfare of Tory and Peyton throughout the novel. I liked the added tension to what would have been another lovely romance. I also thought the human toll, survivors guilt and post traumatic emotions rang true for both women. Nicely done. ARC received with thanks from publisher via NetGalley for review.
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  • Corporate Slave
    January 1, 1970
    This was a surprisingly good read! Really enjoyed it :)
  • Arien
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars. When I read the blurb I expected something deeper. Instead, the book is almost fluffy in tone after the haunting and heartbreaking beginning. The event felt almost trivial to the characters involved. PTSD? Strong women need no trauma! Just shrug it off and fall in love... Love fixes everything, right? I don't think so... I guess my expectations were wrong? These are after all romance writers. And one of the best too. I just wanted the topic done properly but here it's just a plot device 3 stars. When I read the blurb I expected something deeper. Instead, the book is almost fluffy in tone after the haunting and heartbreaking beginning. The event felt almost trivial to the characters involved. PTSD? Strong women need no trauma! Just shrug it off and fall in love... Love fixes everything, right? I don't think so... I guess my expectations were wrong? These are after all romance writers. And one of the best too. I just wanted the topic done properly but here it's just a plot device. It's used for a shock effect instead of explored deeply.And was there any reason for bad guys POV? To grow some tension? The ending was incredibly predictable anyway. How else could it end? This trope has been played out countless times before. They could have written the book about their trauma, the emotional journey, the healing. Instead, it's a sweet love story with a generic baddie in the background. What it boils down to is that I couldn't get into their romance when such a life-changing event barely impacted them. The incredibly overplayed generic bad guy trope didn't help either.The book is well written though. It's just not what I expected.
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  • Kristy Drexel
    January 1, 1970
    Wow wow wow this book has been the most amazing thing I have read so far this year. The storyline was engaging and kept me guessing through out the whole book. The 3 authors that wrote this are hands down amazing at what they do. I don’t feel my words can do this book justice, but the words that do come to mind are brilliant, funny, sexy, heartbreaking and page turning. Every time I had to put it down I couldn’t wait to pick it back up
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  • MJS
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this book intrigued me, especially as it is one story told by three authors. I don’t know if they each took a POV, I’ve read a lot of Bryant’s books, but haven’t read enough of Ulrich or Cummings to be able to decide who wrote what. In all honesty I only read the Tory and Peyton POV sections and either didn’t read or just skimmed over any of “Bradley’s” scenes because, to quote a line Tory says in the book “I don’t care. ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this book intrigued me, especially as it is one story told by three authors. I don’t know if they each took a POV, I’ve read a lot of Bryant’s books, but haven’t read enough of Ulrich or Cummings to be able to decide who wrote what. In all honesty I only read the Tory and Peyton POV sections and either didn’t read or just skimmed over any of “Bradley’s” scenes because, to quote a line Tory says in the book “I don’t care. I don’t care what his issues are or why he did it.”Peyton and Tory are both great characters, the connection between them at the start of the book carries through and their entire relationship was sweet and organic. It helped that they talked to each other and there were no stupid dramas and unnecessary breakups to endure. The side characters aren’t really too fleshed out, but I didn’t care because I was more interested in the leads and their relationship anyway. I did enjoy all scenes with Peyton’s family and Jake, but felt that Tory wasn’t as well explored in who was in her life, other than her cat. As noted before, I did not care about Bradley, and would have preferred that his POV wasn’t included at all, and the follow up subplot after the shooting was also unnecessary. Less of him would have allowed for more time with the side characters, and Peyton and Tory’s recoveries, which I’d have enjoyed more.Still this was a lovely romance built on the premise that good things can come from terrible situations, which quite frankly, is something to cling to in the current climate. 4 stars.
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  • R
    January 1, 1970
    This story was told from three different perspectives: Tory, a real estate agent, Peyton, a cop, and Bradley, the deranged murderer who took the lives of eleven innocent women in a bridal shop, including his ex-fiancee. Before Bradley’s deadly carnage began, Tory and Peyton had exchanged friendly banter and phone numbers. They were the only survivors. As the women dealt with the emotional aftermath of the shooting, Bradley, who escaped capture, schemed to make Tory his next love interest.I liked This story was told from three different perspectives: Tory, a real estate agent, Peyton, a cop, and Bradley, the deranged murderer who took the lives of eleven innocent women in a bridal shop, including his ex-fiancee. Before Bradley’s deadly carnage began, Tory and Peyton had exchanged friendly banter and phone numbers. They were the only survivors. As the women dealt with the emotional aftermath of the shooting, Bradley, who escaped capture, schemed to make Tory his next love interest.I liked how the authors showcased the truth about how easy it was to purchase illegal arms through the internet and the dangers of social media where posting too much information made it easy for stalkers to target their location. The authors also gave Tory a realistic and positive outlook about life after her harrowing ordeal and was not going to let Bradley’s actions dictate how she lived her life. She was going to embrace and enjoy life. This was a fast pace and well written collaboration that flowed very smoothly. It was written by three accomplished authors whose voices blended nicely together. I hope they combine their talents again in the near future. It was well done and highly recommended!
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  • Det. Nidhi
    January 1, 1970
    Charming BookWhen I saw three authors in the book details I was like too many cooks may spoil the broth. But it seems writers are a different species and this was an deceptive but amazing read. Deceptive because it's not as serious as the synopsis makes it out to be. Yea there is a shooting, but that's a very small part of the book. There is a miniscule element of suspense but mostly this was a feel good read. The protagonists meet at a bridal store trying dresses when there's a shootout. Tory e Charming BookWhen I saw three authors in the book details I was like too many cooks may spoil the broth. But it seems writers are a different species and this was an deceptive but amazing read. Deceptive because it's not as serious as the synopsis makes it out to be. Yea there is a shooting, but that's a very small part of the book. There is a miniscule element of suspense but mostly this was a feel good read. The protagonists meet at a bridal store trying dresses when there's a shootout. Tory escapes unharmed but traumatized while Peyton gets shot albeit saved by Tory. It's cute how they bond after this, what with shy text messages and sexy dates. And mixed up into this is the shootouts aftermath, which has had psychological effects on both of them. There are three perspectives in this book. The protagonists' and Bradley's. I am fascinated by how unhinged people think and he's close to one. His sociopathic behaviour was made so evident, and there's even an explanation as to why he is the way he is. But I did cringe a bit every time his chapter came. He was just too creepy for my taste. This is not a hardcore thriller/crime book. It's essentially a romance with drama sprinkled in. You have to read it for the leads who are perfect. The dialogue just flows and there are loads of curl-your-toes moments throughout the book. This is certainly a book I will be reading again :)
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  • JulesGP
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book to read because I saw a lot of enthusiastic reviews but true to form, I did not read them thoroughly because I like to be surprised. After the first few paragraphs, it became evident that Against All Odds was a crime/suspense thriller which included some graphic scenes that I was not prepared for. It’s been decades since I read stories like this but I was committed to finishing. Two women are the only survivors of a store shooting and they each tell their story in first person I picked this book to read because I saw a lot of enthusiastic reviews but true to form, I did not read them thoroughly because I like to be surprised. After the first few paragraphs, it became evident that Against All Odds was a crime/suspense thriller which included some graphic scenes that I was not prepared for. It’s been decades since I read stories like this but I was committed to finishing. Two women are the only survivors of a store shooting and they each tell their story in first person. The third character is the shooter and he shares his own chilling thoughts, as well. To say that I had a knot in my stomach the whole way through is not an exaggeration. You hear about slow burn romances, this book was a slow burning fuse attached to a firebomb. And somehow, in the midst of this tension filled story, these fine authors also wove in a very tender love story between Tory and Peyton, the two survivors. Very good book.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I contemplated reading this book for a few weeks mainly because I knew some element of suspense would be involved and that isn't my favorite type of book to read. I get all nervous and anxious (same goes for movies). Well, I must admit that I am glad I took a chance reading this book. Taking on the subject of a mass shooting had to be very difficult to write about. Yes, this is mainly a romance, but the reason for the two characters coming together was because of what happen on one day when a cr I contemplated reading this book for a few weeks mainly because I knew some element of suspense would be involved and that isn't my favorite type of book to read. I get all nervous and anxious (same goes for movies). Well, I must admit that I am glad I took a chance reading this book. Taking on the subject of a mass shooting had to be very difficult to write about. Yes, this is mainly a romance, but the reason for the two characters coming together was because of what happen on one day when a crazy person decided that his ex-fiance and her family and friends had done him wrong and they had to pay the price of death. I am having a hard time putting words together for this one. Just know that the authors did a good job in this collaboration.
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  • Charlie Avocado
    January 1, 1970
    Oh holy wow. [Before I start: this entire book is a trigger warning. It has (view spoiler)[a mass shooting, domestic violence, stalking, stabbing, sexual assault, sexual harassment (IIRC), and references to rape (hide spoiler)]. If any of those put you off, you may not want to finish this review, or read this book.]This was my 100th book this year. I wanted something other than a queer book for the 100th. Yet, Amazon steered me this direction when I was browsing, and I decided I'd purchase this Oh holy wow. [Before I start: this entire book is a trigger warning. It has (view spoiler)[a mass shooting, domestic violence, stalking, stabbing, sexual assault, sexual harassment (IIRC), and references to rape (hide spoiler)]. If any of those put you off, you may not want to finish this review, or read this book.]This was my 100th book this year. I wanted something other than a queer book for the 100th. Yet, Amazon steered me this direction when I was browsing, and I decided I'd purchase this book, and find another for my 100th. Once I'd read the description and reviews however, I couldn't wait, and I'm glad I didn't and that this book was my 100th!I thought I wouldn't really enjoy having three authors for one book, too many cooks in the kitchen and all. I was wrong and apologize to all three authors for my assumption. It was incredible. There are two MCs and a bad guy, and each author (assumedly) took a voice and wrote from that character's perspective. To the author who wrote for the bad guy, you creeped me out to no end, SO GREAT JOB! Despite the story going between three voices (a voice per chapter) and three authors, it comes out better for it, and blends as a whole. I assume that's a kudos to the editor as well as the authors, and it's well deserved. Plus, I can't remember seeing a single typo or grammatical error in the book, so good job!The story is tense at times. I may have read it a bit too soon after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, but it definitely had me crying at one point. Or two. Maybe three? Also I was just filled with a sense of anxiety the entire time reading, and I think that's actually a compliment, and not a criticism. I had to put the book down so that I could sleep, so I stopped for the night about 55-60% through the book. It was a nice place to stop, if you're looking for one when reading.I really am not articulating well how good this book was, but know I've been thinking about it since I started it, and I plan on rereading it again in the next few months, then it'll probably go into my rotation of books I reread when I just know I'm guaranteed to be reading a great book. Happy to have spent $10 on this book, and if the authors decide to collaborate again, let me know so I can pre-order it!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the beginning of this. I enjoyed the unusual plot and narrative. However, something happened toward the end. The story started dragging and I honestly struggled to finish.There were great moments. The difficult scenes were handled with GREAT care and for these reasons I gave 4 stars.I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to receive this book. All three authors individually I love, put them together and you have a winner. I find when three authors work together it's combining three different stories but in this they made one story flow together and not once did I feel lost in this book.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    If you love to read spine chilling crime novels with a romantic theme included, then 'Against All Odds' by Kris Bryant, Maggie Cummings, and M. Ullrich is the book for you. The story is about two women, off duty police officer Peyton Clarke and real estate agent Tory Stevens, who happen to meet in a bridal shop as they are being fitted for bridesmaid dresses. Unfortunately, while they are there, a deranged killer named Bradley Richter enters the shop looking for his ex fiance and kills everyone If you love to read spine chilling crime novels with a romantic theme included, then 'Against All Odds' by Kris Bryant, Maggie Cummings, and M. Ullrich is the book for you. The story is about two women, off duty police officer Peyton Clarke and real estate agent Tory Stevens, who happen to meet in a bridal shop as they are being fitted for bridesmaid dresses. Unfortunately, while they are there, a deranged killer named Bradley Richter enters the shop looking for his ex fiance and kills everyone in the store except Peyton and Tory. I won't go any further in the tale, but I will mention the killer feels that his work is not finished when he later finds out there were survivors.The book is written in the first person narrative with all three of the main characters telling us what is happening and what they are feeling throughout the novel. Each chapter is told by a different character, and the reader is told which character is speaking at the beginning of the chapter.I'm not usually a big fan of first person narrative, but the authors did an excellent job with this format. I loved being in the minds of Peyton and Tory, seeing their feelings for each other grow. I will admit there were moments I wanted to yell at them to look out, don't go there, or watch what was happening around them; you know, kind of like yelling at the character in a horror movie to turn on the stupid light when they enter a dark room. Being in the mind of Bradley, the killer was really chilling. I actually felt icky reading those chapters. That's a good thing. It means the authors did their job and made me see him as the insane psychopathic killer he was.The authors did a fantastic collaboration with this book. It can't be easy to write as a group and make the writing consistent throughout the story, but that is exactly what these ladies did. The flow of the plot and the voice was perfect. The building of the suspense to the climax of the story was spot on. I''m in awe of these authors' skills.If you love a good crime story/romantic thriller, you won't find a better book than 'Against All Odds'.I received an ARC from Net Galley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.
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  • ISA SIMONET
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book, it was a good read. Very well written, but unable to pin down who wrote what of the three authors.This is not a mystery as one might think at the beginning of the book. It's a story of survival and love. Tory a realtor and Peyton a police officer get acquainted in a wedding dress fitting shop, when a gunman pops up in the shop.The book is divided into 3 voices, that of the shooter, that of Peyton and that of Tory.I admit that when it was the killer's turn, I did not wan I really liked this book, it was a good read. Very well written, but unable to pin down who wrote what of the three authors.This is not a mystery as one might think at the beginning of the book. It's a story of survival and love. Tory a realtor and Peyton a police officer get acquainted in a wedding dress fitting shop, when a gunman pops up in the shop.The book is divided into 3 voices, that of the shooter, that of Peyton and that of Tory.I admit that when it was the killer's turn, I did not want to read it.What I preferred was the romance, well brought, well written, with characters in communion and credible.One point embarrassed me a lot, the FBI being in charge of the investigation how they did not go around the relatives of the victims, to easily incriminate someone. I thought we were first suspicious of loved ones.The cover is not extraordinary, I find it bland.In short, a good reading, and of course I recommend this book.
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  • Amy Girard
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing book!This book is a very impressive collaboration between three great authors. The story is told from three different points of view, making it a very easy read. It has a great flow that kept me turning the pages. One point of view is that of the actual shooter, allowing the reader a glimpse into his mind and thought process. I found this very interesting and it definitely added to the suspense. I loved the romance and intimacy between Tory and Peyton. They were without a doubt prefect f Amazing book!This book is a very impressive collaboration between three great authors. The story is told from three different points of view, making it a very easy read. It has a great flow that kept me turning the pages. One point of view is that of the actual shooter, allowing the reader a glimpse into his mind and thought process. I found this very interesting and it definitely added to the suspense. I loved the romance and intimacy between Tory and Peyton. They were without a doubt prefect for each other. This is an amazing book and I highly recommend it!
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  • Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining read with an engaging story line and characters that you want to cheer for. Tory Stevens is a successful and personable real estate agent. Peyton Clarke is a focused police officer. Both women are likeable and it appears as though flirtation is potential attraction which may develop into more. They meet at a bridal store and Bradley Richter, an angry rejected man comes in to get revenge on the women that dumped him. He kills everyone but Peyton and Tory. Tory to some extent moves on Entertaining read with an engaging story line and characters that you want to cheer for. Tory Stevens is a successful and personable real estate agent. Peyton Clarke is a focused police officer. Both women are likeable and it appears as though flirtation is potential attraction which may develop into more. They meet at a bridal store and Bradley Richter, an angry rejected man comes in to get revenge on the women that dumped him. He kills everyone but Peyton and Tory. Tory to some extent moves on with her life. Peyton struggles with guilt that she could have done more. Considering there are three authors, the read was smooth.ARC provided with thanks from Bold Strokes Books, Inc. via NetGalley
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    Exquisite blending of 3 amazing voices. If you aren’t already a fan of these authors, then lucky you for finding them together. It’s a notable nod to their craft how they were able to seamlessly transition through the characters and maintain a flow all the way through the storyline. If you are already a fan of these women, then this book will just prove what great taste you have. Either way... buy this book!
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  • Rach (Les Rêveur)
    January 1, 1970
    The story opens in a Bridal shop where two women, Peyton and Tory meet for the first time and indulge in some mild flirting. Neither of them knows their lives are about to change forever when a jilted and unhinged man walks through the doors and kills everyone in the store… or so he thinks. Peyton and Tory are the only survivors and as they recover from the emotional and physical trauma together, they begin to fall in love but when the murderer, Bradley finds out that both women survived, he beg The story opens in a Bridal shop where two women, Peyton and Tory meet for the first time and indulge in some mild flirting. Neither of them knows their lives are about to change forever when a jilted and unhinged man walks through the doors and kills everyone in the store… or so he thinks. Peyton and Tory are the only survivors and as they recover from the emotional and physical trauma together, they begin to fall in love but when the murderer, Bradley finds out that both women survived, he begins to fixate on how to fix his mistake.This book was fantastic and is currently the best book I’ve read in 2018. Fact. Due to the fact that my three favourite authors got together and wrote a book I’m sure you understand I went into reading this book with more excitement than I can explain. And let me tell you I was not let down. Each author concentrates on one character and they made an art out of telling this story from three points of view in a seamless way. A fun part of this book is working out who wrote which character… I’m eager to find out who you think wrote what protagonist.Ok so firstly I’ve got to talk about the chills I got from reading Bradley (the sociopathic murderer) and his bizarre reality. From the outset Bradley was more than a little creepy and his warped sense of righteousness had me scared from the get go. Be prepared to feel your skin crawl… seriously! But In saying all this, I think that whoever wrote Bradley needs to be commended as Against All Odds would not be the book it is without the true profiling and research that would have gone into a character like, Bradley. Really, superbly done.And then there was Peyton and Tory… God I loved them! The chemistry between these two emanates of the page and I fell in love a little with them both. They are both learning to be themselves again in new skin after the terror they lived through in the bridal shop. But together they help each other move on and it’s beautiful to read.One of my favourite things in the book is the intimate moments from Tory and Peyton. For example, there is this moment where Peyton rubs Tory’s feet after a TV interview and there is something exceedingly domestic and intimate about the act, it made me love them even more. I don’t want to give too much away but there are a few moments like this that had me in tears with all the warmth and affection. They gave me the warm and fuzzies without a doubt.Now it would not be a Bryant, Cummings and Ullrich book if the sex scenes were not off the hook so let me tell you… The sex scenes are steaming hot! Thank goodness I was not in a public place when I was reading them because… Damn. Readers beware, you will not be disappointed.Lastly I wanted to mention that as much as the genre is a romantic intrigue, I think I valued that there was a focus on Tory and Peyton’s Romance, even though I could feel Bradley lurking around each corner. It really was a beautiful and well-written love story that had some embedded darkness.This book is a triumph and the authors themselves must be commended for coming together and producing a stellar book that proves to be seamless in every way.5 stars!!!!!
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    If you love to read spine chilling crime novels with a romantic theme included, then 'Against All Odds' by Kris Bryant, Maggie Cummings, and M. Ullrich is the book for you. The story is about two women, off duty police officer Peyton Clarke and real estate agent Tory Stevens, who happen to meet in a bridal shop as they are being fitted for bridesmaid dresses. Unfortunately, while they are there, a deranged killer named Bradley Richter enters the shop looking for his ex fiance and kills everyone If you love to read spine chilling crime novels with a romantic theme included, then 'Against All Odds' by Kris Bryant, Maggie Cummings, and M. Ullrich is the book for you. The story is about two women, off duty police officer Peyton Clarke and real estate agent Tory Stevens, who happen to meet in a bridal shop as they are being fitted for bridesmaid dresses. Unfortunately, while they are there, a deranged killer named Bradley Richter enters the shop looking for his ex fiance and kills everyone in the store except Peyton and Tory. I won't go any further in the tale, but I will mention the killer feels that his work is not finished when he later finds out there were survivors.The book is written in the first person narrative with all three of the main characters telling us what is happening and what they are feeling throughout the novel. Each chapter is told by a different character, and the reader is told which character is speaking at the beginning of the chapter.I'm not usually a big fan of first person narrative, but the authors did an excellent job with this format. I loved being in the minds of Peyton and Tory, seeing their feelings for each other grow. I will admit there were moments I wanted to yell at them to look out, don't go there, or watch what was happening around them; you know, kind of like yelling at the character in a horror movie to turn on the stupid light when they enter a dark room. Being in the mind of Bradley, the killer was really chilling. I actually felt icky reading those chapters. That's a good thing. It means the authors did their job and made me see him as the insane psychopathic killer he was.The authors did a fantastic collaboration with this book. It can't be easy to write as a group and make the writing consistent throughout the story, but that is exactly what these ladies did. The flow of the plot and the voice was perfect. The building of the suspense to the climax of the story was spot on. I'm in awe of these authors' skills.If you love a good crime story/romantic thriller, you won't find a better book than 'Against All Odds'.I received an ARC from Net Galley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    This book was incredible. One of the best books I have read. However, I think it would have been best for the book to have a note that would advise readers about the book being a trigger to people that have gone through a similar circumstance. That being said, this book was spectacular!I am not a big fan of books written in first person, yet this book i snow in my favourite top 5 books of all time. The story has three main characters, Peyton Clarke, an officer, a real estate agent Tory Stevens a This book was incredible. One of the best books I have read. However, I think it would have been best for the book to have a note that would advise readers about the book being a trigger to people that have gone through a similar circumstance. That being said, this book was spectacular!I am not a big fan of books written in first person, yet this book i snow in my favourite top 5 books of all time. The story has three main characters, Peyton Clarke, an officer, a real estate agent Tory Stevens and the shooter Bradley Richter. You get to experience the point of you of all three characters and it is fascinating, frightening, unbelievable and incredibly intense.The attraction between Peyton and Tory is instantaneous and doesn't feel forced at all. It is very natural, cute and beautiful. The way they help each other after the traumatic event is inspiring and sweet. Both characters are strong and complex enough that you really enjoy each point of view. Now, it feels a bit wrong to say that the writing from Bradley's point of you was genius, given he is the shooter and a disturbed character, but it was truly amazing writing. It was so well done that it felt almost wrong to be reading those paragraphs. I wonder who of the three authors wrote his parts because it must've taken a lot of time, research and courage.I couldn't put this book down once I started it. Amazing writing, characters and story.I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.
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  • Kitty Kat
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Against All Odds’ is a heart-achingly beautiful love story. Peyton and Tory meet under tragic circumstances and have to deal with so much together in the aftermath. The connection between them was intense and true and felt completely natural. It was also unbelievably sexy and the intimate moments captured the feelings they had for each other so well. I liked getting to know them through their individual chapters. Each of the three authors wrote a character and it really worked. Their styles int ‘Against All Odds’ is a heart-achingly beautiful love story. Peyton and Tory meet under tragic circumstances and have to deal with so much together in the aftermath. The connection between them was intense and true and felt completely natural. It was also unbelievably sexy and the intimate moments captured the feelings they had for each other so well. I liked getting to know them through their individual chapters. Each of the three authors wrote a character and it really worked. Their styles intertwined seamlessly and I hope they may consider doing another book together in this way. The appalling situation that brings them together is full of tension and suspense. It introduces us to Bradley, a class A creep and psycho. Weaving his thoughts through the story was chilling but highly effective. An excellent novel that had me gripped till the very end.I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes for review.
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    This book totally surprised me. It was absolutely flawless. Peyton and Tory happen to be in the same boutique trying on bridesmaids dresses when Bradley Cooper opens fire, seeking revenge on an ex-girlfriend. He kills everyone in the store, except Peyton and Tory, before he escapes. Peyton and Tory gravitate to each other, as the only two people who can really understand what its like to survive something like that. Their relationship deepens, the two women unaware that Bradley is still out ther This book totally surprised me. It was absolutely flawless. Peyton and Tory happen to be in the same boutique trying on bridesmaids dresses when Bradley Cooper opens fire, seeking revenge on an ex-girlfriend. He kills everyone in the store, except Peyton and Tory, before he escapes. Peyton and Tory gravitate to each other, as the only two people who can really understand what its like to survive something like that. Their relationship deepens, the two women unaware that Bradley is still out there, devastated and angry that he didn't kill everyone like he wanted to, and plotting to finish the job. I don't know who wrote form the perspective of the killer but it was terrifyingly real. So well done. Amazing. I loved how each POV and each character had a distinct voice, but the writing style flowed flawlessly though the book. Brilliantly, brilliantly, done. I loved how the characters surprised me. Peyton was a little on the shyer, softer side, while Tory was a little more confident and stronger personality. I would expect that Peyton, as a cop, would be the character with a little more fire, but it was Tory who could take care of her. It worked so well and added an extra layer of depth and perfection to this marvellous book. I feel like if you've ever survived something like that this book could be super triggering. But even with all this terror going on, the love story between Peyton and Tory was the absolute sweetest thing. It really shows you how good can come from even the darkest of places. Its a beautiful reminder. I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Angel
    January 1, 1970
    This story rendered me speechless while I was reading it and I was still stunned when I got to the last page. Peyton and Tory found each other and they created such a beautiful dance of intimacy in the midst of so much uncertainty, murder and mayhem. I couldn't get enough of these amazing and resilient women and I felt so bereft when the story ended. These authors have done a fantastic job of working together to create this captivating and touching story, I really hope that they create another l This story rendered me speechless while I was reading it and I was still stunned when I got to the last page. Peyton and Tory found each other and they created such a beautiful dance of intimacy in the midst of so much uncertainty, murder and mayhem. I couldn't get enough of these amazing and resilient women and I felt so bereft when the story ended. These authors have done a fantastic job of working together to create this captivating and touching story, I really hope that they create another literary goldmine like this novel!
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  • JulesGP
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book to read because I saw a lot of enthusiastic reviews but true to form, I did not read them thoroughly because I like to be surprised. After the first few paragraphs, it became evident that Against All Odds was a crime/suspense thriller which included some graphic scenes that I was not prepared for. It’s been decades since I read stories like this but I was committed to finishing. Two women are the only survivors of a store shooting and they each tell their story in first person I picked this book to read because I saw a lot of enthusiastic reviews but true to form, I did not read them thoroughly because I like to be surprised. After the first few paragraphs, it became evident that Against All Odds was a crime/suspense thriller which included some graphic scenes that I was not prepared for. It’s been decades since I read stories like this but I was committed to finishing. Two women are the only survivors of a store shooting and they each tell their story in first person. The third character is the shooter and he shares his own chilling thoughts, as well. To say that I had a knot in my stomach the whole way through is not an exaggeration. You hear about slow burn romances, this book was a slow burning fuse attached to a firebomb. And somehow, in the midst of this tension filled story, these fine authors also wove in a very tender love story between Tory and Peyton, the two survivors. Very good book. I read this book courtesy of Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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