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The Odds Against

2.4  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Ever since his fiancee Petula Hogan had walked out on him to marry someone else, Carl Elliott had been a changed man, bitter and suspicious of all women - and Gail, who had loved him for years, was very worried about him. Nevertheless, had she done the right thing in agreeing to marry him? It was obvious that, although he found her attractive - wanted her, in fact - Carl ...more
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Aayesha Khatri
Apr 17, 2016 Aayesha Khatri rated it really liked it
Shelves: trope-large-age-difference, trope-arranged-conv-marriage, romance-contemporary, heroine-i-loved, heroine-i-admired, trope-horses, romanc-contemporary-western, bad-tempered-hero, pregnancy, businessman, heroine-i-hated, hero-with-emotional-scars, heroine-was-frustrating, heroine-is-abused, romance-angsty, occupation-horse-related, alpha-hero, hero-is-an-ass-to-heroine, trope-plain-jane, virgin-heroine, trope-married-couple-romance, h-in-love-with-hero-from-beginning, hero-controlling-possessive, hero-is-tortured-brooding-cynical, occupation-home-maker, heroine-is-hardworking, harlequin-vintage, rich-guy-poor-girl-theme, moody-hero, setting-city, hero-i-hated, harlequin, heroine-not-a-doormat, trope-married-in-haste, heroine-cheerful-happy, setting-small-town, heroine-is-practical, hero-in-love-with-someone-else, setting-western, hero-is-dense, heroine-never-complains, trope-unbelievably-evil-ow, theme-american, trope-pregnancy, heroine-is-kind-selfless, trope-boss-employer-romance, mills-and-boon, mills-and-boon-vintage, cheating-hero, not-quite-destitute-heroine, heroine-i-loved-then-hated, hero-is-unnecessarily-cruel, hero-is-an-ass-even-acc-to-my-stand, no-hea-for-these-two, uber-trainwreck, wallbanger, i-want-2-cut-off-his-balls-n-shove, hero-does-not-deserve-heroine, hero-is-physically-abusive, hero-is-verbally-abusive, heroine-tstl-even-acc-to-my-standar, heroine-with-no-self-confidence, overall-awful-feel-read, overall-this-book-gave-me-cancer-fe, trope-ow-involved, occupation-horse-trainer
Edited on 13th August, 2015 after a reread
Okay yes, my love for train wrecks has increased even more. I don't know how, but it has. I LOVED THIS. Admitted, yes, I hated the heroine and her lack of self respect and pride - as Abby says, she was like a little lap dog running to and panting after her master. It was so sad and so infuriating seeing her run after him, cater to his every need, throw herself at him every opportunity she got, and letting him walk ALL OVER HER. Horrid.

But the ending, th
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I'm giving it 2 stars since it did deliver on the WTF and angst.

First of all, I'm not the 'doormat' police. I'm a very, very easy going person which is sometimes mistaken for being a doormat. No, I just pick my battles. If something is important to me, I'll fight you. If I don't care much either way, whatever. I'm not going to waste emotional energy in a pissing contest just to prove I'm not a pushover. Plus, I'm a firm believer in the old adage 'You catch more flies with honey than with vinega
There is something terribly wrong with the hero, the heroine and the author of this book. My rating of An Unforgettable Man - Lelaki Dalam Ingatan by Penny Jordan stated that it was the kind of book that was either one star or five, this could have earned such a tug-of-war as well, except that the hero(?) had NO cause to be as mean as he was to Gail. There was no big-misunderstanding, she didn't play him false, she was so doormousey (I think an amalgam of doormat and mousey aptly covers it) and bent so far backwards for him he should have treated her l ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Vashti rated it really liked it
I felt like reading some good olde fashion angst ,and what better way to get it than to read a Harlequin Presents,but not any HP mind you ,but one of the oldies,a 1980's to be exact.So I jumped on the train to Harleytopia and landed in the trainwreck that is The Odds Against written by Margaret Pargeter,she used to be a fav of mind when these were the only romances that I used to read way back when.
This story is about a young woman who has loved the assjack err hero since she was 16.Loverboy did
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Oct 26, 2014 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heroine-i-adore
Old school HP. Our heroine agrees to a marriage of convenience with the Hero who has been jilted by his fiancee after breaking his leg. The h has been in love with the H forever so she accepts. They marry but the OW gets divorced and hero throws our poor heroine out. She loses her baby, hero comes back, we find out he never slept with OW, he asks heroine to come back cause he really does love her and they live happily ever after!

Drama, angst and doormat heroine make this book the epitome of old
Mar 09, 2014 Nicole rated it did not like it
Shelves: hp
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The martyred heroine in this one was the ultimate doormat. He is verbally cruel....she still loves him. He says he wants the other woman....she understands and she still loves him. He slaps her. Twice. ....She forgives and blames herself and she still loves him. I don't see happy times ahead for this couple.
The title rings true. HEA: The Odds are Against it!
Fre06 Begum
Sep 25, 2014 Fre06 Begum rated it did not like it
Shelves: awfyl
Hated Gail what a loser was she cos the woman had no pride!
Oct 08, 2014 Lede rated it did not like it
"But now you believe I need a doormat?" - Carl, after Gail suggests he needs a wife who will allow him to treat her as badly as he wants.

And the idiot Gail jumps at the chance to fill this role. He even suggests she take a night to think about it, because he doesn't love her and can barely tolerate her. He tells her in no uncertain terms that he loves Petula and will go back to her if she wants him. She refuses to think about it and insists she is willing and enthusiastic about being his doormat
May 21, 2016 Tia rated it it was ok
Ugh another WEAK HEROINE!! It drives me INSANE!!!
The hero abused her verbally, physically, mentally and emotionally. He married her without loving her claiming to love another woman who abandoned him at the altar and told our heroine that he may not ever stay married to her if the OW came back. OW came back and he left heroine pregnant and alone. Heroine loses baby and hero comes grovelling back and she just accepts him. He didn't even redeem himself. It was fucking PATHETIC!
Dec 07, 2012 Della rated it did not like it
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Naiu Herondale
Apr 05, 2015 Naiu Herondale rated it did not like it
que libro malo, malisimo..... que prota masculino mas idiota, no lo soporte en ninguna parte de la novela u.u
Dec 08, 2011 Roseromance rated it liked it
this book was a little bit disappointing the hero was the most hateful harlequin hero i v read not once in the book i felt him in love with the little Gail he treated so badly without any consideration for her love for him and he even slaps her twice when she tried to warn him against this other women that he was in love with
i felt sorry for Gail because u can touch how she suffered in her love for Carl he doesn't deserve it and some people may think sh's stupid because she gave him everything
Jan 16, 2016 Becca added it
Ok, sé que a las protagonistas de Harlequin les falla un poco la dignidad y respeto, pero esta es un exageración, literalmente me dio ganas de entrar al libro y zarandearla para ver si reaccionaba. Él la golpeo dos veces y ella se disculpa ¿en serio? No tengo más comentarios, simplemente que es la primer protagonista de Harlequin que odio.
Clara Hernández
Jan 16, 2015 Clara Hernández rated it did not like it
No sé a quien odiar más si a ella por ser tan estúpida, o a él por ser un cabrón patán.

Entiendo que en los Harlequín a las protas les hace falta un poco de autoestima, pero a esta prota le hizo falta quererse un poco más, el tipo la trató con la punta del pie, y ella tan feliz.

Couldn't even finish this book. The heroine is such a pushover!,the hero is just plain cruel and the book is rather boring
Dec 30, 2015 Gehwane rated it did not like it
i hate this book!
Mar 22, 2015 Nana rated it did not like it
Omigod. This book is just unspeakably bad. Why did I read this? Stuff once read can't be unread, folks. TSTL is an inadequate description of the heroine. Both the H and the h are losers. Horrible horrible characters. The H is abusive, verbally, and physically abusive. Every time the heroine mentions the woman he's really in love with, he retaliates by calling her ugly, or by hitting her and telling her she is not fit to mention the other woman! And this is 99% of the book. I just can't even ...more
Jul 18, 2016 Saintlyjuliet rated it liked it
Only in HP land can the hero slap the heroine TWICE because of OW and then get away with it. The first time he told her she was not fit to mention the OW's name and the second time he slapped her then saw a bruise on her head and said "I didn't cause that!" Such a jackass! I was fine until these two slaps even though he treated the heroine like crap. I mean the two times he slapped her she was pregnant (not that he knew but still!) - and then he comes back all repentant saying, oh I changed my ...more
I hate this book so much. The heroine was TSTL and idiot...

I believe the worst one I've read involved a hero that hated the heroine almost throughout the entire book. I wished the author would have killed off that jerk hero(sooooo obsessed with the other woman).

Ale Snape li
Dec 09, 2015 Ale Snape li rated it did not like it
Ni siquiera pierdan el tiempo. El protagonista es un patán y ella es una mujer sin ningún amor propio.
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