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Against All Odds

By: C.W. Farnsworth
Narrated by: Connor Crais, Erin Mallon
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Summary

Rylan Keller is dreading the start of spring semester. After choosing a college across the country and spending the past fall abroad, she’ll be a Holt University student. Worse than starting over at a new school? Starting over at a new school where your dad is the head coach of the men’s hockey team. And reluctantly agreeing to tutor a player, then coming face-to-face with the guy you thought you’d never see again.

Aidan Phillips has a reputation on campus. One he’s carefully curated to include limited reliability or responsibility. Outside of hockey, he spends his free time drinking, partying, and flirting. Often all three.

He’s a player off the ice as well as on it. Gorgeous, carefree, reckless. His one goal is to finally win Holt a championship, which he can only do if he keeps up his end of the tutoring arrangement. Hooking up with his tutor would be stupider than failing in the first place, even if the tutor in question wasn’t his coach’s daughter.

Rylan is determined to excel at Holt and make her fresh start a success. To finally have some fun, and not with a hockey player. Except, the more time they spend together, the harder it is to hold back.

But no matter how tempting giving in might be…the odds are stacked against them.

©2024 C.W. Farnsworth (P)2024 C.W. Farnsworth

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Sweet College Hockey Romance!

This is the second book in the Holt Hockey series, a college hockey romance. Rylan and Aidan's slow burn and forbidden romance is sweet, emotional, passionate, funny, and engaging, filled with family drama, and romance. They are perfect together. The supporting characters are interesting. Connor Crais and Erin Mallon did an outstanding job bringing this story to life. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to more in the series.

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Narration dream team!!

Against All Odds

Audiobook review: Narrated by Connor Crais and Erin Mallon

Hockey Romance
Second Chance (previous ONS)
Coach’s Daughter / Tutor
Reformed Player
Secret Relationship

This book was amazing on so many levels. These characters were so easy to root for and the banter between these two was thoroughly entertaining. I enjoyed the surprise of their unexpected reunion and the dynamic between the two was balanced and fun to read. I was also impressed with the hockey aspect of the story and that our MMC wasn’t destined for the NHL had me just as invested in the sports storyline as the romantic one. Great timing and pacing had me listening almost non-stop.

As good as this story is, adding Connor Crais and Erin Mallon as narrators just skyrocketed it for me as far as likability. I couldn’t have picked a better voice for Aiden. He is just a pleasure to have in my ears for long periods of time. As far as Erin Mallon, she can do not wrong as far as I’m concerned. The skill she has in differentiating characters is masterful. Her masculine character interpretation is genius and I forgot I wasn’t listening to a duet style narration when she was in charge.

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A Fun, Flirty Audiobook

Against All Odds is the second book in the Holt Hockey series by CW Farnsworth. I had the opportunity to review the audiobook, for my first ever book by this author. Rylan Keller was dreading the start of the second semester of her Junior year of college. She was transferring in to her home town college, where her father was the D3 hockey coach. She reluctantly agreed to tutor one of her father’s players so that he could retake the final exam for his Statistics class, and she had wanted to fly under the radar with the hockey team so that she wouldn’t be known as “the coach’s daughter.” Imagine her horror when the player turned out to be Aidan Phillips, the guy she uncharacteristically had a one night stand in a hot tub with over winter break. A guy she never expected to see again. Aidan was known best for hockey, partying, drinking, and flirting. He was rudderless, with no idea what his future would bring, and his only goal was to win the hockey championship. The only way he could do so was to keep up the tutoring arrangement his coach had made with the one girl he couldn’t forget. Suddenly hookups with other girls held little appeal, but Rylan wouldn’t consider any relationship outside of tutoring. Not only that, but her comments about his lackadaisical performance in hockey and Statistics seemed to have motivated him to work harder and try more, which seemed to bleeding over into other areas of his life.

This was a fun story to listen to. The Conner Craig’s and Erin Mallon were magic, and I really liked both Aidan and Rylan. Aidan was struggling with so many facets of his life, but he felt grounded when Rylan was there. He did everything he could to put himself in her orbit, despite the conflict he felt from wanting to be with his coach’s daughter. Rylan was also struggling. She had a lot of self-doubt about her college choices, and was certain that Aidan would not want to give her the kind of relationship that she wanted. She had wanted to steer clear of all things hockey, but instead seemed to continually find herself in the same places as the team. The more time she spent in the hockey world, the more she blossomed socially. In romance, there is no boyfriend more committed than a reformed rake, and that comes true in this story. You are going to want to listen to Aidan and Rylan’s story if you are a fan of contemporary hockey romance! I loved it and I believe that you will too. I would like to thank Valentine PR and CW Farnsworth for providing this ALC in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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The Dream Team

Connor Crais and Erin Mallon narrating this one was like listening to the dream team. They are such a good pairing and really made Rylan and Aiden come alive.
This was my 2nd book by this author, and it didn't disappoint. I got absorbed in the story. Loved the mix of tropes and that there was no 3rd act break up. The romance was a slow burn, and the lead up was done well. I loved the banter between the characters. You could feel the friendship blossoming before it led to more. There was just the right amount of drama to keep things interesting. I will definitely read the rest of the series and more from this author. I highly recommend the audio it was a great story to get lost in.

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College hockey romance with all the swoon & spice!

I flew through the audiobook edition of Against All Odds by CW Farnsworth, and performed by Erin Mallon & Connor Crais! If you like a steamy, college hockey romance, with a forbidden coach’s daughter trope… you’ll love this.

The story was performed fantastically by Erin & Connor! Their performance range and ability to keep you entertained with each chapter is spot on.

This was my first book by CW Farnsworth, and there will be more! Against All Odds has a great storyline, a superb amount of spice, and was super well paced, keeping my attention the whole way through.

Against All Odds is book 2 of the Holt Hockey series, and followed Aiden & Rylan. They had a steamy hot tub meet cute on vacation, then end up at the same college, with many unavoidable links to each other. The banter and text messages were hilarious and the stolen kisses… and more, built up the perfect amount of tension. I will definitely be continuing with the series.

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Against All Odds

A funny hockey romance.
Rylan and Aidan are very hot from the first moment. And their first meeting is even more hot.

I was listening to the audio and enjoyed it a lot. The narrators did a great job.

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This book has all the tropes 💜

I really enjoyed this book. I love the tutor/student trope at the moment, and coaches daughter is usually 🤌.

Rylan and Aiden were super cute together. I think their relationship progressed really well and naturally. This book had lots going on but was low drama, which made me enjoy the book even more.

The narrators were so good. They brought the characters to life amazingly and made Aiden and Rylans story even better

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Not for me

This was kind of a miss for me. I typically love C.W. Farnsworth but this one felt really forced.
Rylan and Aidan really didn’t give me the instaswoon they spoke so much of in the book. As far as characters they really didn’t develop too much either. Rylan, nearly virginal has slept with 2 guys her entire life while the guy shes attracted to had pretty much slept with anything that moves. There is some sort of weird cadence with romance books where authors feel this dynamic is settling and its not.
There was a lot going on in this book but at the same time not much of anything. It was hard to make the story stick with so many microtropes. I felt this story should have stuck with one or two and really dug into the characters.
There were kind of a few other things that were off, the geography and knowledge of where schools are located was a little off putting. Everything just felt very predictable.

The only thing that kept me going through this book was the audio. Erin Mallon and Connor Crais did everything they could to make this book enjoyable.

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Great book ♥️

Aiden and Rylan
Hockey Romance
Coaches daughter

A one night stand with a stranger... only to find out she's your coaches daughter and your new tutor!!

I loved this book! I loved watching their friendship/relationship grow

I did prefer the first book, but I still really enjoyed this one!

The audio narrators were fantastic for this one!

4.5 ⭐️

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Sweet & Spicy

This was such a sweet story! I loved the chemistry between Rylan and Aiden.
I really liked that they had a bit of history.
This story was full of passion, tenderness, angst, frustration, friendship & spice.
I enjoyed the banter between Rylan and Aiden. I enjoyed their entire dynamic.

Erin Mallon and Connor Crais did an absolutely phenomenal job on the narration of this story.

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