THE VIPER (Untamed Hearts #1) by KELE MOON

Romance Series with MMA – Mafia theme

In the UNTAMED HEARTS series we meet the younger characters from Battered Hearts, Chuito, Tino and Nova.
Untamed Hearts is a wilder, darker, more violent series.
All three of the heroes are criminals in one way or another .

The Slayer should not be read as a Standalone.
To get the most out of this series we recommend reading them in order and also recommend reading Star Crossed and Crossing the Line – Books 2 and 3 from the BATTERED HEARTS series as characters and stories overlap.
(Details below)

the viper

SYNOPSIS
Marcos Rivera is a fighter. A gang member. Someone who has seen the dark side of humankind and survived. He has lost family and gained enemies. He has stolen cars and destroyed hearts, stripping one for money and the other for pleasure. His past is haunted and his future is bleak.

Until her.
Katie Foster is a high school history teacher. Smart, strong, and sexy. She is a woman Marcos shouldn’t want. Shouldn’t touch. Shouldn’t love. He met her in Garnet, a backwards, hick town that’s the last place in the world he wants to be, but he finds himself going back for a taste of the forbidden.

Katie represents all that is good in the world, and Marcos knows he’s nothing but trouble for her perfect life. He fights and he screws. He commits crimes and he breaks the rules. He will never change and he will never escape his gang lifestyle.
Or can he?
What happens when two different people from two very different walks of life risk it all by giving into the passion that threatens to consume both of them? Can a woman who only knows how to play it safe give her heart to a man who lives hard and loves harder?
Will she survive The Viper?

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viper

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

‘Thug life usually ended in a coffin or jail.’

J&G: ✯✯✯1/2 Stars 

Gitte: First of all let me say I absolutely love Kele Moon; she’s one of my all-time favourite Authors. Her writing is superb and the way she writes from the heart drawing out such emotion in me through her words is simply quite breath-taking. So it hurts so bloody much to say The Viper just didn’t have the same impact on me as her previous work. I really enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t fall in complete love and I didn’t feel as much as I normally do whilst reading her stories.

“No crying. I want you to stop letting the world hurt you.”

Once again, it was brilliantly written, the last 30 % was my favourite part of the story; that’s where the honest gut wrenching emotion and intensity came to play. Also, no one writes fighters and inner struggles like Kele Moon does.

“I just wanted something to hurt me. To make me forget. To make it sting so bad I couldn’t think about anything but the needle digging into my skin.”

However, overall I didn’t feel the intensity of the connection between Marcos and Katie. Nor did I think their respective pasts and current bond and attraction was explored enough to understand what shaped them and truly believe in that powerful connection they had.  In some ways I thought Chuito had too big of a role in this book for Marcos to truly shine and I just didn’t learn enough about Katie to fully connect. I did like both characters though. Marcos was a gorgeous, amazing man with a great sense of humour and Katie was sweet yet strong. I would have loved to know more though.

“I know my limits. You push every single one of them.”

As always the steam factor was hotter than Hades and catching up with familiar much loved characters was fab. I definitely recommend this book and I can’t wait for more in this series and will be eagerly awaiting every instalment.  Kele Moon is a favourite for many reasons and I’ll keep on one clicking! How did you feel about this one, Jenny?

Jenny:  Gitte I’m like you with this author. I never fail to experience that excited anticipation whenever I see Kele Moon has an upcoming release. She’s a definite 1click and always will be. The warmth and humour of her characters, the emotion she evokes in her stories and the beauty of her writing will have me coming back again and again.

“Just make me yours, that’s what I need right now, Marcos.”

It’s with a heavy heart I agree with your thoughts and whilst I did enjoy The Viper I too felt it lacked some of the intensity I’ve come to love from this author. I didn’t connect to Katie and Marcos as completely as I would have liked and didn’t experience their connection as strongly as I had hoped. I too wondered if this was due to the big presence of Chuito , a larger than life character who tended to overshadow Marcos in his own book.

“We’ll share the sins. All of them.”

 Katie was such a sweet character yet she could show grit when required. Marcos was a gorgeous guy and I so felt his inner struggle and his willingness to want to be better, but felt his hopelessness that it may never be a reality.

“You’re the lover. I’m just the fighter.” Chuito

Marcos’s personality really came to light towards the end when the emotion of the story came to a climax. Tia Sofia was a great character who stole every moment she was present. Kele Moon really does write an amazing fight scene. You can almost feel the hits as she explains the process in such vivid detail. The heat factor was scorching! There were some hits and misses in this one but overall I did enjoy it and would recommend picking it up. Looking forward to the rest of this series!

**Reviewed off an ARC copy provided by the author**

 

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THE UNTAMED HEARTS SERIES 

Untamed Hearts

The Viper Book #1 – our reviewamazon us | amazon uk 
 The Slayer Book #2 – our reviewamazon us | amazon uk 
 The Enforcer Book #3 – amazon us  | amazon uk
 The Enforcer’s Revenge Book #4 – Coming in 2016
The Boss Book #5

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THE BATTERED HEARTS SERIES 

Battered Hearts

Defying the Odds Book #1 (Currently 99cc/99p) :  amazon us | amazon uk
Star Crossed Book #2 : our reviewamazon us amazon uk 
Crossign the Line Book #3 – our reviewamazon us | amazon uk 

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