Friday, August 22, 2014

Blog Tour: The Viper (Untamed Hearts #1) by Kele Moon

Title: The Viper (Untamed Hearts, #1)
Author: Kele Moon
Genre: Erotic / Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Loose Id
Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

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?
“You’re not exactly a ten, Katie.” Grayson laughed cruelly, reminding Katie why she left to begin with.
 “No one is going to love you for your mind like I do, not in this town. I’m your best option, and I don’t understand why you did this to us.”
 “I think she’s a ten,” a man called from behind them.
 Goose bumps danced over Katie’s skin, and she wasn’t sure why until she craned her neck to look toward the direction of the low, male voice. Her body must have recognized what her mind hadn’t caught up with, because walking over to them was Marcos Rivera. He was wearing sunglasses and a baseball hat, but it was undeniably him. She could see the snake tattoo on his arm from there. 
He looked larger than life in the late afternoon sun with those impossibly broad shoulders and large, bunched biceps covered in tribal tattoos. She couldn’t help but notice that every inch of him seemed wound tight and ready to jump—like a tiger stalking prey. She blinked, understanding for the first time all those warnings Jules had been leveling at her in regards to Marcos.
 This wasn’t the kind, handsome angel from the crash site.
 This Marcos looked deadly. He took off his sunglasses when he stopped in front of them. His light gaze rested on the steely grasp Grayson still had on her arm.
 “This is the part where you let her go.”
 “Excuse me?” Grayson huffed in that annoying superior voice of his that had always embarrassed Katie when he used it in public, usually toward someone parking their car or waiting on them at a restaurant. 
“This is my wife and—” 
“Ex-wife,” Katie corrected before Grayson could finish. She was still staring at Marcos in shock, unable to believe he was really standing there in front of her.
 “What are you doing here?” Marcos broke the dangerous staring contest he was having with Grayson. 
He let his gaze run over her hotly for one long moment, making more goose bumps dance over her arms. A small bit of the tension eased out of his powerful frame, and the look in his beautiful eyes became warm just like she remembered. 
“I got your messages.” 
“My messa—” Katie cheeks heated when she realized what he was talking about and her voice was a squeak of acknowledgement.
There was a quiet moment between them, one charged enough that Katie was actually breathless to be in his presence again after so long. Strangely enough, she could feel it off Marcos too. That electric fission of need so overwhelming it actually showed on his face and translated into something tangible enough that even someone as romantically challenged as Katie could sense it. As if remembering they weren’t alone, Marcos cleared his throat and turned back to Grayson, his eyes narrowed in warning once more. 
“Yeah, I’m gonna have to insist you get your hands off her.” He eyed Grayson’s hold on her arm pointedly. 

I was thrilled to find so many things I love bout my favorite types of romance stories combined in this steamy read. I found a bossy yet sweet hero who was loyal to his girl and his friends and family. I found a mix of innocent and vixen in the heroine and add to that some sassiness thrown in for good measure. 
Marcus and Katie were adorable together. Thrown in each others paths by the most unusual circumstances they are drawn to each other in the most profound way. Katie doesn't want to let this amazing and mysterious stranger leave from her life without the chance to at least thank him for saving her. She goes to extreme measures to find him again. 
Marcus sees everything he yearns for but doesn't deserve in Katie but in the end can't fight his attraction and they spend one week together that just deepens the connection so much more.  Marcus loved Katie like she never experienced before and their sweet encounters were emotional and erotic. 
  Katie stole the story in my book the way she stood up to those around her and decided to move forward with such courage. Marcus was the perfect hero in the way that he didn't shy away from his feelings ..but owned up to them. 

I loved all the secondary characters and how Kele Moon brought such depth to the story by showing the connections of the deep rooted family ties. My heart broke for Chuito and I want him and Alaine to find their HEA so bad.  I was very intrigued by the Moretti brothers and hope to hear more about them in future books. I have a secret obsession with Mafia story lines..and I'm very very intrigued by the intense and broody Nova. What sassy heroine would bring this sexy tough man to his knees? 
 Kele, I kinda want to be you to give me his story ASAP.
 I can say this was one romantic and passionate romance and I enjoyed every Sizzling Page. 

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So obsessed is she with the beauty of romance and the novelty of creating it she’s lost in her own wonder world most of the time. Thankfully she married her own dark, handsome, brooding hero who had infinite patience for her airy ways and attempts to keep her grounded. When she leaves her keys in the refrigerator or her cell phone in the oven he’s usually there to save her from herself. The two of them now reside in Florida with their three beautiful children who make their lives both fun and challenging in equal parts– They wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  1. Thank you soooo much for reading and writing this admirable review. . . Nova will absolutely be getting his own book! I promise! I've been dying to write his story since he showed up in Star Crossed from the Battered Hearts series. . . I can't wait! :D


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