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“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.
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. “Oh.”
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. “Now.”
A freckle faced, redhead born and raised in Hawaii, Kele Moon has always been a bit of a sore thumb and has come to enjoy the novelty of it. She thrives off pushing the envelope and finding ways to make the impossible work in her story telling. With a mad passion for romance, she adores the art of falling in love. The only rules she believes in is that, in love there are no rules and true love knows no bounds.
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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Title: The Viper
Series: Untamed Hearts #1
Series Spin Off: Battered Hearts
Author: Kele Moon
Published by: Loose Id LLC
Publish Date: 8/19/14
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports MMA
Pages: 249 estimated
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch: Mindy
See Mindy’s Goodreads Review Here
Fantastic story about two people whose lives literally collided with a twist of bad luck. They have an instant connection and neither one can stop thinking about the other. Like night chasing the day, they couldn’t be more opposite. Katie is a history teacher and she lives a quiet normal and scheduled life. Marcos is a gangbanging street thug who lost his shot at professional MMA fighting. He’s been trying to clean up his act but his bad luck seems to chase him where ever he goes. Is it really bad luck for Katie and Marcos or is it fate steering them in the direction they’re destined to go?
“I can’t stop thinking that maybe two negatives might equal a positive.”
LOVED IT! This is my first Kele Moon book and definitely not my last. This series, Untamed Hearts is a spin off from the Battered Hearts series. I just bought all those books and plan to read them soon.
There is one moment in this book that I had to stop and just say fuuuuuuukkkkkk…. I had to slow down my reading and just take it all in. It was so hot and sexy and and and… just amazing. I felt it all the way to my toes. When Marcos knocks on Katie’s door*shivers* best scene in the book for me. Actually each encounter these two have is off the chart hot.
“Im gonna eat you out until you scream, chica.”
“I like to watch. I wanna see your face when I take you.”
This book will make you laugh, horny, get misty eyed and fall in love with all the characters. Marcos is a foul mouthed, dirty talkin’, bad boy who’s got a kind heart that’s caged in a lifetime of wrong turns and bad luck.
My reaction to anything Marcos says and does…
Marcos’ relationship with his cousin Chuito is definitely note worthy. I LOVE Chuito aka Slayer! Chuito plays a big part in this book. I won’t go into details but I cannot wait to read Chuito’s story. *giddy with excitement*
Katie is smart, strong and I love her sassy attitude. She’s not afraid to say “no” and will work to get what she wants. The only annoying thing about her was how she seemed to constantly compare Grayson to Marcos.
“You’re a woman. You got what I want. Use it against me every chance you can get.”
There are several funny moments in this book and I love it when an author can literally make me laugh out loud. Marcos and Grayson’s interactions crack me up.
Overall I loved it. The flow of this book is really good. For me, there were a couple of lull moments, but they didn’t last long. I really liked how the author introduced all the characters and I never once got confused or lost. There was action, steamy hot sex and a good story to back all this up. Even though this is a spin off series from Battered Hearts, you don’t have to read that series to know what’s going on.
Who would I recommend this book to? Everyone with EYES! It’s fantastic and I’m excited to read more from this author.
I received a copy of this book via the author in exchange for an honest review.