Title: The Viper (Untamed Hearts, #1)
Author: Kele Moon
Genre: Erotic / Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 19, 2014
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?
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.
My Review~4 Stars
August 15. 2014
Kele Moon is a phenomenal writer who doesn’t shy away from writing about the darker aspects of life. The Viper is no excerption and deals with something that I’ve been waiting for and looking for in books for awhile. The biker boys many of us are guilty of fawning over have nothing on Los Corrados (apologies if I got the gang wrong). In The Viper our main character is a too hot Puerto Rican from the wrong side of the tracks in Miami and carries the emotional and physical scars to prove it. Once in a gang, always in a gang but that doesn’t stop a scorching romance from shaking things up.
Marcos is the complete opposite of Katie. So opposite in fact, the two would probably never have reason to speak or even look the other in the eye if it wasn’t for a car accident literally crashing them together. The accident may be the cause of much pain but for Katie it gives her the push her life needs and she realizes living dangerously is something she’s never done and doesn’t want to live any other way. Katie doesn’t get the attraction. Sure Marcos is hot but he’s from a gang and just got out of jail, he lives in Miami and she’s a gringa, who teaches high school history school no less.
Sparks are always flying when these two are together. After the initial accident some time passes by and the majority of the story between the characters happens in a very short time span fleshed out when they meet again. Considering the scare factor of Marcos being in a gang I really expected more violence or even fighting especially at the climax but everything sort of gets smoothed over and the past serves more in reflecting violence. I wouldn’t say the story wasn’t hardcore or even nail biting, I just wanted a more inside look into Marcos’s gang-life.
Overall I was once again amazed and awed by the talent of Kele Moon. This series is the first of many more great and jaw-dropping reads, it’s easy to tell. I’m really hoping Chuito’s book is next. The series is new but does feature characters from the Battered Hearts series. It can be read as a stand-alone and reader’s need not read Battered Hearts to understand but they are great books and I highly recommend at least adding them to you T-B-R.
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