Review: The Viper by Kele Moon

Title: The Viper (Untamed Hearts, #1)

Author: Kele Moon

Release Date: August 19, 2014



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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.

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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Meagan’s 4.5 Star Review

Kele Moon writes dominant heroes like nobody’s business. I’ve read a lot of books where the men are assholes and we’re just supposed to accept it because they’re an “alpha male.” Well, I call bullshit. A hero can be dominant and sensitive. The Viper is a fabulous example of a well-written male character that can be brash, possessive, and caring all at the same time.

I am a fan of Moon’s Battered Hearts series so I was ecstatic she was writing a spin off. Untamed Hearts is the first in this series and centers around Chuito’s cousin Marcos. (Chuito is a MMA fighter training in Garnet. His chemistry with Alaine was out of this world! I really hope we get to see more of it soon.) Marcos’ life is a mix of bad decisions and even worse luck. The one bright spot is when he ran sweet, little Katie Foster off the road with his truck. What should have been one of the worst nights of his life turned into an experience neither one of them can forget.

When two characters meet and instantly fall for each other it can be a little hard to swallow. But, the way Katie and Marco were drawn to each other felt real. The circumstances of their first meeting heightened their feelings for each other. It made them reevaluate how they had been living their lives up to that point. Their personalities feed off of each other. They had a chemistry that was unique and I loved it.

Like I said before, I really enjoy how Kele writes male characters. I also like that her female characters have backbone. Katie was a boring schoolteacher who was resigned to teach History and only have kissed one man for the rest of her life. After she met Marco she decided she wanted to change. Katie wanted to be bold and face life head on. I really loved that Katie developed into the kind of person who didn’t need a man to make her happy. Once she decided she wanted something she went after it, with or without Marco.

The Viper is a wonderful read. Kele Moon created well-rounded characters that were easy to fall in love with. I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. I have no doubt it will be as amazing as the first. 


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“Are you okay?” Katie asked as she sat next to Marcos on the sofa in the living room watching a travel show. He wore only jeans and was certainly more compelling than the television with all those muscles and tattoos on display, but she couldn’t help but voice her concern. “You know, if you’re not comfortable staying here—”

“No, that’s not it. I like being with you.” He reached over and squeezed her knee reassuringly. “I got into a fight with my cousin today.”

“Oh.” She picked up a fry, and took a bite as she thought about that. “It wasn’t because of me, was it?”

“No.” He shook his head and set his plate on the table. “It wasn’t about you at all.”

“Is Chuito mad you’re staying here?”

“He’s probably glad I’m staying here.” Marcos stretched out on the couch, resting his head on her thigh. He reached up, helping himself to one of her fries before she set her plate down. “It’s other stuff. Being around him is not so easy anymore.”

Katie stroked his hair, enjoying the way it felt against her fingers. “Why?”

“I think I remind him of what he’s trying to forget. Here he’s the Slayer. Famous fighter. With me, he’s…something different.” Marcos took another bite of his fry, appearing deep in thought as he rubbed his chest, his hand resting over the cross above his heart. “I dunno, maybe that’s not it at all. I mean, coño, he’s obviously that person around that Tino pendejo, and he sees him every day.”

“You don’t like Tino Moretti?”

He jerked and looked up at her with a glare. “Do you know him?”

“Yeah, he’s Jules’s brother-in-law.” She shrugged when she saw how tense it made him. “We’re not friends or anything, but—”

“I don’t want you talking to him.” He tugged on a strand of her hair to make his point. “You stay away from him, you hear me, chica?”

“Bossy.” She arched an eyebrow, because that sort of controlling tactic reminded her of Grayson. “I don’t like people telling me who to talk to, Marcos.”

“No.” He sat up and turned to her, his light eyes blazing. “You listen to me about this. Stay far away from him.”

She frowned, more than a little unnerved. “Why?”

He reached out and cupped her face. His rough thumb ran over her bottom lip. “Because I asked you to. If you trust me, you’ll do this for me.”

“Tino Moretti couldn’t pick me out of a crowd,” Katie assured him. “It’s fine. We’ve only spoken a few times.”

“A few times too many.” He was still caressing her lip, his emotions so clear to read, anger mixed with compassion. It was a strange combination, but it was there as he leaned in and kissed her. “And make sure after I leave he’s not the next muchacho to show up.”

She laughed. “I doubt I’m Tino Moretti’s type.”

“You’re every man’s type.” He kissed her again, just a tease of their lips meeting that had Katie running her hand up his bare arm, tracing the muscles that bunched under her fingers. He kept his lips a breath away from hers. “Promise me.”

“I’ve given you enough promises today.” She smiled, thinking two could play this game. If he could tease, she could too. “Are you jealous? He is a horrible flirt.”

“He thinks people are supposed to jump when he speaks,” Marcos whispered with bitterness. “Stay away from guys like that. There’s usually a reason for that kind of attitude. They’ve earned it. The hard way.”

“You have that kind of attitude,” she reminded him. “Did you earn it? The hard way?”

“Yes, chica, I did.” He kissed her again, another brush of his lips against hers as he spoke against her mouth, “You should’ve stayed away from me too.”

He pushed his hand into her hair and then fisted it. He tugged her head back with all the attitude he claimed to have earned the hard way. He studied her, the concern in his gaze being replaced by something much more carnal. “Now open for me.”

She parted her lips, and he took what he wanted. His tongue slipped into her mouth, making a wave of white-hot pleasure wash over her. It was a kiss meant to be obeyed, meant to break her and leave her wanting more.

It worked.

She would have agreed to stop talking to anyone at that moment as he fell back against the couch, pulling her with him until she was straddled over him. She held onto his bare shoulders for support as he kissed her like a man possessed. All she could think about was him. He stole every other thought in her head—like a thief—shamelessly and without remorse.

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About the Author

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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