Review: Kele Moon has outdone herself in THE SLAYER (Untamed Hearts #2), and that’s saying a lot because THE VIPER (Untamed Hearts #1) built on the powerful story lines, strong characters, raw emotions and hot sex we’ve come to know in the Battered Hearts series.
There are no spoilers in my review because I believe each reader deserves to experience the same jaw-dropping and LOL moments that I did while reading THE SLAYER 🙂
I’ll admit, Chuito wasn’t on my radar the way Nova (oh Nova) has been since I first met him in the Battered Hearts series but Kele Moon told his story so well that Chu and Alaine are now one of my favourite book couples of all time.
Chuito grew up in a rough neighourbood in Miami, joining a gang at a young age with his cousin Marcos; whose story is told in THE VIPER. You don’t have to read book one to follow Chuito’s story but if you do, you know about the tragedy that shapes these boys into the men they are today.
Alaine on the other hand, grew up in a small town but her childhood was far from easy and unlike a weaker person, she braves her preacher father’s wrath to forge her own destiny.
When Chuito arrives in Garnet to train as an MMA fighter, he becomes neighbours with Alaine and on night one under the same roof, they form a bond that will prove to be unbreakable.
THE SLAYER jumps back and forth in time periodically but it’s easy to follow and helps you to gain greater insight into the evolution of Chuito and Alaine’s relationship and eventual romance.
If you’ve never read a book featuring an anti-hero, then this is the best way to get started. Chu makes no apologies for what he’s done in the past to protect his family, including revenge killings of rival gang members when he was a teenager, nor for the fact that he would kill again to keep those he loves safe from harm.
This leads to some very dark times for Chu, Alaine and his best friend in Garnet, Valentino ‘Tino’ Moretti. What goes down in Miami, and how they overcome it, forms a large part of what makes Chu the anti-hero that you root for because he’s just that damn pure of heart.
Nova makes a cameo in Miami that is at turns fellow anti-hero and lovable playboy 🙂
I love, love, love how Alaine embraces all that Chuito is and how he finally realises that she truly is tough enough to handle all the sh*t that comes with the territory of living life not quite on the right side of the law.
Kele Moon has at least two more books in the UNTAMED HEARTS series; THE ENFORCER and THE BOSS. Tino’s book, THE ENFORCER, is wonderfully set up in the cliffhanger ending of THE SLAYER.
I. Can’t. Wait.
Throughout the book, Chu and Tino speak a mix of English and Boricua street slang and Italian respectively. You get the idea of what’s said pretty clearly but if you’re like me, you’ll be online looking up translations as you read 🙂
There is a full (and detailed) glossary of terms at the back of the book. The same goes for the Italian and Cosa Nostra terms used by Tino and his family. I just found it easier with an eBook to do a search on my phone rather than scrolling to the end of the eBook. This is where a print book has its advantages.
Author: Kele Moon
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Synopsis: To Chuito the apartment was a self-imposed prison for a lifetime of sins. To Alaine, the girl next door, it was salvation from her overbearing, religious father.
He was a devil.
She was an angel.
Two people who should’ve never met, let alone become friends, but it’s not until they give into the dangerous passion that’s been simmering under the surface for five years that things go to hell.
On the outside, Chuito ‘The Slayer’ Garcia is on top of the world. He’s successful. He’s wealthy. He’s a champion MMA fighter surrounded by friends who support him, but they don’t know what he was before he came to Garnet.
Now his past is churning up demons he can’t ignore. Chuito knows he needs to go back to Miami to end it, but there’s something holding him back, a single temptation he can’t resist before leaving.
She’s the one drug he can’t give up…even if it destroys them both.
“To me you’re coke. Fine. Smooth. Perfectly white. Very bad for me, but so fucking sexy I don’t give a shit. It’s worth going down for.” – Chuito Garcia
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EXCERPT from “The Slayer”:
“It’s a new dance. I don’t know the steps.”
“No steps. You always need rules,” Chuito complained. “Just listen to the music. Close your eyes.”
“They’re closed. I’m listening.”
“Listen to the drums. That’s the part you listen to. Feel it.”
“I’m feeling it.”
“No. Feel it like a heartbeat. Like life. You want it to be a love song, hear the sex in it. Hold me like I hold you.” He jerked her tighter against him as he said it, forcing her breasts to crush against his chest and her dress to ride higher up on her thighs. “Like you need me.”
Alaine sucked in a hard breath and ran her hand up from his shoulder to his neck. The lust made her languid against her will, and when he moved this time, she followed because she didn’t have a choice.
“You’re not supposed to think when you dance. Supposed to just feel. To move the way I tell you to move.” He ran his hand up her back, pushing at the center of it until she arched into him, allowing her head to fall back and forcing her hips tightly against his. “Yeah, like that.
Better. I step hard. You step—”
“Soft,” she finished for him.
“That’s right. Follow my hand. Hard, soft, together we fit.” He loosened his hold on her waist, and she stepped back to the beat and then allowed him to pull her into his arms again. They did it a few times, the push and pull, stepping away from the heat and moving back together like they needed each other to keep breathing. Then he pulled her to the right and stepped to the left at the same time. When he used his hold on her waist to force her back, she stepped so that her feet were between his. He fit the two of them back together like a puzzle piece again, with his leg pressed so intimately between her thighs it was making her ache. She arched her hips on instinct, and he hummed in approval. “Bueno, asi mismo. Move them like God made you to move them. That’s good, mami.”
Before now, they’d been dancing salsa, not this hybrid, more sensual form of moving that felt like a guilty pleasure. The beat was the same, the steps were sometimes the same, but this was so much more intimate. A tease. A candy-coated sin that wasn’t a sin because it was labeled dancing instead.
Alaine loved it.
She let herself be completely soft in his arms, moving where he wanted her to move, because it felt so damn good to let go of everything else and just be with Chuito. All she had to do was feel the drums throbbing and listen to the erotic, lulling sound of a man singing in Spanish about dancing with his woman.
They danced until the sun came up.
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, all 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?
Can she survive The Viper?
Kele Moon is hosting a tour wide Giveaway of a Kindle Fire HD 6″ (US only) and/or $100 Amazon gift card
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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