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CABR Top Pick, Interview & Giveaway: “The Enforcer (Untamed Hearts #3)” by Kele Moon

Mar 27

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Review: Kele Moon practically ripped my heart out (before putting it back together with duct tape) in part one of THE ENFORCER. I have faith that it will heal properly when part two comes out in a few months; Enforcer’s Revenge (Untamed Hearts #4)

If I thought I was invested in all of the main characters from their first appearance in the BATTERED HEARTS series but I was wrong. This book…took me places. It had me crying, laughing and cheering as Valentino “Tino” Moretti and his siblings did what they had to do to not only survive the abuse they each suffered but to find pockets of joy and love which made life worth living.

I strongly advise that once you’ve gotten your copy of THE ENFORCER, clear your schedule. It. Is. That. Riveting! 🙂

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Click below to read the rest of my review, my interview with Kele, an excerpt from THE ENFORCER and a link to the rafflecopter giveaway 🙂

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(CABR Top Pick) Review & $100 Amazon G.C. Giveaway: “The Slayer” by Kele Moon

Apr 11

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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.

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Crossing The Line (Battered Hearts #3)” by Kele Moon

Nov 18

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I’m very happy to bring you an EXCLUSIVE excerpt today.

It’s ‘the cookie scene’ from Kele Moon’s CROSSING THE LINE, Battered Hearts #3

If you read my CABR Top Pick Review of the book, then you know what I’m referring to 🙂

There’s also a CABR-specific Giveaway just for you 

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(CABR Top Pick) Review & $15 GC Giveaway: “Crossing The Line (Battered Hearts #3)” by Kele Moon

Nov 12

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Review: Make sure you have some tissues handy when you start to read CROSSING THE LINE because Kele Moon will have you crying, laughing, swearing and cheering, as Wyatt Conner and Tabitha McMillen travel a very difficult road to Happy Ever After.

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Battered Hearts” series by Kele Moon

Apr 4

Star Crossed coverKele Moon is on CABR today!

(Can you tell I’m excited? LOL)

Kele is here to tell us about her erotic contemporary romance series, BATTERED HEARTS, from Loose Id.

If you enjoy passionate romance filled with obstacles the h/H DO overcome, and featuring some seriously hot Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, then this is the series for you. 🙂

TWO lucky visitors to CABR will each win a book in the series, so be sure to POST A COMMENT and complete the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY.

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Using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about your BATTERED HEARTS series.

The Battered Hearts books are about a group of MMA tough guys and the women who love them. Steamy. Emotional. Exciting.

How does that work? But then of course, after 5 fun tales of UFC fighters LOL! Then there will be Nova. . . Who doesn’t fit into a box and conforms to no one 😀

 

What inspired you to write these amazing, strong characters who’ve each suffered in their own way?

I like fighters. There’s something very compelling about men who go into a cage to get beat up every day and then come back asking for more.

I enjoy exploring what drives certain people to do and be certain things and the world of MMA was a wide open playing field for someone like me who loves tortured heroes 😀

 

Did you struggle to write a particular scene in book 1 or 2? Or would this question apply to Wyatt’s book, which is still a WIP?

Actually, the Romeo and Jules’s first date scene from STAR CROSSED was very difficult. I didn’t realize until I started writing it that I had never written a sex scene where the two characters had just met. . . All my stories up until that point had been friends to lovers stories in one way or another.

I thought I would NEVER finish that date/sex scene!! And funny enough I get a lot of positive feedback on it. . . LOL! Which is nice considering how much time I spent ripping my hair out over it.

Excerpt from STAR CROSSED:

She huffed indignantly as he pushed the door open. “I’m talking to you.”

“I heard you.”

“You genuinely disappointed me.” She sounded stricken as she followed behind him. “I thought you were different from the fellas I’m used to, but it turns out you’re the same and—” Romeo pushed the door closed behind her, and Jules turned when it clicked shut. “What’re you doing?”

Romeo stepped into her personal space and then leaned forward to breathe her in. The perfume she wore was dark and seductive rather than sweet and floral like most women wore. Jesus, this woman even smelled perfect.

When Romeo moved to kiss her, she turned her head petulantly. Her breathing was shallow, her body tense, but she obviously wasn’t inclined to give in—yet.

He bent down and whispered against the smooth line of her throat, “I didn’t pay for dinner to be a chauvinist. I did it because I enjoyed your company, and I felt like you were worth it. Is that so bad?”

Jules appeared unmoved by his impassioned plea. “You think you’re charming.”

“Sometimes,” Romeo admitted, a smile tugging at his lips. “But it’s still the truth. I wanna kiss you, Juliet. Look at me.”

“No.” Jules’s voice was a low rasp, sounding like the denial hurt. “Maybe this is a mistake. I thought about it while I was walking up here. This is all wrong and—”

She was going to be stubborn, so Romeo took the initiative and cupped her face in both his large hands. He forced her to turn to him and studied her stunning features for one breathless moment. Her body tightened defensively, but she didn’t fight him as only the sound of their labored breathing filled the air. Jules’s eyes were wide, her cheeks more flushed than ever. Then she licked her full, lush bottom lip in a quick swipe of anticipation.

That was all the invitation he needed.

Romeo leaned down and kissed her before she got a chance to think about things any more than she already had. Jules moaned in response and arched into him. Her lips parted to his, soft and hungry for more. Romeo knew he was already too far gone as he deepened the kiss and greedily took what she was offering.

Has the response to this series surprised you in any way? 

It has! Pleasantly so . . . It was a series I started on a whim when I had an idea about a big, badass fighter and a piece of pie. LOL!

But it’s grown out into something I’m really excited to be writing. . . I especially love the spin on the mafia boys Chuito, Tino and Nova whose stories are going to make up the backend of the series!

 

Defying the Odds coverIf you were offered a TV or movie deal for BATTERED HEARTS, which would you choose? Who would play your characters?

I would probably choose TV just because I know how the story is going to unfold in the long run. . . Too much for movies. . . Though I wouldn’t mind see Star Crossed on the big screen.

I don’t usually have actual actors in mind when I write. . . But for this series I have found a few that match.

Clay looks a lot like Joe Manganiello in my mind, which is funny because he is Italian. I know a lot of people think of Romeo when they see him, but I dunno, that’s just how I always pictured Clay.

And hands down, Chris Hemsworth as Wyatt. I saw a picture of him once with short hair, wearing flannel and I was like. . . OMG! It’s Wyatt!!

Here’s some of the pics from that shoot. . . What’d you think? Wyatt?

http://www.mikethefanboy.com/chris-hemsworth-talks-about-getting-all-buff-and-working-out-in-the-new-mens-health-magazine-may-2011/

Other than that. . . I’m still looking 😀 And I’m always open to suggestions!

 

TRIVIA

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Pantser or plotter?

100% Pantser!

 

Dogs or cats?

I like both. . . I own neither. I have my hands full with three kids. LOL!

 

 

Chocolate or fruits?

Chocolate.

 

Ideal getaway?

The beach!! Doesn’t even matter where. . . I grew up on an island. The ocean feeds my soul.

 

If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why?

It’s a three way tie between my favorite authors Pat Conroy, JK Rowling and Rick Riordan 😀

 

Thanks for stopping by Kele.  🙂  

I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing you. Loved the actors you’ve selected to play the men and women in BATTERED HEARTS.

Hopefully we really do get to see your books brought to life one day 🙂

 

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Review: “Beyond Eden (Eden book 1)” by Kele Moon

Mar 30

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STAR-4

 

 

Review: Kele Moon’s debut novel leaves quite an impression. 404 pages long, this is not a quick read but it is a good one.

Although BEYOND EDEN lacked detail when it came to most of the BDSM pain scenes between Paul and Danny, you do get to see the full evolution of Eden’s renewed relationship with her two childhood best friends.

This was a departure for me. I’ve never read a ménage à trois like this before, with such dark themes and where there are two couples that become one about half-way through the story.

That being said, Ms Moon does a great job pulling you into the bonds between Eden and Paul, then Paul and Danny, Eden and Danny, ending with the rocky road to love amongst all three.

Paul’s fiancee, Trisha, is a true piece of work! I wonder if she will appear in a future book? Boy would that be a reveal of hidden, deeply-buried desires. If anyone can make this cold lady appealing, Ms Moon can. 🙂

I mention Trisha because Paul’s impending marriage to this “vanilla sex” woman has put a severe strain on his secret relationship with Danny, the man who loves him as he is but who can’t express that because thanks to Paul’s domineering, career-military father, being gay is just plain wrong.

Sadly we don’t get to see Paul interacting with his family, not even in a key scene near the end but what saves BEYOND EDEN is Ms Moon’s ability to fill you in through her characters’ conversations and recollections.

The reference to, but lack of interaction with, Paul’s family, plus the limited interaction with Eden’s family and the lack of detail when Danny and Paul engaged in fire play, are the reasons why I struggled when rating this book.

Ultimately, Ms Moon does a great job of bringing Eden, Paul and Danny closer together on an emotional and physical level, with details of a key BDSM scene in the latter half of the book which convinced me to give it 4 stars.

A significant reason for this came in the last quarter of BEYOND EDEN. Man-of-his-word that Paul is, he refuses to cut ties with Trisha and his domineering father, so Eden and Danny make a painful decision.

They find their own version of HEA and I was left wandering if Paul being part of their lives would require a sequel. But no…Paul finally, finally, allows himself to feel more than physical pain and sexual release, thus paving the way for him to seek his own version of heaven – a fully-committed relationship with his two dominant partners, Danny and Eden. (Eden may dominate Paul but she in turn is submissive to Danny).

Yup, this is NOT your average dominant-submissive story, which is what makes it special. BEYOND EDEN is not for everyone. You’re likely to either love it or hate it but you won’t walk away feeling bored nor are you likely to ever forget Eden, Paul and Danny. 🙂

 

Beyond Eden coverTitle: Beyond Eden

Series: Eden, book 1

Author: Kele Moon

Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Publication date: September 2010

Blurb: Three lifelong friends find themselves tangled in a web of love, pain and dangerous secrets in this erotic Garden of Eden tale.

Tall, dark and handsome Danny Carlow has always gotten whatever he wants except for the two he wants more than anything–his best friends, lovers Paul and Eve.

Determined, he waits like a snake in the grass, poised for the right moment to offer them a temptation too delicious to resist.

Artist Eve Everton makes the painful decision to leave her true love Paul for the siren call of New York City. Ten years later, with her life in shambles, she returns. When Paul’s waiting arms aren’t available, Eve falls for Danny’s charm and finds herself a willing accomplice in the dangerous games Danny plays.

Former college football star Paul Mattling is now a successful attorney with a bright future ahead of him. But behind those brilliant blue eyes are secret desires for a taste of the forbidden. Will he play it safe or give in to Danny and Eve and bite the apple?

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Review: “Star Crossed” (Battered Hearts book 2) by Kele Moon

Mar 23

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STAR-5

 

 

Review: WOW. Kele Moon’s second book in the BATTERED HEARTS series was even better than the first, and that’s saying something.

The only problem I had, and it was a relatively minor one, was the vague description of the dress Jules wears during a key scene early on in the story. The reader was left guessing what made the dress so special even though her brother and later her date, Romeo, both commented on the significance of her outfit of choice. The description came much later in the evening.

That aside, STAR CROSSED kept me up all night, as I  was drawn into the drama, raw chemistry and emotions of Romeo and Juliet.

Ms Moon does a clever, new, take on Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers, Juliet ‘Jules’ Conner and Romeo ‘Gladiator’ Wellings. Clever title choice too 😉

Whereas Melody and Clay from DEFYING THE ODDS took their time getting to now each other before having sex, largely because of the physical abuse Melody suffered during her first marriage, Jules and Romeo give in to their  desire on their first date.

They have lots of sex, really, really hot sex. 😀 This book is listed as an erotic romance after all but Jules and Romeo have major obstacles in their path. How they deal with this and the humour that is present in Ms Moon’s writing, is what makes STAR CROSSED such a great read. 😀

Romeo has such a strong, loving bond with his younger brothers, Nova and Tino Moretti, but things are strained because both younger men ended up joining the New York mafia family their father belongs to.

Nova and Tino’s father is actually the mob boss’ son and when Romeo ended up in jail during their pre-teen years, their scumbag of a father swooped in and used them to his benefit – Nova is  a genius and Tino became ‘mob muscle’.

The complications from this are numerous and potentially fatal to all three brothers. This is Romeo’s challenge to a HEA with Jules.

For her, it’s about the loyalty to her family – twin-brother and town Sheriff, Wyatt Conner, and their mutual best friend, Clay “Powerhouse” Powers, who fought Romeo in the UFC Championship fight featured in book one.

After their seemingly one-night-stand, Jules and Romeo realise they have a strong connection but are unable to be together, either publicly or physically, for a long time.

Their relationship blossoms though…via telephone and eventually video chat 😉

Let me tell you, these two scorched my Kindle with their activities!

It was a wonder Jules and Romeo didn’t jump on each other when they met again. I’m guessing Hal’s Diner on a crowded lunch hour in a small town was not the best place to embrace, especially when your relationship is still a major secret. 😉

But boy, oh boy, did they make up for months apart! 😀

Romeo and his baby brother Tino end up moving to Garnett for training with Clay and others at the UFC-equipped gym owned by the Conners and Powers.

That’s when his relationship with Jules really begins to grow on an emotional level. There’s danger ahead though from the mafia family that even Nova, with his genius IQ, can’t see a way out of right now.

If you’ve read DEFYING THE ODDS, then prepare yourself for an even more shocking confrontation climax in STAR CROSSED. In makes the hostage situation in book 1 look like child’s play.

There is a happy ending though, so keep the faith. 🙂

Star Crossed coverTitle: Star Crossed

Series: Battered Hearts, book 2

Author: Kele Moon

Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Loose ID

Publication date: February 2013

Synopsis: Heavyweight UFC fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long-time enemy. After a steamy, one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go.

The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy bad boy of the UFC, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.

As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.

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Review: “Defying The Odds” (Battered Hearts book 1) by Kele Moon

Mar 22

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STAR-4

 

 

Review: Going into this book, I wondered how new-to-me author Kele Moon would handle the pairing of a woman who escaped a physically abusive marriage with a man who makes his living in Mixed Martial Arts fights.

My take? Well-done Kele, well-done. 🙂

There’s some old fashioned sweet romance and humour mixed in with lusty thoughts; from Melody Dylan and Clay “Powerhouse” Powers. We meet the pair in Hal’s Diner on Thanksgiving, when Clay is eating alone while Melody is on duty.

She may be near broke, having left her abusive husband with the clothes on her back several months ago, but Melody is a kind woman who wants to make the hot yet lonely guy smile on a day that’s all about family.

Too bad for Clay it’s pumpkin pie. He hates it and wants to “gag” but not wanting to hurt the feelings of “the attractive blonde” who’d just served him the pie, Clay focuses on “the warm feeling in his chest” and takes a small bite.

Aww. Clay’s a sweetheart underneath all those big, beefy muscles.

Just as he tries taking another bite; he’s loathe to hurt Melody’s feelings or waste her money since she’s paid for the pie, in walks the Sheriff of Garnet and Clay’s best friend, Wyatt Conner.

Through Wyatt, and later on his sister Jules, we get our first insight into what makes Clay ‘tick’.

“Did you just smile at the new waitress?”

…Clay scowled. “I ain’t sweet.”

“I heard you say both thank you and sorry in less than a minute. Not to mention those pearly whites you were flashing,” Wyatt argued, grin still wide and shrewd. “Forget pralines, I think ya wanna bite of Miss Dylan’s pie.”

…Broad shouldered, massive arms, Wyatt was one of the biggest, toughest men in Garnet, and that was saying something. The only guy who’d probably get better odds in a fight just happened to be sitting across from him.

“How ’bout I take a bite outta you,” Clay shot back in a low and vicious voice.”

“Nah, I don’t swing that way.” Wyatt took a long drink of his coffee, seeming undisturbed by the fury directed at him. “Thanks for asking, though.”

(I loved the camaraderie between these three and am looking forward to reading their stories in the rest of the BATTERED HEARTS series.)

Clay’s decision to accept a piece of pumpkin pie from Melody was the first step toward their unique HEA but the journey was not without bumps.

DEFYNG THE ODDS may be listed under erotic romance, and yes there are hot sex scenes, but Melody and Clay take their time working up toward a physical relationship.

This makes sense, given her past and his reluctance to scare her off because of his job as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.

Kele Moon doesn’t go into too much detail about the physical abuse Melody suffered in the past but you get a very good idea of what she suffered through something as simple, and chilling, as when Melody tells Clay she used to take lots of baths with an herbal remedy because it made bruises fade faster.

Clay wanted to go find her scumbag of an ex-husband, Justin, and beat him up. That’s one fight the UFC heavyweight champion would really enjoy wining.

Knowing her ex began stalking her after the divorce, you’re wondering if and when Justin will show up in Garnet.

There’s a scary moment that sends Melody running away from her budding relationship.

Clay is left baffled and hurt and it’s not until he has championship fight out of state that Melody realises running away won’t solve anything.

The specter of Justin the ex is still there but you’re lulled into thinking he just might not show up at all…when suddenly, Melody finds herself face-to-face with him.

This is a book with a HEA, so you know Melody survives Justin’s clutches but not without blood being shed by more than one person.

 

Defying the Odds coverTitle: Defying the Odds

Series: Battered Hearts, book 1

Author: Kele Moon

Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Loose ID

Publication date: June 2012

Synopsis: A woman running from an abusive past. A famous UFC heavyweight fighter who relies on his fists for a living. A slice of pie on Thanksgiving brings these two unlikely lovers together.

The stranger ends up being Clay Powers, a famous UFC heavyweight fighter. Clay’s large build and dangerous fists have always intimidated. People in his hometown keep their distance and Clay is fine with that. Everything changes when a new waitress at the local diner buys him a piece of pie on Thanksgiving. Touched by the gesture when it’s obvious she can barely afford to survive, her warm smile and lush body churn up powerful feelings that leave Clay wanting more from her than pie.

Melody is running from her past and the small, country town of Garnet is the perfect hiding place. With an ex-husband after her and scars from her abusive marriage etched deep, the last thing she expects is to fall for a man who makes a living with his fists, but she can’t resist Clay or the tender connection they share.

Finding love in the most unlikely of places, the passion is undeniable, but Clay and Melody know their haunted pasts and unpredictable futures leave the odds stacked against them.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: violence.

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