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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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Filed Under: CABR Top Pick, Giveaway, Reviews

Temptation Thursdays: “Catching Cary” by Megan Slayer

May 1


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What better way to choose a great book for your weekend escape than by reading a sexy excerpt?

Hence my feature, CABR Presents Temptation Thursdays


Today’s excerpt is from the contemporary m/m romance, CATCHING CARY, by Megan Slayer 🙂



Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Vision of Shadows” by Vincent Morrone

Jan 20




Today I have  a guest post for you from Vincent Morrone, author of the paranormal, Young Adult (YA) romance,


There’s a giveaway too 🙂




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Exclusive Excerpt: “Sweet Southern Betrayal” by Robin Covington

Jan 15


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I have a real treat for you today!

An exclusive excerpt from Robin Covington’s sexy new novel, SWEET SOUTHERN BETRAYAL

Enjoy 🙂



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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Personal Assets (Texas Nights #1)” by Kelsey Browning

Aug 21


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Kelsey Browning has dropped by CABR 🙂

Ever wondered if a romance set in small town could be sexy?

Kelsey shares her thoughts, having grown up in one herself 🙂

She also has two (2) fun giveaways!

(Details below)




Kelsey Browning:

Can Small-town Texas be Sexy?

I grew up in a small, northeast Texas town boasting one red light, a dozen Protestant churches, and one city cop with a rabid love for his radar gun. At eighteen, I left to attend college in Louisiana and never moved back. Since then, I’ve lived and traveled all over the world. So why did I choose small-town Texas as the setting for my debut contemporary romance, Personal Assets, and the rest of the Texas Nights series?


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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Second Chance at Happiness (Holiday, Vermont book 2)” by Heather Lire

Aug 8


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It’s my pleasure to welcome back Heather Lire to CABR 🙂

Today she’s sharing her top 5 moments in SECOND CHANCE at HAPPINESS, book 2 in her Holiday, Vermont series.

Tell us your favourite of the 5 moments to WIN a copy of SCAH


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Heather, tell us about SCAH

SCAH is the story of Colin MacCaffee and Brynn Sanderson-Jackson. Colin has retreated to the small town of Holiday Vermont after the finalization of his divorce. The last thing he wants is another woman in his life, especially not the sister in law of his best friend. To bad she makes him crave things he was sure he was done wanting. When he finds her unconscious, it jolts him.


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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “His Southern Temptation” by Robin Covington

Apr 12

I have three special guests on CABR today 🙂

Robin Covington and two of her favourite ‘Boys’ from her Entangled Publishing series, The Boys Are Back In Town, Lucky and Beck.

They’re here to talk about book two, HIS SOUTHERN TEMPTATION.

Enjoy 😉

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Robin: Thanks for having me back. I brought a couple of people with me…actually they invited themselves along.

Lucky: Of course I did.  Sasha really wants to talk to me, you’ve been here already. (He leans forward, his blue eyes flashing with mischief) Hey Sasha. What’s up?

~waves and grins~ Hi yourself Lucky. I see Beck is along for this visit. Hi Beck. 


Beck: I came to keep him out of trouble. (He slashes his sexy grin and gives Sasha the “come and get me look” from under is longish dark hair) Jack sent me actually…he’s with Kayla.

Lucky: I don’t need a babysitter. I don’t know what you guys are worried about. I’m turning over a new leaf. No more trouble for me. Quiet life. Boring. Total snore.

Beck: Yeah, right. (snorts with laughter) Look, ever since Taylor got back into town…

Lucky: What does Taylor have to do with it?

Beck: You’ve been off your game, man.

Lucky: Bullshit.

Beck: I wasn’t the one who got arrested…

Lucky: I was just held for questioning. There’s a big difference.

Beck: Not according to Teague…

Robin: Whoa. Whoa. Contrary to popular belief. Sasha wants to talk to me. So zip it.

LOL. You have your hands full with these guys huh Robin. 🙂


OK, now that they’re staying quiet for a bit, fill me in on Lucky’s book, HIS SOUTHERN TEMPTATION.

Robin:  HST is about Lucky…

Lucky: You see, I was just back home to live a normal life, go into farming with my dad and…wham!  Taylor Elliott is holding me at gunpoint and wanting to have an affair and getting into all kinds of trouble. I can’t just stand by and let her get killed by that crazy mob boss…and that’s when the whole “arrested” thing happened.

Beck: You left out the part about sleeping with Taylor.

Lucky: That’s personal.

Beck: A lot. Sleeping together a lot. You guys spend a lot of time together naked.

Lucky: Look who’s talking? At least I know her name.

Beck:  This isn’t about me. That’s book four.

Lucky: (looks at Robin) You’re gonna make him hurt in Book Four, right? Hives. Herpes. At least a stomach flu, right?

Robin: (ignoring them both) Next question?

I see I spoke too soon 🙂



HST is the eagerly-awaited sequel to A NIGHT OF SOUTHERN COMFORT. Can you read the books out of order?

Lucky: No. You want to read mine first. It’s awesome. Jack’s book is okay.

Beck: My book will be the best. Saving the best for last…

Robin: I’ve lost total control of this interview. I’m sorry. (She reaches for the beer on the table in front of her and takes a long swallow before answering). No, they are good as standalone books – so if you read them out of order, that’s okay.



Did you struggle to put down words when it came to a particular scene in the book?

If yes, please tell us about it and include an excerpt highlighting the ‘issue’

(Lucky opens his mouth to answer)

Robin: Zip it Landon. I’ll write a novella about you and I swear it won’t be pretty. Two words: prison boyfriend.


(Lucky leans back in his chair and grabs his beer, kicking Beck leg under the table when he laughs)

Robin:  What I call “the staircase scene” was the hardest one for me to write. Only because it is the black moment for the book. I didn’t know how I was going to get Lucky and Taylor together and it was a gut-wrenching scene to write.

Here’s a snippet:

“Stay.” He pulled back far enough to see her face, look into her eyes and let her see that he believed enough for both of them. “I love you. Stay.”

The time between his plea and her answer was not more than a heartbeat but it felt like everything stood still. As if the universe knew his world was about to collapse and it wanted to spare him the inevitable.

She smoothed a trembling hand along his face, burying her fingers in his hair as a tear spilled over and rolled down her cheek. She was really sorry, he read it in her eyes, but it didn’t stop her from saying the words he would have given a million lifetimes never to hear.

“Lucky, I can’t stay.”


RCDo you have a playlist for your books?

Lucky: Oh sweet baby Jesus. She always has a playlist for her books. I swear if I had to hear  ‘Drunk on You” by Luke Bryan one more time I was going to shoot something.

Beck: That’s a good song.

Lucky:  Not when she plays it morning, noon and night for weeks.  I used to love that song.

Robin: Okay, hot britches. What songs did you have on your playlist?

Lucky: Oh, now we’re talking.  “You Look Good in my Shirt” by Keith Urban, “My Kinda Party” by Jason Aldean.

Robin: “Want To” by Sugarland.

Lucky:  Yeah, I like that one too. It’s kind of my song with Taylor.

Beck: That sounds kind of personal.

Lucky: What?

Beck: You said talking about sleeping together was personal. I think talking about special songs and stuff is the personal stuff. Sex is …sex. We all do it.

Lucky:  Not with your best friend’s little sister. We’ve had this conversation.

Beck: I don’t get it.

Lucky: Moving on.


Robin, if you were offered a TV or movie deal for THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN, which would you choose and why? Who would play your characters?

Robin:  Oh easy question!  Movie deal – to see it up on the big screen? Awesome.

Lucky: I would be awesome on the big screen.

Beck: Me too. In 3D.

Lucky: Not all of you. Please God, no.

Robin:  I see Joe Manganiello as Jackson…


Lucky:  Good choice. He’s got the big, looming and frowning thing down. Total Jack.

Beck: No kidding.

Robin: Alex O’Loughlin as Lucky…

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Lucky:  I can live with that. He’s got the same tats I do. Cool guy.

Robin:  Teague looks like Jensen Ackles

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and Beck would be played by Jason Behr

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Beck:  Good choice. I’m loving that one.

Robin: I’m glad we agreed on something today.

I love your choices Robin. Hope you love the photos I chose for each guy 🙂 What a hot cast that would be! Does justice to the ‘Boys’ 😉




Chocolate or fruits?

Robin: Chocolate.

Lucky: Fruit, I guess.  Is there another choice? Whiskey? Steak?

Beck: Chocolate and fruit. Fed to the perfect woman…

Lucky: Next!


Ideal getaway?

Robin:  The Caribbean.

Lucky: I just got here. I’m not going anywhere.

Beck: Bed. With the perfect woman…

Lucky: Shut. Up.


If you could be someone from history for a day, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Robin: Jane Austen. I would love to see how she writes.

Beck: I have no idea.

Lucky: Me either. I think these are geared more for women.  I’m digging who I am right now.


Thank you all for such a fun, fast-paced interview! Robin you have a great group there and I look forward to reading all four of their stories.  😀

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4/9 – Christi Barth

4/12 – Caribbean Accent Reviews

4/15 – Bistro on Blog Talk Radio

4/17 – Get Lost in a Story

4/22 – Book Lovers Inc

4/24 – Chicklets in the Kitchen

4/25 – That’s What I’m Talking About

4/26 – Manga Maniac Cafe

4/29 – Feeling Fictional

5/1 – Cynthia Woolf

5/2 – The Romanceaholic

5/7 – Cocktails and Books

5/9 – Reading Reality

5/16 – Rom Con



Robin Covington, whom NYT Best Selling authors, Robyn Carr and Carly Phillips, said was their new “auto-buy author”, writes sizzling hotcontemporary and paranormal romance.

A NIGHT OF SOUTHERN COMFORT, her best-selling debut novel earned 4.5 stars and was touted by RT Book Reviews as bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. When she’s not exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Mangianello.

Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of the Waterworld Mermaids, and a contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today. You can find Robin on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (@RobinCovington).

Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, and ginormous puppy.
Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicole-Helm/125277964228020?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/robincovington

Website: http://robincovingtonromance.com/

Blog: http://robincovingtonromance.com/burning-up-the-sheets/


His Southern Temptation 900pxSynopsis of HIS SOUTHERN TEMPTATION:

Some women are bad. Some women are a bad idea. The best ones are both…


A former Black Ops assassin, “Lucky” Landon has had more near-misses than a man should ever have. Now he’s out of that business and settling into the simple life in his small hometown. So the last thing he ever expected was to end up at gunpoint. Or that the woman holding the gun would be his best friend’s little sister and Lucky’s on-again/off-again lover.


Taylor Elliott is Trouble, and she likes it that way. And seeing Lucky again? Well, he’s been her dirty little secret for the past few years and everyone knows that secrets in a small town are almost impossible to keep. But Taylor has bigger problems on her plate. Like the local mob boss who wants her dead.


And right now the only thing standing between Trouble and disaster is a hottie named Lucky…




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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.




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?


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



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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?



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

Mar 23

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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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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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