The Viper (Untamed Hearts, #1)
Author: Kele Moon
Genre: Erotic / Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Loose Id
Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn
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?
“You’re stubborn, cariño.”
Katie flipped her hair back. She crawled over Marcos and straddled him once more. She reached for her coffee and took a sip. She noticed he didn’t have a complaint this time. He seemed a little too relaxed to bother as she admitted, “I am very stubborn. Ask anyone. It’s usually their chief complaint about me.”
“I like it.” He tugged a long strand of her hair. “A lot.”
“That’s why you’re perfect.” She grinned, enjoying how completely unselfconscious she was around him. It was such a rare commodity in her life. For some reason, she didn’t question for one minute that he liked her just as she was. She felt the same about him as she eyed his body under hers. She reached out and touched one of the stars on his shoulder. There was a matching one on the other shoulder. “What do these mean?”
He winced. “If you knew, you wouldn’t think I’m perfect.”
She arched an eyebrow. “Try me.”
“They mean I’m a thief,” he said simply, as if daring her to judge him.
“Of what?” She took another sip of her coffee as she studied the strange stars that decorated each of his shoulders.
“Of anything left unattended long enough for me to take advantage of.” He laced a hand behind his head, still studying her thoughtfully. “Cars. Houses. Pretty, innocent gringas with talented mouths.”
She laughed. “I’m not that innocent.”
“That’s what you think.”
“Mmm,” she hummed rather than argue, and took another sip of her coffee that was extra creamy and sweet, making it the color of Marcos’s tan skin. She studied him again, and ran her hand over the tattooed cross on his chest with the names of his mother and cousin above and below it. Then she touched the inked black tribal tattoos on his right biceps. It covered so much skin, and the left side matched. “What about these?”
He looked amused with her exploration of him. “They mean nothing.”
“Then why get them?”
“I dunno, ‘cause I was young and vain and had a lot of disposable income.”
“From stealing things.”
“Where’s your disposable income now?”
He laughed. “On my arms.”
“So you must not be stealing things anymore,” she said, because she suspected as much.
“Not right now, no.” He took her coffee from her and leaned up, stealing a sip before he put it back on the nightstand. “Soon, maybe.”
“Once a thief—” she mused.
“Always a thief,” he finished for her as he laced his other hand behind his head. “You’d be smart to remember it, chica.”
“Why did you get the tattoos?” she asked as she touched his right arm again. She didn’t believe for one minute he did them just for vanity. Every marking on his body had a meaning. It was like an illustration to the history of his life, and she found it fascinating. “The truth.”
He looked away from her. His body stiffened all of a sudden, and she got the impression she may have pushed too far before he admitted in a low, raspy voice, “Because they hurt.”
“I just wanted something to hurt me. To make me forget. To make it sting so bad I couldn’t think about anything but the needle digging into my skin.”
“Did it work?”
“No.” He looked back to her, the pain glimmering in his light eyes. “If it did, I would have a lot more.”
She laid down over him and let her head rest on his shoulder over one of the stars that marked him as a thief. He stroked her hair and together they shared a quiet moment where she didn’t judge him, and he let her be still and ache for him.
★✩★✩★ 5 ~Wicked, Tattooed & Dangerous~ Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~
That was one wickedly delightful ride, I loved every damn minute of it and everything about it. Kele Moon delivered us a story with a wonderful mix of all that I look for in a romance; it was funny as hell and sweet at times, sexy as sin and dirty, an underlying tone of danger with no fluff and no fillers~every page added to the story, it all meant something. Not to mention the wonderful cast of characters~I loved every one of them, from the sweet and seemingly innocent to the crass and raunchy; they were all unique and that's hard to come by.
He groaned, and rubbed a hand over his eyes as the lust and guilt collided violently enough to have a headache forming. Knowing she was so fucking pleased to be here with him wasn't making any of this easier.
“I'm the last guy you should want to be on a date with.”
~Marcos 'The Viper' Rivera lives life in the fast lane; he's a gang member and a fighter, he steals and strips cars, he hates to follow the rules and refuses to let anyone control him, he has been to jail and bounces from bed to bed/woman to woman~leaving a trail of broken hearts in his wake. He's lost loved ones and made enemies but this is the only life he's known for as long as he can remember. None of this has ever been a problem for him, he is who he is and he never thought about changing the direction of his life...until he meets her.
As she sat there, she realized that though she knew Marcos was probably as dangerous for Katie's nice, neat little world as he claimed, she also knew she was utterly sick of nice and neat.
She wanted something a little edgier. A little risky. She wanted tattoos instead of a briefcase. She wanted someone to like her tits instead of her degree.
~Katie Foster is a self-confessed nerd; a high school History teacher, she's smart and trusting, an open book to any who ask, and maybe a little too sweet for her own good. She lives by the rules, doesn't take too many risks, and leads a quiet, safe life. She married young and stayed with her dominating, emotionally abusive husband for five years before she divorced him; now she refuses to allow anyone to control her. She never really felt like she fit in and mostly keeps to herself, but she has never felt like she was missing out on anything...until she meets him.
He needed a distraction from the gang life that always sucked him back in no matter how hard he fought against it and unfortunately for Katie Foster, she'd just provided one.
~Their worlds collide one New Years Eve when Marcos is visiting his cousin Chuito is the small town of Garnet. He shouldn't want her, but he does; she is everything he never was and the last thing she needs in her life, but that doesn't stop him from finding his way back to Garnet to see her again. The attraction in undeniable, but can two such different people find common ground? What happens when they give into the explosive chemistry surrounding them and where do they go from there? They live completely different lives, in different states, and headed in different directions. Even if Marcos decided to change the course of his life, what would he do; being a thug is all he's ever known and you don't just walk away from a gang like Los Corredores. But what if they are exactly what the other needs?
He warned her he was a thief. He'd done it a hundred times. He said he would steal anything left unattended long enough for him to take. Only nothing was out of place in her house. Nothing was missing. The only thing he'd taken was her heart.
She wished he would've stolen her car instead.
This was very much a character driven story, even the action that took place was ruled by the people involved. Every single one of them grabbed your attention from the moment they stepped on the page~even the bad guys. You just had to learn more about them; what turned them into the people they were, what made them tick. It was fascinating. Marcos and Chuito have been through so damn much in their young lives, all you want is for them to be happy; even if it seems like that will never happen, even if they feel they don't deserve it. Katie was friggin adorable and she really was exactly what Marcos needed in his life, whether he wanted to admit it or not. And the sex?! Yeah, that was just....WOW. Hott, dirty, and a little rough~just the way I like it ;)
One thing is for sure; Kele Moon has crash landed onto my 'One-Click Addiction List' with this one and I'm dying to see where she takes us next. My fingers are crossed that Chuito gets his story next.
The only thing Marcos had ever really cared about was finding the next bed to crawl into.
Now there was only one bed he wanted, but the rules still applied. Just because the many had been narrowed down to one didn't mean he didn't still want to be wrapped up in Katie all the time.
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.
~ Stalk Her ~
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