Sunday, March 20, 2016

ARC Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: 5 Stars for The Enforcer (Untamed Hearts #3) by Kele Moon

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Untamed Hearts Book 3
Author: Kele Moon
Genre: Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 22, 2016

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They are the lost boys.

Sons of mafia mistresses expected to keep their fathers’ sins in the shadows. The lucky ones are forgotten.

Unfortunately for Valentino “Tino” Moretti, his brother Nova was too smart to be forgotten, and too valuable to risk when he resists a life of crime. So they punished Tino instead. Forced into the cruel world of the Sicilian Mafia at twelve, Tino was broken before he was old enough to know the man he was supposed to be. Now he’s what the mafia made him.

The enforcer.

A trained killer forbidden to love, but he did anyway. He's loved Brianna all along.

Raw and beautiful, their romance was all consuming and far too dangerous. They were ripped apart a long time ago. It’s not until the borgata puts out a hit on her that Brianna falls back into Tino’s arms, churning up their dark past and unraveling all the Moretti brothers’ closely guarded secrets.

This isn’t the end of the story. It’s only the beginning, and it is brutal.

There’s a reason enforcers are considered too deadly to love.

“We have to be better than them. Stronger. Faster. Smarter. Lost boys have to fly.” ~Carlo Moretti, original lost boy

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What I thought about The Enforcer

I've been eagerly awaiting the release of The Enforcer on Tuesday, March 22 and I'm so excited to do an early review for you.  I'll try to keep it spoiler free, because one of the reasons I give this book five+ stars is that you'll want to savor every beautiful word found in these pages.

I finished the ARC of The Enforcer last week, and I haven't been able to get my head out of this world since.  I've gone back and read it again, then re-read The Slayer (my favorite read in 2015) and The Viper, the first two books in the Untamed Hearts series, and then back to The Battered Hearts series where this story of the Moretti's brothers began.

Not only do I have mad love for Casanova, Valentino, and Romeo Moretti, it's also the way Kele Moon has constructed this story that makes it an outstanding reading experience for me.

The Enforcer picks right up from where The Slayer left off, with Tino reunited with his "love story" Brianna. Circumstances are dire and connected to what went down in Miami in The Slayer. Fueled by the loneliness he's felt since being exiled to Garnet and the current threat to Nova, he decides to take matters into his own hands and he leaves with Brianna.

The tension between Tino and Brianna crackles on the pages, I don't mean just because they are on the run. Their feelings for each other zing between them like bullets and there's no denying the depth of what they mean to each other or the sexual heat between them. But there are still some missing pieces to their story and this is where Kele Moon rolls back the clock to give us Tino's early days in riveting detail.

I'll warn you now, Tino's story will grab you by the heart and sometimes by the throat. There are scenes that are downright horrific, and I'll pretty much guarantee you'll need a tissue or two before you get to the end. But it is in these most disturbing scenes that Kele Moon demonstrates what I adore about her storytelling. She can take the most awful scene and show the reader the beauty in it by masterfully shining a light on the love between these brothers. It is the juxtaposition of love and brutality that I love about this series. It's amazing writing, and The Enforcer is full of it.

There are new characters we get to know better in The Enforcer, starting with Carina Moretti, Tino's "cosmic twin", Nova's half-sister and Brianna's best friend. She has some amazing moments in The Enforcer. Then there's my favorite new character, Carlo Moretti, although I'm a bit nervous about him and what his future role will be in the story. Fans of Casanova will surely fall more deeply in love with this character, as we learn more about all that "baggage" he carries with him. Seriously, these pages add a richness to this world and it's so good, I haven't been able to leave at all this week. 

Even though the story ends with more loose ends, The Enforcer was incredibly satisfying. It feels so fresh and unique, not at all formulaic like many of the romances I review.  The ending was perfection to me, setting things up for the next book in the series, The Enforcer's Revenge. 

Tino's story is not an easy one, and it just made me want a happily-ever-after for him and Brianna. My heart hurt big time at points in this story.  The emotions this writing brought out of me while reading -- at times horrified and at other times hopeful that Tino could find a way "out"-- are the best kind of reading roller coaster ride. 

The Enforcer will absolutely be on my "Favorites of 2016" list. I'd rate this 10 stars if I could.

ARC provided for review. 
 Graphic credit to Jennifer Kyle from the Kele Moon Reading Group


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The Viper (Untamed Hearts Book 1 )

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, 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?

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The Slayer (Untamed Hearts Book 2)

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.

A gangster.
A thief.
An addict.
A murderer.

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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Crossing The Line (Battered Hearts Book 3)

About Kele Moon 
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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 on 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 has 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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Kele Moon said...

THANK YOU!!! I'm so glad you're part of the tour!!



Anonymous said...

WOW! That's a great endorsement! I'll definitely have to pick this series up.