Review: The Viper by Kele Moon + Giveaway


missed connections >>>wfm

*Man with unusual snake tattoo who “ran” into me on New Year’s Eve in Garnet -w4m

If this is you please message me. You were so kind to me that night, and the conversation we had changed me for the better. Your courageous actions taught me to be a braver woman and I would love to have one more chance to talk to you and thank you. Also, you gave me something of yours. Please describe it, and I will gladly arrange returning it to you.

Like two ships passing in the night, fate has a way of intervening even between the most unlikely people. Ex-con, gang member, and underground fighter Marcos “Viper” Rivera has returned to the town of Garnet with aspirations of leaving his dark and haunted past behind for a new life as a professional fighter at Garnet’s claim to fame MMA training center, The Cuthouse Cellar. Since grade The Viper Kele Moonschool, Marcos has fought at his cousin Chuito’s side. Thanks to Heavyweight Champion Clay Powers, Chuito was pulled out of the Los Corredores gang and into the spotlight as a famous MMA fighter. Marcos wanted an escape like Chuito and was on his way to take it until he smashed into Katie Foster’s car on New Year’s Eve.

“So we’ll just sit here together and face the bad luck head on.”

Knowing his dreams of a fame and glory fighter were instantly shattered in the blink of a car crash, Marcos is determined to stay by Katie’s side, holding her hand and talking her through the pain and shock of the accident until help arrives. After Marcos gives his statement to the sheriff and is given the all clear, he heads back to Miami but the guilt he harbors from the accident as well as the pretty innocent brunette he collided with continues to haunt him and push him to try his best to live an honest life.

“Life had taught her nothing if not that time was fleeting and a wasted chance was nothing but a potential regret.”

The accident was a bold awakening for Katie and she cannot forget “her fighter” that was the cause of the significant change within herself. Determined to reconnect with Marcos and having no luck with Chuito in getting Marcos number, Katie begins posting to Craigslist/Missed Connections with the hope that he will see her messages.

“I can’t stop thinking that maybe two negatives might equal a positive. That together, even something as terrible as a car accident can be beautiful. What do you think?”

When Marcos reads her posts, he wants to believe her theory. And the oddest thing about it is he wants to be the man to give Katie everything she has missed in life. To see her laugh, show her the world and make her burn with passion. Curiosity combined with desire motivates Marcos to drive straight to Garnet the next day and reconnect with Katie. They talk and he reveals not only his feelings but the harsh reality of his life and how he is not a man worthy of her stature. But Katie is taking life by the reigns and is ready for something risky, someone edgier and therefore posts one final message to Craig’s List after they part ways again.

“Maybe it was never about positive or negatives. Maybe it’s about meeting somewhere in the middle instead. I want us to collide once more, this time on our terms, and I believe you want that too.

I’ll leave the light on.”

When Marcos returns to Chuito’s for the night and opens the computer to read Katie’s posts again, he sees her new post only hours before and that’s all it takes for Marcos to decide that he will not deny himself a taste of something beautiful, something sweet and incredibly sexy; if only for a moment. With it being spring break, Katie offers for him to stay with her which he accepts on the condition that she promises to kick him out at week’s end. Now Katie has one week to convince Marcos to stay because she already knows that when he leaves, he’ll take her heart with him.

The Viper is the first book of the Untamed Hearts series; a spin-off series of Kele Moon’s famous Battered Hearts series. While the tone of the book is darker and edgier with more focus on the gangs and the mob, it was still refreshing after coming off the emotional heaviness of Wyatt’s book, Crossing the Line. Ms. Moon paints a vivid and descriptive picture of a struggling man from Miami (cue rapper Pitbull, “turn my life from negative to a positive”) on the outside looking in on the town of Garnet. Although Marcos has ties to the people, he hates the town for many reasons.

First impressions are everything and Marcos did not disappoint. For a man that endured a horrific tragedy as a youth, he exudes a great balance of strength, tenderness and raw honesty. As the reader, I just wanted to tackle his stubborn ass and love all over him! He is a man with a huge heart under all the crap life has dealt him and like Katie; I wanted to shake him every time he spoke of himself in a disparaging manner. Katie is a strong, feisty, compassionate woman after enduring an emotionally abusive marriage. I was grateful that Ms. Moon did not overload Katie with emotional baggage over her ex-husband. She was not constantly in turmoil over her past and she had a positive outlook on life in spite of her bad luck. Katie’s stubborn yet playful banter was fun to witness whenever Marcos tried to discourage them from pursuing a relationship. And when the two collide in the bedroom? Well, in true Kele Moon fashion, they set the sheets on fire! Marcos is a dirty, dirty talker and that made for some scorching hot moments on the floor, against the kitchen table, and in the shower among other places.

“I have a thing about girls blushing.”

“Y-you do?” She wanted to turn her head and hide her embarrassment, but it was captivating to watch the way Marcos stared down at her body.

“Hard to fake a blush. When girls get hot, they start getting all breathless and rosy and coño —You’re fucking perfect.” He couldn’t seem to look away from her tits. He rubbed a thumb over her nipple, circling it reverently, making her moan and arch into him again. Screw embarrassment, her eyes closed because that felt wonderful. “I wonder what you’ll look like after you come.”

Not only does Kele Moon grace us with a beautifully scripted love story but she also digs deeper into the love/hate relationship between Marcos and Chuito. Tia Sophia (Chuito’s mother.) provided some hilarious moments and we also get a glimpse of who Chuito’s love interest will be. Again, Ms. Moon leaves me enthusiastically anticipating Chuito’s story which is the next book in the series. But for now fans of Kele Moon as well as readers who enjoy contemporary erotic reads will be swept away in the emotionally driven passion of The Viper.


Favorite Quote:

“Sex with you is educational for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the Spanish lesson.”

“Do not repeat any Spanish you learn from me in the next twenty minutes.”

She raised her eyebrows in surprise. “Twenty minutes?”

“I jerked off in the car.” He didn’t look embarrassed by the confession. “And I always last longer the second time.”

Rating: A
The Viper by Kele Moon
August 19th 2014 by Loose Id LLC

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Kele Moon would like to give away either an ebook copy of The Viper or a copy off her backlist to one lucky commenter.

Open to all. You have until end of day August 22 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.


No purchase necessary to win, void where prohibited. The number of eligible entries determines the odds of winning. FVBR is not being compensated for this giveaway. If the winner declines to accept or fails to claim their prize within 72 hours of the announcement, they forfeit their prize(s). Prize distribution is the sole responsibility of the giveaway sponsor. Fiction Vixen Book Reviews will not be held responsible for lost or misdirected prizes or for circumstances beyond our control. More information here.


  1. Mel Thomas says

    Great review. I’m looking forward to reading The Viper and would love a free copy.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. Ira Rozzini says

    I really like your review :)
    And I’m sure I’ll love “The Viper”
    I hope to be the lucky winner
    Good luck to everyone!

  3. TD says

    The link to Amazon doesn’t work and this book isn’t listed under author page – how do I get it? I’m so ready to read it!

  4. Amy R says

    I really like your review of this book and it sounds like something I would enjoy. Do you need to read the previous series or can a new reader start with The Viper?

    • says

      Amy R- You can definitely start with The Viper as it can easily stand alone. The secondary characters that appear in this book (Clay, Jules, Wyatt) are from the Battered Hearts series so if you read and enjoy The Viper, you can go back and read their stories. I hope you enjoy!

  5. Marquetta says

    I love The Battered Hearts series and loved Wyatt’s book so hard. I’m so happy that there’s a spin-off series!

  6. Nancy M says

    Love the Battered Hearts series and can hardly wait to start the new one. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Jordan R. says

    Wow! I love the setup of this one! I can’t wait to read it – thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  8. Rebecca Stacey says

    Waiting for it to go live on Amazon. “SKILLS ” was gonna be my date for tonight but we will meet soon ! I would love something from her back catalogue. I have the Battered Heart Series but am new to her as an author so have to catch up . I’ve been impatient for Viper and am teaching myself new swear words while waiting ! Reading above they need to be Spanish !

  9. erinf1 says

    wow!!! this sounds fantastic! Congrats to Kele on the newest release! I loved that ending excerpt!!! Definitely caught my attention! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. JenM says

    Ooh, I loved the Battered Hearts series and didn’t realize that Kele was coming out with a new book. Definitely adding this to the wishlist. I especially love her heroines. They are always strong, determined women!

  11. says

    I don’t know if the bit quoted at the top of the review is the blurb or what, but it’s a most excellent hook, and I am very intrigued by the premise as described in the first couple of paragraphs after that.

    However, since I do plan on reading this one way or another, I skipped the rest of the review (sorry, I prefer the unspoiled read, as much as possible)

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  12. Martha Lawson says

    You are a new to me author, I love finding them and their books!! After reading about this one, I definitely want a copy. Cannot wait to read this one, putting it on the wish list in case I don’t win. Thanks for the chance.

  13. Tina B says

    Congrats to Kele on her new release!
    Fantastic review!! I will definitely be reading it!
    Those quotes were wonderful, hot and intriguing.
    I am glad to know that Chuito’s book is next as I am definitely anxious to know his heroine. (Perhaps his “neighbor”?)
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  14. Patty McKenna Van Hulle says

    I have an inner Cover HO & your cover woke her up this am! The storyline of this romance read is so different & I love it! I am so wanting a MMA fighter of my own! This is going to the top of my TBR list!

  15. Sandy says

    Wonderful review. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and congratulations to Kele Moon on the release.

  16. Ruth says

    I love a Spanish speaking dirty talker! :-) The Viper sounds great. Great review. I would love to win a copy.

  17. Christine says

    What a great review. I’m off to put Crossing the Line at the top of the TBR pile so I can read The Viper fully informed. Thanks for the giveaway, too!