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 school, 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.
“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.”
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