ARC Review: The Viper by Kele Moon

Posted September 24, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: The Viper by Kele Moon
The Viper
by Kele Moon

3.5 Stars


Released: 19 August 2014
Series: Untamed Hearts #1
Published by Loose ID
Pages: 249
Format: eARC


” I am going to view this as a warm up, it didn’t quite hit the spot for me…” ~ Under the Covers

I have been looking forward to the beginning of Kele Moon’s Untamed Hearts series for what seems like forever. I adored her Battered Hearts series so I was full prepared to turn full force of my obsession onto Untamed Hearts, the spin off of that series. Now, I wouldn’t say I was disappointed exactly with this book, but it definitely, for me, lacked the emotion punch and almost grand romance of the books in Battered Hearts.

If you love a bad boy, the hero of the The Viper Marcos Rivera may be right up your alley (or any alley about to mug the next passerby), a not-quite-former gang member and underground fighter, Marcos is trying to get out and go straight, but it is proving to be one of the hardest things he has ever done. The last thing he expects is to fall for a high school teacher; Katie Foster is as soft as he is hard. But he can’t deny the pull and mutual attraction between them, but he needs to stay away from her they belong in two separate worlds and he refuses to drag her down into his.

It wasn’t that Katie and Marcos didn’t have good chemistry together, they did and the sexual attraction between them was obvious. And the obstacles keeping them seemed real enough that it tugged on your heart. However, it didn’t have the intensity and emotional upheaval I was expecting which made it stand out from other books in the bad boy meets good girl troupe.

But it wasn’t a bad book it had everything I have come to expect from Kele Moon, the characters were likable, the sex was hot and the romance was lovely. It has also built up a couple of the characters from the Battered Hearts series who I really hope will get a book soon in this series! I am going to view this as a warm up, it didn’t quite hit the spot for me, but I look forward to giving the next book a try.

*ARC provided by publisher


About Kele Moon

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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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I loved this book and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next one

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Tina B
Tina B

I have this one waiting on my Kindle to read! If only I could make the time. Lol.
I would’ve expected more emotional turmoil after Crossing the Line. I am sure I will enjoy it as well though. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Jane-Ann H
Jane-Ann H

I disagree with your review. I thought the story was excellent and really enjoyed the characters. I loved the Battered Hearts trilogy and this promises to be just as good. The Miami connection and the Puerto Rican gang story was one I had not read before and thought was quite unique. I understand that reviews are a matter of personal taste so all I can really say is that it met and exceeded my hopes for the beginning of the second series based in Garnet.

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Hi Jane-Ann

Thanks for commenting, I am glad you really liked VIPER! I don’t know why I didn’t like it more, I was fully prepared to love it, like you said it all comes down to personal taste. Hopefully the next book will both have us singing its prasies!



hmmm i’ll have to check out the battered hearts series…