★BOOK REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY★ The Slayer by Kele Moon

I said when I finished this book that it would figure on my top 2015 favorite shelf. I think I can safely say that The Slayer will stay on my “ALL TIME FAVORITE” one. With this second “volet” of Untamed Hearts series, Kele Moon delivers her most accomplished work so far. She genuinely entwined action, mystery, romance, and comedy to create an epic love story. The result?  Beautiful, gritty, brilliant and it left my mind and heart still reeling, months after. If you haven’t read any of her books, I highly suggest that you add her on your TBR, soon. NOW. (Added bonuses are a hot MMA fighters and delicious italian seducers in disguise…)

Book infos & Purchase Links

91mg54qZdbL._SL1500_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.
Alaine. 
She’s the one drug he can’t give up…even if it destroys them both.

Author : Kele Moon
Title : The Slayer
Series : 
Untamed Hearts#2
Publisher : Loose ID LLC
Pages : 495
Release date : March 31st, 2015
Genre : Contemporary, Romance, Erotica.
Tour : As the Pages Turn.

Excerpt

“We could figure something out.”

Chuito paused, looking at her curiously. “Like what?”

She shrugged. “I could stay with you.”

Stay with me?” he repeated slowly, his eyes wide in shock. “You’re not worried about getting your hands dirty?”

“Getting my hands dirty?” Alaine frowned in confusion. “I don’t understand.”

He leaned forward, giving her a harsh look as he studied her. “You ever been with a man, mami?”

“Been with?” she repeated, and then her eyes widened in horror. “Is that what you think I mean? You’re ill. I was going to wake you up if your nightmares got bad.”

“Carajo,” he said with a laugh as he pushed away from the table and surprised her by taking his dishes to the sink. “A virgin gringa living in the same house as me with no one else around. A smoking-hot virgin gringa. This whole fucking town is loco.”

She stared at his back, admiring the muscles under the long-sleeved shirt he was wearing. “I guess you’re not a virgin.”

He turned his head, giving her a look over his shoulder that caused a ripple of something hot and unnamable to rush through her bloodstream.

“That was a dumb question,” she whispered.

“Yup,” he agreed as he started washing the dishes. “I don’t need you to wake me up from my nightmares. That would be a very bad idea.”

My Review

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THIS book is going to stay on my ALL TIME Favorites’ shelf. Yes, THAT good. 
I never read anything like it. Also I have a feeling it’ going to be a tough one to top!

This book… I’m not even sure where I should start. What I should say. What I can do to make you pick this book fast. NOW. 
As much as a little part of me is yelling at me to shut my mouth and keep for myself this little gem and  the ultimate alpha male ever found in a book, another part just wants to shout to the world about the awesomeness that was The Slayer.

This book should be known, this book should be standing proud on every romance addict’ shelves, this author should be broadcasted!
I know when most see this cover and think about the previous series, they think : Oh, MMA romance. Nice!
I beg to differ, I’m sorry but I have to tell you, you are SO wrong! The Slayer was so much more, it was an epic love story most of all. One of the best. 

“Fate caught up with everyone eventually. Even a devil wasn’t immune to it.”

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The Slayer is the story of Chuito and Alaine, 2 characters fundamentally opposed. if you read The Viper (Untamed Hearts #1) and the original series, Battered Hearts, then you know who Chuito is and were probably dying to get his story. I was. And Kele Moon fulfilled my wishes and then some! 

He needed her.
Like air, like water, like something that would make him sick as hell if he didn’t have it.
It was a requirement to keep living.
He wanted to steal as much as he could from her.
To wring the pleasure out until there was nothing left.
Chuito was, at heart, a thief.
He liked taking things that were never supposed to be his.

Chuito, if you remember, was the gang banger from Miami, Marco’s cousin, he came to Garnett and was offered a chance to train at The Cellar, MMA training facility owned by Wyatt and Clay.

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He’s got an inner talent for fighting, or maybe it simply comes from his dark and rough upbringing. 
He left his life in Miami but not his mind at peace. Thing are still unsettled and unresolved there for his family.

His destiny always found him no matter how much he ran from it.

Along with the chance to train and attempt at a new life, he’s been given a roof over his head, and an interesting neighbor…

“This chica had freckles over the bridge of her nose that just added to her appeal, making her look young and naive and corruptible as hell.”

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Alaine is the daughter of a Preacher. She left her home and her father’s strict and suffocating parenting with the help of Jules, her new boss and is now studying law and renting the apartment next to the most beautiful man she ever laid her eyes on.

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Yes, a Neighbors to Lovers trope!

The story focuses on Chu and Alaine’ slow burn romance, dipping into past and present, revealing some key moments of their relationship.

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Although their story burned its candle ever so slowly, Chuito doing everything not to “taint” Alaine, the book itself started with a bang! A boom! A scene so HOT, it gave me palpitations. Maybe it was just the idea of their self-forbidden relationship or the fact that those 2 were dancing around each other for SO long… It was so intense… And yet not enough.

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That was savage.
Raw.
So real and gritty it chafed and marked, staining her soul with the intensity of it.

The level and intensity of emotions jumping out of the pages were impressive, rarely before have I had the pleasure to feel so much for a book character.

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I felt connected to Chu. I was as supportive as Alaine was, if not much. Even though I knew he was bad news, the self-explanatory tattoos on his arms and back reminding me that he indeed had killed before, stolen, brutalized, he wasn’t less deserving of love and redemption.

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Yes he was fierce, raw, violent, but he has proven to be the most loving, caring, charming man ever.

She appreciated him as a man.
As a warrior.
She appreciated him as a criminal too.

Alaine was another great surprise in this book, yes she was innocent, she was raised in a little town by a preacher. But Alaine wasn’t devoid of intelligence, wit and love. She’s an independent young woman, eager to discover new things and new people.

She has her own streak of protectiveness for the people she cares about, a trait she definitely shares with Chuito. She’s been in love with him for years now, and although he won’t give her what she wants, she stayed a loyal friend.

It means a lot. Not for myself, for the other people who helped me. I did it for them. It’s not for me. It’s for them. I won for them.
It was for my brother. For my tiá. Maybe they were watching over me.
For my mother. My cousin Marc.
My bros in Miami. My bros at The Cellar.
It was for you too, mami.

Until this one night, this one time, one thing is going to change it all.

Coño, he wanted to be naked with her. 
He wanted to taste all of her.
Fuck her.
Mark her.
Own her.

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Inevitably, Chuito’s past is coming back at him, ensuing one of the most emotional scene I’ve been given to read for a long time. I wasn’t ready for this. And I didn’t expect to react the way I did. The writing was THAT good. That good it made me cry. So good I was screaming at my book to just “STOP!”. I think I hated Kele Moon a little at one point for toying with my feelings this way. 

I don’t want to repent.
I like my sins. 
The blood on my arms means I got to kill the motherfuckers who destroyed my family.
That matters to me.
It matters so fucking much I am willing to go to hell rather than repent for them.
I want to keep my sins.

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This book had it all, the fierce and brutal life of a fighter, the sweet love story, the bromance, the innocent girl and the reformed bad boy, the family, the laughter, oh the laughter! 

I literally laughed out loud so many times I’ve lost count. Hearing about Marco’s and Chuito’s teenagers antics, the light yet profound bond of brotherhood between Chuito and Tino, their constant bickering… Oh that was precious! 

I also cried a lot, I cried for Chuito, I cried for Alaine… 

I’m afraid to say too much and reveal some important parts of the story. I’d much prefer for you to discover it all firsthand. Trust me on this.

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READ. THE. BOOK.

Wonder Woman, over.

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Author Bio

Kele MoonA 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.

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The giveaway is open internationally and ends 04/14/2015 at 11.59PM CST.
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