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?



I received a copy of this book from As The Pages turn in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t always read dark romances. However, when I do read them, I make sure it’s one with a good story. Kele Moon’s new series, Untamed Hearts, which starts with this book, The Viper, is filled with dark heroes who sometimes end up as the best lovers.

I did not fall in love with Marcos right away, but he grew on me, and in no time, I was completely rooting for him. His character was so well-written that I could not help but empathize with him on his decisions. It’s not easy to grow up being a gangster, knowing that your days are always numbered. It’s even more difficult if you’re a gangster and an excon.

The heroine, Katie, was kind of a weird one for me. I mean, her feelings for Marcos had that insta-love factor. However, it wasn’t a shallow connection between the two of them. I enjoyed how sizzling their chemistry was. I loved the lengths she went to for him. I also liked that she was a noble teacher who had the good of her students in mind.

The Viper has a mix of gangster, fighter, and sizzling hot romance all rolled into one amazing package. It’s only the first book in the series, but if these secondary characters who were introduced were any indication of how the next books will be, I can only say that readers should expect the series to only become more explosive as the books come out.

The next book will be about Chuito. You can expect a review from me as well since I will be part of the blog tour for the book. For now, all I can say is that this series is really a big entertainment for me, and I can see myself re-reading the books in the future.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – The Viper

Book 2 – The Slayer

Book 3 – The Enforcer

Book 4 – The Boss

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