The Slayer is without a doubt gritty, hard and ugly at times but it is also passionate, touching, sweet and wickedly sexy but most of all it is a story with heart because underneath it all it’s the love of family, friends, and cherished ones that drives these characters making it one exceptional book. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
Title: The Slayer (Untamed
Author: Kele Moon
Genre: Erotic | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2015
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.
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.
She’s the one drug he can’t give up…even if it destroys them both.
“To me you’re coke. Fine. Smooth. Perfectly white. Very bad for me, but so fucking sexy I don’t give a shit. It’s worth going down for.” – Chuito Garcia
Review copy provided for an honest review
I’ve decided that Kele Moon is really some reincarnated former star crossed lovers author from long ago…she has written several books with this theme; all excellent, all very different, and all compelling and I really can’t get enough words from her and even though The Slayer is her longest book to date I didn’t want it to end. The Slayer is powerful, it is raw, it is ugly and yet underneath it all there is family, there is hope, and there is a forever kind of love that is just so pure.
I have loved every one of Ms. Moon’s heroes in both the Battered Hearts and Untamed Hearts series but from the first time Chuito was introduced I was intrigued by him and he has become a fast favorite for me although I’m pretty sure Tino is going to give him a run for his money. Chuito is an anti-hero (my favorite kind)…those men you aren’t suppose to love; the ones that have done bad things in their lives but the ones that will do anything for the people they hold near and dear to their hearts. Chu loves fully even if he thinks he doesn’t; he sees himself as not a good person though many will tell you he’s the best and while he’s been down, and out, and a little broken he has never given up even when the hounds of hell were nipping at this heels. He is a tough, hard man but deep down inside there is more and in this book we see just what happens when that center is reached.
Alaine was one of those heroines I wasn’t sure I was going to love; she’s always been a bit too naive for my tastes, a bit too innocent and perfect but I came to realize that she’s also very strong, she’s a fighter, and her ability to forgive is unfathomable. Most important her light and her innocence is everything Chuito needed even though he knew he should stay far away. Alaine grew up a lot over the years and certainly a lot in this book, but the fact that she held it together and was able to see the good in those around her made me realize she has an inner strength most people can’t even imagine.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a fan of flashbacks so when I got to the first chapter that flashed back I was worried, but because I have read the other books multiple times I instead found it fascinating seeing the progression of this weird friendship WITHOUT benefits between Chuito and Alaine, seeing things that took place in the other books from an “outside (Chu’s)” point of view, not to mention watching the big time bromance develop between Chuito and Valentino (Tino).
I’ll be flat out honest in saying that I’m not sure what I loved most about this book the fact that Chuito and Alaine finally got together or the bromance between Chu and Tino because that is one hell of a story and probably one of my favorite bromances EVER! I can’t even explain the intricacies of how deep these two are involved, how much they mean to one another, the way their bond was almost snapped, and the way they came back together stronger than ever, seriously folks, a lot of tear inducing moments between these two men who are definitely BROTHERS from another mother.
With Alaine and Chuito several factors place them into each other’s path and despite his best efforts Chu simply can’t stay away any longer. Believe me in some respects this man is a saint because Alaine is something he has wanted for a very long time and he really was trying to be the good guy and stay away because he knew getting involved with her would place her in danger, something he never wanted her to have to deal with, but sometimes life has other things in mind and he finds he needs her like he’s never needed another human being in his life. A lot goes down between the two of them and it gets real serious, real fast but the one thing that is evident is that these two love each other fully and completely, together they are stronger, and together they will stand to fight no matter what life throws at them and I have a feeling life is going to be throwing a lot of shit their way.
This book takes us back to Miami, back into the center of the gang Chuito once ran, back to dealing with Tino’s very well connected mafia brother Nova, and back into a life that neither Chu or Tino want and one that Alaine has never seen, and back to Chu’s family and friends. This book has some very dark moments but there are also some funny moments, some witty dialog, some entertaining scenes (the Puerto Ricans trying to figure out how an Italian knows how to salsa so well) and some heart breaking and gut wrenching scenes as well. This book has a complicated, well thought out plot and it would have been easy to lose the romance in it but it never did, not for one moment. The romance between Chuito and Alaine was always present and so many of the subplots running through this book affected them in multiple ways.
This is one of those books that I could seriously write a 10,000 word review on I loved it that much but I’m going to stop. I’m going to say to you READ this book; well really, these two connected series, discover this author if you haven’t already, understand that Kele Moon is a masterful writer who deserves recognition as such, and then review her work so more people will learn about her. Each book in these two series has been better than the last; she manages to invoke such strong emotions from her readers giving them everything they could want in a story and more. The Slayer is without a doubt gritty, hard and ugly at times but it is also passionate, touching, sweet and wickedly sexy but most of all it is a story with heart because underneath it all it’s the love of family, friends, and cherished ones that drives these characters making it one exceptional book.
P.S….If I could give this book 10 stars I would, THAT is how much I loved this story!
“I’m an addict. You know that. Getting off the drugs has never changed that. If I—”
He swallowed hard, and his voice was still full of pain. “I just can’t. I shouldn’t even touch you.”
“You drink,” she pointed out. “You’re not addicted to that.”
“Alcohol is not my drug of choice. It’s the exact opposite of it.”
“I’m not cocaine,” she reminded him.
“That’s what you think?” He glanced at her over his shoulder, his dark gaze running over her for one long,
hot moment until it stopped to rest on the pink lace of her bra.
“To me you’re coke. Fine. Smooth. Perfectly white. Very bad for me, but so fucking sexy I don’t give a shit.
It’s worth going down for.”
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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 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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