Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Review: The Slayer ( Untamed Hearts #2 ) by Kele Moon

The Slayer by Kele Moon

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.


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




5 'MMA + gangbanger + mafia' stars

The Slayer is truly one of Kele Moon's best work to date. Not only it has romance, we also have the bromance, family, friendship and some mafiya action. With 495 pages, there isn't a dull moment. Chuito's story covered the 5 years he spent in Garnett up to his current predicament back in Miami, a clusterfuck that also involves the Moretti's family. 

We first meet him in Star Crossed and ever since then he is one of the supporting character that can't be ignore. He and Alaine had been the young couple dancing in the background that had me anticipating their story ever since. There are some scenes in The Slayer that overlapped with Star Crossed and Crossing the Line. It goes without saying, there would be spoilers for those books as well. Therefore, it it recommended to read the Battered Heart series beforehand. That is the original series that make me a fan of Kele Moon.

Chuito, a Puerto Rican gangbanger from Miami who had been living in Garnett for the last 5 years to train as a professional MMA fighter. Although he is ready to live his old life behind, his sense of duty make him feels obligated to help out his family back in Miami to solve a feud between the gangs.

Alaine, the preacher-daughter in Garnett who had been pining for Chuito for the past 5 years. When we first met her previously, she appear all innocent and virginal. Chuito and Alaine developed a strong bond since he become her neighbor 5 years ago. Their friendship developed through late night dancing, cooking meals and occasional sleepovers. They both knew they care and love each other, but because Chuito is very much still engage with his criminal life, they both still maintain a platonic relationship. Present time Alaine is as independent and strong-minded as Jules. A woman who decided that she had suffered enough by letting Chuito dictate what he think is best for her. Alaine is finally making a stand and fight for her own love story even if it doesn't end with happily ever after.

Tino, who is Romeo's brother and an ex-enforcer of the Moretti's family who currently retire at Garnett to become MMA fighter. Tino, the passionate Italian, the funny brother, the guy who provide comic relief and masculine enough to cry in public. Tino and Chuito became best friend due to their mutual understanding of their criminal background. 

Having a good romance is always my main priority, but I also love the bromance between Chuito and Tino. First half of the book had more focus on Chuito and Alaine's relationship, but during the second half when the shit meet fan, we see more on Chuito and Tino's love for each other that was tested with blood and tears. I was half hoping to see some M/M action and wouldn't even mind for a threesome with Alaine if they are up for it.

Nova, Tino's brother who is the underboss. Nova is character who had been totally hyped up. I mean he is like the superhero of the underworld. For the last 3 books since he was introduced, he is the one who step up over and over again to solve everyone problems. Honestly, my expectation for his book is through the roof. I can't even imagine how Kele Moon is gonna pull it off and give us an epic conclusion that Nova deserve.

I like how Kele Moon interwoven The Slayer story with her Battered Heart series and due to my knowledge of the characters past and history, it make the experience of reading this much more enjoyable. I love seeing the inclusion of all the previous characters that I adore, especially Romeo, Jules, Wyatt and Clay. I like the way Kele Moon include her old characters naturally with actual roles to play, unlike some other series whereby authors felt the need to mentioned all previous couples for no reason other than showing off happiness.

The Slayer is not only a MMA romance, is also very much a mafia romance. The tone is darker compare to Kele Moon previous books with a more intricate plot that involves a lot of parties. Chuito and Alaine story is consider completed for now, but we know the main problem with the Moretti is nowhere near done. With the ending we were treated with, I'm anxious for what is in store for the Moretti's brothers next. Bring on the 100% Grade A Italian!

Rating 5/5