Series: Untamed Hearts #2
Published by Loose ID on 2014-08-19
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
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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
FTC : I got this book from the author for an honest review. I have received multiple books from her in the past and she is aware of how much I love this series.
OK, I loved this book. It is an anti-hero story (Although Chu has personal reasons and motivations for his actions, they don’t excuse them for me), it does contain a lot of violence and some threats of rape (not by the hero). It also should NOT be read out of order. In fact, I actually think you should read the previous serious too before starting it to fully appreciate all the events that happen in here and to get as drawn into the characters stories as I am. It is unusual for me to route for characters who are so used to violence but I love these gangsters and bad-boys I really do. Oh, and don’t expect these to be “love changes all” stories as this is not that series. Don’t read this review if you don’t want spoilers for the last book.
Let me be very clear, although this story is a romance, this is Chu’s story. It isn’t Chu and Alaine’s story, it is his and so there is a lot of flashback scenes that don’t include her. There is a hell of a lot that does include her (the majority of the book) but she isn’t in every scene which is another reason that this book is not your traditional romance. This may bug you, it didn’t bug me.
Chu is a very complicated man who will do anything for family and that includes all kind of criminal activity that you don’t see from your traditional hero. At the end of Marcus’s book, it was clear that Chu would have to go back to his old gangster ways. The new leader of his gang (head arsehole) is blatantly a power-hungry maniac and there is also the little problem of the deal he made with Nova (AKA the Mafia) to keep Marcus safe. He doesn’t want to leave Alaine but has to and so he does the stupidest thing ever… he sleeps with her (giving in to the attraction that he has kept at bay for years) and then tells her all his secrets, including the ones that aren’t his secrets to tell. Then he runs off and the stupid man expects her not to follow….. 🙂
This is Chu from the beginning. It details all his milestones, all the events that make him into the silent, mysterious and deadly man who appears in the other books. I knew he was going to turn out to be a bad man, I just didn’t realise how bad. Kele Moon does not shy away from his past as a gang member. He has done a lot of awful things but the thing that she focuses on is his absolute devotion to his family and the purity of his love for Alaine. Every choice that he makes, good or bad, can be traced back to these two facts and I loved him completely by the end of the book. His love for Alaine was heart-breaking; he did absolutely everything for her benefit, even treating her like his world whilst not allowing her to see it. He was willing to do anything for her but let her see how much he cared for her. I remain conflicted about the way she found out about his past, how he allowed himself a night of weakness as he knew that he was going to leave. I wanted them together but, due to the way she found out, her life was uprooted, upturned and put in danger. I loved their love story but he was selfish in that moment and, although I know it was his turn to be selfish, it led to some trauma.
I loved Alaine. I loved that she knew what she wanted, that she was willing to do anything to get it and that she was unwilling to give up. The one thing that all the back-story allowed me to see was the evolution of her character and how such a good-girl could be so devoted to a bad-boy. She saw beyond the bad-boy true, but she had to become a very different person to the public face that she showed to everyone to accept all his darkness and sharp edges. It was very well done and their love story made me cry. It seemed so hopeless and so difficult all the way through but, without all the bullshit when they were in apartment alone, it was perfect. From dancing in the kitchen to holding each other through the nightmares, they were a gorgeous couple. Life and circumstances just got in the way.
All the old characters appear. I loved reading about how Chu met Jules, Wyatt and Clay. I also loved the development of Tino and Nova in this book. I knew I wanted Nova as a leading man (and how dark a book is that going to be???) but Tino was never a really fleshed out character. Now I’ve seen his flaws and his demons, I’ve seen that there is a past that will lead into his story and I want to know more. Some of my favorite scenes in this book were between Chu and Tino and I can’t wait for his story. Oh, and Nova became more than just the dark savior in this book … I liked that too.
This is a book that will test your limits and rip into your heart. I love these characters, I love this author and I don’t want this series to ever end. I’ll re-read this over and over again, just as I have done with the rest of the books.