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The Enforcer (Untamed Hearts #3) by Kele Moon REVIEW, Excerpt & Q&A

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The Enforcer (Untamed Hearts #3) by Kele Moon REVIEW, Excerpt & Q&A

They are the lost boys.

Sons of mafia mistresses expected to keep their fathers’ sins in the shadows. The lucky ones are forgotten.

Unfortunately for Valentino “Tino” Moretti, his brother Nova was too smart to be forgotten, and too valuable to risk when he resists a life of crime. So they punished Tino instead. Forced into the cruel world of the Sicilian Mafia at twelve, Tino was broken before he was old enough to know the man he was supposed to be. Now he’s what the mafia made him.

The enforcer.

A trained killer forbidden to love, but he did anyway. He’s loved Brianna all along.

Raw and beautiful, their romance was all consuming and far too dangerous. They were ripped apart a long time ago. It’s not until the borgata puts out a hit on her that Brianna falls back into Tino’s arms, churning up their dark past and unraveling all the Moretti brothers’ closely guarded secrets.

This isn’t the end of the story. It’s only the beginning, and it is brutal.

There’s a reason enforcers are considered too deadly to love.

“We have to be better than them. Stronger. Faster. Smarter. Lost boys have to fly.” ~Carlo Moretti, original lost boy

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Review

★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★ #TOP READ#

I cannot begin to express my love for this book, it has completely consumed my life for the last week, and probably will continue to do so for a long while. I read it over a weekend, and since then I have been thinking about it non-stop and listening to the fantastic playlist on spotify -> http://bit.ly/1pLbA3j

It was just that intense and amazing, these characters are real to me, I actually refuse to admit that they are fictional and the fact that this book took Kele a year to write is evident in the level of detail and the quality of the writing, this is by far her best work yet.

The Enforcer is part one of two, but is a story in itself. This is the story of before, of how brothers Tino, Nova and Romeo came to be in the place that they are now. For those of you who are new to this series, Tino and Nova are mafiosi, and this tells the tale of how they became the notorious men the are today and how they detest being a part of the life.

I’m gonna make them all pay. I’m done being Cosa Nostra’s whore.”

We experience how the two young boys learnt that they had to do what they had to do in order to survive, with their mother having passed away and their older brother Romeo sent to prison after being set up by the mafia.

Let me tell you, their life was tough…so tough it will break your heart. Essentially this is Tino’s story and we are taken back to the day he met his Brianna, the redheaded dancer who was his light in all the darkness.

On the outside, Tino is a happy go lucky party boy, but on the inside he is so very broken, and if it weren’t for the love of his two brothers, his sister (cosmic twin) Carina, and Brianna, he would be lost. And let’s not forget Zio Carlo ♥

Their love was so special and perfect, but Tino never felt worthy of it and you can feel the absolute pain in his heart that he can never have a normal life and have his happily ever after.

“Their love had been wild, unpredictable, and so unbelievably raw and sensual it would likely never stop haunting her.”

This book is not only a romance, it is so much more than that and involves a fabulous cast of characters and I adore each and every one of them.

The Enforcer’s Revenge which is coming later this year, is without a doubt my most anticipated read of this year (if ever), and I can’t wait to continue on this journey with Tino and Brianna.

This one ends in a good place, I normally like to wait and read books together, but in this case I am so glad I have read it now so that I can process it all and really digest everything that has happened. It’s not a book to be rushed, it deserves time and attention, and whilst it technically can be read as a standalone, I can’t recommend this whole series enough, if not just for the greatness of the alpha male’s and feisty heroine’s that Kele creates, but just for the background behind Tino and Nova that all adds to the overall experience.

Just in case you missed it, I LOVED THIS BOOK! Did you get that from my review? Because I did love it, so much it’s unreal. It’s one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life… Motherfucking amazing! If you love Mafia books, you need to read this. And if you are already a follower of this series, then you will absolutely not be disappointed, I can guarantee.

FYI, Romeo also has a book Star Crossed which is part of a different series but does contain both Tino and Nova. I am re-reading it now and it’s great to go back and see them.

Stars seem inadequate, but I am giving out all of the stars to what is my favourite book of 2016.

The Enforcer is a Mafia Romance told in third person POV. Part one of two, but part of an overall fantastic and must read series

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Excerpt

Brianna stepped back when she saw Tino staring at her.

Her cheeks flamed with embarrassment.

She glanced away from Tino still spread out on the couch, thighs apart, cock straining against his jeans, with his washboard abs, broad chest, and thick biceps all on display. His full lips were illuminated in the moonlight from the glass windows showing off the six-million-dollar Midtown view Moretti money afforded Carina.

He was a fantasy come to life, and she would have to be dead not to look, but that didn’t mean she wasn’t mortified to be caught. “Y-you were talking in your sleep,” she lied. “I was checking to see if you were okay.”

“I wasn’t sleeping.”

His voice had a rough edge to it that gave Brianna goose bumps. Still she avoided looking at him as she argued, “You made a sound. You were dreaming.”

Tino quirked an eyebrow at her. “I knew you were watching.”

“Oh.” She closed her eyes when she realized that low groan and the arch of his hips were for her benefit. “You wanted to embarrass me. You succeeded. So congratulations.” She didn’t know if she was angrier with Tino or herself. “I’m going back to bed.”

She turned to leave, but he called out, “I’ll let you watch. If that’s your thing…I’ll do it.”

Brianna turned back to him with wide eyes, because she really couldn’t believe he meant what it sounded like he meant.

Who would do that?

Tino stared at her, unblinking, bedroom eyes hooded and dark in the moonlight. “Is it your thing?”

“Is what my thing?” Her voice was raspy with fear and desire. Her heartbeat was thundering, and the ache between her thighs was overwhelming. “Watch what, exactly?”

“Watch me jerk off thinking about you,” he said without even flinching. Then he cupped himself through his jeans like he had before when she thought he was sleeping, and arched his hips up. “Want it?”

She felt hypnotized by him and the raw sexuality that was choking the air out of the living room. She nodded silently, her gaze on his hand and the way he grabbed himself.

“Yeah,” she said, not sure if she shocked him more or herself when she admitted, “I want it.”

He raised his eyebrows skeptically, making it obvious she surprised him, but he pulled at the button to his jeans anyway. “You sure?”

Brianna looked to the opened fly, the zipper sliding down from the strain of his cock pressing against it. She nodded again. “I’m sure.”

Maybe she just wanted to know she could meet him halfway.

There was such a hard, deadly air to Tino now. Life made him feral, and no matter how beautiful he was, touching him now was dangerous, but she still wanted it…desperately.

He forced the zipper the rest of the way down, still watching her intently, making Brianna very aware of the spaghetti-strap nightgown she wore. The way his gaze ran over her body had her realizing the city lights behind her caused the thin blue material to be see-through. He stopped and stared at the V of her nightgown, unapologetically eyeing her tits.

“Scared?”

Brianna’s nipples had tightened, and Tino noticed because he missed nothing. She folded her arms over her chest and shifted where she stood.

“Yes. A little,” she admitted and looked toward the closed door to Carina’s room. “Aren’t you?”

“Nope.” Tino pushed his jeans down to prove his point, exposing a pair of tight blue designer briefs that made him look like an underwear model.

Brianna knew he was big, but seeing the way his cock filled out those briefs, curving to the left and nearly pushing past the waistband, had her gripping at her grandmother’s cross around her neck simply because she needed to do something with her hands.

He actually went so far as to kick off his jeans and push the blanket to the floor, leaving himself vulnerable to Carina or Paco walking out. More so, putting himself on display for Brianna, and she couldn’t help but ask, “Aren’t you embarrassed?”

He cupped himself again. “Do I look like I have something to be embarrassed about?”

“No.” Brianna shook her head.

Questions with Kele

AB – Your main characters in this series are Hispanic and Italian (my absolute fave!), what kind of challenges do you come across when writing about different cultures?

Kele – The Latino characters came very easily to me. My husband’s family were great inspiration. So the rhythm of their dialogue, the swearing, etc. . . was natural even though I don’t speak Spanish. I’ve heard it a LOT!

I wouldn’t say there were too many challenges with the Puerto Ricans aside from very small things. My husband and I used to own a Cuban restaurant, so I’d lean towards more Cuban dishes and I’d have my friend Wanda, who was helping me with Spanish etc. . .  say, yeah, no. . . This is what they’d eat. Heh.

The Italians were a little more challenging. I don’t hear the rhythm of their dialogue every day. I spent a lot of time on youtube listening to people talk. I also have several friends who are New York Italian and so that was HUGE help. . . I do hear it a lot, but it wasn’t quite the second nature some Florida based Latinos were.

Through my friends I knew a lot a little things I’m glad I was able to put in the books, like the Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas in the Battered Hearts books.

As for the actual Spanish and Italian language that’s included, obviously I have helpers. . . THANK GOD!  

ABWhat was your inspiration for writing about fighters, specifically? 

Kele – I wish I had a better answer for this. LOL! The truth was I was trying to come up with an idea for a new series, something different than what I did with the Eden books. . . And the image of a big, gruff fighter sitting at a diner on Thanksgiving by himself popped in my mind. Literally the opening scene from Defying the Odds where Melody buys this lonely fighter a piece of pie is what started it. . . It was one scene that I had to write down.

I’m what’s called a pantser author . . . Which basically means I don’t plot. I sit down with an idea and let the characters take me where they want to go.

This is where they took me! I would’ve never in a million years guessed it!

AB – Are you a big reader, what are you reading right now and who are your favourite authors?

Kele – This is a sad story. No. I’m not a big reader. Not anymore. Too busy. I was a big reader for a lot of years! Huge reader. Like 5 books a week. I have a note saved from my algebra teacher that says: “Kele’s not a disruption to the class, but she just sits in the back of the room reading romance novels and she’s currently failing.”

My poor mother. She was sure those romance novels were going to ruin me!

However, nowadays it’s very rare for me to pick up a book and read for recreation. Honestly, I haven’t done it in months. I am very lucky to have several author friends I read for like my crit-partner Laurann Dohner. . . But I rarely read just to read. . . I usually use that time to write instead.

But, I do have favorite authors. . . I am a big Pat Conroy fan. He just passed away. I was so devastated. Lords of Discipline was such a huge influence on me. One of the best male friendship stories I’ve ever read.

Love Fannie Flag too, speaking of Southern authors. . . She always makes me laugh and she’s great at touching on all life’s complexities, joy, love, pain. She’s amazing.

I also admire Rick Riordan. I’ll drop what I’m doing and read a new book by him, which I know a lot of people find shocking because he’s a YA author. Honestly, though, from an artistic standpoint he’s one of the most brilliant writers I’ve ever read.

Thank you so much for answering my questions, Kele!

About the Author

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 romanceand 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 keepher 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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More in this Series

The Untamed Hearts Series

The Viper KM_TheSlayer The Enforcer (Untamed Hearts #3)

The Battered Hearts Series

Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts #1)  Star Crossed (Battered Hearts #2) Crossing the Line (Battered Hearts #3)

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5 Comments

  1. Nicole Wetherington says:

    Great post!

  2. Veronika says:

    Great interview and excerpt! Added to my TBR

  3. Heather Scully says:

    This book sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway! ❤

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  1. Nicole Wetherington says:

    Great post!

  2. Veronika says:

    Great interview and excerpt! Added to my TBR

  3. Heather Scully says:

    This book sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway! ❤

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