“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.”
Without a doubt, this book (and series) should be up there with the best. It was INTENSE and I feel like these characters are now a part of me. To put it simply, Kele Moon can write a sexy alpha male like no other and Chuito Garcia was fucking fantastic! I loved him soooo much.
Fans of this series, and the Battered Hearts Series, will know Chuito quite well already, he is a gang banger turned UFC champion who has done a lot of bad shit in his life, but he is an extremely loyal friend who has one of the biggest hearts hiding under his gang tattoos and scary exterior.
He has been friends with his neighbour Alaine for a long time now, she is the preachers daughter who escaped her fathers strict parenting when she was 18 and along with the help of her boss Jules has earned herself a law degree and is now an independent and confident woman.
This is their love story and it’s not a pretty one, it is sad and gritty and raw but with glimpses of absolute devotion and adoration and loyalty. Alaine & Chuito are soul mates who are meant to be, but Chu loves her too much to get involved with her, she is pure and innocent and he is dark and stained.
“I am not going to be your love story.
I am your friend.
I’ll be your friend until I die, but I am not going to give you a happily ever after.”
It’s under the dark of night that their relationship develops, when Chu has nightmares she comes to him and soothes his soul. He teaches her to dance and they eat together and laugh together. Chu is in his self imposed prison in Garnet, but he’d rather stay there forever than go back to Miami where it is becoming obvious that he is needed back there to make things right with the Los Corredores.
We get glimpses of the past 5 years mixed with the present day and not only do we get Chu and Alaine’s tumultuous love story, but we get to see his bromance with Tino. The bond these two have is so strong, and I loved the banter,the love that they had for each other shone through, and even when it was tested in the most horrendous way, there was no doubt that it was unbreakable.
“I give a shit because I love you,” Tino said so passionately it stunned Chuito.
“You’re my brother.”
Honestly, I can’t gush enough – I don’t want to go into the details of the story because it needs to be experienced with fresh eyes. I said it about The Viper, but Kele Moon really takes you on a journey with her stories, this book will make you laugh & cry from one page to the next.
Alain loved Chuito unconditionally and he deserved it so much, I was so happy that they got their happy ending.
“She appreciated him as a man. As a warrior.
In a way, she supposed she appreciated him as a criminal too.”
It is recommended that you at least read Crossing the Line & The Viper before you read this one, they are both as amazingly written and well worth it.
I am now DYING for Tino and Nova’s books, these latin men are just perfection!