Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review ~ Star crossed by Kele Moon

Star Crossed (Battered Hearts Book 2) by Kele Moon


Heavyweight UFC fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long time enemy. After a steamy one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go.

The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy, bad boy of MMA, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.

As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.

Title: Star Crossed

Series: Battered Hearts  #2

Author: Kele Moon

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages: 294

Purchase from:
Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Here's an excerpt for you:

Romeo had suspected she’d be ticked about him paying for dinner, but he didn’t give a fuck. He wasn’t letting her pay for their date, and besides, she looked hot as hell with her cheeks flushed in anger and those icy blue eyes narrowed at him. He’d have paid twice to see it.

He ignored her rather than respond, because he was still fighting down an attraction that was overwhelming to the point it almost scared him. He honestly couldn’t remember the last time he’d wanted a woman as badly. Instead he pulled out the key card the front desk had given him and reached around Jules to open the door.

She huffed indignantly as he pushed the door open. “I’m talking to you.”

“I heard you.”

“You genuinely disappointed me.” She sounded stricken as she followed behind him. “I thought you were different from the fellas I’m used to, but it turns out you’re the same and—” Romeo pushed the door closed behind her, and Jules turned when it clicked shut. “What’re you doing?”

Romeo stepped into her personal space and then leaned forward to breathe her in. The perfume she wore was dark and seductive rather than sweet and floral like most women wore. Jesus, this woman even smelled perfect.

When Romeo moved to kiss her, she turned her head petulantly. Her breathing was shallow, her body tense, but she obviously wasn’t inclined to give in—yet.

He bent down and whispered against the smooth line of her throat, “I didn’t pay for dinner to be a chauvinist. I did it because I enjoyed your company, and I felt like you were worth it. Is that so bad?”

Jules appeared unmoved by his impassioned plea. “You think you’re charming.”

“Sometimes,” Romeo admitted, a smile tugging at his lips. “But it’s still the truth. I wanna kiss you, Juliet. Look at me.”

“No.” Jules’s voice was a low rasp, sounding like the denial hurt. “Maybe this is a mistake. I thought about it while I was walking up here. This is all wrong and—”

She was going to be stubborn, so Romeo took the initiative and cupped her face in both his large hands. He forced her to turn to him and studied her stunning features for one breathless moment. Her body tightened defensively, but she didn’t fight him as only the sound of their labored breathing filled the air. Jules’s eyes were wide, her cheeks more flushed than ever. Then she licked her full, lush bottom lip in a quick swipe of anticipation.

That was all the invitation he needed.

Romeo leaned down and kissed her before she got a chance to think about things any more than she already had. Jules moaned in response and arched into him. Her lips parted to his, soft and hungry for more. Romeo knew he was already too far gone as he deepened the kiss and greedily took what she was offering.

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 on 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 has 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.

Contact her:  Email / Website / Twitter / Facebook

Kele will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Remember, the more you comment, the more chances you have to win! The tour dates can be found here. Stop by the other blogs and leave comments there as well! 

My thoughts:

This book was full of hot and steamy scenes. It is definitely meant for adult readers. I have to say that although it has plenty of hotness, there is a plot too!
I really enjoyed the characters. They were fun to get to know. I liked the mixture of characteristics and personalities. It made the characters more real to me. I loved the nicknames, banter, and fighting between Wyatt and Juliet!  The same can be said about Romeo, Nova, and Tino. They were just as much fun to read about.

  I thought this was a wonderful way to modernize and respin the Romeo and Juliet tragedy. I liked this version so much better!

Star Crossed had a little bit of everything I like. There was romance, steamy love scenes, great characters, action, and a tiny bit of suspense.

I would recommend this to any adult who likes their romance hot and steamy!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly thought it was great!

I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!


  1. Just discovered Kele and will be trying some of your books. Thanks for the great contest.

    1. Pat,
      Kele was a new author for me too. I will be reading more of her books soon! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  2. Thanks for the great review. I am intrigued that you liked it better than the classic, looking forward to checking it out.

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    1. I'm not that into classic stories. I felt that this story modernized a different type of Romeo and Juliet. I liked it a lot! After you read it come back and let me know what you thought.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I've been loving this tour--the book sounds great!


  4. Wow, way to build some serious prelude to a kiss tension! Very nice. I was already a fan of Kele Moon and will be pushing this one up the list to read ASAP!!

  5. Definitely like my romances hot and steamy! ;-)


    1. This is one that you don't want to miss Chelsea!

  6. What a great excerpt. This sounds like a fabulous story. The review was outstanding too.

    1. Thanks MomJane! I hope you read the story. You'll like it! :D

  7. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!



    1. Thank you for stopping by. I can't wait to read your other books!

  8. Thank you for your review. I love it when the characters stand out & are interesting.


    1. Me too! For me, the characters usually make it or break it. :-)

  9. Great review. Thanks for the giveaway.