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Review and BONUS Scene: Crossing the Line (Battered Hearts #3) by Kele Moon

Posted on 13 November, 2013 by in Kele Moon, Review / 2 comments

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Enjoy an BONUS Deleted Scene from Defying the Odds from Kele below!!



5 STARS!!!
Wyatt Conner is a hard man. A sixth generation sheriff in his hometown of Garnet. A former MMA fighter. His life is about following the rules and making sure everyone else in Garnet follows them too.

Before life hurt him, Wyatt was different. Love had once blinded him to his upbringing and made him defiant against anyone who tried to separate him from the girl he loved. He easily broke laws to ensure her safety.

When she left it destroyed him.

Now she’s back.

Tabitha knew coming home was a mistake, but family obligation demanded it. She wasn’t expecting to run smack into the love of her life the same day she returned.

Despite the danger, Tabitha is powerless against the wild rush of desire that explodes between them the moment she finds herself in Wyatt’s arms again. She needs a second chance too, but she can’t risk Wyatt finally discovering the real reason she left.

Even for another taste of true love.

Tabitha knows her haunted past will destroy both of them if Wyatt finds out. What she suffered through was too terrible and it’s the one thing that will have him crossing the line for revenge.

Release Date: 11/12/13


Denise’s Review
For those of you have who are fans of The Battered Hearts series you know readers have been waiting, or more like dying, for Wyatt Connor’s story, well Ms. Moon does not disappoint.  This one is so worth the wait. I think this is her best yet!!

In the prior books it is clear that Wyatt Conner’s heart was broken when he lost Tabitha, the love of his life.  So yes, this is a second chance love story; one that was powerful, engaging and compelling.

Tabitha’s backstory is heartbreaking on so many levels, the words on the page and emotions portrayed both through dialogue and actions will have you knowing this woman never had it easy.  Tabitha and Clay (the hero from book 1 Defying the Odds) grew-up poor, I mean break your heart hungry kid poor. Their struggles were painted in vivid detail that just might bring a tear to your eye.

These youngsters encounters with Wyatt, the Sheriff’s son, were layered and truly show Wyatt’s heart. And you will yet again find yourself falling in love with Wyatt Conner.

This book had me smiling as Tab and Wy got to know each other as kids, my pulse racing as they explored each other bodies as young adults, Ms. Moon had me gripping my kindle as their world shattered and even more than I did before I was so rooting for Wyatt and Tabitha to find a happy that worked for them.

I throughly enjoyed the banter between Wyatt and Jules, these twins truly know how to push each other buttons, how to make each better and yes their bond enhanced to the story in numerous ways.

As always I will not tell you the why or how… as I want you to experience this amazing journey as I did.  So why Tabitha ran, I won’t tell you, what brought her back again not telling you and how this all comes together well my lips are sealed; I will simply say bravo Ms. Moon.  The events felt true to the cast you created, the characters feel real and they live in my heart.

The use of Nova, Romeo’s brother, was masterful, it really pulled the story together and made the pieces fall into place.

The end of this book was so well done, the story made sense, it worked so well for the characters created in this series and it really mades the reader think….What would you do if someone hurt the person you loved most in the world; what lines would you cross; what lines would you allow to be crossed?

I also need to add I adored the epilogue, it left me with a smile on face and so excited to know I would be getting Tino and Nova’s story in the future.

EXCLUSIVE Deleted Scene from Book 1 – Defying the Odds

Clay looked to the ceiling and stared at the florescent lights, willing them to burn his eyes because it was more pleasant than hearing Wyatt harp at him. “Ain’t there a rule against anyone but family being in this room?”

“I’m on your medical power of attorney,” Wyatt reminded him.

“Remind me to change that,” Clay groaned. His head felt like it was full of cotton. The bullet hole in his shoulder ached, but whatever they put in his IV took most of the edge off. He really wanted to go to sleep, but he didn’t dare. “Where’s Mel?”

“She’s still talking to the officers,” Wyatt huffed, falling down into one of the chairs next to the hospital bed Clay was stuck in. “A guy’s got a gun and a vendetta against you for doing his ex-wife and you run at him like you’re fucking superman. What the hell, Clay? You’re not invincible.”

“I think you’re wasting your breath. He looks like he feels pretty damn invincible. He’s ‘bout cross eyed with whatever they gave him.”

Clay grinned, turning to look towards the open door as Jules walked in. He laughed. “I do feel pretty bulletproof right now.”

“Except for the big ass hole in your chest,” Jules said as he leaned over his bed and brushed at his hair. “How ya feeling?”

“I feel good,” Clay assured her. “Digging the bullet out wasn’t real pleasant, but nothing I can’t handle.”

“It’s amazing nothing vital was hit,” Jules told him sternly. “Do you know how lucky you are?”

“Yes.” Clay nodded. “Where’s Mel?”

“The cops are still talking to her. She was cut up, but they stitched her up. She’s a few rooms over. I told ya that the last time, but you were pretty out of it.” Jules brushed at Clay’s hair again, studying him intently as if needing to insure for herself he was still breathing and mostly healthy. “I came to check on you because she’s been out of her mind and she wanted an update. She needs to know you’re okay. I’m gonna go back to her.”

“Yeah, go.” Clay didn’t want Melody to be alone. “Tell her I’m fine. Stoned outta my skull, but fine.”

She laughed, pushing away from the bed. “I’ll tell her.”

Jules made it to the door before something occurred to him. The drugs they gave him before they dug the bullet out had obviously dimmed, allowing slivers of clarity to find their way past the cotton in his brain. “Jules?”

She turned back to him, her eyebrows raised. “Yeah, darling?”

Clay swallowed hard, looking to Jules, afraid to ask, “Did I kill him?”

“He ain’t looking real good,” Jules said solemnly. “I dunno, Clay, you may have.”

“Am I in trouble?”

Clay took a deep breath, the reality of hurting someone outside the sport making the steady beep on the monitor pick up. He was a professional fighter. He couldn’t just beat on a guy and not be in a whole world of shit. He was trained to fight. He might as well of shot Justin in the head because his fists were considered weapons according to the law.

“No,” Jules assured him, jerking Clay out of his morose thoughts. “You ain’t in an ounce of trouble. That guy was shooting up a casino and you took him down. They only thing you’re getting for that is a medal.”

“I don’t want a medal. I just wanna see Mel,” Clay whispered, unable to sort through the sea of emotions that weren’t helped by the drugs in his veins.

“I’ll see what I can do,” Jules sighed. “Not like they ain’t got two hundred different witnesses and dozens of videos proving what happened. Not only did all the hotel cameras catch everything, but everyone had their damn phones out.”

“Is that a good thing? Are you sure I ain’t in trouble?”

Wyatt snorted. “He put a hole in you before you hit him. Tackling him was crazy, but it’s still self-defense. You’re fine, I promise. There ain’t a cop alive that’d try to bring you up on charges.”

Clay nodded, breathing a sigh of relief. Jules was a lawyer. Wyatt was a sheriff. If the two of them thought he was in the clear for any legal repercussions he believed them. He closed his eyes, because keeping them open was starting to feel like too much work. He didn’t want to go to sleep until he saw Melody. He was half-terrified she’d hate him after seeing what he did to her ex-husband, but he couldn’t seem to help relaxing with the knowledge that he wasn’t any sort of legal trouble. He wanted to rest his eyes for a few minutes, but the drugs hadn’t loosened their hold as much as he hoped. Within a few minutes, Clay was completely out.


“How long’s he been sleeping?”

“Not long.”

“Can I stay?”

“You better,” Wyatt snorted. “If ya don’t, he may end up beating on me like he did that ex of yours and I don’t fancy spending the rest of my days as a vegetable.”

“Wyatt!” Jules snapped, sounding shocked and horrified.

“It’s okay,” Melody said softly. “I’m ‘bout numb, nothing he can say is gonna upset me.”

“Good thing,” Jules snorted. “I swear, most days I don’t know how we’re related.”

Wyatt let out a bark of laughter. “Yeah, ‘cause you’re so discreet and genteel.”

Clay groaned, knowing a Conner fight in the making when he heard one. “Take off.”

“Excuse me?”

“Go back to the hotel,” Clay said more clearly, blinking to fight the heaviness of sleep and wincing against the light. “They’re keep me over night. There ain’t no sense in everyone be miserable in this hospital. If ya’ll are done with the cops and all the bullshit, you should go.”

“We could catch a cab back with Wellings,” Jules suggested.

“No,” Wyatt said firmly. “I don’t give a shit what sorta hero ya’ll think he is, I ain’t riding in a cab with Wellings. I can’t stand that bastard.”

“Is he here?” Clay asked, still blinking to fight the wave of exhaustion.

“He’s taking off,” Jules offered.

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.

Book 1 – Defying the Odds

Book 2 – Star Crossed

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