I’m so excited to host Kele Moon today and be one of the stops on her current bog touter. Kele is one of my very favorite authors and reading her books is always a wonderful emotional experience. If you aren’t reading her already here’s your chance. Be sure to comment.Kele is giving away a $25 GC to one lucky winner drawn at random at the end of the tour

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.



“What’re we gonna do about that, Juliet?” Romeo sat back in his chair and ran a hand over the fine hairs on the back of his neck as he studied her. “You don’t strike me as a rule breaker.”

“I’m not,” she assured him. “I always play by the rules.”

“But not tonight?”

“Nope, not tonight. I told my brother I was out on a date with a cop.”

Romeo had been taking a sip of his water but coughed into his glass. Then looked at Jules with wide eyes and laughed. “Are you friggin’ kidding me?”

“No.” Jules laughed with him. “Wyatt hates you. I couldn’t tell him I was buying you dinner.”

“I’m personally insulted by that.” Romeo did a very good job of feigning insult. “I don’t think I like being your dirty secret.”

“I’m sorry.” Jules frowned before an incredulous laugh burst out of her. “Were we pretending to be allies? You’ve been bad-mouthing my best friend and my brother to the media for the past four months.”

“That’s part of the game. It’s what the promoters want. It’s what the fans want, and I like to give the fans what they want seeing as they’re the ones who make sure I get a paycheck. And I thought we already decided we weren’t enemies.”

“True,” Jules had to reluctantly agree. She took another bite of her forgotten dessert, letting the sweetness rest on her tongue for a long moment before she sighed. “I’m not real sure what we are.”

“What would you like us to be?” Romeo countered tauntingly, his tone daring her to be honest.

Jules sat there quietly as she considered her answer. She really didn’t want to be enemies with him, not after tonight, not after what he’d done this morning. She genuinely liked him, but it was more than that. She was drawn to him like a moth to a flame. Everything in her was humming for something she was finding hard to name. Friendship, sure, but there was something much more carnal between them. The word lovers seemed all wrong; it implied something soft and sweet and romantic, which was the very last thing she wanted from a man like Romeo.

“Sweaty and naked,” Jules finally settled on. “Wild, sweaty, and naked. That’s what I want us to be.”

Romeo sucked in a sharp breath. His eyes widened. His entire body tightened as if something electric had struck him, but Jules had to give him credit. He recovered quickly and leaned forward as his voice dropped to a low hum of arousal. “You wanna take off?”



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.

Website: http://www.kelemoon.com

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15 comments to “”

  1. Karen H in NC
      · July 25th, 2012 at 1:35 pm · Link

    Good Morning Kele,

    Thinking about your answer to one of my previous questions about ‘why UFC’ got me to think about the softer side of your characters. What is the most romantic thing any of your characters said or did?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  2. Goddess Fish Promotions
      · July 25th, 2012 at 2:20 pm · Link

    Thank you for hosting Kele today.

  3. Desiree Holt
      · July 25th, 2012 at 2:24 pm · Link

    My pleasure all the way around. And yes, Kele is definitely amazing.

  4. The Brunette Librarian
      · July 25th, 2012 at 2:29 pm · Link

    Hello Kele!! :) I loved this book so much, the characters, the plot, and the romance…woo!

    I loved it so much, I immediately bought the first one. No idea how I missed it!

  5. Kele Moon
      · July 25th, 2012 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Desiree–Thank you so much for having me!! I was so excited to see that you’d booked a date!! Totally thrilled to be here!!! :D

    Karen–Because I’m weird I have to say the most romantic thing any of my characters did or said was Danny becoming a Dom for Paul in the Eden books. . . In a way he sacrificed his humanity to keep Paul safe–So, um, yeah. . . To me that was true love and therefore romantic :D

    Amy-I hope you enjoy it!! :D

    And to the Brunette Librarian–I’m so glad you liked it!! And it’s good to know it stands alone without having read Defying the Odds first :D

  6. Anonymous
      · July 25th, 2012 at 4:19 pm · Link

    The book sounds very intriguing (and so do the Eden books, for that matter)!


  7. Ingeborg
      · July 25th, 2012 at 4:44 pm · Link

    Great excerpt, I enjoyed reading it.

  8. flchen1
      · July 25th, 2012 at 5:08 pm · Link

    This sounds like a great one–thank you for the heads up, Desiree! Congrats on the new release, Kele!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  9. Desiree Holt
      · July 25th, 2012 at 5:43 pm · Link

    I highly recommend the Eden books, too. Kele has a special touch that gets into the emotions of the characters.

  10. Amy Gregory
      · July 25th, 2012 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Thank you Desiree for letting me find another amazing author! I can’t wait to pick this book up, sounds great Kele!!

  11. elaing8
      · July 25th, 2012 at 10:20 pm · Link

    I have this one on the TBR list.Looking forward to reading it.

  12. Chelsea B.
      · July 25th, 2012 at 11:02 pm · Link

    Yowza! I need to be reading this book, like, yesterday!


  13. marybelle
      · July 26th, 2012 at 8:45 am · Link

    That is such a fabulous excerpt. It made me smile & then go WOW!!


  14. Kele Moon
      · July 27th, 2012 at 5:12 pm · Link

    flchen1 –Thank you!!

    Elaine–I hope you enjoy it! :D

    Chelsea–It is steamy, I’ll tell you that!!

    Marybelle–Thank you!! I’m so glad you liked it!!

    And Desiree! You really ARE too good to me!! Thank you so much! It means the world coming from you!

  15. Rebecca Hipworth
      · August 1st, 2012 at 11:08 am · Link

    I look forward to finding more out about this one. :)