The Santini Brothers Series #2
by Marita A. Hansen
Publication Date: April 27, 2015
Death and sex on two legs ... BRANDO is coming for you. Dark, brooding, and one hell of an asshole, Brando walks through life taking what he wants—and who he wants, whether they like it or not. And he wants Ivy, the second in command of the Vipers—a team of female assassins. Having been owned before, Ivy tries to resist Brando, who is just as deviant as her former master—a notorious human trafficker called the Black Russian. But after discovering Brando’s devastating past, she sets out to get to know the real man behind the beautiful face: a tortured soul with secrets to die for.
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**ARC given in exchange for honest review**
First of all this is part two of a series, so if you haven’t read Ricardo Book #1, I highly recommend it to understand more of the background on the Santini family. If you haven’t read it, this can be read as a standalone because it’s not a cliffhanger to lead you into the next book. I rated this book 5 stars. This is not my typical read. It has an Italian mafia in it, which brings sex, violence, and scandals. This book was very suspenseful, I recommend reading when you have time to finish the whole thing, because otherwise you will be left hanging until you get an ending. I would say this book is not for everyone, but if you like suspense, and a good story, then this book/series is for you. It does have some hot sex scenes and plenty of mouthwatering Italian men to keep you intrigued.
After reading book one, Ricardo, I didn’t think I would like Brando whatsoever. I was totally wrong based on what I had learned about him from the first book. Everyone has their own story and until you know the truth of their past to know what has shaped them into the person they are today, you never know why they are the way they are. The perfect description for Brando: “dangerous, intense and downright sexy.”
He wants Ivy who is a part of the Vipers, team of female assassins. Ivy knows what it’s like to be owned by someone, so she tries to deny her attraction to Brando. But will discovering his past be what makes her sympathize with him or resist him like her former master, the Black Russian.
I promise you are not left with a cliffhanger but I hope to hear more about Brando's story in the upcoming continuation of the series. I really hope the next book will be about Vinnie aka Vincenzo Santini one of the twins.
NATIONALITY AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: I'm a true blue Aucklander, born and bred in New Zealand. I tend to write about cultures I have connections to, such as Croatian and Maori. I would love to visit Croatia again as I have family there. However, in My Masters' Nightmare, I have started writing about Italians. My husband is part Italian and I also have a degree in Italian.
SPORTS: As a teen my favorite sports were karate, badminton, and running. I also did unarmed combat and played in a touch rugby team (my gym teacher made me do the last one!) Now, I stick to coaching soccer and running. I have completed two marathons, numerous half-marathons and one 30K run.
CAREER PATH: I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honors degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a poor, starving writer, smh.
FAVORITE FOODS: I'm vegetarian. I love pasta based foods, tofu, chocolate mousse and golden queen peaches.
BAD HABITS: I'm a major procrastinator that can't seem to earn money to save myself!
STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.
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