Ricardo (The Santini Brothers #1)
by Marita A. Hansen
Publication Date – August 14, 2014
On a Mediterranean Island run by mafia, the Santini brothers are fighting a war against the Landi family, who are targeting their loved ones. After his fiancée is murdered, Ricardo, the eldest of the brothers, starts spiraling out of control, his violent nature leading him down a path that could rip his family apart. But, when two women walk into his life…
His first love—Bianca D’Angelo
And an assassin from the Viper Sisterhood
…he finds himself pulled into a world of espionage, intrigue, and seduction, where he’ll win his family’s safety and the woman of his dreams—or lose everything.
*There are NO love triangles in this book. This is Ricardo and Bianca’s story.
Kris’s 5 Coffee Bean Review:
I’ve read the My Master’s Nightmare series and have enjoyed it greatly. When I got word that there was going to be a spin-off of sorts I was thrilled. I had the pleasure of beta reading this and it had many high points then… the way we are introduced to Ricardo… the two major twists that take place… the hot sex! But reading the final product was exactly how it should be wonderous perfection. We get an up close and personal look at the Santini family and Ricardo in general. He is a beastly man with one heck of a blinded by rage temper. Bianca was not my favorite character in MMN but she really grew on me in Ricardo. There are quite a few characters and families to keep straight but if you’ve read MMN it should not be that hard and if you haven’t then it should not be too difficult to adjust.
The black vipers were crazy badass and awesome… and I swear that I’m not just saying that because one of them is named after me… I love all of Ricardo’s brothers especially Vinnie, and his twin brother. 😉 Brando also stole a piece of my heart in this story and I cannot wait for his book to come out next. You will despise and love Ivy all at one time and want to back hand Concetta, the matriarch. I also can’t wait to hear about the twins band. This book really has a little bit of everything. Your cool ass mafia action, tattooed and pierced rockstars, sweet couples in love, hot sex, action, violence, and badass female characters. I highly recommend it!
About the Author
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
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.