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Review: Vicente by Melissa SchroederVicente by Melissa Schroeder
Series: The Santinis #4
Published by Self Published on May 24, 2013
Format: eBook
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Vince Santini considers himself the last man standing. Being the only unmarried brother is a badge of honor, until the woman had always been in his heart returns. Acting on his attraction hadn’t been an option seeing that she was his best friend’s girl, but now she is single and free for him to pursue.

Julianna Andrews is a survivor. It took her years to walk away from her abusive husband, and now all she cares about is building her business. She doesn’t have time for Vince or the temptation he represents. He is a reminder of her past. One argument leads to a heated kiss, and the passion that threatens to consume them both.

Vince knows that Jules might not be ready for happily ever after with anyone, but he is bound and determined to convince her that he can give her that—and more. This Santini is happy to be the last man standing—as long as he is HER man.

My thoughts…

Vicente. *swoon* He’s the oldest Santinis brother. The one who’s not in a relationship. The last man standing until the one and only woman he has ever loved is divorced and back in his life.

Julianna. Vicente has loved her since high school and was heartbroken when she married his best friend. She’s a little gun shy when it comes to relationships, which is understandable given what her ex-husband has put her through.

I was so happy when these two started seeing each other. I’ve liked Vicente in all the previous novellas and wanted him to get his HEA.

This is a relatively short read. I was able read it in one sitting. I think Ms Schroeder did a great job with this one. It’s a great way to end this series.

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Review: Gianni by Melissa SchroederGianni by Melissa Schroeder
Series: The Santinis #3
Published by Self Published on May 17, 2013
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The youngest of the Santinis, Gee has always been the biggest flirt. He usually has no problem charming women. That is until he spies Kianna Jones across the room. For once in his life, he is unable to charm her into a date.

Kianna is a woman who doesn’t expect romance, especially with a sexy PJ who is five years younger than she is. But, he just won’t give up so she agrees to a date, which turns into several and eventually to the best sex of her life. Still, she isn’t ready to commit beyond their present status.

Gee isn’t happy when Kianna resists taking their relationship to the next level but he refuses to give up. If there is one thing a Santini understands is that nothing worth fighting for comes easily—and he is prepared to launch the fight of his life.

My thoughts…

By far Gianni is my favorite Santinis. This is my favorite novella of the series so far. I don’t quite know what it is about Gianni but he get’s my motor running. Maybe it’s whole younger man / older woman aspect. I’m just not sure.

I liked the fact that Gee and Kianna’s relationship was developed over a two month period via email while he was deployed. It made for the love element to be more believable.

Even though this is short novella read it was really enjoyable. Up next is Vicente’s story. Can’t wait!

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Review: Marco by Melissa SchroederMarco by Melissa Schroeder
Series: The Santinis #2
Published by Self Published on May 10, 2013
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Marco is the quiet one of the four brothers which works well for his career as a Navy Seal. Living in Hawaii is a dream come true, his only probably is the infatuation he has for his landlady. He’s not sure he wants to act on his attraction until his brothers push Marco’s temper with a little harmless flirting.

Alana Kailikea is a woman who understands loss. Her entire family was killed when she was only eighteen, leaving her an heiress. A bad experience with gold digger has left her wary of most men—especially gorgeous men like Marco. She never expected him to ask her out, or that it would lead to a romance that has them burning up the sheets. Still, she tells him that an affair is all she wants.

Marco doesn’t want an affair—he wants forever. He agrees to her idea of an affair determined to use every chance she gives to convince her that they were made for each other.

My thoughts…

This is novella number two in a four novella series. As with the first one I really enjoyed this one too. I liked Alana’s character from the beginning and felt bad for her because of her family issues. Marco’s a sexy SEAL and has three brothers who are all in the military. The four of them are who this series is based upon.

Even though this is a short read I thoroughly enjoyed it. The attraction Alana & Marco shared was strong upon them meeting each other and I enjoyed watching these two fall for each other.

The sexual content with this one is comparable to mainstream romance.

Up next is Gianni’s book. From what I can tell he’s quite the character and I can’t wait for him to meet the women who’s going to snatch him up.

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Review: Leonardo, The Santinis Book 1 by Melissa SchroederLeonardo by Melissa Schroeder
Series: The Santinis #1
Published by Self Published on May 3, 2013
Pages: 87
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Leo Santini is a man who always has a plan. It is the way to live a well-ordered life. He never planned on dealing with the hardheaded physical therapist who is taking care of his friend. He definitely never planned on being so totally infatuated with her.

Maryanne Johnson doesn't have time for a romance—especially with a military man. Sure, Leo is drop dead sexy, but more than one man in a uniform had hurt her before. Unfortunately, she can't seem to resist him or his kisses. It doesn't help that the man is as sweet as he is sexy. Falling for him is easy, but she does her best to keep herself from admitting it to him.

Leo knows she wants to keep things simple but when a Santini is in love nothing will stop him from achieving his goal—even the hardheaded woman he loves.

My thoughts…

The Santinis is a new 4 novella series about 4 brothers who are all in different branches of the military. Each of them are single and looking for love. Well, they might not be looking for it, but eventually it’s going to find each and every one of them.

Leonardo’s story is first. He’s an Army Medic and doesn’t take crap from anyone. When he meets Maryanne Johnson he’s finally met his match. At first he’s a little taken aback from her attitude but soon something stirs within him and the attraction is strong.

Maryanne has grown up in a military family. She’s got several brothers who are all in the military. She knows a lot about the life. She’s dated several men in the military and hasn’t always had the best of luck. She wants nothing to do with Leonardo at first. Leo’s caught off guard with his feelings and Maryanne, well, she tries hard to not develop feelings for him.

I really liked the chemistry these two shared. The sexual scenes are pretty much mainstream which is unusual for Ms. Schroeder. I’ve read several other books by her and they are all really hot, but since this is a novella I guess it’s to be expected that the sexual scenes would be toned down and shorter in length. This fact doesn’t in any way take away from the story.

Although it’s a short read I really liked this one. I’m looking forward to reading the next novella in this series. Marco’s up next. I can’t wait to get to know him.

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