Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Santini's by Melissa Schroeder


Book One


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.

Book Two


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.

Book Three


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.

Book Four


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.

Sarah's Review: 

By now, you should know that Military romances are huge with me.  If I find out about Military romance, I am usually all over it  I had seen The Santini's all over Facebook for a while, but didn't have a chance to read it until this week. Correction:  It took me just over 24 hours to read them all. 

For this series, I am doing the review slightly different in that I am putting them all in one review, because I don't want to spoil anything and if I separate them, I will spoil something.  They should definitely be read in order because it is the way Melissa Schroeder wrote it and it helps make more sense of certain aspects. 

Those Santini boys sure know how to knock a woman for a loop.  They had me sucked in from the beginning.  Their momma, Joey Santini, raised some excellent, well-mannered, yet stubborn men.  Though this time, I say their stubbornness was a positive attribute in this series. Once each of them realized that they wanted their woman, they made sure they got their woman.  Of course, they each made mistakes, but what man (or woman) doesn't make a mistake? 

The woman that knock the Santini boys on their @$$es are strong, independent woman.  They weren't afraid to put any of them in their place, much like Joey Santini.   I found it amazing how the connections that each of the couples had fit each personality.  Another aspect that I loved about the women is that they each were able to recognize when they were at fault too.   

I don't like weak women falling for the Alpha male, it doesn't seem natural.  I love that Melissa Schroeder writes strong characters that suck you in and make you willing to lose sleep for.   It made me sad though that I don't believe men like this actually exist!  If they do, they are sure not anywhere near me.   

I hope that we can get a future story about how all of them are doing.  There was a big revelation in Vincente's book but we were left hanging with that one.  I want to know!!

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