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The Real Rio D'Aquila (Orsini Brides #2)

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Italian by birth, this street urchin lived a life of extreme poverty until he escaped to Brazil—where he cast off his roots, took a new name and pulled himself up from the streets.

Now Rio D'Aquila is beyond wealthy, with a reputation for being uncompromising in business...and incomparable in bed! But on meeting vulnerable Isabella Orsini, he feels something deep within him...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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This was an enjoyable HP and anyone who has read a lot of Marton knows she has a formula but I enjoy that, a hunk hero who falls for a heroine so much so that he can't stop kissing her to shut her up.

Izzy is the youngest Orsini, a landscaper and she shows up a late for an interview with Rio. Izzy isn't a fan of wealthy men and Rio who is pissed off that she's late doesn't correct her about who he is, when she mistakes him for the caretaker, after all she will be gone shortly but as things come t...more
I thought this might be the book in which Marton's "cynical-detached-tycoon-falls-head-over-heels" formula finally wore thin, but once again she turned it around and made me her bitch. Well, not entirely. The first third of the book had too much bickering and stubborn feistiness from Isabella, and the last third was heavy on character reappearances, this being the final book in a long family series. Marton did get some fun out of that fact, as in this scene:

"Startled, Rafe, Dante, Nick, Falco an...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Man, the cover stinks on this book. Good thing I read the description before looking at it!! yikes! Anyway, I really enjoyed this book despite wondering what planet these people were from at times. Ok. She probably wouldn't have researched him because she is an outdoorsy type, but c'mon!

Letting it go. He was a rather drool worthy hero, btw. A good, satisfying read. I kinda wish I had read the rest of the books in the series, but I don't think you really need to do that unless you are like I am n...more
This book was okay but it was sort of all on the surface. It took place over about 3 days and they were super in love. It was very light and so little happened that it seemed like the actual nuts and bolts of the story could have been told in maybe 30 pages. Just that the day they met took over half the book. Enjoyable but more fluff than normal even for HP.
Nas Dean
THE REAL RIO D’AQUILA by Sandra Marton is a December 2011 release by Harlequin Presents.

Isabella Orsini is looking forward to a job at tycoon Rio D A’Quila’s new country estate as a landscaper. But she was late to the interview due to unforeseen circumstances. Reaching there at last she meets a hunky shirtless man who introduces himself as Matteo Rossi, the caretaker of the estate. And sparks flew!

Rio had waited for Isabella to turn up for the interview and when at last she did come and took hi...more
This series carries straight on from The Orsini Brothers series and follows their 2 sisters
If 'The Ice Prince' was great,'The Real Rio D'Aquila' was amazing/ Thank God! I didn't get dissuaded by my friend's constant warning- "The book is damn boring!"

Well,I found the book lovely, emotional, elusive and charming. The story was so different and it was hard not to fall for the couple.
The heroine- Izzy was kind of dumb at first. C'mon, when you've signed on an important client whom you haven't met, you can at least check the world wide web. Or did Sandra Marton write the novel at a time w...more
Río es un empresario duro y frio,huerfano criado en la enorme pobreza.Donde se dedico a la vida delictiva para poder comer.Se enfrento al mundo solo pero resurgió de sus cenizas como el Ave Fénix y alcanzo un lugar en el mundo.Exitoso,guapo,con dinero y poder las mujeres caen rendidas a sus pies.Pero el no quiere ningún compromiso serio y como todo protagonista Harlequin lo menos que quería era creer en el amor.Claro hasta que llega su damisela en apuros,la guapa Isabella.La menor de la dinastí...more
This book is my favorite in the Orsini books , The plot was different in a very good way .. Rio or Matteo as I prefer to call him was charming and quite funny especially when Izzy was blabbing on and on about people he has no idea who they were , knowing about his childhood had me falling for him even more , I loved the hero. Isabella was a heroine I absolutely adored .. she's messy in a humorous way , a little sharp tongued and speaks her mind all the time .. I really liked her. Matteo and Iz...more
Noor  El Gendy
the Orisini Brides're the 5th & 6th parts of the Orisini Brothers series .. & Again i really really enjoyed reading it .. but i loved Izzy more than Ana & i don't Know why .. it's just what I felt :) anyway Great work Sandra .. keep it up ... i really love your Novels :)
Tonya Warner
A very nice story.

Rio D'Aquila is the name he earned, but Matteo Rossi was the name he was given. While one had struggled to become the other, his being Matteo was truly at the heart of Rio.

Isabella Orsini might come from a large family, but as the youngest, she had always remained in the back ground, never truly finding herself. Meeting up with Matteo gave her the passion to seize life and go for her heart's dream, but finding out he had lied was almost too blinding to get past.
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I just love Sandra Marton's books and have been a fan for years.

Her Orsini brothers and now sisters series is now over (cue - howling).

Her heros are so magnetic and gorgeous and how fabulous to a family of 4 brothers - wow, hot! And because her fans wanted more, she wrote HEA for the 2 sisters.

Loved the series - hope she writes another soon :)

after reading the back cover,i had different expectations... and it didn't meet them. otherwise it's a decent story.
Diana Tan
Wonderful whirlwind romance with a bit of twist. Love it!
3.5 stars

It was a good book, enjoyable read.
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