His first love ...more
Upon seeing Ricardo again, she attempts to deny her feelings for him, terrified of falling into another violent relationship.
But Ricardo isn't one to be denied a second time, Bianca not knowing what hit her.
And I was like:
Now I'm sitting here thinking...
RICARDO has very little angst and ...more
Maybe she liked cruel bastards who treated her badly, or maybe she chose them because she was looking for someone to replace Ricardo.
This was my first book by Marita, and it's definitely not going to be my last. Being a huge fan of the dark romance genre and particularly when that dark romance involves some mafia, I jumped at the chance to read this one. Now while there were a few things that kept it from being a 4 or 5 star read for me, I did still enjoy it quite a bit.
This book ...more
RICARDO IS #FREE this weekend. Go grab a copy now!!!
For MY MASTERS' NIGHTMARE readers, this is a spin off from that series and should be read anytime after Episode 11.
A note for people who haven't read My Masters' Nightmare: it's not needed, although it does have extra information about the 5 mafia families as well as introducing Alessandro Santini and Bianca D'Angelo, who are in RICARDO. Though, a warning, ...more
Genre: Romantic Suspense
“I told them to have their guns at the ready.”
“Bravo. I’ll see you soon, brother.”
“You better, Ricardo, because if you die, I will come down to Hell and kill you again.” Ricardo barked out a laugh. “I’ll be seeing you either way, then, and good luck with keeping our madre from killing Valentino.” Salvatore laughed , his voice going serious a second later. “I love you, brother. Live for me.”
Not just a romance. Brotherhood, family and vengeance are strongly ...more
This was what I was like after finishing RICARDO
That ending!!! Be still my beating heart, I have fallen for a hitman who is both an arsehole and one beautiful bastard. I can't wait until Brando is out, I want his book in my grubby hands now. He was sexy as hell.
Okay ... I'll stop talking about Ricardo's brother and actually attempt to do a proper review ... sigh ... I hate doing reviews ... because I'm lazy, but this book is worth doing one ...more
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you SO MUCH hun!! Review to be posted on my blog on August 1st, 2014.
#A stunning, intricate, action packed masterpiece filled with a wide array of entanglements from: secrets, lies, betrayal, revenge, deception, old and new foes and enemies; as well as love, power plays, seduction, and heart pounding decision making where one mistake could result in blood, loss, ...more
This is my first Marita Hansen book and definitely will not be my last.
I liked Ricardo but I just didn't love it. I appreciated how Marita Hansen created this brutal world of mafia crime syndicates and their families with it colorful characters. And while the action is intense, this fell a bit short on the romance side.
This book is about a war between two mafia families and Ricardo as the titular character fights for the Santini family -- our main family protagonist. But it's not as ...more
Book begins with Valentino as POV.
He is talking to his body guard, Niko.
It's like a fucking role call ....
He has a man-ho half brother, Alessandro.
Pedro Landi, Don to one of five mafia families on the island. A dead wife, Maria, murdered by Landi mafia. Maria's family is on the run from the Landi. His oldest brother, Ricardo , who no one is crazier nor more evil than and who he hopes will usurp power over his family from their father and Concetta ...more
** 3,5 STARS **
Now we all know I simply CAN NOT say no to a book with Mafia families. So when I saw this one, I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP!
And I really enjoyed it, I did. There were certain problems with it, though...
First off, I had a VERY difficult time getting into the story from the beginning. I got overwhelmed with over 30 characters introduced, from 5 different Mafia families, and really struggled trying to keep their names and back stories in mind. Apparently, some of the ...more
Author –Marita A. Hansen
Publication Date – August 14, 2014
Type –No Cliffhanger Series
Genre – Romance, Dark, Mafia
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars
Instead of giving the story away - I decided to document my feelings on this book. Especially since you all know that I have a special place in my heart for Marita and her books. Again she amazes me with her ability to write about action, the mafia and dark subjects.
At first I was like ....
And then when Bianca came into the picture it was like.... ...more
This book had a lot going on.... mafia families, yes families... There's alpha males galore, The Santini family has a ...more
What a hell of a roller coaster!!
That book was worth the wait, I loved everything about it...the intensity, violence, killing with a cold blood, rough crazy sex,revenge..everything everything!!!
*sigh* I need to take my breath...
I don't know what to say about the characters because I loved all of them...that house was like a house of sexy hot demons,everyone has his own special taste.....Ricardo with his ...more
It was fast paced, nail biting and sexy as h#ll!
I loved the intricate family plots, the several mafia families and the heart-ache.
Ms Hansen WHY???? Why did you have to hurt the gentle giant so much? I mean come on, he was the only nice guy in the book... I can never forgive you..
My only complain is this: since it's not a conventional love story with the couple in the front but a complex world, the name of the book is misleading. It doesn't focus on Ricardo (whose story I felt was in ...more
These book was based on Ricardo the oldest of the Santini family. Ricardo suffers of Intermittent Explosive Disorder, having lost feeling in ninety percent of his body due to taking an experimental drug.
He has One love Bianca that left him because she couldn't deal with him.
A few circumstances brings them together and their relationship starts to build again. These book is a rollercoaster ride that you wont expect. there are many side characters that make the whole ...more
Did I think it was amazing? No
But could I stop reading? No!
It's a solid 3.5 stars, cliffys and so much more information needed.. I won't even try to explain, it's addictive for sure. The next book doesn't even help though so... probably too cliffy for me.
I doubt I will continue as all the relationships are left halfway and the that's not my jam - or many others I would imagine since everything is unresolved.
I have finished it in one sitting.
I love my book boyfriends possessive and when they are "mafioso" too,I think I have a winner!
This book is bursting with mafia action,hot Santtini brothers and in the end I give this book a solid big 4 stars..
I was missing some kind of deeper relationship between h/H,and there was lack of information about their whole past and I was really missing that part.
All in all good read!
See for yourself!
He was dreamy. I was in love with him the whole time I read this book! There was nothing I hated about this book! Like nothing
Bianca was absolutely perfect for Ricardo. They were so sweet together. I wish I got to see more of them. But we didn't and that was sad. I wanted to see more of them together *pouting*
Ivy is going to be a problem... I think. I hope she gets with someone so she gets over Ricardo. Its sweet that Brando chose her. But I hated that she practically killed Rosa. I ...more
Cover :- 5 stars
Sex/steaminess :- 4 stars
Story line :- 5 stars
Characters :- 4 stars
Overall rating :- 4.5 stars
Personal rating :- 5 stars
Book Pairing:- M/F
Did it give me a book hangover :- No
Is this a review book or personal read :- Beta read
Why I chose this book?
I got the chance to beta read this story
What I liked about this book.
* The world created was fantastic.
* The deep family ties were all present and well inter-grated into the ...more
HOT brothers, mafia wars, STEAMY sex.... as my friend Laura would say...humina, humina!!!
And yes the story line is just as good!!
July 7, 2014
Beta read this and I have to say all you people who loved Marita's MMN series are going to love meeting the Santini Brothers. Talk about explosive and I mean that in a lot of ways!!
I'll do a full review when the book is out!
Ricardo Santini is the next in line to be Don of the Santini family. With a war on the horizon with rival mafia families, he realizes his ailing father is no longer capable of handling the situation, and he steps up. Through all the chaos, he rekindles a relationship with his first love. Bianca is the one who helps him feel again.
This is the first book planned in the Santini Brother Series.
*Release date 8/14/2014*
Ricardo is the oldest of the Santini brothers and since his father is no longer able to lead a mafia war, he takes his rightful place as head of the family and vows to protect his family at all costs. When his ex comes back into his life needing refuge, he’s torn on how to protect her without exposing his biggest weakness.
Bianca left Ricardo years ago when she saw his awful temper, but her ...more
Ricardo & Bianca
Me while reading ...
Okay. Well the beginning was
confusing and that is probably what made reading the novel less enjoyable. I was anticipating this one to be epic and adding to my long list of amazing series. However, after reading this one? I'm unsure .. I'm hoping the next book could redeem this one. Don't get me wrong when I say this book had potential and could have been marvelous. The plot was exciting and had me intrigued. Ricardo was
FIVE INCREDIBLE STARS
What an incredible book to start the Santini brother series. This novel isn't just about romance; no, this novel contains five Italian Mafia families who all happen to be at war with the main protagonists being the Santini family. In fact, there are actually nine of the bad boys who are all brothers, all alpha males and dangerous. Each one of them has his own part to play in the family feud. However, there is an even ...more
Rating 4 fangs
Ricardo is book one in the Santini series. Before reading Ricardo I recommend that you start with the authors other series titled My Masters’ Nightmare. When I started reading Ricardo I thought I was mistaken that it was the first book in the series. From the start of the book multiple characters were mentioned that I felt I should already know more about. After some research of the author’s other books, I found that this is a ...more
NATIONALITY: I am a New Zealander with Croatian heritage.
SPORTS: As a teenager my favourite sports were karate, badmington, and running. I also did unarmed combat and played in a touch rugby team (my gym teacher made me do the last one!) As an adult, I've couched soccer and have completed two marathons, numerous half-marathons and one 30K run. Though, I have been slack of late, ...more