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(The Santini Brothers #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  81 reviews
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
Paperback, 342 pages
Published August 14th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
I read this:

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...

Amy | Foxy Blogs
RICARDO is a story about a mafia run Mediterranean island where 5 mafia families are vying to be the overall ruling family. The Santini family is in need of a new Don because their father, who has been Don, is ailing and no longer able to rule sanely. Ricardo is first in line for this position and he is bound and determined to be the Don for his family. His first love, Bianca, re-enters his life after a tragedy puts her on the run from another mafia family.


RICARDO has very little angst and
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
3- 3.5 Stars

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
Marita Hansen
Feb 13, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

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,
Alexis *Reality Bites*
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
Chippy Marco
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was what I was like when I got the ARC for RICARDO


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
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mob-mafia
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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.

3.5 stars!!


#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,
Geri Reads
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
3 stars!

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
Describe this book in one gif...


Chapter One

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
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it

** 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
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book –Ricardo
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....
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 25, 2014 marked it as to-read

**ARC courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review**
Zulma Garcia
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've had my eye on this book for awhile and was beyond excited to win an arc!! Alpha males are my weakness and if you add the element of mafia it's so much better! I freaking love Mafia books and there's not alot to pick from out there. My reviews tend to be spoiler free because there's nothing more upsetting than to be anticipating a book and someone else blowing the plot!!
This book had a lot going on.... mafia families, yes families... There's alpha males galore, The Santini family has a
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh,HELL NOOOO!!!!! you can't leave me hanging like this with such a killer cliffhanger...UGH!

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
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a ride!
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
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mafia
Thanks to Author for ARC
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
Sláinte Wanderlust
Did I love it? No
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.
Valentina "TinchyB"
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was awesome read!
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!
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I won an ARC ( thank you Vika, Kris, and Marita) for this book and let me just say, I was so giddy to have won an ARC for this book! This is the first book in Ms. Hansen's spin off series, and wow what a way to get the ball rolling girl!! This is the story of Ricardo (mmmm) the eldest brother of the Santini Family. He is a very moody bastardo 95% of the time, and his mood swings are enough to give you whiplash! You never know if you are coming (snickers) or going with him. He took an ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

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
Mummy's Naughty Corner
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, r2r, m-f, dark-erotica
Book gifted from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good Lord, this is definitely Marita's niche. I have fallen for the Santini brothers and can not wait to read more of this series!!!

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!
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to FMABookReviews by: Amy | Foxy Blogs
ARC kindly provided by the author

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*
Absolutely loved this book!
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was pretty good book held my attention from beginning to the end... My only problem is I want more romance in the story line. Hopefully the next book would be even better.
Italian mafia, fiery women, and plots of revenge combine for an action-packed storyline in Ricardo.

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
Sleepless Readmore
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it

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

Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Claire Rose on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever


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
Bronwyn Elmes
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock
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
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