Thursday, August 14, 2014

Release Blitz/Review - Ricardo by Marita Hansen (#giveaway $10 GC)

Ricardo (The Santini Brothers #1)
by Marita A. Hansen
Publication Date - August 14, 2014


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—Bianca D’Angelo

And an assassin from the Viper Sisterhood

...he finds himself pulled into a world of espionage, intrigue, and seduction, where he'll win his family's safety and the woman of his dreams—or lose everything.

*Ricardo is Alessandro Santini's oldest brother. Alessandro from My Masters' Nightmare will also get a book.

*There are NO love triangles in this book. This is Ricardo and Bianca's story.

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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....

But then Ivy and Ricardo's mom had to show up

And then we read what Ivy does next....

Ohhhh....that just takes the cake and I so want Bianca to be like...


but with all the posturing and the you think this will end with a 

Definitely the beginning of a wonderful series off-shooting from My Masters' Nightmare.  I see this series just getting better and better and can't wait to see what happens in Brando!!

About the Author

NATIONALITY AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: I'm a true blue Aucklander, born and bred in New Zealand. I tend to write about cultures I have connections to, such as Croatian and Maori. I would love to visit Croatia again as I have family there. However, in My Masters' Nightmare, I have started writing about Italians . My husband is part Italian and I also have a degree in Italian.

SPORTS: As a teen my favorite sports were karate, badminton, and running. I also did unarmed combat and played in a touch rugby team (my gym teacher made me do the last one!) Now, I stick to coaching soccer and running. I have completed two marathons, numerous half-marathons and one 30K run.

CAREER PATH: I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honors degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a poor, starving writer, smh.

FAVORITE FOODS: I'm vegetarian. I love pasta based foods, tofu, chocolate mousse and golden queen peaches.

BAD HABITS: I'm a major procrastinator that can't seem to earn money to save myself!

STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.

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