Series: The Santini Brothers Series #2
Author: Martia A. Hansen
Release Date: 27th April, 2015
Genre: Dark Suspense Romance
Death and sex on two legs … BRANDO is coming for you.
Dark, brooding, and one hell of an asshole, Brando walks through life taking what he wants—and who he wants, whether they like it or not. And he wants Ivy, the second in command of the Vipers—a team of female assassins.
Having been owned before, Ivy tries to resist Brando, who is just as deviant as her former master—a notorious human trafficker called the Black Russian. But after discovering Brando’s devastating past, she sets out to get to know the real man behind the beautiful face: a tortured soul with secrets to die for.
Reviewed by Dawn Vickers.
This book focuses on Brando and Ivy, but there’s back stories of the other brothers and characters too. It’s raw, gritty and passionate and definitely not for those seeking a lovey dovey romance!!
Brando is damaged from his childhood and lives his life on the edge. He’s drop dead gorgeous but crude, arrogant and has a dirty mouth! However, you can’t help finding him hot as hell!! Brando is a hit man for his family. He’s good at it and he cares for no one until Ivy.
Ivy is a member of the Vipers. A group of female assassins. They protect the family who are also helping the Vipers take down, The Black Russian. He’s as evil as they come, dealing in every sordid thing possible including sex slaves, murder and torture. Everyone wants a piece of the Black Russian! This strong minded, strong willed woman takes none of Brando’s crap. He wants her, makes no secret of it, and he infuriates her no end. She wants him but won’t admit it to herself. When Ivy learns about Brando’s tragic past and why he behaves the way he does inflicting pain on himself and those around him, she decides to discover the man underneath all that bravado. The chemistry between Brando and Ivy is off the charts. Even though they’re constantly quarrelling, bit by bit they start to let each other in. They finally get together and it’s hot! Brando is introduced to someone from his past who turns out to be closer to him than he ever imagined thanks to a confession from his mother. His brothers, Vinnie and Dominic, have their own dramas to deal with which results in a life threatening situation. For Vinnie, only the family and the Vipers can save him.
This is one long read. As there is so much going on, I often found it difficult to keep going. There’s a multitude of different characters from different families all with their own stories to tell which I found too much to take in at times. Stalking, kidnapping, self-harm, childhood flash backs, shootings, betrayal and lots and lots of sex. The drama, action and suspense just felt like an overload to my way of thinking, and could have been scaled down. It will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat, it’s never boring with something happening on nearly every page! It’s impossible to touch on every character, but the ones that stood out for me are Brando, Ivy, Dominic, Vinnie, D and Jagger. Brando took a while for me to warm up to him but once you understand the pain he experienced, you can’t help but be drawn to his character. When hell rains down, he goes all out to protect those he loves and cares for. I loved Ivy’s personality; strong in both spirit, mind; a true fighter with a caring, compassionate side. She took Brando on giving as good as she got!
All in all, this is a very fast paced read. As I said before, it’s long. The various detailed storylines all good in their own right will keep you interested in the story and wanting to see how it all ends. I just felt that at times, this read left me somewhat confused.
THE SANTINI BROTHERS #1
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.