The Santini Brothers Series #2
by Marita A. Hansen
Publication Date: April 27, 2015
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.
|The book is titled "Brando", but there's so many people and so much going on, it was like 1/2 was about Brando, 1/4 was Vinnie, and that last 1/4 was everyone and their mom (or dad), literally. I feel like nothing has been " solved", only who bombed their home. More drama has been added, and everyone wants to kill The Black Russian, well, take a #. Stalkers, kidnapping, traitorous bastards, whippings, bombs, shootouts, massacres, hallucinations... it's almost too much to handle, it actually gave me weird dreams.|
When I said there's a ton of people, I mean it. Not only do you have the 5 families, and the Santino family alone with a million brothers ((OK, I am exaggerating)), you have The Vipers on top of it. Well, the ones that escaped the clutches of The Black Russian. It's definitely a lot to take in, and myy brain is quite overwhelmed. I did like that it was action packed, but I feel a lot could have been cut out, and more focus put on to who the story was about. I didn't feel a connection between Brando and Ivy, I think more could have been put into that. This book left me confused & wanting. Brando wasn't funny or endearing. He was crude and a HUGE arsehole, I don't know what Ivy saw in him, I really don't. Though, I think he is a great hitman, too great, and that is his downfall. I am still deciding if I even like his mother.
I will be continuing on with this series as I have to know what will happen with Vinnie and his crazy stalker and the new additions the family, and last but not least, can we PLEASE finally get rid of this Black Russion. This guy is INSANE!!!!
Overall I give this book a 3.25 stars
***Given as an ARC for my honest review***
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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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Website - http://maritaahansen.blogspot.com/