Monday, March 9, 2015

Review by Maimeo's Angels: One Night With a Santini by Melissa Shroeder

He was searching for something that was missing from his life.

Brando Santini is headed to New Orleans to blow off some steam with a few of his buddies. The respite from his life as a Marine doesn’t really seem to do the trick until he runs into his college crush, Kaitlin Fitzpatrick. After a little dancing and a few drinks, they end up in bed together and Brando knows she’s the one for him.

One night will never be enough.

Kaitlin never forgot Brando. She never would have thought the sexy nerd would have remembered her. More than that, she definitely didn’t expect he would be interested in seducing her. Their time in New Orleans is intense but much too short. The memories of his lovemaking leave her counting the days until she sees him again.

A complication neither of them expected.

By the time Brando arrives in Maryland, Kaitlin suspects that their one night together has left them with more than memories. When Brando insists on marriage, she refuses on the grounds he doesn’t love her. But what Kaitlin doesn’t understand is that when a Santini wants to prove his love, nothing will stand in his way—not her five brothers, his own annoying family, or even the woman he adores.

Born to an Air Force family at an Army hospital Melissa has always been a little bit screwy. She was further warped by her years of watching Monty Python and her strange family. Her love of romance novels developed after accidentally picking up a Linda Howard book. After becoming hooked, she read close to 300 novels in one year, deciding that romance was her true calling instead of the literary short stories and suspenses she had been writing. She has had over 25 short stories, novellas and novels published in four years with seven different publishers.
Being a brat she swore never to marry military. Alas, fate always has her way with mortals. She is married to an AF major with two brats of their own. They live wherever the military sticks them which for the first time in years is a place where THE BUGS DIE!

4.5 stars

I received this ARC for an honest review.

One Night with a Santini is book 8 in The Santini series and is the story of Brando Santini and Kaitlin Fitzpatrick.  A chance encounter whilst both are in New Orleans brings these two college friends together again. Ten years has passed and what neither of them knows is that they each were attracted to the other and in fact still are.

As with all the other books in the series, I couldn’t put this one down and read it in a day. I have to say, if I weren’t already married I would marry a Santini in a heartbeat. I love their loyalty, commitment, integrity, sexiness - everything about them.

Brando has always compared the ladies he dated to Kaitlin even though when he knew her she was engaged to marry another. He hasn’t kept up with her since he didn’t want to know about her marriage and life. Unbelievably, he finds out that she didn’t marry her fiancé and is in fact free.  A dinner invitation is accepted, followed by a night of passion. Brando knows that Kaitlin is ‘the one” but he knows if he tells her this, she will run. She has been hurt by previous relationships and as far as she is concerned, their night of passion is a one night stand.

Brando returns to the area and accepts Kaitlin’s offer to stay whilst house hunting. Of course her brother’s hit the roof. Complications soon arise which changes the course of Brando and Kaitlin’s lives. I love how protective they are initially and have to say that when Brando has a bit too much to drink whilst talking to 3 of her brothers it made me laugh. Soldier boy vs I am a marine!

As with the other books in the series, there is humour throughout. I have to say I love that these very strong men, seem to quake when the Santini women come into play. Be it Brando’s mother or his Aunt Joey, the matriarch of the Santini family. Add in Kaitlin’s extremely over protective brothers and there is sure to be mayhem. I love how Melissa Schroeder weaves such a strong, yet sexy story with the love, loyalty and commitment of family.

Sadly the book had to end. I only wish that they were longer. I love this series and cannot wait for the next instalment.

Reviewed on behalf of
MI Bookshelf
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