RELEASE DATE: JULY 14
SERIES: THE SANTINIS, BOOK 9
GENRE: INTERRACIAL/MULTICULTURAL CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
A man avoiding his destiny.
Anthony Santini is happy with life. The former Marine is now working a dream job for NCIS in a dream location: Hawaii. He’s watched his cousins and now his siblings fall into the Santini Curse and that is not for him. Not yet. He’s happy to play the field and enjoy life. It still doesn’t stop his cousin’s wife from trying to fix him up.
A woman avoiding love.
Lalani Hawkins has had enough heartache to last a lifetime. The professional dancer isn’t looking for love and she definitely doesn’t need a man like Santini in her life. After the worst blind date in history, she thinks she’ll never see him again.
For two people who want to avoid each other, Lalani and Anthony can’t seem to achieve that. Each time they meet, Lalani falls a little more under the Santini spell, and for Anthony, he is drawn to the vivacious dancer. But when Anthony senses her hesitation to commit, he starts to formulate a plan. Because when a Santini man decides he’s found his mate, there is no stopping him.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Melissa was inspired to write a ballerina after watching Misty Copeland perform.
Tim McGraw’s Shotgun Rider was the love song for Lalani and Anthony. She even used it in a scene where Lalani is singing.
Anthony Santini is the oldest of six siblings and second oldest in the extended Santini family. Vicente (book 4) is the oldest.
His parents are Marcella and Tony Santini. Tony is the second oldest in the brothers.
Lalani Hawkins is an only child and a Marine brat. She is African American/Hawaiian.
Lalani dances to Take Me to Church in a performance in the book.
Santini Takes The Fall is a fun and sexy addition to the Santinis series. Though this is book number 9 it can be read as a standalone without any problems. But fair warning if you are coming into this series with this book you will have a huge desire to read the rest of the books! Anthony's book was a fast read with heart racing passion to spice it up.
Anthony met his match in Lalani, but I don't think he would have been happy with anyone else. Lalani's no Marines rule is put on the line when Anthony comes into her world. Both are determined to fight it as much as they are intrigued. They can't seem to stay away from each other especially after being named Godparents of the new Santini baby. Anthony decides to go all in while Lalani tries to keep up walls. These two are obviously not the normal couple but they are perfect for each other. Anthony with his ass attitude can have the mouth of a poet sometimes and Lalani can be so hot tempered she rivaled the volcanoes. Put these two close to a bed and they are combustible.
Melissa Schroeder has written another great book with entertaining characters that made me laugh and at one point broke my heart a bit. She can spin a tale that is fun and so darn hot that I had to look around to make sure no one was witnessing my cheeks becoming red. Her characters have problems and they deal with them, albeit not always in the best way right off, but they get around to it. This one was excellent and as always with this series I love that they intertwine with the other characters so much. I enjoy reading about them and see how they are doing. I recommend this book for romance lovers and anyone else looking for a fantastic series.
**My rating system is different from Amazon where this will be a 5✰. See my rating chart to the right
Main Soundtrack for the Book
ShotgunRider - Tim McGraw
She’sMy Kind of Rain – Tim McGraw
Oneof Those Nights -Tim McGraw
TakeMe to Church – Hozier
She’sMusic to Me - Ekolu
There’sNo Place Like Home - Michael Giacchino
Perfect – Darious Rucker
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
BeatingHeart – Ellie Goulding
TheWoman I Love – Jason Mraz
I’dCome for You – Nickelback
UntilI See You Again – Wiz Khalifa
“Wanna come in for a drink?”
He shook his head, never taking his gaze from hers.
“I told you the truth earlier, Lalani. You test my control, and neither of us are ready to make that next step yet.”
He leaned forward and cupped her face. Slowly, he kissed her. This was not the same over the top passionate kiss from the other day. He nibbled at her lips, teasing her bottom lip before fully pressing his mouth against hers. Still, he took his time, before she felt the glide of his tongue against the seam of her lips. She opened willingly, wanting nothing more that to taste him. He was just the same as she remembered. Desire lanced through her veins, her blood pounding a primitive beat in her veins.
Needing more contact, she stepped closer, pressing her body into his as she slipped her hands around his waist. He shuddered and lifted his other hand to cup her face completely. It wasn’t enough. She wanted to feel his flesh against hers, to taste every inch of him…but he stepped back. They were both breathing heavily.
“I told you we needed time.”
Lalani had never been good at being denied pleasure, and she lashed out.
“Is this some kind of control thing with you?”
The moment she said it, she wished she hadn’t. She opened her mouth to apologize, but he stopped her by reaching up and rubbing his thumb against her lips.
“Not at all. I just want to make sure we both want it for the right reasons. And, as I told you, I don’t want some quick fuck. I want a long time with you in that bed, because I aim to take every second to enjoy.”
From an early age, Melissa loved to read. First, it was the books her mother read to her including her two favorites, Winnie the Pooh and the Beatrix Potter books. She cut her preteen teeth on Trixie Belden and read and reviewed To Kill a Mockingbird in middle school. It wasn’t until she was in college that she tried to write her first stories, which were full of angst and pain, and really not that fun to read or write. After trying several different genres, she found romance in a Linda Howard book.
Since the publication of her first book in 2004, Melissa has had close to sixty romances published. She writes in genres from historical suspense to modern day erotic romance to futuristics and paranormals. Included in those releases is the bestselling Harmless series. In 2011, Melissa branched out into self-publishing with A Little Harmless Submission and the popular military spinoff, Infatuation: A Little Harmless Military Romance. Along the way she has garnered an epic nomination, a multitude of reviewer’s recommended reads, over five Capa nods from TRS, thirteen nominations for AAD Bookies, and made the USA Today bestseller list in 2013 with The Santinis.
Since she spent her childhood as a military brat, Melissa swore never to marry military. But, as we all know, Fate has her way with mortals. After twenty years as an AF spouse, she and husband, a long with their brats, both human and canine, are now happy they get to pick where they live. She lives in the middle of wine and horse country in Virginia and shops for million dollar homes in Hawaii.