A Santini in Love

A Santini in Love

by Melissa Schroeder

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A Santini in Love by Melissa Schroeder

She was the last woman standing.

Madison Baker was born and bred to be a Marine. When a roadside bomb ends her first deployment--not to mention her career--she is left to pick up the pieces of what is left of her life. She's returned to Oceanside to regroup and move on. It doesn't mean she's ready for a relationship, even if a particular Santini has different plans.

Love happens when you least expect it.

When he first met Madison back at the Academy, Dante Santini was sure the woman was put on the earth to irritate him. She's prickly and mouthy. She always thinks she's right. Worse--she almost always is. She hasn't really changed over the years. One disagreement ends up with them lip locked and very nearly falling into bed, Dante discovers he might need to rethink his first impression.

When Madison is convinced she witnesses a murder, the only person who believes her is Dante. Together, they sift through the meager evidence, trying to unearth the secrets someone is trying to hide. Neither one of them expecting it would draw them closer--or that a killer is hell bent on making sure those secrets stay buried.

Get more of the Santini family romances!
Book One: Leonardo
Book Two: Marco
Book Three: Gianni
Book Four: Vicente
Book Five: A Santini Christmas
Book Six: A Santini in Love
Book Seven: Falling for a Santini -coming December 23rd!

And, don't miss out on the Johnson Brothers:
Semper Fi Marines
Book One: Tease Me
Book Two: Tempt Me
Book Three: Touch Me

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150753594
Publisher: Harmless Publishing
Publication date: 11/02/2014
Series: The Santinis , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 74,601
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Born to an Air Force family at an Army hospital, USA TODAY Bestselling author Melissa Schroeder 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. From then on, she was hooked. She read close to 300 novels in one year and decided romance was her true calling instead of the literary short stories and suspense stories she had been writing. After many attempts, she realized that romantic comedy, or at least romance with a comedic edge, was where she was destined to be.

Influences in her writing come from Nora Roberts, Jenny Crusie, Susan Andersen, Amanda Quick, Jayne Anne Krentz, Julia Quinn, Christina Dodd, and Lori Foster. Since her first release in 2004, Melissa has written close to thirty short stories, novellas and novels released with seven different publishers in a variety of genres and time periods. Those releases included a 2005 Eppie Finalist, Two Capa finalists, and an International ebook best seller in June of 2005. Surrender was named top Category Romance by Authors After Dark, and she was named Author of the Year and Most Accessible Author.

Since she was a military brat, she vowed never to marry military. Alas, fate always has her way with mortals. Her husband is an Air Force major, and together they have their own military brats, two girls, and an adopted dog-daughter. They live wherever the military sticks them, which, she is sure, will always involve heat and bugs only seen on the Animal Discovery Channel. In her spare time, she reads, complains about bugs, travels, cooks, reads some more, watches her DVD collections of Arrested Development and Seinfeld, and tries to convince her family that she truly is a delicate genius. She has yet to achieve her last goal.

She has always believed that romance and humor go hand in hand. Love can conquer all and as Mark Twain said, "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand." Combining the two, she hopes she gives her readers a thrilling love story, filled with chuckles along the way, and a happily ever after.

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A Santini in Love 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## FABULOUS. I absolutely loved reading this book. Albeit being part of a series, it stands alone just fine. It's a tad short with 115 pages but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I loved that the heroine, not the hero, was the one with the PTSD in this story. She and the hero Dante had amazing chemistry. I adored the witty banter between these two. Wow, speaking of Dante, Mm mm, this man is hot! I will check out the rest of the series since I'm so glad I picked up this little gem (honestly, because I thought the cover was hot). I only wish it was a little longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sparks flew for Madison and Dante in the past. They constantly competed with each other. They don't see each for awhile and when they reunite a different set of sparks begin to fly. Will they act on these new feelings? Read to find out. You will not be disappointed. The entire series is great!
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Madison Baker had been a marine until a roadside bomb tragically ends her career. Two years later and still dealing with PTSD, she agrees to dinner at a friend's house, only to encounter Dante Santini, a fellow marine she was competitive with at school and her best friend's twin brother. All Dante remembers for Madison is how she bested him. When he sees her gain, he starts to remember how beautiful she was and how he couldn't stop thinking about her. When Madison witnesses a murder, Dante is the one she turns to and he's the only one who believes her. It doesn't take Dante long to realize he has the Santini curse. I don't read many contemporaries because for some reason, they don't keep my interest very long. However, every time I read Melissa Schroeder's books, I don't have such problems. I love her characters, the relationships they carry between books, and how she honors our military with her stories and trying to truly represent them. This is the second Santini story I've read. I loved the strength that Madison showed as she dealt her PTSD and trying to reintegrate into a normal life. Dante came through like a true hero, showing strength and faith in her especially when nobody else did. I loved her interaction with her parents in the end. I can't wait to read more about the Santinis!
Arch_Angel More than 1 year ago
While Melissa Schroder’s “Santinis” are physically gorgeous men who would melt the panties of any woman that crosses their path; don’t make the mistake of thinking their lives are all sunshine and roses. As an ex-Army wife, I find it humbling the time Ms Schroeder has devoted to ensuring that her stories accurately portray the side of service life some would rather not acknowledge.  The men and women who serve their countries so valiantly suffer not only the fallout of war, but physiological and physical scars that they carry throughout the rest of their lives, and Ms Schroeder exposes this fragile side of their nature with care and compassion.  So how do you combat tragedy and suffering without something to look forward to? Well it’s here that the Santinis excel; for no woman will ever resist the undivided attention, unconcealed devotion and the all-consuming love that only a Santini can provide. As with all these remarkable men, Dante Santini will steal you heart and melt your soul with his unwavering resolve to make Madison Baker his forever; tortured, broken and insecure she may be, but this Santini will be by her side till his very last breath. Anyone who has read the previous stories will adore this latest edition to this rather large and extended service family, and for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, best you get started because the Santinis will definitely rock your world!!!
Redrabbitt More than 1 year ago
Finding Love And Surviving PTSD Although this is part of a series, the book reads as a standalone without any problem. This story gives you mystery, suspense, a group of friends, strong family ties, coping with PTSD and learning to live life again, and two people who were competitive during school finding love. Madison Baker was near the top of her class, being a Marine was in her blood and she feels she must succeed to prove her worth to her Colonel father. Deployment to Afghanistan and an IED changed her life forever making her feel like a failure. Dante Santini was in competition with Madison, but she seemed to always best him at school. Running into her after three years, feelings are different. When a murder is witnessed and things starts happening, these two are throw together and sparks ignite. Is Madison loosing it and will she be believed or will police decide she isn't trustworthy. Can Madison learn to trust Dante with not only her safety but also her heart.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Madison Baker is a survivor and one tough Marine! Even though she has PTSD she has learned to continue with her life. A surprise guest at dinner with her neighbors has her life turning upside down (for the better) when Dante Santini steps back into her life. His twin sister used to be her roommate when they were at college together and Madison and Dante were rivals and secretly crushing on each other. Twists and turns and another Santini has fallen and oh what fun it was to watch it happen! This was so well written and with great care taken with PTSD I recommend it to everyone. **Received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the next one
pwall55 More than 1 year ago
A Santini in Love is the first Santini’s story I have read by Melissa Schroeder. I love the Scottish, Cursed Ones Series and thought I would try this one. I am so glad I did. I have now gone back and bought the first five in the series even though this story read well as a stand-alone.  The characters Dante and Madison seem like real people who have served in the military. Madison is the character that the story centers around. She is strong, independent and living with PTSD. This story is the first one I have read where a female is dealing with this but admire Ms. Schroeder for bringing this issue to the attention of readers. She handles the struggles of a retuning war veteran with sensitivity  I could not have had anything bring my focus more on the coming Veteran’s Day then this wonderful book, A Santini in Love. Love the book, enjoy the Santini clan, admire Madison, glad Dante fell for her and fell hopeless in love myself with Charlie, one perfect service dog. 
KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly  4 out of 5 Licks The Santini's are back!! I love a good military romance and Mel writes some great ones.  I don't see very many female military heroines so it's always refreshing when one pops up.  Madison is living with PTSD and working hard to maintain as normal of a life as she can.  She's changed a lot since Dante saw her last and now he's determined to make her his.   Dante believes in her when she isn't sure she believes in herself anymore.  Dante turns out to be quite the sweetheart and refuses to let Madison doubt herself or her instincts.  I loved seeing these two find each other again and fall hard.  Something about seeing a Santini fall is extra awesome! They fall so hard and so completely, it is always so much fun to read.    
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Madison Baker is an amazing woman. She has been through hell and is working her way through the other side. Former Marine Madison is dealing with major life changes. She survived a roadside bomb and is dealing with the repercussions and PTSD. It isn’t bad enough that the bomb took away the career she worked for all her life but now it is threatening to take her dignity too. When she witnesses a murder the PTSD label has the cops doubting her; isn’t it funny that the only one who seems to believe her is her college nemesis Marine Captain Dante Santini. When Dante runs into Madison he can’t believe how much his feelings have changed. The strong woman who was a pain in his ass is still beautiful but her experience has added a layer to her that he needs to explore. The Santini curse may just have struck again.  This is an incredible story. Not only does it have Melissa Schroeder’s trademark humor and steam but this one made me think about PTSD and how I treat those with the diagnoses. 
Meglarz More than 1 year ago
A Santini In Love is Melissa Schroeder’s first book featuring a new branch of the Santini family, Tony & Marcella’s family of 6 Santinis are cousins to Vince, Leo, Marco & Gianni and I think this is the beginning of a beautiful thing. I can’t wait to read more about these siblings - and I have a pretty good feeling that Marcella is a lot like her sister-in-law, Joey. (a very good thing!)  ASIL is the story of Dante Santini and Madison Baker, former classmates and competitors from Annapolis. Madison was also roomies with Dante’s sister, Elena (yes, finally female offspring of a Santini!) Their paths cross again at Camp Pendelton more than a few years after the Academy, Dante is Capt. Santini, USMC and after a brief tour of duty in Afghanistan, Madison is now a civilian, living with PTSD and a very charming Charlie. True to the Santini heritage, this is the story of two strong people coming together as they come to recognize and accept the fact that they are soulmates. The Santini Curse is alive and well, thank goodness! I went back and reread the 5 previous Santini novellas before reading ASIL and I am struck once again by Schroeder’s deft touch with her characters; she opens them to the reader and we see and feel their past hurts, struggles, fears and strengths without ever making any one of them seem damaged, weak, or whiny. They’re strong women, who choose to enter into a partnership with their Santinis;  really, who wouldn’t?   I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review. In the interest of full disclosure I have to say that as much as I enjoy the series and really like the characters, my favorite Santini is still Joey, my kind of Mom (just ask my kids).
lmcosta More than 1 year ago
I loved it and was surprised by the ending.Madison is Dante's twin sister Elena's best friend from the Academy where she and Dante were always one upping each other. When they meet again Madison is suffering PTSD and feels she is damaged but Dante has always seen something special in her.She witnesses a murder and runs to Dante however the police can find nothing & think due to her PTSD she made it up.What follows is a Santini falling for the Santini curse and a surprise murderer I never saw coming.I was hooked from the beginning and shocked at the end.You can never go wrong with I loved it and was surprised by the ending.Madison is Dante's twin sister Elena's best friend from the Academy where she and Dante were always one upping each other. When they meet again Madison is suffering PTSD and feels she is damaged but Dante has always seen something special in her.She witnesses a murder and runs to Dante however the police can find nothing & think due to her PTSD she made it up.What follows is a Santini falling for the Santini curse and a surprise murderer I never saw coming.I was hooked from the beginning and shocked at the end.You can never go wrong with a Santini book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all the Santinis. Although I always want more. Can't wait for Elena and JT s story