RICARDO is a story about a mafia run Mediterranean island where 5 mafia families are vying to be the overall ruling family. The Santini family is in need of a new Don because their father, who has been Don, is ailing and no longer able to rule sanely.Ricardo is first in line for this position and he is bound and determined to be the Don for his family. His first love, Bianca, re-enters his life after a tragedy puts her on the run from another mafia family.
RICARDO has very little angst and mystery throughout the story. I was hoping for more of both of those things as I journeyed with the Santini family as they battled with the other mafia families. The epilogue holds promise for some drama with “The Hitman” being the hero in the next book for this series. I have not read ‘My Masters’ Nightmare’ series but lovers of that series will find glimpses of Jagger in this book.
I appreciated the user-friendly guide that was put in at the beginning of book. It included who the five mafia families are and a description of each family member. Also added was an Italian/English Glossary which came in handy.
MEET THE ‘SANTINI’ MAFIA FAMILY:
Ricardo (Senior): Don.
♥Concetta♥: mother to 10 grown children all born within the space of ten years.
Ricardo (Junior): (37 years old) Heir to becoming Don. Hotheaded.
Salvatore: (36 years old) Loyal and right hand man to Ricardo. Tallest in the family (6’5″). Gentle giant.
♥Rosa Aggio♥: childhood sweetheart. Short (5′)
Valentino: (35 years old) love child of Senior. Widower.
Brando: (34 years old) a hitman. Beautiful…coloring like a D’Angelo. Filled with hate. (view spoiler)
Anna: (33 years old)
♥Sergio Rosso♥: from mafia family – Rosso. Are on the run from the mafia family – Landi.
Luciano: (31 years old) Widower (wife killed in a car accident).
Vinnie: (29 years old) *identical twin* explosive expert. In a rock band. Tattoos. Smart-mouthed
Dominic: (29 years old) *identical twin* a “finder”. In a rock band. Tattoos and piercing. Smart-mouthed
Silvio: (28 years old) a Catholic priest.
Bella: (27 years old) wheelchair bound
Alessandro: (27 years old) porn star and sex slave trainer
Can be read as standalones.
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Release date – 8/14/2014
***Thank you, Marita A. Hansen, for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.***