A SANTINI CHRISTMAS

A SANTINI CHRISTMAS                         MELISSA SCHROEDER
Posted:  Jan. 17, 2015

A Santini Christmas (The Santinis, #5)Join the Santinis as they gather together not for the joy of the season, but in crisis. One major event throws everything they hold dear into jeopardy, causing Joey to travel back to the memories of when she and Papa first fell in love.

Joey Antonio doesn’t have time for men. Her focus is on saving money for art school. She definitely doesn’t need some jarhead Romeo bothering her. True, every time they run into each other she finds herself more attracted to him—not to mention the kisses he steals are becoming addictive. Still, no matter how sexy the Marine is, she isn’t a woman who is willing to risk her heart.

Stewart Santini, known to everyone as Papa, is convinced Joey is the woman for him. Sexy, smart and tough—exactly how he likes his women. He finds himself falling even before he knows what hit him…but there is one problem: Joey is willing to share her bed, but not her life.

Papa knows Joey is surprised when he agrees to a casual affair, but he has other plans to set him motion. This is one Marine who will battle to win the most precious thing in the world to him: Joey Antonio’s heart.
 

MY REVIEW:
     This story deals with the sensitive subject of date rape, yet only as they would have known of it back in the early 1970’s.  Then there wasn’t even really a name for it or procedures for handling it in most places.
     Yet, Melissa has done a very good job of bringing out the feelings and deep emotions a victim would feel.  Let alone how those around her might feel and respond to her and for her.  Yet, when the characters move toward each other she makes it not so awkward even for now.
     You see Joey Antonio Santini a now grown woman and mother of four grown sons, is in shock.  The love of her life Stewart Santini, a Marine and part of Special Forces at one time.  Had been in a car accident during the holiday season.  All the boys and their families were on their way for a visit when Joey received a call about the accident.
     Once he was out of surgery and all had gone home.  She sat at the side of his bed remembering how they met.   She was so amazed he even chose to peruse her since she was so closed off.  She was hiding a secret she had really only told Thelma who she believed told her husband Sam.  They were both great people who she worked for but they treated her like a daughter and she treated them like parents.
     Joey worked two jobs in order to save money to go to college for art.  She loved it that much to put medal to the pedal.  She had just about the amount she needed to start next semester.  Then she would only work at Sam and Thelma’s bar.  When a “Jarhead Marine” comes in with his buddies.  “Papa” Stewart Santini whose daddy served with Sam and his mom was best friends with Thelma.  Let the match making begin. 
     Yet, she made it clear no dating!  With her back ground it made it tricky to maintain.  The second secret was not so serious but it was fun to keep from Stewart, the Marines who pride themselves on control could not find out her real first name.  Sam knew as did Stewart of the Santini curse that his father and uncles had all fallen under.  This generation just laughed at it until he saw Joey.  Then he knew it was true that, once you meet the woman of your heart at first site you will love her forever.
     See how this couple travels through time and how they come to be.  I enjoyed the couple’s banter and that this has military base and background.  I give it 5 stars.  Got it free on Amazon.  Follow us at:  www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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