Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Santini in Love (The Santinis #6) 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 is 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. 

My review:
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. 

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