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.
For more information on all the Santini’s, including novellas and excerpts, please visit the Santini’s Page on Melissa’s website!
Some fun behind the scenes look at Melissa’s inspirations:
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.
Main Soundtrack for the Book
Shotgun Rider - Tim McGraw
She’s My Kind of Rain – Tim McGraw
One of Those Nights -Tim McGraw
Take Me to Church – Hozier
She’s Music to Me - Ekolu
There’s No Place Like Home - Michael Giacchino
Perfect – Darious Rucker
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Beating Heart – Ellie Goulding
The Woman I Love – Jason Mraz
I’d Come for You – Nickelback
Until I See You Again – Wiz Khalifa
About the Author
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 over fifty 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 and her USA Today Bestselling series The Santinis.. Along the way she has garnered an epic nomination, a multitude of reviewer’s recommended reads, over five Capa nods from TRS, eleven nominations for AAD Bookies and regularly tops the best seller lists on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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. She is married to an AF major and is raising her own brats, both human and canine. She spends her days giving in to her addiction to Twitter, counting down the days until her hubby retires, and cursing the military for always sticking them in a location that is filled with bugs big enough to eat her children.