• Santori Reloaded

  • By: Maris Black
  • Narrated by: J.F. Harding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (419 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Peter Santori is living the dream. He’s got a hot gangster boyfriend named Gio who treats him with the respect he deserves. It’s a fairy tale come true. He may not know much about what’s going on in Gio’s business, but that’s okay with him. He’s perfectly fine with sitting around and looking pretty.   

But when disaster strikes, Peter’s world is turned upside-down. Now he must make some tough decisions, and those decisions could make or break him. 

Michael Kage Santori is fascinated with his uncle Peter’s journals. Not only does the story play out like a Shakespearean tragedy, but it could hold the key to why his life turned out the way it did. Complicated. 

But Kage has a lot more to worry about besides his uncle’s diaries. He’s lost his boyfriend, and the only way to get him back is to play hardball with some real bad guys. 

Follow Kage and Jamie, and Peter and Gio as their story concludes in Santori Reloaded, the final chapter in the Santori Trilogy.

©2019 Maris Black (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Just wow. I have no words...

The twists and turns this story took, the unexpected sympathy and heart break for the uncle, an epic journey of lies, greed and love. From the start it sucks you in until you have spent the entire weekend binging on Kage and Jamie. It will be hard to move on from this, to go back to the run-of-the-mill stories that pale in comparison. Few writers can bring it like Maris Black. I listened to the Santori trilogy on Audible and the narrator is top notch as well.

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A perfect ending to a perfect series!

Maris Black continues to amaze! If you loved the Kage trilogy this one will is the perfect read for you! There are surprises , angst, and heat. The world she has created for Kag e and Jamie is a world of never-ending possibilities. J.F. Harding brings something that I doubt any other narrator can to these characters. If you don't call in love with his grow!y Kage I weep for you!!!

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Two books that needed to be seperated

I love the Kage / Santori books but I hate the fact that the second trilogy deals more and more with a secondary couple that really needed their own books. It really deters from the main story line. which is sad because as soon as you get into one of the stories the other comes back.

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Two stories, one happy ending, awesome conclusion

The end of the Santori Reborn took a bleak turn, much like the end of The Empire Strikes Back. Maybe its a “second in a trilogy” thing? Jamie just left Kage after Kage did some pretty bad things, and in the second storyline told through the journals of Peter Santori, Gio had to take out someone he cared about who was threatening Peter. I don’t know why it took me until this book to realize that Peter’s story in this book wasn’t merely an afterthought and that it was as important as Michael “Kage’s” story. Or that the series title Santori was deliberately chosen because it was about both Santori men. But yes, it became clear to me in this book that the stories were very entwined. Peter’s life, before Kage came into it, obviously affected his nephews current life. Also, Kage and Peter find themselves following similar paths where power, corruption, and love are difficult to balance.

Unlike the previous books in this series, we started with Peter’s story. I feel like this was a good move, because we know that Peter wasn’t a very nice man in the KAGE series. It was important to see how he got there before we see how Kage manages the pressures of being in charge of what had been Gio’s empire. I honestly didn’t think there would be a time where I was rooting for Peter or that I cared about his hardships, but this author really did an excellent job humanizing him. Peter wasn’t a saint, he knowingly entered into a relationship with a crime boss. I like bad boys, but not that kind of bad. If I know characters are engaging in illegal and violent business, I usually hope that they will end those actions. However, Gio is genuinely good to Peter, and I believe that in most situations he is a fair man. Not a psychopathic killing machine, but a hard businessman to put it as nice as I can. Peter enjoys being taken care of and ignores what is behind the scenes because it doesn’t effect their love for each other.

Quickly, Gio and Peter’s relationship rides some really high points and dives into tragedy. Peter might not have survived the depression that followed except for his childhood friend Theo who has always been there for him, but we are learning also has a very dark side. Peter is a very cold and hard man in the future. His ruthlessness made me happy when he died in the previous series. I was heartbroken when I witnessed the act that would eventually make him the man he was in the future. I had thought that his relationship with a mobster would be his downfall when I first started reading this series and hearing Peter’s story, but by the end of this book, it’s apparent that it was something much more sinister, a wolf in friend’s clothing.

In the present day, Kage is living two false lives and needs to take down a bad guy in order to save his true life, the one where he is happily in love with Jamie, wins MMA fights, and runs an above board casino and spa. Kage must buddy up to Theo who is still involved in the businesses that Peter left to Kage in his will. Aaron, who Kage thought was a mere bodyguard, tasks Kage to find information on Theo to take him out of the equation, lawfully. Both Theo and Aaron advise Kage to keep secrets for Jamie and/or outright dump him. For me, I felt that Kage attempting to go along with either of their requests was going to end in disaster, and it nearly did. For a moment, the pressure that Kage is under from two different sources, and thinking that Jamie might have moved on nearly makes Kage chuck it all and give into the dark side. (Also like Star Wars!) Thank you Maris Black for making Kage a (mostly) rational man who decides to take control of his own life and handle things his own way.

Honestly Jamie’s role in this story is diminished. It’s in seeing what his absence does to Kage, where you realize his purpose and importance to the story. In my review for Santori Reborn, I had drawn the parallels between the two couples. I had said that Kage was more like Gio, providing for Jamie, especially financially, and also the more dominant partner. In this book, I see his similarity to Peter. I felt like he exhibited a lot of similarities to his uncle when he was young and (kind of) innocent. Peter and Kage really did have the best intentions. They were both willing to overlook the means in which they were given things in their lives, but they liked keeping their noses clean. There is also a little bit of Peter in Jamie, but I thought at first that he wasn’t anything like Gio. But then I realized in this book, that when it came to psychological and emotional caretaking, Jamie was definitely most like Gio. Jamie had a pretty decent home life growing up. He was pretty stable emotionally, where Kage had encountered hardships and loss. Kage also had a terrible role model in control of his life. When things were out of control and bad memories surfaced, Jamie was Kage’s stabilizing force. When Jamie walked out, and when he helped an up and coming MMA fighter promote himself with semi-nude photos, Kage nearly lost it. He does go as far to inflict some violence on his opponents face during a match but it is the turning point of the story for Kage and Jamie. It’s the moment when you realize that influences like Theo won’t be the downfall for these two.

I really enjoyed this series even though it tore me up a little bit in each book. I liked that it made me think and have a-ha moments. I know this is the end of Kage and Jamie as main characters for this author, but I am hoping there will be more books set in this universe. There are some great side characters. I liked Anthony, the upcoming MMA fighter and Steve is the best supporting character from both series. I definitely need to see him get his happy ending. And even though Aaron made me a little angry in this book, I could definitely read a book about him. Needless to say, this book is not a standalone, and I recommend reading all the books in the KAGE series and the Santori series before reading it. And I do recommend both series in general.

Before I go, I have to give a shout out to the audiobooks of both series. I have read all the previous books, and listened to them before I listened to this one. J.F. Harding is a really good narrator and I felt he was perfect for Kage in particular. He has kind of a gruff sound and Kage seems like he would too. If you are able to get the audiobooks you definitely should. The narration only helps bring life to the story.

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AMAZING!!!

This is the best series I’ve read!!! I could continue reading about Kage and Jamie for ever!!! Intrigue, passion, evil, endless loves, heartbreak, tears, angst...I cried, got pissed, got worried, my heart broke...every emotion, I went through it.

I’m not going to spoil this for anyone, but Kage/Jamie and Peter/Gio love stories are out of this world.

Do I recommend this books? HELL YEAH!!! Don’t miss out. I just can’t stop! I wished there was more!

And don’t get me started on JF Harding...sizzling!!! His narration was amazing!!!

Marie Black you just made a new fan! Keep’em coming!

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The Kage/Santori Saga

Loved it so much I cried
The entire saga
Would recommend it to anyone
Two thumbs up


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Hot....

A good ending for this thrilogy, passion and love, betrayal and hot sex fantasies, well done.

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Maris Black does it again..⭐⭐⭐👏👏👏

What a wonderful and interesting conclusion to a 5⭐🔥🔥⭐⭐ series. I really enjoyed those journals and Peter's stories throughout this series. I suspected Theo was a douche bag early on but he was really something else. And J. F. Harding stole my heart with his narrations; so full of emotion and engaging keeping me hooked into each book. He's one of my favs....

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This series wrecked me! ❤️

Little did I know when I began this series, that I would fall in love. I am wrecked, I want to follow Kage and Jamie through the rest of their lives and I want so badly to go back in time and give a happier ending to poor Pete. I’m so grateful to Maris Black for these loving characters and applaud J.F Harding for the narration!

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I LOVE KAGE AND JAMIE

Although I love, love, love Kage and Jamie I was a little disappointed that they had to share the book with Peter and Gio. Don't get me wrong, Peter and Gio story was interesting and good but I just felt a little cheated that Kage and Jamie weren't the main focus. Overall this is a very good story with a perfect ending.

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  • Aaron Firth
  • 12-29-21

More... More..! SERIOUSLY, Maris, can ya hear me?!

I never write reviews, just give the stars. I saw Kage on audible, liked the idea of a gay MMA fighter love story, erotica not my normal thing but it was Christmas. I treated myself.
I was hooked pretty quickly. Half way through the first audiobook and I paid and completed the Kage trilogy.
I was grieving half way through the third because I knew it was ending and then checked out Maris Black on audible and found this Santori trilogy. It was like Christmas morning came early. Instantly paid and got them downloaded and ready to go.
I have ADHD and personally struggle to hold focus on an Audiobook unless im busy doing three other things, but when I tell you that i knocked these 6 audiobooks out one after the other over the space of 4 days with a constant movie playing in my minds eye the whole time, JF Harding giving me life, I'm telling you I fell in love with Kage and Jamie a little bit!

Now I have completed them and I'm feeling a spot of grief. I'm not in bits but I crave more.

My partner, by the way, has taken a lot of hysterical pleasure out how how much of a squealing Belieber I have turned into over these stories. Stressing and twisting with every revelation and set up for drama I could see coming down the line and the effect those hammers caused when they came down. I have theorised and used him as a sounding board and he don't give a damn... But I did it anyway!

My only 2 gripes are thus.
As a therapist myself in the UK, I felt myself challenged by the therapists in these stories and their demonstrated ethics and boundaries... But its a story so I told myself to stop gate keeping and get over it... And I did. But they kept me guessing. I was very suspicious of their motives throughout. Which was good. I was Holmesing for clues.

The major gripe, and this was just me personally, was the Peter segue. I completely understand the need for it and the depth it gave the story was brilliant. The way it connected in, in story while functioning as if we had gone back in time and were right there along with Peter was fascinating. I even suspended the concept that Peter wrote his journal like Maris Black writes a story... I liked it... As a writer myself I appreciated the artistic experimentation. However, I loved the ongoing drama with Kage and Jamie and the first half of this story completing Peter's... Felt a bit like I was missing out on some quality Jamage time. The Peter and Gio story was nice... And fricken vivid to the point I actually felt some vicarious trauma at one point (very well done, btw, no complaints here, just, wow... Heartbreaking). But yeah, I needs me some more... But I know this story is genuinely complete now and any more would probably spoil it.

Lovely ending but I really wanted that signature book to come back into it. For them to see Peter's and Gio's name... Which I guess they did. It left that last part of their lives to our imagination and I kinda like that.

The grief is real and I have read some other reviews and know I am not alone. I need to go and process now.

Just... Thank you, Maris Black... You ruined me! Hahaha

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  • Muzla82
  • 04-25-21

Disappointing and hurried end

Worst of the trilogy. Unsatisfactory ending. Performance saved it. Just wish it wasn’t rushed and a bit silly by the end

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  • BevS
  • 05-19-19

Disappointing ending to this intriguing trilogy...

***Audio Review***

As far as the story is concerned 3 stars only. Disappointing. Wow...that was one weird, rushed ending. Anyone else ever given a thought to Kage's real father since Kage?? Talk about completely out of left field...and that marriage **coughs and chokes** proposal, sooo romantic [not]. Think the author just got fed up with the characters, and decided to cut her losses. Oh, and as for the serial killer 🤬🤬🤬. Well, are we readers really so clueless as to not believe that he hadn't framed/blackmailed that poor boy Ryan, come on...it was sooo obvious...which means of course that Gio wasn't unfaithful to Peter Santori at all, and was indeed set up by his jealous and totally unbalanced henchman. Theo Brown was a completely toxic little b*****d and a sadistic son of a bitch too. He deserves every bad thing that comes to him...and the sooner, the better.

The audio gets 5 stars. J.F. Harding is just awesome, and as long as I like the author, he will be an auto-buy from now on.

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