Have you ever met a character in a book and thought He’s coming back for a sequel –
Ric is that guy. How could you not want to get to know Ricardo Salzana Toledo? He owns his own island, for heaven’s sake!!
Let’s meet Ric. Dark hair, brushed back from his forehead. Most of the time he can be found in a suit. Olive skin, naturally tanned — living in the Caribbean will do that for you. He sits back in the Queen Ann chair, legs crossed. He’s willing to talk, to a point, he says.
So tell me about your island.
It’s mostly my island. I own the majority of the land, although the forest and some of the beaches are considered public property. It’s one of the outer islands in the Bahamas. I guess it’s a loose affiliation with the Bahamas, although they do provide police and court services if we need them. The resort has its own security, mostly managed by my colleague Xavier. We have hills, forests, a waterfall, and the most beautiful white beaches you’ve seen.
You have a casino, right?
Sure, that’s our big draw. We’re holding a blackjack tournament this weekend. A bunch of big guns are coming in from Miami.
Where are you from originally?
Venezuela. Specifically, Santa Katerina, one of the islands north of the mainland. I spent some time in the States, went to college at Georgia Tech.
I have to ask–are you seeing anyone?
All the girls ask that eventually, don’t they?
He smiled then and his whole demeanor changed. He looked more approachable.
And no, I’m not. I have a lot going on at the resort. There are a few women at the resort who have made it clear they would like to date, but I prefer not to mix business with pleasure.
Good luck with the tournament.
Interested in learning more about Ric Salzana? He shows up as a secondary character in No Strings Attached (Book 1) and in Under His Protection (Book 2). For the Win (Book 3) picks up with Ric and Lindsey’s story, which happens to take place at the same time as book 1. If you are reading chronologically, read Book 1, Book 3, and then Book 2.
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