In this thrilling and sexy follow-up to Sempre, two young lovers struggle to keep their relationship intact after they become deeply enmeshed in the dangerous mafia-run crime ring they once tried to overthrow.
Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco have been through a lot. Haven was taken in by Carmine’s father, and with his family’s help, she escaped a gruesome fate. However, saving Haven from the dark intentions of a mafia family cost Carmine a steep price: he was forced to swear loyalty to them.
Now, still passionately in love, Carmine and Haven must face the fall-out of Carmine’s forced service, as Haven discovers terrifying secrets about the family that enslaved both her and her mother—and why she matters so much in this intricate web of lies.
“I did it because I wanted to, not because I had to. I did it because I love you, Haven, and you didn’t force me to fucking love you. I did that shit all on my own. And I don’t regret any of it.”
As I sit here, trying to write this review, I already know it won’t be able to do this book justice, because Sempre: Redemption is just TO GOOD for words. TOO GOOD. It made the list of my favorite books of 2013 and rightly so. If you have this book on your TBR list, make it your next reading choice.
JM Darhower once again blew me away with her writing, the storyline, the characters…She blew me away with everything. Very few authors are able to make me feel passionate about their stories, and Darhower is definitely one of them. She doesn’t just write a story. She makes you FEEL.
As I’m sure most of you already know, Sempre: Redemption is the second installment of the Forever Series, which started with Sempre. In the first book, we fell in love with Carmine and Haven, but we were left with uncertainty and doubts about their future. In Sempre: Redemption you’ll find all the answers you were looking for, but, before that, you’ll get on one of the most emotional and heart- stopping roller coaster rides you’ve ever experienced. But trust me, it’s totally worth it…
It’s difficult to talk about this book without spoiling the storyline, because so much happens in it. So much. When I thought things were perfect, that’s when unexpected events happened, and when everything seemed hopeless, with no way out, that’s when JM Darhower surprised me by turning the tables and proving that love, hope and rightness always win in the end.
Both Carmine and Haven become so strong and mature and their love is true love. It survives all the trials and unfathomable difficulties it goes through, and it comes out of them unscathed. Vincent is a true hero. Enough said. And Corrado…Seriously, I never fell as much in love with a secondary character as I did with Corrado. He completely conquered me. He shines in this book. Sometimes you’ll feel like you won’t understand his actions, and more often the not you’ll want to scream WTF!, but don’t be quick to judge. I did, and I was SO wrong in the end. Everything gets solved in the most perfect way possible and you’ll understand Corrado’s reasons and choices. And when you’ll do, you’ll want to hug him and kiss him. Yes, I know he’s married to Celia, but still… 😉
“We aren’t promised tomorrow, so we shouldn’t take today for granted.”
This series has so much to teach — there’s a lot of evil in the world; people will try to break you, to tear you apart and destroy you. But be strong and never lose hope. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel and light always wins against darkness. Always. Carmine and Haven hold onto hope, even in the darkest moments, and their love wins, against all odds. They find freedom and redemption.
I give Sempre: Redemption 5 glittering stars.
More beautiful passages:
“He was Carmine Marcello DeMarco…and even broken, he was beautiful.”
“Neither of you seem to realize fear can be a good thing. It’s healthy and keeps us safe, warns us of danger. When you stop fearing things, you stop fighting. You lose motivation. You lose perspective, and you never want to do that.”
“Never lose hope,” she said. “You’re special and meant to do great things in the world. I believe in you.”
“You feel it?” He aksed. “You hear it?’
‘What’s it saying?’
She smiled, her eyes fluttering closed. ‘It’s saying you love me. ‘
‘ I do,’ he said. ‘No matter what. Sempre.’
That word washed through her. ‘Sempre.'”
**I received an ARC from the Author in exchange for an honest review**