Katiebird Reviews Target on Our Backs by JM Darhower


Target on Our Backs by J.M. Darhower

The best way to keep your word is never to give it.

Not long ago, in a chapel in Vegas, I swore to love Karissa for the rest of my days. But nobody’s promised an infinite number of tomorrows. Nobody’s promised forever. Sometimes, all we have left is today.

Carpe Diem.
Seize the day.

It should’ve been over, we should’ve been happy, but people are making it hard for me to live in peace. I’ve got so much blood on my hands they’ll never be clean, and somebody out there seems to want me to pay for it. Happily Ever After always comes at a cost, one any real man would be willing to pay. But that doesn’t mean I’m just going to roll over and accept these consequences.

Because when it comes to the woman I love? The life I’ve fought for?

Nobody is safe.

Ignazio is quite the character, so I loved being back in his head. I actually had to step away to take a break,  because it got so intense. I loved it!

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Cover Reveal: Target On Our Backs by J. M. Darhower

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I am so happy to join J. M. Darhower in unveiling the cover of  Target on our Backs, book 3 of the Monster in His Eyes series.

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Our Favorite Books/Series of 2015

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We read a lot of great books/series this year and today, we’re sharing our favorites of 2015.

If you haven’t read any of the books on our lists we hope you’ll give them a try!

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Tell Me Something Tuesday with Elena: Favorite Series’ End Books of 2014

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Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This week’s topic:

2014 has been a year of series conclusions. What were some of your favorite end books?

This was a wonderful year for several of our favorite series. We got to read the epic finales. I have to be honest – when a series comes to a conclusion I always go through a bittersweet moment. I’m sad to have to say goodbye to those characters I grew fond of, but I know I’ll be able to re-read the series whenever I want.

Here are the end books of my favorite series in 2014:

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Elena Reviews: MADE by JM Darhower


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Corrado Moretti.

The world knows the notorious Kevlar Killer, but few have ever seen what lies beneath his armor. The abused child. The neglected teenager. The broken man. He always did whatever he had to do in order to survive.

It’s kill or be killed.

Throughout his life, he has been there in the shadows, a witness to everything from beginning to end. Bound by loyalty and honor, there’s only one thing he would sacrifice it all for: family.

Never get close. Never get attached. It’s a lesson that has been brutally pounded into him since childhood, but they’re words the DeMarcos make it difficult for him to follow. Through them he finds love and grieves loss, realizing the world isn’t quite as black and white as it’s made out to be.



5 stars gold

“What made you this way?”
“Sweetheart, I wouldn’t even know where to begin.”

Made masterfully completes one of the most emotional series I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. If you’re a fan of the Sempre Series, and if you’ve always loved Corrado and wondered why and how he became the man he is, then this book needs to be on your shelf.

I loved Made for so many reasons, but most of all because my questions regarding Corrado were answered. From the first moment he appeared in Sempre, I knew there was so much more about him than he wanted to convey. He’s always been very mysterious to me, but at the same time he had an aura surrounding him that couldn’t be ignored. And that’s why he’s one of my favorite characters in the Sempre Series. In Sempre he often seem to be very detached, but in Made we really see why he’s the way he is. He learned very early in life that he couldn’t be reigned by emotions, that the heart gets easily broken and that it’s better not to feel… Except for when it comes to Celia. In Made we get to know how he met the woman of his life, how he fell in love with her, and how he got her. Let me tell you that it wasn’t easy for him, especially because of her father… The moments between him and Celia are sweet, intense, passionate — No matter what Corrado does as a job and who he has to account to, Celia is the only one who really owns him. In multiple ways…

“He was suspended in time, nothing existing except for them. There was no anger, no hatred, no violence, no pain. No worry about the future or what would happen tomorrow.”

“I’ll never deserve you, I’ll never be good for you, but I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to be enough. And the simple fact that you’re letting me proves your beauty. because your beauty, Celia, is more than skin deep.”

There were parts in the book that made me cry, especially when it came to Corrado’s childhood. I wanted to strangle his mother and shake his father. Seriously, that family of his will bring out your protective side, because there’s no way it won’t affect you. His mother in particular had a lot to do with how Corrado decided to face life.

We also get to know Vincent first as a child, then as a teenager, and we see how he met the woman that turned his world upside down and, for those who’ve read Sempre, you know what that means…

JM Darhower’ s writing never disappoints and it’s impossible to stop reading when you’ re holding one of her books. I just couldn’ t tear myself away from Made.

I really hope you’ ll decide to pick this book up because there are no words to express how much I loved it. Corrado is a man who was brought to live in the darkness, but who never forgot the light. He is a superhero in more ways than one, no matter what he thinks of himself.

**ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

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Blogiversary Blowout: Exclusive TEASER from MADE: A Sempre Novel by JM Darhower + GIVEAWAY!


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Today we continue with our blogiversary celebrations with something very, very special! JM Darhower is sharing a wonderful teaser from MADE: A Sempre Novel, which is Corrado’s story and it’s coming out 10/27.

You already know how much we love JM Darhower here on Bookish Temptations, and how awesome a writer she is. Her books have all become Bestsellers and I fell in love with all of them. Everything Jessica writes is a masterpiece.

Corrado is one of my favorite characters in the Sempre Series, and I couldn’t wait to read more about him! To quench my and your thirst, here’s the teaser for you to enjoy 🙂

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Exciting Bookish News (10/18)

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Great Bookish News…and a Teaser…

Welcome to Bookish News with Tamie and Elena. Check out the news that caught our eye this past week and what we’re looking forward to…

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Cover Reveal: MADE: A Sempre Novel by JM DARHOWER!

It’s here! It’s here! I want to shout it from the rooftops, you guys!

Last week JM Darhower made an awesome announcement that made me squee for hours on end: on 10/27 she’ll release MADE: A Sempre Novel which is Corrado’s story!!! Oh my, I love that man! Needless to say, I can’t wait to put my hands on that book! This is a prequel/spin-off to the Sempre Series.

And today we have the COVER! It’s absolutely stunning and it makes Corrado even more intriguing than he already is 😉

Ok, shutting up now. Check it out!

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Elena’s Picks: Heart-melting Quotes of 2014 (so far)



Today I wanted to share some quotes from books I’ve read THIS year and that I can’t stop thinking about. Quotes that made me swoon, made my heart beat faster, gave me food for thought…Quotes that went straight to my Goodreads list.

Like I said these come from books I’ve read this year and that will end up on my favorite list of 2014.

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