Sempre by J M Darhower

I know I haven’t done a book review in months. But as soon as I read this book, I knew I had to share it.

Sempre by J M  Darhower
(Sempre means Forever)


Goodreads: link
Published: February 25th 2014 by Gallery Books
My rating : 5 stars
Buy it here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble



Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco grew up under vastly different circumstances. Haven, a second-generation slave, was isolated in the middle of the desert, her days full of hard work and terrifying abuse. Carmine, born into a wealthy Mafia family, lived a life of privilege and excess. Now, a twist of fate causes their worlds to collide. Entangled in a web of secrets and lies, they learn that while different on the surface, they have more in common than anyone would think. In a world full of chaos, where money and power rule, Haven and Carmine yearn to break free, but a string of events that began before either of them were born threatens to destroy them instead.

Murder and betrayal are a way of life, and nothing comes without a price-especially not freedom. But how much will they have to sacrifice? Can they escape their pasts? And, most of all, what does it mean to be free?

My review:

This book intrigued me. Ever since I saw 12 years a  slave, I  wanted to learn more about slavery and the affect it has, the lives of people that are ruined by it.
Haven was born a slave into a household full of cruel people. The pain and suffering is described so simply that it just feels wrong.

She’d been beaten beyond recognition before,
but holding her position, alone and in the dark, was the most
excruciating thing she’d endured. She cried to herself until
exhaustion told hold and sleep whisked her away.

The whole plot moves  around Haven being in a new house that is supposedly better than where she was  before. There’s Mafia, love, secrets and past stories. This story blurrs the line between what’s right and wrong. There are so many aspects to this story. I constantly find myself thinking what could have been different, what could be done in a situation like this.
Character development was something I saw and enjoyed reading about. How Haven coped up with the new environment, Vincent’s dilemma,

When his wife was stolen from him, the
blackness took over. He became possessed by it, consumed by anger and guilt. He was out for blood, and no matter how many people he killed in his quest for vengeance, it never went away.

Carmen’s struggle,

Carmine could feel her trembling, every exhale coming out as a shudder.
Sighing, he leaned toward her and frantically searched for the
right words to say. What could destroy the fear built up from being
tortured for so many years and having the man in front of them
refuse to do anything to help?
“He’s a decent guy,” Carmine said. “Minus the
whole murdering in cold-blood thing.”
Yeah, that wasn’t it.”

It all made this story beautiful.
I did think that Carmen and Haven’s relationship was kinda insta-love but when it unfolds further, I  can say that it was enjoyable. Carmen is a troubled character,  a playboy with a painful past. I have read many books with such characters yet Carmen stands out among them. He might give off the whole bad boy act but he isn’t an asshole when it counts.
And even though this book can be seen as a love story, it’s so much more than that.

Please read this book. 🙂

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