Review | Sempre Redemption by J.M. Darhower (@JMDarhower)

05 January 2014


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 528

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.

Sempre Redemption is the follow up to J. M. Darhower's debut novel, Sempre, which follows the lives of Carmine and Haven, two young people from different world's who find themselves falling in love despite their differences. 

When the first book in this series came out I devoured it, I stayed up until silly o'clock reading it and I did the same with its sequel. I was truly as hooked on Sempre Redemption as I was Sempre. It opened up with Carmine winning me over as he always has down, being all swoony, throwing around Italian words and phrases and loving Haven. 

This all changes very quickly though, Carmine pledges allegiance to Chicago's Mafia and leaves in the dead of the night without telling Haven his plans, she wakes up to find a note from him and is now alone in the world again. JMD did something that needed to be done here, in my opinion, Haven needed to get out in the world and have her own life away from Carmine to find herself and who she is. If Carmine hadn't swore allegiance Haven wouldn't have found herself like I believe she did in this book. Haven really did come into herself and even though she was alone she wasn't really. She had Corrado looking out for her and Gavin, a guy she never evens knows is looking out for her. 

And then you have Carmine, who just goes into a downward spiral and finds it difficult to cope with his new life without his beloved Grey Goose and a drug hr discovers, Molly. My heart really broke for Carmine while he was on this journey, I just wanted to reach in and hug the boy and yes, he's still a boy, despite his bravado he is a boy and I think he will be for a while.

Along the central storyline you have the running side story of Corrado's trial and Vincent DeMarco too, I really wasn't expecting how their story would end and who would come out of it the other side and I really don't think Carmine would have survived it without Haven's support and love. 

All in all, I loved this sequel to Sempre and, for me, it read much better than the first book did and I can't wait to see where Carmine and Haven's story goes from here! 

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