sempreTitle: Sempre: Redemption (Sempre #2)
Author: J.M. Darhower
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Release Day: December 16th 2013

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.

6 tearful stars!

This book is E-P-I-C! Yes, of course it is not your typical book, it will rip your heart out and then slowly put it back together. But it is honest. True to itself and more realistic than any other out there.

Carmine and Haven’s story is unusual, at best. Unconventional and complete not doable. But they managed to fight against all odds and be together. What most of the readers don’t get is that, in order for them to be together and free of all the rest, the story had to take a more dramatic turn. As it did. And in doing so, Haven got to discover herself, which was vital given her background. A girl that went from being abused on a daily basis, to a girl who has accepted her new reality, living to her full potential, love and be loved.

Truth be told, no one wants to read about their two favorite characters being separated, although let me point out the fact that in the Bronze Horseman series, Tatiana and Alexander spent a whole book apart. A whole book.

It is needed with some story lines. And Sempre: Redemption always had that twist, that’s why it is true to itself. Like it has happened many times, the author could re-write that part completely just to please the fans. Would that be better? No.

This has always been Carmine and Haven. Haven and Carmine. We know Carmine as an individual, we know how he thinks, how he acts, how he was before her. But for Haven we know absolutely nothing. She was a scared girl that would please anyone in a heartbeat just because she was taught to think and react that way. We don’t know Haven as an individual. We knew her past and how she was meant to react and her present with Carmine. And a part of me is glad that Haven was able to live like any other girl of her age. That she got to discover the world.

Needless to say that I adored it. I love them, I love their love and I love how they love each other. Yes, it wasn’t ideal but it was true. Painfully true and amazing. A love that tied them and couldn’t be broken no matter what.


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