Sempre (Sempre #1) By by J.M. Darhower



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?

Alysha’s Thoughts: This book, Sempre, by J.M. Darhower, is a great story of how two broken people brought together by fate, their lives making a full circle. I couldn’t put this book down, the suspense just killed me with every turn of the page. I could wait to see the connection. J.M. did such an amazing job with this book, this is the first book I’ve read by her and I can truly say I’m excited to read more.

Carmine knows exactly how damaging his fathers lifestyle/career can be, he has lived through the horrible details. Acting out and getting into trouble are his way of dealing with the haunting memories and grief. Carmine knew he would never end up like his father and sell his soul, he never wanted to have blood on his hands. Vincent DeMarco never wanted this for himself either and it was the last thing he wanted for his boys, but sometimes love makes you do crazy things. This is why he ended up buying Haven and bringing her to his home.

Haven has been a slave since the moment she was born, he mother being one as well, she always wondered what else was out there in this world. So when her mama told her to run for help Haven ran and ran, only it didn’t get her too far. She never made it to get help, but she was taken away from her horrible life by Dr. Vincent DeMarco  and went to work for him. The DeMarco House was a different environment to Haven, having the ability to roam the house freely, eat whatever food she may want, have a bed and nice clothes. She was even able to make friends with Vincent’s sons, Dominic and Carmine. Although she was still a bit frightened to be around Carmine, the electricity in the air between them was too confusing for her. Haven had no idea of the world and the way things worked, so this was a huge learning experience. As time went on Carmine and Haven fell in love, Carmine wanted to help Haven enjoy every aspect of the world, only Vincent was not very pleased with this. Secrets of Haven’s life could bring danger to them all, and Carmine needed to know exactly what those secrets were to keep Haven Safe. Only it turns out she was apart of his demons from his past and the very reason he has no choice but to follow in his father’s footsteps.


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