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Sempre (Sempre #1)

4.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,401 Ratings  ·  2,402 Reviews
Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco had vastly different childhoods. Haven, a second-generation slave, grew up 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, never having to answer for anything he did.

Both now seventeen, a twist of fate causes their worlds to colli
Paperback, 1st edition, 530 pages
Published January 29th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Olivia Not really. It is not any "meaningless sex" scenes. There are two scenes I think, but they are very cute and I guess you can call it more like making…moreNot really. It is not any "meaningless sex" scenes. There are two scenes I think, but they are very cute and I guess you can call it more like making love.(less)
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Jan 16, 2014 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing
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5 stars!!

"Could someone do bad things, but not be a bad person? "

I loved this book!! It was a beautiful, yet quietly powerful read.

It did a fantastic job of blurring the lines between good and bad. So many times when reading it I felt conflicted. Everything about some of the situations was so wrong but at the same time, I was liking, maybe even loving, the characters who were doing evil actions. Good guys put in bad situations, forced to make hard decisions that made them do wrong things for t
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Wallflower Addict*

Colpi di fulmine. The thunderbolt as Italians call it. When love strikes someone like lighting, so powerful and intense it can't be denied.

I've known about this book for a very long time, and everyone told me to read it. But for some reason I kept postponing it, until I just forgot about. But then I finally decided that I might as well read since the two books I've read by JM Darhower were both 4 or more stars. And I'm so glad I did! This is by far the best book by this au
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But then she happened. The girl who had never been able to call her life her own taught a boy who had the world at his fingertips exactly what it meant to live. He wasn't alone anymore.

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Carmine DeMarco and Haven Antonelli grew up in entirely different worlds but had been linked to each other through a devastating incident that occurred when they were about 7 years old.

I really hate the fact that slavery still exists in this day and age and my heart broke for poor Haven
Kristin (KC)
Sempre is not your average feel-good love story. It is a gritty portrayal of various harsh realities and agonizing circumstances. Although my heart broke for the majority of this story, I enjoyed it immensely and found it both inspirational and humbling. I also found a new respect for individuals born into dreadful conditions beyond their control.

Haven was born into slavery...and one could say that Carmine was born a slave to the pressures and expectations of following his father's footsteps in
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy
5+++ Cannolis Rating


Grabbing her hand, he pressed it gently to his chest. His skin was warm to the touch, and she could slightly feel his pulse pounding against her palm. “Do you feel that? I’m not going anywhere, Haven. This is yours.”

My Carmine

My Haven

This book blew my mind! Wow... I have no words that will do justice to it.

Colpo di fulmine. The thunderbolt, as Italians call it. When love strikes someone like lightning, so pow
Debra Anastasia
Apr 03, 2012 Debra Anastasia rated it it was amazing
Sempre was fantastic. It is a real reader's book. Knowing this book was self published explains a lot. It is a raw story, straight from the author's imagination and heart. It shows. Sempre was a treat for me, after I had completed the day's tasks, I'd get to read until my eyes gave up. Carmine and Haven became alive. You want everything good for them. There is action, romance, and a great plot. There's also a much bigger purpose for the book. It shines an unflinching spotlight on modern day slav ...more
Pearl Angeli
(Buddyreading this book with my lovely sis Eunice)

"When love strikes someone like lightning, so powerful and intense it can't be denied. It's beautiful and messy, cracking a chest open and spilling their soul out for the world to see. It turns a person inside out, and there's no going back from it."


A 5/5 Sempre Stars for this book!

I believe this is one of the best books written so far.

Sempre is yet another masterpiece where J.M. Darhower uses a dark theme as a plot device for a YA/NA romant
4.5 Stars Riveting!
I had a love/hate relationship with this book, this story, and these characters. What I mean is that the life they live and the things they do, I would never condone, but in their world, the mafia famiglia, it is the norm and the story is based on that. I constantly questioned their actions, but as the story unfolds you come to understand, and past history, why they react so severely to certain situations and need to have total control.

Haven is the teenage slave that Dr. Vinc
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La famiglia with a bond stronger than blood

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Where secrets are well hidden...

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and mistakes never forgotten...

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So it happens that in this brutal environment Colpo di fulmine strikes

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So powerful and intense it can't be denied. It's beautiful and messy, cracking a chest open spilling their soul out for the world to see. Once the thunderbolt hits them, Carmin and Haven's lives are irrevocably changed.

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They found each other for a reason, he was drowning and she saved him. He reall
Alex is The Romance Fox
I absolutely loved this book. The title totally stunning…everything about this story is in some way summed up in that title!

It’s Godfather & Cinderella!!
It’s thought-provoking.
It’s about love.
It’s about teenage angst.
It’s about family love.
It’s about loss.
It’s about the challenges in life.
It’s about human slavery, the mafia.
It’s about loyalty.
It’s about sacrifices.
It’s about heartbreak
It’s about murder.

Even after a week, I am still thinking about the story, the writing and the characters.
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Hulya Kara Yuksel
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Normally I don’t prefer to read long books. Long books give me pressure BUT this book.. My God, this story… I can read the damn book over and over again…. It was amazing. It was pure perfection! I loved it, I loved it so much! It was a really unforgeattable reading for me… :)

Forget all the mafia stories you read before and don’t expect too much action with every page but still there is a great story in this book and great mystery… But above all of that there is in love.. And of

“Colpo di fulmine. The thunderbolt, as Italians call it. When love strikes someone like lightning, so powerful and intense it can’t be denied.”

Ever know what it feels like to have your heart ripped out, stomped over and being handed back over to you and then to have it crushed yet again? Well, no? Really?

Read this one for ye almighty love that is this glorious book.

WARNING: Possibly lengthy review ahead because that's how I deal with my feels when a book decides to rip my
Feb 23, 2013 Brittni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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WOW!!!!!! So Amazing!!!!!!! Loved It!!!!!!

5 Spectacular Stars!!!!

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"Some things in life only happen once, the memories of them lasting forever. they're moments that alter you, turning you into a person you never thought you'd become, but someone you were always destined to be."

This book was soooo good!! After reading the first chapter I was hooked. I freaking loved it!!! It’s an intense gut wrenching story that will leave you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next.

I fel
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤

This book is a true emotional roller coaster!!I fell in love with this book from the beginning wow it is really so good!!!I had so many emotions while I was reading it..
Both main characters go through so many bad things, but they still manage to get past all of them and start over....

This is about hope,faith,love and sacrifice..

Haven is a young, innocent girl who paid for the mistakes of others. ..She was born a slave..and she has been held captive...Until DeMarco who
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
11/25/13 IT's LIVE!!!!

Ahhhh Sempre…..One of my absolute favorites!!!!

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So I have been highly anticipating this book since I heard it was being re-released….Honestly I didn't feel they changed too much regarding the book....There are a few things I wish they kept **cough cough angry dragon** but whatever..

Haven is a slave

Carmine is the son of Vincent who buys Haven.

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Carmine is a disgruntled teen who saw his mother being gunned down as a child. He doesn't do
Final rating: 5/5 stars

“How about we just be Haven and Carmine?” she suggested. “We don’t know the ending, but we can always hope for the best.”
“I like that,” he said. “Besides, there’s a reason we don’t know how the story ends.”
“Because it doesn’t.”

“Ti amo, mia bella ragazza. Per sempre.”
“Sempre?” she asked.
Cracking a smile, he brushed his pointer finger softly across her lips. “Always and forever.”

The Devil's Advocate
Mar 06, 2014 The Devil's Advocate rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to The Devil's Advocate by: Kristalia (◡‿◡✿) ♥Dex' & Matt's Lady♥(◕‿◕✿)
Shelves: 5-stars, new-adult

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Dear Reader,

Sempre is not your typical romance book.


Because the author managed to tug at the strings of my heart before I even started reading the story.


Simply because of a mere introduction. This is how J.M. Darhower started her novel:

While Sempre is a work of fiction, the concept of modern-day slavery is not make-believe. There are an estimated 27 million people in the world today, coerced and forced into sexual or labor slavery. The majority of them are females, half being young gi
~ Becs ~
Wow! This is astonishingly good book. If I could have given it more than 5 stars, I would have and I don’t even know if there are words to review it but I’m going to give it a go.

This is the story of Haven and Carmine. Haven is a slave born to a slave who was fathered by her master. She has known a life of intolerable cruelty, abuse, neglect and slavery. She is bought by Vincent DeMarco, a Mafioso, and taken to live with him and his 2 sons Carmine and Dominc. Dominic is a happy go lucky easy goi
Nov 25, 2013 Lucia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars-read

Million stars! A must-read and definitely my all time favourite.

My Haven and Carmine:

Carmine DeMarco is troubled, tempramental and problematic teenage boy who does what he wants and when he wants. He doesn't really care about anything until Haven comes along...

Haven Antonelli knows nothing else as being unequal, a slave, a servant. When she is put with DeMarco family, the life she knew so far is turned upside down. Will she be able to adapt?

Italian mafia, slavery, freedo

"―Hummingbird?―Yeah, hummingbird. Colibri. You kinda remind me of one. ―Why? ―I don‘t know. They‘re these little birds that flutter around and hum. And you know, you‘re kinda the same way."

This book was absolutely amazing!Sempre, can almost be interpreted as a messed up version of Cinderella..if Cinderella was in the mafia business. We have the mistreated female servant who falls in love with the wealthy and very handsome prince.. except in this story the prince is droppin
5++++++++++++++++++++ ****Tesoro***** Stars


I mean, am I supposed to just go on after reading this thing?!

I know there are many reviews with the plot on here so I won't even go into it, but I just desperately needed to express my love for this story.

What an amazing, emotional, heartbreaking, soul crushing, sweet, sad, incredible story. I literally had goose bumps the entire time, and was left with no fingernails after biting them all off from the suspense. This story is so insane and all the char
Amy (Foxy)
WOW! That was a very entertaining book. The beginning of the book was a little awkward/weird but as the secrets started to be revealed the story was hard to put down. Even though this book was over 500 pages it held my attention the whole time.

'But then she happened. The girl who had never been able to call her life her own taught a boy who had a world at his fingertips exactly what it meant to live. He wasn't alone anymore.'


Sempre (Forever, #1) by J.M. Darhower Sempre Redemption (Forever, #2) by J.M. Darhower
Continuing story
What an amazing story! I thoroughly enjoyed this mafia romance; and the love that develops between Carmine and Haven is truly EPIC! We have two teenagers who are far totally different walks of life. Carmine is basically considered a "Mafia Prince" (even though his father is fighting for his son not to be involved in "the life"); and then we have Haven who was saved by Vincent (Carmine's father)from a life of slavery. Although, to Haven it feels like she has moved from one Master's house to anoth ...more
This book captivated me from the beginning. What a story. A story about choices, sacrificing everything for the ones you love, intense true love, throw in some human trafficking/slavery and mafia connections.
It was heartbreaking at times, but I loved the story and loved the characters (Carmine and Haven) it shows sometimes you are born into a certain life and many things are beyond your control, but sometimes two people who appear to come from totally different worlds can have more ties to each
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ Hearts Cole, Lucas, Jesse  & James ✝✝

"Tesoro's kinda like sweetheart, but it means treasure..... which, right now, you literally are"

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Haven meets Carmine in a unexpected way and they both fall in love.... but can it just be so simple as that for them?
Definitely not.

Haven, a girl who struggles throughout her daily life until one day..... she feels like a free woman!

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Meanwhile, Carmine has his own ghosts.....Losing his mama meant he lost himself, then came Haven!

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" I'm taking about the boy who shared his chocolate bar with me whe
Dec 14, 2012 Aму rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Aму by: Lou
This was the sweetest yet most heartbreaking and gut-wrenching story I have read in such a long time, that I was actually having trouble believing my eyes. It’s almost like the author got a hold of my collection on GR and took bits and pieces from some of my favorite books and brought them together. That is how good it was. So I honestly can't even begin to describe HOW amazing this book was. (But I will try!) Being entirely engrossed in a way that had me still thinking about these characters in ...more
Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*
"Il tempo guarisce tutti i mali . Time heals all wounds."

This book is sooo much more than I ever expected and I thank all you ladies who pressurized me into reading this! ;)

This book is more than an average love story. It's a story about suffering...survival...happiness...Love...Pain

Haven is a girl who has lived a life that no one supposed to live... A child slave who is abused..a child's who has seen things no child should see..

She is rescued from the wretched place she lived; by Dr DeMarco.. A
Dec 28, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Exquisite book! I laughed, I almost cried, I felt anger and frustration, but it was all worth it!!

Favorite character - Carmine! He was so freaking funny I laughed out loud a couple of times, which is quite rare for me when reading a book. Usually I just smile like
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5 stars!!
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review
Genre: YA Mature

- 'His Kisses were thirst-quenching,like cold ice water on a hot desert day. They sustained her,filled her up and kept her going. He took her breath away yet left her satisfied.' - Internal thoughts of Haven in Sempre

Sempre is the love story of 17yr olds Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco an unlikely pair from two very different backgrounds. Haven growing up as a slave for the Antonelli's and Carmine growing up privliged as a DeMarco. When the two live
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“Colpo di fulmine. The thunderbolt, as Italians call it. When love strikes someone like lightning, so powerful and intense it can’t be denied. It’s beautiful and messy,
cracking a chest open and spilling their soul out for the world to see. It turns a person inside out, and there’s no going back from it. Once the thunderbolt hits, your life is
irrevocably changed.”
“Go for it, while you can. I know you have it in you. And I can't promise you'll get everything you want, but I can promise nothing will change if you don't try.” 275 likes
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