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Sempre (Forever #1)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  15,531 ratings  ·  2,030 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...more
Paperback, 1st edition, 530 pages
Published January 29th 2012 by CreateSpace
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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...more
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Mafia Princess*

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 aut...more
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 po
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...more
Debra Anastasia
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
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...more
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...more
Jess-i-ca ~The 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...more
Welcome to La Cosa Nostra

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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...more
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...more
FINAL RATING: ★★★★★/★★★★★

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

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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...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
5 stars

Fantastic and very emotional book. These character will haunt me and be with me forever!

"―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 dropping...more

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...more
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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...more
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
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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

"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...more
4.5 stars

I had the great pleasure of reading this in it's original glory out in fandom. I was such a fan-fiction junkie at one point in my life, ready to get that next fix on the latest obsession, which EP was exactly that. I remember that sweet sting of anticipation week after week for months and months. This was a story that I've never read anything like before and still haven't being the avid reader I am today. So when I found out that this book was finally coming home, I couldn't wait to add...more
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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!!
This was a very compelling and captivating book and I was very much stunned by it. After reading this I know I'll have a hell of a time writing a review for this one. This book went very much deeper that I had expected. And I was definitely astounded by how much it stirred up intense emotions from me and brought so many thought provoking issues on my mind. This was the kind of book that will haunt you for days and will forever be ingrained in your mind. Reading this was such a very wonderful exp...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...more
Alexis *RealityBites! Let's Get Lost!*
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...more

Haven is no ordinary 16 year old girl, she is born into slavery. She has been broken and beaten for other people's mistakes. One day she is taken from the only life she has ever known by Vincent DeMarco. Vincent shows her a another side of life she has never known existed. Anxiety is high, as she adjusts and settles into the DeMarco's lives. She finds friendships in Vincent DeMarco's sons, who in the end give her comfort and solace.

The youngest brother Carmine DeMarco is young, carefree an...more

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Sempre absolutely stole my heart, and there is no chance of getting it back.

J.M. Darhower took a cause she strongly believes in and centered her story around it. The outcome was beautiful, this is a story I look forward to reading time and time again. The only thing I could have asked for was…. more. Darhower did a fantastic job telling her story, and bringing her characters to life. I have always loved movies that involved th...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...more
MK~ Picky Girl
Even better the second time around and I never reread
" io ti amerò per sempre e sempre"
(I will love you always and forever)


Sempre truly surprised me and has easily become a top favorite of mine. If you have not read it yet, STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND READ IT NOW!!! It was such a heartfelt, amazing roller coaster ride and I was hooked from the very first page.

The story begins with Haven, a 17 year old slave who has been held captive for a majority of her life. She is bought by the DeMarco...more
I simply started to read the fan fiction version for fun. To say that it's an amazing story is an understatement. I fell in love with the story, characters, and purpose of the story. Darhower nailed all the details of both the Mafia and Human-Trafficking life; it was well researched. It shed light on a subject that is unknown to many. You can just tell that Darhower's passion of both subjects is strong. The story speaks for itself it isn't just a measly love story. I left with so much more; I au...more
MR Taylor
This was terrible as fanfiction and I'm assuming will be even worse as self pull-to-publish, just by the names.

ETA: Just to clarify, I read about 10 chapters of this when it was fanfiction and couldn't force myself to read on. I was simultaneously offended that the author thought that a slave/owner relationship could be anything but unequal in power structure and bored at the writing style.
The author's website says she has made large edits, which I applaud, and I want to point out that I have no...more
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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.” 237 likes
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