***Reader Beware*** It is very important to start this book on a day of the week when you're not obligated to wake up early the next morning. This is...more***Reader Beware*** It is very important to start this book on a day of the week when you're not obligated to wake up early the next morning. This is because you will be up late into the night reading if you even go to bed at all. I would also advise starting after dinner on a Friday or Saturday night. You don't want to start to this too early because you will not be able to function in normal life until this book is finished. So if you plan on starting before dinner, you as well as your family may starve for a few days. There, you were warned.
Haven was born into a life of modern day servitude. She has never known any kind of kindness, luxury, or love from anyone other than her beloved mama. When she is 17 a man comes to the ranch, purchases her from the wicked man that owns her, and takes her away from her mother and everything she's ever known. Dr. DeMarco takes Haven to his home to live with him and his sons. It doesn't take Haven long to realize that all though Dr. DeMarco provides her with more than she's ever had in her life, he is just another version of a master who owns her.
Carmine DeMarco is a spoiled, womanizing, thoughtless and inconsiderate teenager who cares about nothing but where to get his next thrill. Whether that thrill is a hot chick, a fight, or a line of coke, it's indifferent to him. He's just biding his time until he turns 18 and can begin his life on his own terms. It doesn't surprise him that his father has brought a strange girl into their home to live with them. What surprises him is his interest in her, and the way when she looks at him he can't help but feel something for her that he doesn't understand.
When Carmine and Haven realize they have something that is special and ever lasting, they'll each stop at nothing to keep the other safe. Haven's past life, Carmine's temper, even Dr. DeMarco's dangerous mafia involvement and their ties into the family will not keep them apart.
My blurb was extremely weak. I can admit that I did not say nearly enough to represent the drama, character development, romance and roller coaster that is Sempre. There are so many wonderful things about this book that I don't even know where to start!
I guess the best place would be the plot. What a new, and I hesitate to say refreshing, spin on a romance. A spoiled mafia prince falls in love with a slave girl. Who da thunk it???? Well I guess J.M. Darhower did, and what a story she created... From the time we are introduced to Haven, you can't help but love her. She is sweet, unbelievably innocent, and it rips your heart out how utterly hopeless her life appears. But through it all "hope" is all she has to hold onto, and she does it in such a way you want to jump in and save her.
Carmine DeMarco... his character defines what it means to take a ruthless, unlikable person and develop him throughout the story into a character you end up jumping and cheering for. I wanted to smack him upside the head several times in the beginning of this book. By the end I wanted my own Carmine DeMarco. I would hold him and cuddle him and love him, and call him George... Ok maybe not "George" but definitely not "Carmine" either!
Anywho... I can't say enough about it. The story, the main characters, even the secondary characters all made this book come alive for me. I would recommend it to anyone who loved: Beautiful Disaster, Fifty Shades of Grey, or any Kristen Ashley book. Great alpha males, great and lovable heroine, and plenty of knock you off your feet action. Not so hot on the steam, but just enough of a teaser to get you excited. (less)
It took me a bit to put the words together in my head what I wanted to say in my review of House to House. I absolutely loved it, that was never a que...moreIt took me a bit to put the words together in my head what I wanted to say in my review of House to House. I absolutely loved it, that was never a question. My confusion was how to convey how much I loved it and what a book like this means to me. House to House is the memoir of David Bellavia's time as a soldier in Iraq and in particular his and his unit's experiences in the second Battle of Fallujah, which took place in November of 2004 and was arguably the bloodiest battle in the Iraq war.
The Army was in the Battle of Fallujah! I honestly didn't even know that prior to reading this book. The tiniest bit that I've read on the battle was in the main stream news, and of the information I've seen on it in the past it is all about the US Marines' involvement in the battle. As a matter of fact I didn't know a fraction of the information about the Iraq war that was provided in this book. Laid out in a manner that is in your face and impossible to ignore, David Bellavia tells us what it is like for a soldier to be in the middle of battle and you feel every word of it.
I don't pretend to know what it's like for a soldier in the middle of a war because I've read a book or in particular this book. I know this book wasn't written for SSG Bellavia to thump his chest and show the world he is "the man". I especially know this wasn't written for the American people to show pity or feel sorry for our soldiers. This was written to open the eyes of the reader to see what it takes to be a soldier in the US Army infantry and the values that these men hold dear. Their cause is just, they go off to war to serve their country. But what they are truly fighting for is the man on their left side and the man on their right side who has become their brother. This point was gotten through to me crystal clear.
Not once did I get the impression that David Bellevia was showing off, or blasting his own horn, as after this battle he would have every right to do. He constantly told how proud he was of his men, how honored he was to serve with Fitts, Faulkenburg, Iwan, Simms, Cantrell and on several different occasions indicating how other soldiers both his subordinates and his superiors were his heros. In fact, the amount of modesty in this man astounded me. He was recommended to receive the Medal of Honor for events that took place in this book. But in SSG Bell's description of these events he is not bragging but almost criticizing himself for how he handled himself. At no point in this book did he mention any of his awards that he's received as a soldier. Which include a Bronze Star and a Silver Star. This book wasn't written for others to recognize him as a hero, but for us to recognize his fellow soldiers and what they've endured, proven and sacrificed.
House to House is written in a crude in-your-face manner, which is sure to grab anyone's attention. This is definitely not for the faint or delicate of heart as just about every other word is referring to some kind of violent act, killer weapon or an f-bomb (which is part of the reason I loved it so much, it was real dialogue). I would and have recommended this to anyone interested in reading a story of true life military heroism at it's most horrifically described.
This is just as good the second (third, fourth, fifth..). time around as it was the first.
I loved it just about sums up how I felt about Beautiful Di...moreThis is just as good the second (third, fourth, fifth..). time around as it was the first.
I loved it just about sums up how I felt about Beautiful Disaster. I wondered if my absolute adoration for Travis meant there was something a little wrong with me. Was Travis a bit over protective of Abby? Yes. Was he a obsessed to the point of being scary? Yes. Was it blatantly obvious that Travis was co-dependent on Abby? Yes. Now with all that it is very clear that Abby and Travis had a relationship based on very unhealthy terms and even with all that... I didn't care. He was the bad boy turned good and loved her so much my heart literally hurt for him at times.
Now in the real world I really wouldn't enjoy having a boyfriend like Travis. Jealous, possessive, violent (not ever towards Abby), and a man whore. But in my idea of the perfect hero he was a mouth watering bad boy that was based on the epitome of my fictional fantasy man.
To me despite the fact that Beautiful Disaster was done in Abby's first person narration Travis made this a 5 star for me. I would recommend this for anyone who is all about the naughty, tough, tattooed, alpha male who would do literally ANYTHING for the woman he loved.(less)
Loved, loved, loved it... Dreams of a Dark Warrior totally refueled my fire for this series and I can't wait for the next one.
Regin the Radiant is th...moreLoved, loved, loved it... Dreams of a Dark Warrior totally refueled my fire for this series and I can't wait for the next one.
Regin the Radiant is the fun loving "rock out with your cock out" Valkyrie, but she has a past of loss and heart break. Centuries ago she was in love with a berserker warrior, Aiden the Fierce who was killed by a vampire while he was still in her arms after making love. Aiden was born again centuries after his first death only die another horrible death minutes after consummating his relationship with Regin again, but before she has the chance to completely fall in love with him. This horrific cycle repeats and repeats itself throughout the centuries until Regin is captured by Declan Chase the magister of The Order, a vicious organization dedicated to studying and destroying all immortals.
Regin identifies Declan Chase as her reincarnated lover immediately, though his physical features change with every life, his eyes are always the same. She tries to convince Chase of this fact many times, that in another life he loved her. But in this life he constantly rejects her, but deep down he knows there is something different about himself that may be connected to the Valkyrie.
Regin is a wonderful character, full of life and humor and a toughness that you can admire. She falls in love with Declan Chase when the odds of her captivity as well as Chase's own actions toward her should make her shun and hate him. Chase is a deep,dark, tortured hero in the most honest sense of the term. He continuously rejects Regin to her face all the while at war within himself to deny the uncontrollable pull he has towards her.
I loved this installment of the Immortals After Dark (did I mention that already?). It was full of action and suspense and kept me up late in the night telling myself to read "just one more chapter". Declan and Regin are so far my favorite IAD couple. Through all the mental and physical pain and suffering they cause each other they both realize they are like magnets drawn to one another and cannot be without their other half. (less)
I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up and started to read Rock Me. Candace, a goody-goody, sheltered college student walks into the tattoo shop...moreI was pleasantly surprised when I picked up and started to read Rock Me. Candace, a goody-goody, sheltered college student walks into the tattoo shop owned by her cousin's ex-boyfriend Brian. Brian is the ultimate hot, tattooed, bad boy on the outside, sweet and sensitive and every girl's dream on the inside. Candace has been attracted to Brian ever since he began dating her cousin years before, even though she knows being with him would create a whirl wind of problems with her conservative family. Brian had felt the same way about Candace, though he didn't realize it at the time.
I really enjoyed the characters in Rock Me but Brian made the book hands down. He was close to the perfect hero. The things he would say to Candace and how much he absolutely adored her made my heart melt. I agree with some of the other reviewers about Candace. She was a bit annoying with her wishy-washy attitude towards being with Brian, but he more than made the book worth reading. I will definitely be looking for more from this author. (less)
Wow did I love this book. Completely off the regular beaten path the Butterfly Tattoo demonstrates that love in its real form can come in any package....moreWow did I love this book. Completely off the regular beaten path the Butterfly Tattoo demonstrates that love in its real form can come in any package.
Rebecca is a scarred (both internally and externally) former actress who is trying to put her life back together after a brutal attack from a fan almost killed her. Michael a very recent "widower" is also trying to pick up the pieces after his partner dies and leaves him to raise their young daughter by himself. The unconventional love in this book at first had me a bit leary. Michael is gay. He had been with women before his long-time partner Alex and him fell in love but Alex was his soul mate, his one true love. In Michael's mind no one, especially not a woman would ever replace Alex. But then Michael meets Rebecca and he realizes his sexuality is not determined by his lover's gender but by the person they are inside and he is in absolute love with Rebecca.
This book tore me up. It was about a couple in love trying to get past not only Michael's having been in love with a man for years also his grief for his dead lover, and his guilt for having fallen in love again. If I could give this book 10 stars I would. I loved the characters, the story itself was amazing and perfectly delivered right up through the ending. I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting through the weee hours of the night.
I actually got this book from the library not wanting to drop the high trade paperback prices. After reading it though I bought it. The Butterfly Tattoo is a definate re-read over and over for me. I will be keeping my eye open for more from this author. (less)
Oh wow!!! I am so excited about this book, even after I'm finished. I listened to the audio version of Water For Elephants and I am just a tiny bit he...moreOh wow!!! I am so excited about this book, even after I'm finished. I listened to the audio version of Water For Elephants and I am just a tiny bit hesitant to say that it is the best audio I've ever listened to (it's up against some stiff competition) The narrators were outstanding.
Water For Elephants is an alternating first person narration of Jacob Jankowski's life as a 23 year old who after loosing his parents finds himself on a traveling circus train, and a 90 (or 93) year old man who is left by his family, basically forgotten in a nursing home. Both Jacobs are equally exciting, energetic characters you will absolutely love as they tell their tale.
I disagree with other reviewers who said this was a romance. As an avid romance reader I feel just because a book may have a bit of sex and a blossoming relationship in it doesn't qualify it as a "romance novel". Usually I only read and like romance and I get very disappointed to the point of pissed when I'm led to believe a book is romance and it turns out it isn't. I did not for once hold the lack of romance against this book at all. I was absorbed to the point where the rest of the world didn't exist which to me signifies what a book should be.
I can't recommend this book enough especially the audio. I got it from the library but intend on buying my own copy now that I've formed a love connection with it. (less)