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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 exc

Paperback, 2nd edition, 518 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Gallery Books
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Anon Here's the order:

1) Made (Sempre 0.4) -> Corrado's and Celia's story
2) Friends (Sempre 0.5)
3) Sempre (#1)
4) Redemption (Sempre, #2)
5) Forever (Semp…more
Here's the order:

1) Made (Sempre 0.4) -> Corrado's and Celia's story
2) Friends (Sempre 0.5)
3) Sempre (#1)
4) Redemption (Sempre, #2)
5) Forever (Sempre, #2.5)

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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.
Aestas Book Blog
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

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
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-audio
5 stars!

This book captivated me from the beginning. What a story! Sempre is a story about choices, sacrificing everything for the ones you love, intense true love, and then you 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's one of those books that shows sometimes you are born into a certain life and many things are beyond your control, but sometimes two people who appear to com
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Attention please! SEMPRE is going to be a movie!!! I don't have too much information about it yet but I'm going to share it with you as long as I get it. ❤


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 al
5 MILLION Tesoro Stars


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.”

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 perfect, emotional, heartbreaking, soul crushin
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

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
Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
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
Debra Anastasia
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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🎃 Read for the Unapologetic Romance Readers Halloween 2017 Reading Challenge for the category of: a romance novel with blood on the cover 🎃

Good books make you ask questions - but sometimes, bad books make you ask questions, too. Questions like, "Why is this book so long?" "How did this even get published?" And, most pressingly, "What is it about this book that people actually like?"

I read SEMPRE for our book of the month over at URR,
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
10/16/18- Finished Audiobook today. Still absolutely love this book!!!

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
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
Claudia Ramírez
OMG. I love this book. I can't even describe how much I liked it. Maybe I'll review it later, now I'm feeling really emotional because it's over. Definetly worth reading.


This book was simply amazing, it's a MUST-read. I loved everything about it. It has great character development and a good plot (with some really unexpected twists). Carmine DeMarco is hilarious (and really lovely) and OMG, I think I'm in love with Corrado Moretti, haven't met a more badass character than him!

All in all,
5 stars

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

“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
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

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 is
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.”

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“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.”

✍ ☘ ❦ ☕ ❂
Mar 24, 2013 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
The Devil's Advocate
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
~ 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
Grecia Robles
*** 5 Colpo di Fulmine STARS***

Primeramente quiero agradecer a AleJandra , ya que sin ella no hubiera podido leer este maravilloso libro. Thank you so much eres un sol.

She stroked her thumb across his cheek, sending tingling through him. “Do you really feel that?” “Yeah. It’s like you have static under your skin.” She smiled. “What do you think it is?” “Colpo di fulmine?” he suggested. She just stared at him, and he smiled. “I guess you’re gonna want a translation.” “Please.” “It’s when
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"―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
You know, I actually really enjoyed this book. I was so hesitant to pick it up at first because I didn't know if I was going to like it. But I'm so glad I gave it a read wooot wooot! The story started off a bit slow and it took me a while to warm up and connect to the characters. But once I was in.. BAM! I was IN! Angst should be Darhower's other name because damn. The sis really knows how to write a book which oozes it.

The story hugely dealt with Mafia organisations and how it impacted tho
Beatrice Masaluñga
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Beatrice by: Camille Santos
Many thanks to my book girlfriend, Camille, for recommending this book to me. <3 This book has been on my TBR for ages and I finally get to pick this book up. Just the perfect timing I'm still on the mood for Mafia/Assassin themed books (currently obsessing with it).

Haven Antonelli grew up as a slave with her mother and they're both abused for years. She lived her whole life being afraid because of it and never lose hope that one day, she'll be free. When Dr. Vincent DeMarco-- a Mafia member-- t
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
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a very good story. There's a love story within a love story. Vincent, the dad, was perhaps my favorite character. I want him to overcome all of his past transgressions. Carmine and Haven's love story was cute too. ...more
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝

"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
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/N
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
That's it! I've had enough!

There's so much in here that rubs me the wrong way, I'm surprised I've gone this far as it is.

DNF @70%

I'll start with the worst, and move on upward

It was waaaaaay too long and too slow!!! I mean, this is like reading someone's diary: all the meals they're having, bathroom breaks, lectures at school, overstuffed descriptions, constant dialogues that don't contribute to the story - there's only so much your brain needs to get the image. Why overdo it? Quantity doesn't n
MR Taylor
Nov 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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