THIS IS A STORY ABOUT SACRIFICE... DEATH... LOVE... FREEDOM. THIS IS A STORY ABOUT FOREVER.
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...more
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…moreHere'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)
It’s Godfather & Cinderella!!
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.
"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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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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, ...more
Ahhhh Sempre…..One of my absolute favorites!!!!
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.
Carmine is a disgruntled teen who saw his mother being gunned down as a child ...more
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
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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.”
✍ ☘ ❦ ☕ ❂ ...more
Million stars! A must-read and definitely my all time favourite.
NOW AGAIN LIVE ON AMAZON!
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
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 ...more
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
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...more
"―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 ...more
The story hugely dealt with Mafia organisations and how it impacted tho ...more
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 ...more
"Tesoro's kinda like sweetheart, but it means treasure..... which, right now, you literally are"
Haven meets Carmine in a unexpected way and they both fall in love.... but can it just be so simple as that for them?
Haven, a girl who struggles throughout her daily life until one day..... she feels like a free woman!
Meanwhile, Carmine has his own ghosts.....Losing his mama meant he lost himself, then came Haven!
" I'm taking about the boy who shared his chocolate bar ...more
"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 ...more
There's so much in here that rubs me the wrong way, I'm surprised I've gone this far as it is.
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 ...more
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
|YA Buddy Readers'...: Sempre (Sempre #1) by J.M. Darhower - GBR - February 1st 2021||8||150||Feb 02, 2021 06:18AM|
|Help me please||1||7||Jan 18, 2019 10:03AM|
|Sempre forever first edition||1||3||Apr 11, 2018 02:17PM|
|Unapologetic Roma...: Darhower, J.M. // Sempre||23||48||Nov 03, 2017 07:37AM|
|Sempre Buddy Reading.||1||8||Sep 27, 2017 08:07PM|
|Haven's parents?||7||205||Apr 03, 2017 09:32PM|
|Re reading this book.||4||35||Sep 09, 2015 09:08AM|
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