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Sempre by J.M. Darhower
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it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, i-m-not-crying-you-re-crying
Read 2 times. Last read April 4, 2017 to April 9, 2017.

5 MILLION Tesoro Stars

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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 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 characters are so entwined I wouldn't even know where to start to go into details about the story line even if I wanted to. And what is most amazing about it is the simple way it's written. To me, it read so well each scene played out like a movie in my mind. If this was a movie, I would have watched it 7,356 times already.

“I love you.” The words tumbled from her lips easily, like they had rolled from her tongue hundreds of times. But they hadn’t. She had never said them before, but as she heard them in her own voice, every cell in her body knew they were true. She hadn’t known what love was, but she knew it now. Love was the fluttering in her tummy whenever Carmine was near, the twinkle in his eyes when he laughed, the heat in her body from his words. Love was happy. Love was safe. Love was green. Love was him—the beautifully flawed boy who made her glow."

I will say this- Vincent- God at first I hated him and could not understand the man for the life of me. But as the story unfolded, I definitely understood and grew to love him. Especially at the end when he (view spoiler) GODDDDDD SO SWEET.

Celia and Corrado are freaking amazing, Dominic is a sweet heart who I wished was my relative.

And the best for last – Carmine and Haven -SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I mean could a smart ass, impatient, foul-mouthed little rebel be any more amazing??! And Haven, oh sweet Haven. What an amazing, strong, sweet person she was. Their love was just epic.

“I have a problem with my temper. It’s just, I feel . . .” He hesitated, taking a deep breath. “Look, it’s not because I think you belong to me—it’s because I want you to be mine.”

This is easily one of the most incredible books I have ever read. Definitely in my top favorites of all time. *UPDATE* MOST DEFINITELY MY MOST FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME.

Now- I have wasted enough time writing this and wasted precious moments not reading Sempre: Redemption. I am off to meet with my sweet Carmine once again. I am so happy I was introduced to this story that made me fall in love and broke my heart all at the same time.



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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.”
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“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.”
“Why?”
“Because it doesn’t.”
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“Can I keep you? he whispered, laughing and pulling away from her as soon as the words came out. "Whats wrong with me? I'm quoting Casper.”
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“You’re too good for me.”
He laughed. “Are we talking about the same person? The selfish fucker who curses and yells, blows up cars and beats up people, because he has a temper he can’t control? You know, the one who drinks like a fish and fries his brain with drugs? That person is too good for you?”
She shook her head. “I’m talking about the boy who shared his chocolate bar with me when he probably never shared anything before, who gave me his mama’s favourite book, because he thought I deserved to read. The one who seems to be constantly fixing me up when I get hurt. I’m talking about the boy who treats me like I’m a regular girl, the one who desperately needs his bedroom cleaned and laundry washed but chooses to live in a mess and wear dirty clothes, because he’s too polite to ask the girl he kisses for help.”
“Wow,” Carmine said. “I’d like to meet that motherfucker.”
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Sogni dóro, mia bella ragazza,” he mumbled, closing his eyes. "Sweet dreams my beautiful girl.”
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J.M. Darhower
“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.”
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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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“He’s so much like you it’s almost disturbing,” Corrado said, glancing at Vincent as Carmine kicked Dean hard in the ribs.”
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“Get haven to my house and fix her before your son resorts to resuscitating people just to kill them again.”
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“Haven, baby, I need you to wake up. You have to make it. I can't do this if you don't.”
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“He didn‘t care what she said—happiness was a lot more than good health and a poor memory. Happiness was this. It was her, and him, and that moment. Fuck Albert Schweitzer. He could kiss his ass. Happiness wasreal.”
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“I'm graduating and she corrected my vocabulary the other day. I said I felt nauseous, and she said the word I wanted was nauseated. Fucked me up, bro. Didn't know there was a difference.”
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“Every "I hate you" that echoed from her chest was followed by an "I love you" from his lips. Every time she begged him to let go, he told her he would be there forever.”
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“I can't save the world, Haven, bur I'll save you ... even if it's the last thing I do.”
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“[...] I’ll fucking kill them all. Every single one of them.”

Corrado’s voice rang out beside them. “Too late. They’re all already dead.”

Carmine glared at his uncle. “Well, we’ll bring those motherfuckers back to life then.”
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“Ti amo tantissimo, mia bella ragazza”
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“I think Dante would agree with you. Even though Beatrice married someone else and died young, Dante loved her his entire life. The love was a part of him, because to him, Beatrice was ideal. He barely knew her, had only met her twice, but yet he truly claimed to love her. Can anyone tell me why?”No one spoke up. Carmine sighed exasperatedly. This lesson was becoming frustrating to sit through. “Because he really loved the person she made him. It has just as much to do with how he felt as it did with who she was.”“You’re right,” Mrs. Chavis said. “Dante said of her, ‘she has ineffable courtesy, is my beatitude, the destroyer of all vices and the queen of virtue, salvation.’ To him, she was his savior, the epitome of good. She rid him of his evil, made him feel worthwhile. That, we could argue, may be what he loved most of all.”
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“I think you're delirious. How about we take that nap before you tell me I smell like sunshine or something."

"You do smell like sunshine."

"And how does sunshine smell?"

"It smells like the outside world. Warm. Happy. Safe." She paused. "Green."

"Green?"

She nodded. "Green.”
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“Look at you making a joke! You're funny. No wonder Carmine fell in love with you.”
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“Haven, I could never love someone like you, because there isn't anyone like you", he said. "You're one of a kind.”
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“She hadn't known what love was, but she knew it now. Love was the fluttering in her tummy whenever Carmine was near, the twinkle in his eye when he laughed, the heat in her body from his words. Love was happy. Love was safe. Love was green. Love was him, the beautifully flawed boy who made her glow”
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“My mom used to talk about fate all the time, and I think you're it...you're my fate. You were brought to me for a reason, for us to save each other.”
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“All I know is wherever you are, I'm gonna be, because we belong together. We're like two peas in a pod. Like peanut butter and jelly, or macaroni and cheese.”
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“Only you," she said, as if she could read his mind. "It'll only ever be you, Carmine.”
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“If she married me, I'd follow her to the gates of Hell.”
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Reading Progress

October 25, 2014 – Shelved
October 25, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
November 1, 2014 – Started Reading
November 6, 2014 –
66.0% "gahhhhhhhh this book! unbelievable I don't want it to enddd"
November 7, 2014 – Shelved as: favorites
November 7, 2014 – Finished Reading
September 5, 2016 – Shelved as: i-m-not-crying-you-re-crying
April 4, 2017 – Started Reading
April 4, 2017 –
1.0% "Fuck it. Re-reading this epic series b/c nothing else seems to be holding my attention.

And I miss Carmine way too much =D"
April 5, 2017 –
23.0% " It was passionate and messy, 17 years worth of kisses rolled into one stolen embrace."

How is it that I've read their first kiss like 20 times, & it still makes me tear up??

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April 6, 2017 –
52.0% " "Relax, okay? This isn't about me. Let me worship you."

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I JUST F%&&KVCINGNG LOVE THEM SO MUCH"
April 9, 2017 –
74.0% "I know what's coming. I've read it many times before. But I'm still sobbing knowing what's about to happen!

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April 9, 2017 –
74.0% "I know what's coming. I've read it many times before. But I'm still sobbing knowing what's about to happen!

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April 9, 2017 – Finished Reading

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MyBookWorld I adore this review and thank you for thanking me my love. Every soul needs to read this book!


Andrea Fantastic review Steph!! :)


TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover aww thank you both! <3


[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥ Great review Stephany. Thanks for the friend invite. Also be sure to join any BRs we have :))


TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover Thanks Ami! I certainly will!


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Ilze Awesome review, Stephany! Glad you enjoyed it <3


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TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover Lkay ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾ wrote: "Awesome review, woman!"

Ilze wrote: "Awesome review, Stephany! Glad you enjoyed it <3"

thanks you ladies!!! xoxoxoxoxo


A Bibliophile's World Loved your review and glad you loved it. Next you HAVE to read Made !! Favorite book of all time as well.


TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover Jackiee wrote: "Loved your review and glad you loved it. Next you HAVE to read Made !! Favorite book of all time as well."

thank you! And I've read this whole series =) LOVED Made!


Arabella ~♡AB♡~ YOU LOVED IT, YAY!!!!!!!!


Arabella ~♡AB♡~ Oh bloody hell, this is an old review LMAO!


TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover Arabella ~♡AB♡~ (Mrs Javier Bernal) wrote: "Oh bloody hell, this is an old review LMAO!"

LMAO yes! I commented on it and it's shown up on the newsfeed. But this is what started my love for JM!


Arabella ~♡AB♡~ It's a fabulous review xoxo Love this series ❤


TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover Arabella ~♡AB♡~ (Mrs Javier Bernal) wrote: "It's a fabulous review xoxo Love this series ❤"

thanks love =) Can't wait for that new book!


Katie amazing review! I LOVED this book as well!


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Elle Superb review, babe!! :D xx


Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth Fantastic review, love. It's on sale right now (I one-clicked :D).


TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆ wrote: "Fantastic review, love. It's on sale right now (I one-clicked :D)."

Elle wrote: "Superb review, babe!! :D xx"

Katie wrote: "amazing review! I LOVED this book as well!"

thank you ladies!!! Astrid I hope you love it! I adore this series like no other!


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Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books) I've been hearing such good things about this novel, I really should pick it up, especially if its on sale! Great review and thanks for the heads up!


Elizabeth YES!!! Love this read!! Enjoy!


TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover Evelyn Swift wrote: "I've been hearing such good things about this novel, I really should pick it up, especially if its on sale! Great review and thanks for the heads up!"

yessss you must! This is my ALL TIME FAV SERIES! so good!


KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕ Awesome book, awesome author, awesome series. Enjoy xxx


TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover ⊱✿⊰ Kat's Crazy About Books ⊱✿⊰ wrote: "Awesome book, awesome author, awesome series. Enjoy xxx"

EPIC SERIES!!! <3 ;)


Shruti - Bookbabe_4life Thnks fr the review!! They are amazing!!! It really piqued my interest :)
I'm off to read sempre now.


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