Sempre: Redemption by J.M. Darhower

sr2Pages: 416

Goodreads Rating: 4.38 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dark

Publication Date: December 16, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Summary (Goodreads):

In this thrilling and sexy follow-up to Sempre, two young lovers struggle to keep their relationship intact after they become deeply enmeshed in the dangerous mafia-run crime ring they once tried to overthrow.

Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco have been through a lot. Haven was taken in by Carmine’s father, and with his family’s help, she escaped a gruesome fate. However, saving Haven from the dark intentions of a mafia family cost Carmine a steep price: he was forced to swear loyalty to them.

Now, still passionately in love, Carmine and Haven must face the fall-out of Carmine’s forced service, as Haven discovers terrifying secrets about the family that enslaved both her and her mother—and why she matters so much in this intricate web of lies.

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

It may not be as good as the first book, it’s still a satisfying conclusion for Carmine DeMarco and Haven Antonelli. What a long journey filled with roller coaster of emotions.

It’s heartbreaking to see these two parted ways as Carmine pledge to enter the dangerous world of Mafia while Haven goes to New York where she can live independently, can freely go to College to enhance her artistic skills like normal people do. Both are miserable and empty without each other’s company. Their deep love for each other makes it difficult for them to move on and be happy. A part of them still hopes that they’ll be together again someday… a year of longing for each other makes everything worth it.

Supposedly, I’m going to give this book 3 stars because it’s unnecessarily prolonged. Haven and Carmine are separated for about 60% of this book, which is kind of frustrating since they have less moments together but they reunited on the 70% mark. So patience is a virtue my dear friends, it’s worth the wait. What motivated me to keep going? ALL PARTS WITH CORRADO MORRETTI IN IT. I love him so much. He’s so complex and badass. His love for Celia makes me swoon. Honestly, he really is outstanding in this book. KEVLAR KILLER FOR THE WIN. Also, there are more mafia related events and violence. I think everything was resolved in the end and I decided to give it 4 stars for that matter.



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