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Sempre: Forever Series, Book 1

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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 excess.

Now a twist of fate has caused their worlds to collide. Entangled in a web of secrets and lies, they learn that while different on the surface, they have more in common than anyone would think.

In a world full of chaos, where money and power rule, Haven and Carmine yearn to break free, but a string of events that began before either of them were born threatens to destroy them instead. Murder and betrayal are a way of life, and nothing comes without a price - especially not freedom. But how much will they have to sacrifice? Can they escape their pasts? And, most of all, what does it mean to be free?

©2013 Jessica Mae Darhower (P)2013 Tantor

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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 01-08-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 01-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best narrations of a book"

    I listened to this book and the narrator was fantastic. This book read like a movie. It was descriptive, concise, and paced evenly. I was apprehensive about the book when I saw the page count as well as the audiobook hours, but it flowed so well that I didn’t even notice the length. It wasn’t just a story about two damaged kids falling in love, but about choices and responsibilities. It was about freedom and redemption too. This wasn’t just Carmine and Haven’s story, this was Vincent & Mara’s story as well as a cautionary tale about “The Life”.

    This book was much more than a tale about child slavery. It was a story of people trying to grow and move out of the shadows of their parents.
    Haven and her mother grew up as slaves in the house of Michael Antonelli until the day her mother convinced her to run away. Her mother Miranda overheard the lady of the house asking master Michael to get rid of Haven, so Miranda asked Haven to run for help. Her attempt to escape her slavers led her to Dr. Vincent DeMarco.
    Dr. Vincent DeMarco was an angry man. He was a physician who had been forced into serving La Costra Nostra, the Chicago Italian Mafia. His wife was murdered and his youngest son Carmine was acting up from grief. He was now a Consigliere, but now the mafia wants son Carmine. Dr. DeMarco is trying everything he can to protect his son Carmine, but had to follow orders as they were all dispensable. The addition of Haven to their lives complicated everything.

    From the moment Haven moved into the DeMarco’s household, Carmine was mesmerized by her. Haven, on the hand, did all she could to avoid everyone in the household. She was used to living in the stables or basement, and she did not trust that the DeMarco household would be different from her prior home. Hope was a dangerous thing for slaves like her.
    As the story began to unfurl, it became clear that Dr. DeMarco’s taking of Haven was not a coincidence and there was more to Haven’s identity than even she knew. Haven was a pawn in a dangerous mob agenda, but then so was Carmine, the mafia Principe. Now the
    Slowly, the DeMarco family thought Haven how to live, and a year later Haven and Carmine were in love. That’s when the past came to catch up with Haven, and the DeMarcos.

    The author did a great job with laying the foundation, and keeping the story interesting. I really appreciate the fact that there weren’t these huge emotional swings. Yes, there was sad events, but there was happy events and even funny scenes. The author mixed things up by interjecting characters like Dominic and Nicholas, Dia and even Aunt Celia, so there was a continual break in the serious tone of the novel.

    I had a love-hate relationship with Vincent DeMarco, but I came to understand him as the novel went on, and I also came to find compassion for his actions. Carmine’s father was forced into “the life” by love and by his father, but he really loved his wife and sons. I was blown away by how well adjusted Dominic was and it was nice to see him be understanding of Carmine’s plight. Carmine was an impulsive kid that you wanted to smack on the back of his head and give a high-five at the same time. Carmine’s smart mouth was source of many chuckles from me. The narrator did a great job in giving each character very distinct voices, and I loved that about the audiobook.

    If you want a New Adult book that isn’t wrought with cliché drama and dialogue, then this book is for you. I want to read the sequel but it isn’t out on audible. I don’t think I can just read it after enjoying this ride on audio, so it is likely that I will wait until the audiobook is offered at audible. But I really enjoyed this book and look forward to sequel.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nichole 08-03-16
    Nichole 08-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The Mafia Prince and the slave fall in love."

    Haven Antonelli was born into slavery in the California desert. After a failed attempt at escape, she is sold to Dr. Vincent DeMarco. She has only known cruelty and struggles with her new role in the DeMarco household. Slave? Servant? Family member?

    Carmine DeMarco is rich, good looking, arrogant and volatile. He's also the Principe of La Famiglia. As soon as he meets Haven, he is drawn to her. She makes him a better person and he gives her the strength to become a person. The Mafia Prince and the slave fall in love.

    “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."

    But of course, there are complications. Secrets upon secrets. Neither of them are aware of the things that have been set in motion for years or exactly what connection Haven has to all of it. In the end, they learn the price of her freedom.

    “Some things in life only happen once, the memories of them lasting forever. They're moments that alter you, turning you into a person you never thought you'd become, but someone you were always destined to be."

    I listened to the audio of this and thought it was very well done. It's a long one though (19hrs and 6 mins). However, I was completely engrossed. Think NA romance meets The Godfather. Different. I really liked it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Jorgenson Minnapolis, MN 06-02-16
    Melissa Jorgenson Minnapolis, MN 06-02-16 Member Since 2013

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    "One of my favorites!!"

    Theirs is one of my favorite stories and it was a pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Batool Summer Siddiqui 11-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Beautiful Love Story"

    The best love story I have heard. I don't usually listen to books again, but I definitely am with this one!! Sempre is a truly unforgettable romance I can listen to over and over again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeana GA, United States 06-16-15
    Jeana GA, United States 06-16-15
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    "Oh Haven!!!"
    What did you love best about Sempre?

    I enjoyed everything about Sempre. It brought out a bunch of emotions.


    Which character – as performed by Carla Mercer-Meyer – was your favorite?

    My favorite was Haven!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Currie 02-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "See you forever"

    It was a good love story intriguing and the love between a father and son in the life of corruption

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 09-18-14
    Jennifer 09-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"

    By far one of the best books I've listened to. I didn't want to stop listening to it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alana Lee Rock Austin, TX 09-01-14
    Alana Lee Rock Austin, TX 09-01-14 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader/listener, knitter, geocacher, random crafts of awesome, and board game player.

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    "Brilliant Audiobook ~ Dark and Different Romance"

    I'd really give it more like 4½♥'s... It's like a New Adult Romance (but a little more 'vanilla' on the 'hot factor') meets the 'Family' (like Godfather type family) meets slave (like slave trafficking) meets... high school angst? It's VERY hard to describe, but I must admit I was captivated. *Whispers* Don't tell anyone- but I'm not really a big 'fan' of mafia-type stuff, but even I fell for this book.

    I had SO many recommend this to me... and I kept dragging my feet. Over and over, no clue why. Maybe it's because organized crime doesn't usually make it's way into my romance books. For that matter, human trafficking doesn't much, either.

    I most definitely will continue this series- and can I just say, Any Film Producers Out There? Take. A. Look. This would translate SO well to film, in my opinion. (And I do actually have theater and college film experience, so I'm not just whistling Dixie.)

    In full disclosure, I did receive an eBook via NetGalley, but I also purchased the eBook and audio, so it should be MORE than obvious that I am willing to spend money on this book and these are my honest opinions.

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    Amazon Customer 05-20-14
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    "Great start to a wonderful ending"
    Where does Sempre rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I believe its up there in the top 5


    What other book might you compare Sempre to and why?

    I have never read a book like this, usually I stay away from mob type book, but this was worth it...... wonderful.


    Which character – as performed by Carla Mercer-Meyer – was your favorite?

    Carmine DeMarco.... for sure


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can not pick one, but the life of Haven before Carmine


    Any additional comments?

    You have to read or listen to both of theses books...... awesome!!!!! I can't wait to read something else by this author J.M. Darhower is wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey R Ephrata, PA, United States 04-05-14
    Tracey R Ephrata, PA, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Holy cow!"
    Where does Sempre rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


    What about Carla Mercer-Meyer’s performance did you like?

    Everything! She was amazing!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I really wanted to but it was very long.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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