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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.

©2014 Jessica Mae Darhower (P)2014 Tantor

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Carmine and Haven Sempre

I loved it as much as book 1. I felt like I was watching a movie in my head as the narrator took me on this ride. A lot of drama but I loved every minute. As in book 1, the narrator gave Carmine a sarcastic quip and Haven a vulnerable sound. Great job.
Corrado's voice was edgy and just right. You know what, Corrado stole this show. He stayed consistent and was true gangsta to the end.

This book picks up after Carmine DeMarco pledges loyalty to Salvatore (salamander to those who don't respect him) and La Costa Nostra in exchange for Haven's protection. When it's time for him to report to work (from Durant, NC to Chicago, IL), Carmine decides it's best for Haven if he lets her go. That way she won't be tainted by what he knows he will have to do for La Costa Nostra, and he will be giving her freedom to live her own life on her own terms.
This book details their individual journey to make peace with the choices others made for them, and the ones they made for themselves. Of course, in the background the puppet masters continue to maneuver the pieces making individuals think they have control of their own lives and choices, when it is clear higher forces are at work.
The truth about Mara DeMarco's death has a profound effect of both Vincent and Corrado, as we see those men attempt to get justice for what what stolen from them. Dominic and Tess and Dia stay the same, but in this book we see the wear of the crown isn't necessary the most powerful player. No, it's behind he scenes man who is truly the Don of La Costa Nostra.

I hate to say it but Carmine doesn't grow up that much, but Haven truly comes into her own. She restores him like he restored her in book 1. There was never a doubt in my mind as to their future, it was only a matter of how they got there. I loved the names Carmine called her "la bella ragazza" or "Tesoro". I also love Corrado calling Celia "Bellisima". It had a sweet sound and one thing I found out about the DeMarco-Moretti men, when they love, they go all in! It's Sempre for them.

Great story, great audio. I felt satisfied with the conclusion of this one. Carmine and Haven were just meant for each other.

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Loved it

Would you listen to Sempre: Redemption again? Why?

I have already listened to it more than once. I love romantic suspense. I enjoyed the storyline and characters.

What other book might you compare Sempre: Redemption to and why?

Other books by J.M. Darhower

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry. Some of it is sad.

Any additional comments?

I wish Corrado's story was in audio format. I would love that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeana
  • GA, United States
  • 06-16-15

Oh Haven!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Last book my favorite was Haven, but this time Carmine! I enjoyed seeing his sacrifice and transformation!

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

Carla was a great narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried! One part in particular had me crying... ugh!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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amazing

This is one of those stories that you wished never ended. I'm elated that they were free together.

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  • Hollie
  • Waxahachie, TX, United States
  • 02-17-15

Wow.

Loved the story!
Full of twists and turns.
Wish the epilogue would have been longer and would have included more of the characters.

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  • Monique
  • Killeen, TX, United States
  • 11-02-14

Redemption

Would you listen to Sempre: Redemption again? Why?

Yes because I'm sure I missed some things the first time. It was also that good to where I'd enjoy it again like it was my first listen.

What other book might you compare Sempre: Redemption to and why?

I think Burying Water by K. A . Tucker. They both have mob ties and they both have that emotion that tugs are your heart a bit.

Which scene was your favorite?

While I had many favorite scenes I really liked the Epilogue.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me want to cry several times.

Any additional comments?

I liked the 3rd person telling that followed more than just Haven and Carmine. My feelings for her haven’t changed a bit. She’s still rather timid and unsure of herself and I thought that was OK. I got to feel her grow some and experience life as she should. Carmine disappointed me for a bit. I didn’t like his careless attitude even though he was going through a hard time. I seriously felt for some of the things he had to do and witness. <br/><br/>I was a little up and down on my feelings for Corrado. At times he just seemed so mean. I liked him but kind of at a distance. I also liked how everything wrapped up. I had a lot more emotions throughout listening to this than I expected. Also, the amount of times I felt on edge was pretty high as well.

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OMG AWESOME... a must read!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Sempre: Redemption to be better than the print version?

I did not read this story.....but I highly doubt reading it could possible be better. It was one of the best stories I have ever read or listened to, kudos to the author this was fabulous!!!

What did you like best about this story?

The ever enduring love between the two young lovers

What does Carla Mercer-Meyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought she did a great job, she actually sounded young like young adults, made it believable

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

Absolutely

Any additional comments?

Must read both books in order to understand the story. This is on my top 5 reads!!!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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mafia love story to kill for

Would you consider the audio edition of Sempre: Redemption to be better than the print version?

Yes, but only because I love to listen. Either way I highly recommend this book

Who was your favorite character and why?

Haven. In this book she grows into who she wants to be and learns how to live on her own.

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

I loved her narration of the characters. She did a great job

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

Yes, I couldn't wait to know what was going to happen next.

Any additional comments?

This was a great series in general. This author needs to write another book!

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Loved this series. Won't be disappointed.

There wasn't anything I didn't like about this book. Everything was tied up with no questions unanswered. I found myself involved with the characters. The writing is so good you are able to over look the horrible behaviors of the characters and love them. I will be looking for more from J. M. Darhower. Loved Carla Mercer-Meyer's narration.

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Sempre: Redemption

I read this story when it was the Twilight fan-fiction version called Emancipation Proclamation. That version was much better.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful