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Sempre: Redemption

Forever, Book 2
Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
Series: Forever Series, Book 2
Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

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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Movie!!!!

Would really love to see this story on the big screen!!!
The narrorator brings so much life and personality to each character. She's fantastic!

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wow....

Best book ever. No joke, really. It's like watching a movie, so detailed. Just amazing.

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Amazing!!!

What a great concluding book to this sequel! I highly recommend you won’t be disappointed the story is absolutely phenomenal I’m glad that everything worked out but sad to bring the story to a close.

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OUSTANDING ABSOLUTELY DARK AND BEAUTIFUL!!

I was so overjoyed and happy to have listened to such a beautiful story and at times so entertaining that I would laugh . I was so thankful to have found this audiobook and hopefully there will be more stories like this from the author even better a countiunation of this story . On Amazon I seen there is a book by this author all about Carmine's uncle . I hope audible records it !!! I positive if you are debating buying this audiobook you will not be disappointed! I highly suggest you start with book 1 then go on to this book:)

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  • 05-10-18

amazing

the characters are amazing and uncompromising and I love that, they are who they are, and like i said, they're amazing. the story is well written, it pulls you in and wont let you go, I've laughed, and I've cried, like full on ugly cried and still love this book!

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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.

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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!

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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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