Sempre Book 1 Review
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 causes 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?
This book was written during the time, when every teenage girl was head over heels in love with Edward Cullen from Twilight Saga. The author J M Darhower first wrote a twilight fan fiction by the name “The Emancipation Proclamation” under the pen name kharizzmatik.
During those days, I was a huge fan of Twilight (still am) and read this fan fiction. I was impressed. The fan fiction became so popular that publication house showed interest in the work and that’s how Emancipation Proclamation became Sempre.
Sempre is not just your usual teenage love saga. The book deals with Slavery, Crime, Murders and Underworld Mafia. Haven was born into Slavery. She was a result of rape. Carmine Demarco, a wounded soul is paying for the mistakes done by his father. Carmine is born in a family of Mafia and everyone expects him to follow his father’s footsteps. Carmine with no ambition has always thought he will be like his father. Things change when Haven is brought by Dr. Vincent DeMarco, Carmine’s father and brought to live in their house.
As time passes, Carmine and Haven fall in love. It’s a sort of love which happens once in a lifetime. But their love story is filled with hurdles. Vincent has his own interest in buying out Haven and brings her to his household. It’s evident from the way he behaves with her, he hold a loathing for the girl but is tolerating her for some reason. I didn’t like the character in the beginning but as the story progresses, the reason for his behavior towards the girl gets revealed and I started connecting with Vincent. What makes this story so compelling for me is, the strong and contrasting characters.
One side you have Haven, a girl a product of rape, who is doing everything to stay alive. She is a girl who is surviving without living. Simple things like watching TV, or having clean clothes and chocolates are luxuries to her. On the other side you have Carmine, a hot head devastatingly handsome with broken soul. He hides his pain and heart with rude and obnoxious attitude.
The book is an emotional roller-coaster. There’s love, pain, violence and death. One scene you’re laughing at Carmine’s sloppy words for Haven and in the next scene you are tear eyed as Haven starts talking about her past life.
J.M. Darhower has written the book in such a way, one can forget that this book was once a fan fiction. She has tried hard to not take reference from Twilight Saga. But once in a while you get the feeling its Edward and Bella.
The story, the characters, their ups and downs have still stayed with me. Every time I reread this book, I fall in love with it like I fell in love the first time. I rate this book 5 star.
Series: Sempre #1
Author: J M Darhower
Year of Publication: 2012
Language: English, Italian
Page Count: 530
Characters: Haven Antonelli, Carmine DeMarco
J. M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of paranormal/erotic/romantic suspense novels about the baddest bad boys and the ladies who love them. She spends her days in a tiny town in North Carolina.