Author: J.M. Darhower
Series: (Forever Series #1)
Published: November 25th 2013
(first published January 29th 2012)
Publisher: Pocket Star
Categories: Contemporary, Sociology, New Adult
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Summary: A sexy novel about two seventeen-year-olds—one a victim of human trafficking; the other the son of the man who enslaved her—who fall in love and question everything they ever believed…
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?
Review: I spent the entire day reading Sempre. It was a very long novel and normally, I would’ve brushed it off and look on to other endeavors. But I didn’t, yes, I was uncertain by the length but after reading I was surprised that it didn’t really bother me at all. I really loved it. It was subtle but there were heavy emotions attached on every page. I was initially attracted to the star-crossed lovers and the mafia theme to it. But I didn’t know this book has very interesting set of characters and emotionally gripping plot. It was really good, in fact the moment I finished it, I was still looking for more.
The story is about two young people that were put into a situation the moment they were born. Haven was a slave and because her mother was worried of her safety, she told her to run away. But she was caught by Dr. DeMarco and was brought to his home where he met his two sons, Dominic and Carmine. While the doctor was kinder compare to her former master, he was far from a saint—really far from it. He will not hesitate to bury a bullet on her throat if she tried something against him. Even though he was scared of him, her situation was definitely much better than where she was previously. She got along fine with his two sons, particularly, Carmine. Carmine was a trouble guy. He fights, he slacks at school, he sleeps around, he does drugs, and he drinks—a lot. Carmine didn’t like that he has the same destiny as his father. Plus, he also couldn’t forget the day his mother died. A lot of things were on his plate and doing these things helped, even for a bit. But he changed when he met Haven. The girl who still cradle a good heart despite the things that has happened to her. And they fell in love, but belonging to two different worlds was not only the problem. Because Haven isn’t just an ordinary girl and they will all get in trouble when the people that shouldn’t know she exists find out.
I really liked Haven. Despite being mistreated and surrounded by cruelty she still remained a good girl. Although what I really liked about her was that she wasn’t completely ignorant despite of what people thought of her. She tried to embrace her situation and even though they were bad, she was still thankful for it. I was so sad when she said that she had lost hope, that it scared her because of the disappointment it will also bring. But Carmine brought hope back to Haven. So it wasn’t just Haven helping Carmine, but Carmine had also helped (not only in material things) Haven. He brought back Haven’s hope.
I know that falling in love with Haven will change the guy gradually. As much as I loved reading about it, I was more focused on the mafia aspect of the story. To be totally honest, I found his dad, Vincent DeMarco, interesting. I could even classify him as my favorite. It’s really hard to read the guy. You don’t know what he was really thinking. His moods fluctuated in nanosecond. But I think being in the position where his life is always on the line, I can completely understand why he acted that way. Yes, he’s not good but he’s not entirely evil as well. And that made him so fascinating to me.
There were so many good points this book has. That’s why it really didn’t bother me it was too long from the ones I normally read. But it really didn’t feel that long. I guess, I liked the pacing because I got to see how things developed. I got to learn things about the characters of this book. And I got to read something that totally satisfied me. So yeah, it was definitely worth the time.
Preview Quote: “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. There’s no magical rewind button in life, no take backs or do-over’s to fix things you wish you could change.”