Sempre (Forever, #1)

Sempre (Forever, #1) - J.M. Darhower First off, thank you Mello for recommending this book to me. Even though it took me 2 years to pick it up, it was worth it.

I don’t even know where to begin. I loved how the story slowly unfolded. Just when I thought I knew where it was headed, I was taken down a different road and shown more secrets. This isn’t just about human trafficking; it’s also about the Mafia, secrets, loss and coming to peace with the choices you make for love and those you love.

We first meet Haven. A girl who has lived surrounded by violence her whole life. Her beacon of light is her Mama. One day she escapes only to fall in the hands of Dr. Vincent DeMarco. Vincent was such a complex character. At first he was so cold and brutal but just like every other character in the story, we slowly got to see layer after layer of who Vincent was and how he came to be the man he is now. Haven is naïve and Vincent’s cold ways are really a way to shelter and educate her.

Then there is Carmine, Vincent's son. I was worried about liking him. Never have I met such an angst-ridden, impulsive, angry, broken boy. I felt bad for Vincent. He tried in his own way to make peace with his son but would always hit a dead end. That is, until Haven enters their home. I was glad that Carmine didn’t change. He remained who he was. Angry, moody, impulsive and foul mouthed. The only difference was that he found someone who he related to and loved. Haven and Carmine both slowly help each other deal with all the loss they’ve suffered at the hands of La Cosa Nostra. A crime family that holds the reins of all their lives tightly.

I loved the journey this story took me. It was full of drama, love, loss, violence and laughter. So much that I had to pick up book 2 right away!!