Sempre is the first book in J.M. Darhower’s Forever Series. It is a well-crafted, emotionally charged thriller that kept me flipping the pages. Mafia families are at war; human trafficking is an organized crime competitive business, and slavery, unfortunately, is a reality. If crime stories full of betrayal, deceit, love and sacrifice are your passion then Sempre is the book for you .
The story begins with Haven, a runaway slave, who has been captured and sold to Dr. Vincent Demarco – a mafia consigliere. As consigliere, Vincent has to fly to Chicago often and meet with the Head of the Italian Mafia. Much to Vincent’s dismay, this head of the mafia family is the Godfather to his son Carmine and he has declared to everyone that Carmine would become a Mafia Prince at age eighteen. Vincent hopes that Carmine declines his Godfather’s offer because if he doesn’t, there will be no leaving the family business alive for him.
Carmine is a brazen, spoiled seventeen-year-old male with a crass mouth, which he allows to rip whenever the mood strikes him. He’s a womanizer and treats women with disrespect. Carmine has every intention of joining the family mafia business until a slave-girl enters his life and turns it upside down.
I love it when I discover a new talented author. J.M. Darhower is a fantastic storyteller and a razor sharp writer who captures the essence of raw emotions that can stir and move a reader. All of her characters are well-developed and realistic. I even love Carmine the selfish, brazen teenager. You will too; just wait and see.
I highly recommend giving Sempre a read, it’s just too good not to.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Peg Glover