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.
SEMPRE: REDEMPTION Dual Review for Reality Bites! Let’s Get Lost!
’The button had been pushed. The nuclear bomb had been ignited. Their fragile bubble of contentment was about to fucking explode.’
Becky - Sempre Redemption centers around Carmine's struggles to adjust to his new life in the Mafia. Needless to say, it is not an easy transition for him. He turns to alcohol and drugs to deal with the things he has seen and done. But the highs only last so long and they are only hurting him more than helping him forget. Honestly, that is what a bulk of the book is about. Going through the motions with Carmine and his new life.
At times, I found myself skimming the pages because the storyline kind of died out in the middle for me. But it does pick back up and I am glad I stuck with it! There are some other things (MAJOR things) that do happen but I can not go into them without giving away some huge parts of the book.
Alexis - The path Carmine’s character took surprised me most. But then again I wonder to myself if it should have. We knew he dabbled in coke and was a heavy drinker but the way he chose to wallow in his misery. I think maybe THAT is what really threw me off and quite frankly turned me off at the same time.
I agree that the story died out at one point. I felt like Carmine was weak and miserable for a BIG CHUNK of the book and I was NOT feeling that, not one bit. For me, the repeat of F’ ups Carmine had was enough to make me lose interest but then as if almost perfectly timed Carrado’s pov would start or something with Haven would occur and I felt like the ball would start rolling again.
I’m just like my goddamn father.” - Carmine
Becky - I never expected Carmine to step into his role with the family and take to it right away. But I also never expected it to turn his character a little b***h either!! I would've liked to have seen more growth with Haven. I felt like she was just surviving and not really living.
Alexis – I think Haven just played the cards she was dealt like you said she was not putting her whole heart in to it. I also think Carrado was Darhower’s secret weapon I mean let’s be honest his part was vital. And I think it is safe to say that this book was his just as much as it was Carmine and Haven’s.
What happens in the first 25% of this book seemed to set the tone and it really does not deviate much with the exception of a few twists here and there. I was constantly waiting for Carmine to snap at Sal(The Chicago Mob boss) for being such an a**hole and then for Carrado to choke the crap out of Carmine for being so reckless at times.
Alexis - I have gone back and forth with this rating over and over in my mind and have settled on 4 Stars because 1. The writing was GOOD! And 2. Carrado MADE this book for me. On the flip side Carmine...and the direction Darhower took with his character...Mmmmm let's just say a HUGE chunk of his story was not to my liking.
Becky - I went with my initial gut feeling and rated the book 4 stars as well. There were some things I loved and some things that I didn't. I would say my major problem was an event that happened about 12% in that I just didn't agree with AT. ALL! And like Alexis, I didn't care for the direction the author took Carmine's character.