Month: October 2014

Made

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5++++ Stars 

The circle of life, it’s cruel, but it’s unavoidable. If the shark didn’t eat the man, the man would eat the shark.

When I first read Sempre almost two years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. But while reading it, I fell completely in love with the DeMarco family. However, I have to admit that while I found uncle Corrado interesting I wasn’t one of those readers who was desperate for more. Made wasn’t written because I felt the need for more Corrado, or was left with unanswered questions, but a lot of readers did want more and that’s exactly what J.M. Darhower delivered.

In Sempre, Corrado Moretti is Carmine’s uncle. In Made, he’s the man that will forever change how I view my book boyfriends. To say, I think he’s amazing is a complete understatement. Corrado is everything I would want in a man…minus one little hiccup…his job.

Made is a fairly long novel and is broken up into five parts. As readers we get to travel Corrado’s entire life. We live through his horrible childhood, him becoming a MADE man and finally him meeting and falling in love with his sole mate, Celia.

When it comes to Corrado, he’s seems like a heartless bastard, and to many people he is…

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But as a reader, we know that no matter how heartless Corrado is to others, his love for Celia is so powerful, that words are hardly ever needed.

Like I said before, Corrado is everything I want with a book hero. He’s completely amazing, and I love each and every moment I had with him.

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I highly recommend Made to those readers who fell in love with Sempre. Whether you wanted more Corrado or were like me and didn’t give it a second thought. Made was a book I thought I would like, but ended up truly LOVING it, just as much or maybe even more than Sempre.

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For readers who haven’t read Sempre, I have mixed feelings on which book you should read first. A secret that is kept in Sempre is clearly known in Made. However, the events that happen in Made happen before the events that take place in Sempre, and a lot is explained and might make it easier to follow. BUT…either one can be read first and both can be read as a standalone.

*ARC kindly provided by J.M. Darahower in exchange for an honest review*

Quotes above are taken from the ARC version of the book and may differ upon publication.

Made is set to release on October 27th, 2014.

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About the Author:

J.M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of books about the hottest hitmen and the women who find some hope in them. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing (or fangirling) she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually find her there.

Author’s links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jmdarhower

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/JM-Darhower/187907981297867?skip_nax_wizard=true

Website: http://www.jmdarhower.com/

Ruthless People

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5 Amazing Stars 

I didn’t really know what to expect when I started Ruthless people, other than that my friends either loved it or hated it. I with out a doubt fell on the LOVED IT side of the coin.

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Two very dominant children, both ready to lead the next generation of their families illegally made empires are arranged to be married. Their fathers hoped that uniting the two families would push out their enemies who have tried to take down. As one united front they would become unstoppable.

Liam Callahan is prepared to marry a complete stranger if it means he’ll get to step into his fathers roll as the Boss. He’s been more than ready to take over the Callahan empire and not even an arrange marriage will stop him.

Melody Giovanni has been her family’s secret weapon for years. She’s been a ghost, no one knows where she is or what she looks like, and the last thing they were expecting was that she’s been the acting Boss in her family for years. She’s mean, she’s a killer and she’s extremely Ruthless.

Liam was hoping for a beautiful woman to hang on his arm, but what he gets is a born fighter who’s not willing to set on the sidelines, so a struggle for power is now within their own family.

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Ruthless people is probably considered “Dark” by most people’s standards. There’s killing every other page, and this family is without a doubt Ruthless. The things they do are crazy, and at times over the top, but I always found it very entertaining.

I enjoyed the banter between Liam and Melody and their journey of becoming one united family. All of the secondary characters add to the story and made it feel complete.

Ruthless people is a story I won’t forget and might test my patience as I’m waiting for the story to continue with book that doesn’t come out until January 2015.

Made Teaser

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Blurb:

Corrado Moretti.

The world knows the notorious Kevlar Killer, but few have ever seen what lies beneath his armor. The abused child. The neglected teenager. The broken man. He always did whatever he had to do in order to survive.

It’s kill or be killed.

Throughout his life, he has been there in the shadows, a witness to everything from beginning to end. Bound by loyalty and honor, there’s only one thing he would sacrifice it all for: family.

Never get close. Never get attached. It’s a lesson that has been brutally pounded into him since childhood, but they’re words the DeMarcos make it difficult for him to follow. Through them he finds love and grieves loss, realizing the world isn’t quite as black and white as it’s made out to be.

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The low groan on the first floor roused Corrado from sleep. His eyes snapped open, suddenly alert, as the relentless noise seemed to echo through the house. A window. He often slept with them open a crack to let the air circulate, but someone shoved one open the whole way.
His heart thumped wildly in his chest as he reached onto his bedside stand and grabbed his gun. He habitually checked it, ensuring it was still loaded, and jumped out of bed. There was no time to waste getting dressed; he crept down the hallway in his plaid boxers, his bare feet lightly touching the floor, making not a sound.
The second he made it downstairs, a breeze struck him from the living room. A few steps later he appeared in the doorway, pointing his gun at the form halfway through the window. He flipped off the safety as his finger lightly touched the trigger. Two seconds. Two seconds were all it would take to blow them away.
A pair of wide brown eyes instantly met Corrado’s. “Whoa, there, big guy.”
Just as fast as he’d aimed, prepared to kill whoever was breaking into his house, he lowered the gun. “Dammit, Celia!”
“Nice to see you, too.” She swung both legs inside but remained perched on the windowsill. “You weren’t really going to shoot me, were you?”
“Yes,” he said, no hesitation. “I was.”
“Well, I’m lucky you didn’t.”
“Lucky?” Corrado stared at her with disbelief. “I would’ve shot you, Celia. Two more seconds and I would’ve killed you. And then your father… your father would’ve killed me.”
“Yeah, he probably would’ve.”
“There’s no probably about it. He would’ve mutilated me. You… you wouldn’t have felt a thing. But me…” He shuddered just thinking about it. “What are you doing here? Are you in some kind of trouble?”
“I wanted to talk to you.”
Corrado gaped at her. “You broke into my house to talk?”
“Well, I would’ve called, but I don’t have your number.” Celia stood and strolled around the darkened living room, glancing at his belongings. “Besides, something tells me you’re not the talking-on-the-phone type.”

 

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MADE: A Sempre Novel by J.M. Darhower

This is a prequel spin-off of the Forever Series
Release Date: October 27, 2014

 

About the Author:

J.M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of books about the hottest hitmen and the women who find some hope in them. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing (or fangirling) she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually find her there.

You Turn

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4.5 Stars

After reading the blurb for You Turn, I was pretty sure this book was going to push me out of my comfort zone, but let me tell you from the second I started reading it, I could <b>NOT</b> put it down. The characters, the storyline and discovering all the dirty details sucked me in and kept me reading.

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Lenor Carrington grew up loving her slightly older neighbor Zach. Both of them grew up with rich families living the Hamptons lifestyle of parties and drugs. However, Lenor never allowed herself to become the self-medicated addict that seems to be the norm with her family and peers. Zach on the other hand, went down the troubled path and was widely known for this parting, so loving Zach was never going to be easy.

You Turn is told by Lenor’s POV. Five years has past since she’s seen Zach last and she’s now recovering from her second broken heart. Lenor finds herself in Paris trying to get her mother off of pills and alcohol long enough that she can continue on with her own life again, and this has put Zach back into her path.

I’m still angry with Zach. Humiliated by him. Sad. Very sad because of him. I’ve carried these bad vibes around with me for five years…

Every few chapters the reader gets a flash back to five years ago from Zach’s POV. It’s not hard to tell that the current Zach is not the same Zach from five years ago. But never the less, the build up to what happens had my stomach turning because it’s not rocket science to make an educated guess as to what will unfold.

The old Zach was going down a horrible path and finally Lenor was able to catch his attention and he started to straighten up his life. The bond these two formed was more than either of them could have expected, but everything comes crashing down after Zach’s mother dies from an overdose. Zach doesn’t just break things off with Lenor…he completely shattered her heart and any good memory they had together.

 

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After five years and two broken hearts, it’s Lenor’s turn to go out of control, and Zach is trying to repay the favor by keeping her out of too much trouble.

Zach is a changed man, he’s truly sorry for everything he’s ever put Lenor through, but can she ever trust him again, and is she strong enough to be friends with the one man who owns her heart?

 

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Lenor discovers that for her, love won’t ever be easy and learning to trust Zach might be the hardest thing she’s ever done.

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I absolutely loved Lenor. I loved how she went from the naïve eighteen year old to the strong twenty-four year old women she’s is today. When her life once again comes crashing down, she’s handled things just the way I think I would have.

Some readers might have a hard time with Zach because in a nutshell there’s two Zach’s in this story. The old Zach and his toxic ways weren’t someone I would want to fall for, but the new Zach that has overcome his addictions and doesn’t hide in the shadows of his family is one that had my heart beating faster and kept me crossing my fingers that his past wasn’t as tainted as it appeared.

This is my first time reading anything from Marion Croslydon and you never know what you’re going to get with a new author, but I was totally impressed and I with out a doubt will read more from her. My one and only complaint if you even want to call it that was the book falls more in line with NA. Steamy, sexy but skips over the a lot of the dirty details I usually enjoy.

*ARC kindly provided by Marion Croslydon in exchange for an honest review*