Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco had vastly different childhoods. Haven, a second-generation slave, grew up 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, never having to answer for anything he did. Both now seventeen, a twist of fate causes their worlds to collide, making them question everything they ever believed.
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 started before either were born threatens to destroy them instead. Murder and betrayal are a way of life, and nothing comes without a price — especially not freedom.
How much will they have to sacrifice? Can they escape their pasts? And, most of all, what does it mean to be free? Not everything is as it seems, and no one can possibly come out unscathed, but maybe, just maybe, it’ll be worth it in the end.
I definitely have to give this book 5 stars! Sempre (Forever)had it all: mystery, drama, suspense, and a beautiful love story. My emotions were all over the place. I quickly fell in love with the characters. So, when they would do some “bad” things, I didn’t know quite how to feel. To say I was conflicted at times would be an understatement (which is what made me LOVE this book). It had so many layers to it.
Haven, the main character, is a 17 year old slave that is bought by a Mafia family, the DeMarcos. The DeMarcos consist of the father Vincent, and his two sons, Dominic(18) and Carmine(17). When Haven arrives at the DeMarco house, there is an instant attraction between her and Carmine that neither can deny. However, Haven has never lived a life outside of slavery and doesn’t know much about living a “normal” life. Carmine is a hotheaded bad boy that is used to using girls, not respecting them. But, Haven comes along and changes his whole world.
Even though Carmine changes tremendously, he doesn’t become an angel. He still is a complete hot head that acts on emotion. This keeps his evolution more real.
Their relationship seems doomed with all of the secrets that Dr. Vincent DeMarco holds tight. One by one the secrets come out as Dr. DeMarco attempts to keep his son from going down the same path that he did. But doing so goes against the vows he took when initiated into the Mafia.
Dr. DeMarco is a somewhat of a dark character. It took me a while to get my feelings straight with him. One minute I hated him and questioned whether he was a villain and the next I felt so much compassion for him. In the end, I grew an understanding for his actions because they were fueled by emotions and love for his family.
This book is quite long but jam-packed with suspense. And the Italian terms of affection that Carmine would say to Haven made me want to learn Italian (more importantly teach my husband Italian :) ). It did have a happy ending but not a happily ever after. It’s left wide open for the sequel. YAY!!!!! I can’t wait to see what happens next with the DeMarcos! This is a great book that is unlike anything else that I have read. I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with this read.