Gah! I luved this book! What can I say... It has everything in it and then some! There is mafia/famiglia, murder, death, violence, drugs, power, slavery, lies, cover ups, compassion, loyalty, honor, loss, and love. Ohhhh the love....
This story is so completely original, so twisted and intertwined amongst the past, present and the future of all the characters, it is just beyond amazing! Seriously all of the twists and turns and sacrifices made for love, power and honor makes this world J. M. Darhower created so utterly entrancing that you have no choice but not to put this book down until you finish it in the wee hours of the morning.
This amazing story is about a family...not just any family, but a powerful mafia family. And like any mafia family they have their hands in lots of different business avenues as expected such as drugs, money laundering, etc. But the twist on this story is that they also are involved in human slavery. Which completely makes sense, since the people working in their homes, etc, can't be just regular old employees. They need utter loyalty and discretion which would only come about in owning them, and placing the fear of the mob in them. Theses slaves are 100% expendable, and know it. This is how our heroine Haven comes into this world...being born from a slave and her owner. A chance meeting with a kind woman who in turn is Carmine's mother, lays a path for her destiny..... Her destiny to fall in love with Carmine.
Carmine is a broken and lost little boy since his mothers murder. He is the youngest child and is growing up into a thug with a massive male ego and complete battle with any authority and has a corrupt sense of morals... He has an overbearing and unforgiving mafia father.... With all these chips stacked against him, he seems to be on a collision course with his own destruction.... Until.... Haven enters his world, his life, and most important, his heart and soul.
Carmine and Haven fall in love in some pretty amazing circumstances with the world against them. Destiny sends them on an amazing ride where everything is against them, but still they manage to survive albeit with many bumps, bruises, scars and sacrifices both physical and emotional.
“Ti amo, mia bella ragazza. Per sempre." "Sempre?" She asked. Cracking a smile, he brushed his finger softly across her lips. "Always and forever”
― JM. Darhower
Drop what you are doing!! Read this book now! 5 stars!!!