Review: Made by J.M. Darhower- A Sempre Novel

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A Sempre Novel

Prequel to the Forever Series

Release Date: October 27, 2014

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By J.M. Darhower

Synopsis

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.

Made.

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Novellas:

FRIENDS:

One moment.

One wrong choice.

That was all it took to destroy a friendship.

*takes place before Sempre*

 

FOREVER:

Halloween.

With a three year old.

‘Nuff said.

*takes place after Sempre: Redemption*

***FREE***

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5 starRobin’s Review 

Made is a biographical account of fictional character Corrado Moretti. Although Made was recently completed by author J M Darhower, this novel is considered a prequel to Sempre and the Forever series. One of the best features of Sempre and Sempre: Redemption is the realistic portrayal of what life would be like for member of a Mafia family. In my mind, Darhower brought the Mafia to life in her compelling story which focuses on teenagers Carmine DeMarco and Haven Antonelli. For me, reading both of these novels was better than going to a movie!

Made is full of political Mafia drama that will hold you riveted to the page! It’s powerful, clever, intriguing, and disturbing. It’s different from the Sempre novels because it primarily focuses on Corrado Moretti, although most of the players from Sempre and Sempre: Redemption make appearances throughout the novel.

Corrado Moretti is made man in both a figurative and literal sense, for if you are brought into the fold as a lifetime member of the Mafia, you are considered “made”. We also learn how specific events and lessons shape the future of the “Kevlar Killer”. His character development is clearly evident. Instead of riding the coattails of his father, Corrado Moretti makes a name for himself. He earns the respect of the Boss, Antonio DeMarco, and secures permission to date his daughter, Celia. Corrado has a soft heart for his Celia, but he absolutely means business. If the Boss gives him a job, he doesn’t shy away from it. He is firm in his beliefs and deadly with a weapon.

Made is well-paced throughout the entire novel, but I also would have enjoyed reading about the latter years of Corrado Moretti’s life. Most of the written material in this novel is new, but there are a few occasions where events from Sempre and Sempre: Redemption are either mentioned or witnessed by Corrado Moretti. I found this aspect to be quite interesting because at times, Corrado seemed to have knowledge that Carmine and/or Vincent DeMarco were not privy to. I believe many readers will agree this novel improves the overall reading experience for both Sempre novels. My overall opinion of Made is extremely positive. Made is compelling and suspenseful, earning Darhower 5 stars!

 

 

Author Bio:

jm darhowerJM Darhower is the author of countless stories and poems, most of which only she has ever read. 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 she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can find her there.

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Release Day Blitz: Made-A Sempre Novel and Friends + Forever Sempre Novella’s by J.M. Darhower

MADEfrontMade

A Sempre Novel

Prequel to the Forever Series

Release Date: October 27, 2014

2cb3f-add-to-goodreads-button

By J.M. Darhower

Synopsis

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.

Made.

Buy: Amazon 

MADEfull

Teaser Excerpt

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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Novellas:

FRIENDS:

One moment.

One wrong choice.

That was all it took to destroy a friendship.

*takes place before Sempre*

 

FOREVER:

Halloween.

With a three year old.

‘Nuff said.

*takes place after Sempre: Redemption*

***FREE***

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Author Bio:

jm darhowerJM Darhower is the author of countless stories and poems, most of which only she has ever read. 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 she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can find her there.

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

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