Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: MADE by JM Darhower

MADE: A Sempre Novel
J.M. Darhower
This is a prequel spin-off of the Forever Series
Release Date: October 27, 2014

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.


 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."

I had doubts about Corrado’s book. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it when JM Darhower announced he was getting a book. Corrado was bad ass asshole in Sempre and Sempre Redemption. I liked him enough but wasn’t dying for his book. I’m not even sure why I doubted JM since she is one of my favorite authors but I did.
Now with that said… HOLY SHIT! I LOVED his book. Like devoured it. Never wanted it to end. When it did end, I was crushed that was all we got of him. This isn’t’ a short book, that’s not the issue, I just wanted more and more and more.
MADE takes us on a journey through Corrado’s life starting as a little boy with a drunk abusive mother (I hate her), a bitch of a sister, and a father who was part of La Cosa Nostra.
We see every important event in Corrado’s life that shaped him into the man he became. I think my favorite part was his story with Celia, his wife. Corrado may have been a bad man in the eyes of the law, but he was a great man to Celia.
Reading MADE made me want to re-read Sempre and Sempre Redemption now that JM Darhower gace us even more details on certain events we read in those books.
Brilliant book! Everyone needs to read this series and MADE just made the series more perfect!

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.

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