MADE: A Sempre Novel
This is a prequel spin-off of the Forever Series
Release Date: October 27, 2014
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."
*Part of the Sempre Series. Review mentions Sempre spoilers.*
*An ARC was given by the author, in exchange for an honest review*
I LOVED this book!! It was amazing to see how Corrado and Celia met, how my hatred for Katrina was still there and to read about Vincent growing up, becoming the man and father he grew up to be.
Corrado, at the age of seven, started to question things about his life and his father's "work". Once going to "work" with his dad, after a specific event, started Corrado on a whole other path.
This book makes me want to read Sempre all over again! This series has you emotionally invested in the characters and makes you want to revisit them over and over again.
JM Darhower did a brilliant job covering the past with each character. She explained Miranda and Haven, explained how Vincent and Maura met and explained the backgrounds of each character.
It was awesomely amazing to be in Corrado's world. As cold and detached as Corrado was, it was vital in his world, especially to be the "Kevlar Killer."
Overall, I LOVED this book tremendously!
JM Darhower is one of the select few authors, where I don't even need to read the blurb of the book. It's an automatic buy and I have NEVER been disappointed with any of her work.
She is a brilliant writer; stories just pour out of her, and once again she knocks it out of the park with Made.
I give MADE 6-stars and deem MADE "Sexy Read Approved"!
Grab Made, as well as Sempre and Sempre Redemption! Also check out Friends & Forever: Sempre Novellas, which is currently free!
This is equivalent to a 6-star review! It is selectively given for those books that were extra special to me. Sometimes they moved me emotionally or made me think deeply about a certain topic. Sometimes they were beautiful stories. Most of the time they were the books that I need to own and will reread over and over again because I love the characters and story.
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.